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  1. So, time to summarize seven years of Evora ownership. We bought the car in March 2014, an ex demonstrator at Lotus Gothenburg. By then it had 5,000 km on the odometer. The car was one of two Evora that they bought for the showroom in 2012 when they opened their business. We sold the car in July this year. By then we had driven it 100,000 km. That included one trip to Italy and two to UK. Some 20 track days and a lot of other local events. Plus using it as daily driver during the Summer. By then the car looked like this. Various upgrades and modifications included a full Larini system including manifolds, barge boards, splitter, tow straps front and rear, Sparco race seats, harness bar, Schroth harness, slotted discs, Team Dynamic wheels, some paint and vinyl. Regarding reliability and maintenance the only major issue have been the dreaded clutch master cylinder. Apart from that, replaced discs and pads, one new battery, a lot of Pirelli PZero Corsa rear tires, until we changed to Michelin PSS. All in all a great car, very much under rated, at least here in Sweden. Also got to know a lot of great people, both IRL in the swedish club as well as virtual via forums and FB groups. Who knows, we might come back to the fold later on. We will for sure keep an eye on what comes out of Hethel in the years to come. Meanwhile, take care and enjoy!
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  2. Hi everyone, Not sure if this has been covered before (I couldn't find anything) but my Evora had one sidelight much dimmer than the other and I managed to fix it. Everything I found online suggested either sending the unit off, or trying to split it in half and then replace the whole LED module with this for £230. It turns out you can do everything from the back of the light without dismantling it at all. Remove the light unit from the car (jack it up, remove wheelarch liner, unscrew, pull out backwards) Pull off the rubber bung for replacing the headlight bulb The sidelights are held in with 2x spring clips - bend the end of a bit of strong wire into a small right angle, then poke it through the headlight hole, hook it into the clip, and slowly pull a little on one side then the other until the clip is free Use a magnet on a stick to get the clip back Once both clips are out you can pull the LED module out - it even has a plug/socket for power I traced the circuit out, but at least in my case (circle dim, top LED full brightness) all the LEDs were fine, and it was the resistor R1 (16 ohms) that was broken. Basically the whole PCB is on an aluminium backing, even though it only draws about 3 watts of power! The aluminium shrinks and grows quite a lot with heat, and so it just stretched and cracked the end of the resistor. I replaced it with a through-hole part as that's what I had handy and the whole thing sprung to life. Refitting is the reverse of removal I fiddled the LED PCB back into the hole, then pressed the spring clips back on with a magnet on a stick (to hold one side) and a chopstick to press on the other side. All sorted in a few hours, and not a very painful thing to do at all - worst bit was getting the light unit out of the car and re-aligning it. Hope that saves some of you a few quid anyway
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  3. Bookings are open for Christmas Dinner. Anyone else coming? So far it is Simon, Kenny, PeteyG, Dean, Pete (Orange Elise) and me. Let me know and I will send you a link to book your meal. Kevin
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  4. I painted the lower front lip black and installed it. I think it looks pretty good.
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  5. IPS’s aren’t known for any issues, nor the supercharger or engine in general. Reliability issues with Evoras tend to be itty bitty stuff (electricals, leaks etc) rather than drivetrain. Just have to be aware that manuals need clutches anywhere between 40 and 70k. Also - on the car above in this thread, get an inspection done to query that issue techyd mentioned about bumper, but otherwise snap it up - as if it’s as techyd left it, it’s a bargain!
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  6. Up in the loft sorting out Lotus bits this morning and came across these photos, anyone recognise or own any of them? I travelled to London to buy this turbo but it had a rather terminal sounding engine at the time so was due a rebuild, it was up for £5000. I have lots of photos of this one as pained me to walk away at the time. I very nearly bought this S1 many years ago, it was an early 76 car with centre ashtray and a sunroof with black vinyl and red tartan interior. Pretty sure I recognise this plate from on here? Dave
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  7. It's either diff out or engine and gearbox, the prop will come out either way
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  8. Ah, that’s a shame. You’ve been one of the Evora stalwarts over the past few years. Dare we ask what you are replacing it with?
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  9. Nice and being a cottage the walls would never have been flat so looking great now. Bet it’s a nightmare getting furniture in there as door looks quite small. That’s been our dream for years to buy a barn or old cottage with some land, we are holding out for the lad to go uni. Keep the S4S and sell the missus 😁 Dave
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  10. Throttle response is better and definitely feels quicker , its off to Oakmere Lotus for a ABS sensor problem Monday so when its back gonna put on rolling road of my mates and find out for sure..
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  11. Dunno chap - ive been painting my lads room all day, in between shifting cars and stuff - have done some work in there to rejig things and had it all replastered. Just need some skirting and new carpets now. the missus has just suggested selling the “yellow car” 🖕🖕🖕 thats been utterly dismissed 🤛 watching your progress on the Jps with interest @LOTUSMAN33
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  12. Well - took her for mot today - all passed 👍 figaro will go in tomorrow
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  13. Thanks for your advice. The contact, or lack of, is along the top edge from A to B post, especially at the top front rounding near the Quarter light glass vertical strip. The door is quite rigid along the beam when twisting, so looks like this is OK. Will need to remove the inner door trim over the weekend and sneak a peak inside to assess the situation 🤞. Hope the lower window frame has not rusted away. Went for my first real drive Sunday after Swiss MOT pass...and what a joy!! This car is an import, so not MOT, no registration, no plates, no drive...So want to use it a bit before uncovering new areas of concern
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  14. Hello @Rolls I can't remember how you've approached the fitting of the front bumper, but I'm sure you can make do with what you've done. There are often queries about this area, and folk over think the problem. Though it's quite simple. There is a recess in the bumper, beneath the space for the side light/indicator unit. The SJ replacement bumpers need to be drilled to allow the fitting of bolt which passes through from the front. A bolt can then be passed through and aligned with the corresponding hole in the body shell, where it is reinforced. I fitted a new penny washer for good measure, and spring washer with a locking nut to secure. You can see from this photo previous owners had used their own makeshift methods to secure the bumper over the years. Once secured the indicator units can then be fitted, as the Esprit versions are attached by self-tapping screws, rather than the bolted versions fitted to other cars. Another area that seems to confuse folk who have acquired Lucas sidelights from other cars thinking that they are all the same. Note: I won't be able to post any more photos soon, as I will not be renewing my membership. But hopefully these explain the bumper fitting enough.
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  15. Bookings are open for Christmas Dinner. Anyone else coming? So far it is Simon, Kenny, PeteyG, Dean, Pete (Orange Elise) and me. Let me know and I will send you a link to book your meal. Kevin
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  16. Hello Steve, Welcome to my world. I have a 97 Elise S1, also had horrendous brake squeal when I got it. It gets really annoying but it does warn other road users and can be used to great effect at scaring cyclists. However, I have spent a bit of time working on my car over the few years I have had her, you can check out some pics in my TLF garage. I have tried pretty much everything at some time. And at times have completely eliminated the squeal but it does occasionaly return only as a much quieter sort of scraping noise which is bearable, I do also have 1 disc which has slight groove in it. The bits you have listed can be of use, but there may be other issues at play. I believe the anti rattle pads on the front don't effect squeal they just stop a clock from the pads. Mine were in a sorry state and the rear pad springs had been incorrectly installed. I replaced all the pins, springs, etc,rebuilt the rear calipers with new sliders, sanded the pads flat. As well as bleeding etc during the rebuild. After this they still squealed. Eventually I bought some of the anti squeal stick on pads and ceramatec grease used sparingly. The squeal had now completely gone. Since then stick on pads came unstuck, so I restuck them with an aerospace high temp contact adhesive. Now the squeal is massively reduced/eliminated but occasionally reoccurs, usually I just clean and regrease the back of the pad and it goes. (In fact I just redid the rears recentlly) Something I believe may occur is a slight inconsistency in the surface caused by having the parking brake on especially after washing the car. When I have had a light squeal I have found that it has gone away simply from driving the car in a spirited fashion, really working the brakes and then leaving the handbrake off when parked ( Either with chocks or in gear). I never really determined exactly what issue caused the squeal and it may have been a combination of things. (Something else I did was to file a small chamfer on the leading and trailing edge of the pad) I hope my verbal ramblings may be of use to you if not only too assure you that it can be eliminated. Tony
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  17. Ah, thanks Dave. That's just joined the dots to the recent discussion elsewhere on the forum about a Hendy dealership in Southampton opening up.
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  18. Don't know the car you've posted. (You've posted the same link twice). Seems like a decent price, with probably some room to negotiate. That looks like the Westover showroom in Poole from the picture, but the ad says Hendy - so probably been taken over. Bought my first Lotus from Westover, and service was generally good. I'm not overly enamoured with Lotus dealerships in general on the South Coast, so I'm the wrong person to ask. They all seem to be a bolt-on to another brand, with the exception of Bell & Colvill who most rate, but I've tried to buy from twice with no success. Mediocre service aside, they're pretty bullet-proof and I'm on my second Evora and way past 80K miles across the cars in 6 years. Was in exactly the same situation as you in that I needed the practicality, but wanted an Exige. Two Evoras later, I'm still delighted with the car and brand.
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  19. world's greatest engines Graeme, reminds me of my Europa Special, very light & precise. I've never driven a 7 but I have been taken around the Silverstone grand prix circuit in one for a few laps by a professional racing driver which was superb. I also had a friend who took me out regularly in his pre litigation Westfield 7 he'd built himself which was very enjoyable. Glad you enjoyed the article, take a look at one of the world's greatest engines, I think you'll agree.
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  20. I dont know if its the same Catalina but this is shots of my son Steve Excell, and his friend (the pilot) Matt Dearden. Matt is one of the owners. I hope to have a flight some day.
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  21. Kimi at the weekend... https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=697098247868615
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  22. Appeal dismissed - so that’s a shame. there were 4 items considered. noise, highways access, PPG ( development in open countryside ) and previous works. So on the surface it’s a bad outcome - however - after a long chat with my planning advisor today - it would appear it’s actually a really good outcome. noise, highways access and PPG issues - the appeals inspector has sided with ourselves and dismissed the councils objections. This merely leaves the previous works to deal with. This basically means the LPA cannot use these as reasons for refusal again. the previous works relates to one building only - so it leaves the path now clear for the other buildings. We are getting the works they are concerned about documented from the LPA - and we have another refusal which we will work on alongside a nice new application. Frustrating - but it’ll be worth it in the end
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  23. I also got a BOE CAI fitted and I think every car should come with one as standard. The extra induction noise is amazing adds a lot more quality to the noise not just volume (which is only a bit louder). ES motorsport have a aftermarket induction kit for the V6 Exige which is almost the same engine, just a slightly different throttle body connection on the supercharged cars. They might be able to modify it for the NA Evora. 3rd Cat delete pipe also gives the car a more mature sound and again a slight increase in volume but not crazy loud. Should be a relatively cheap upgrade as is ensentially a pipe with bend and fitting for a sensor.
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  24. Well done for having a go, it does take practice to get it correct.
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  25. “Mine was far to gone, but I'd recommend repairing it if at all possible. Regardless of best intentions new stuff is sometimes lacking. Thinner, so easier to bend, but present their own unique problems. I think @Rolls was doing this, but I'm not sure how he's got on.” I did take Fabians advice and tried to refurbish the old loom. I spent months sourcing the correct connectors and cleaning my old loom up. 1) the cleaning process left a residue so I had to re-clean all of the connectors and ended up replacing about 3/4’s of them 2) When checking the semi-finished loom I found a cold solder on one of the connectors I replaced. That’s when I threw the towel in and lost confidence in the integrity of the work that I had done. All part of the learning process
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  26. I have to say I am very happy with the rear boot ones you made for my S3 Steve - they look really excellent.
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  27. Choice between mainstream marque and Lotus is not dissimilar to choosing a traditional looking house or a more modern/contemporary design. The UK is full of Neo-Geo, fake Victorian, pitch roofed, all rather samey houses. Many really want that but there are a considerable number on the margins who would like something different but ultimately 'go safe', factoring in easier re-sale, proven format and a fear of the unknown. It will be a long slog for Lotus to breakthrough in an effort to get near the mainstream. The cars will need to change, as the market is not going to come to the Lotus way - as rafphillips post shows; you will never convince those who don't get the special driving experience Lotus delivers. On the plus side, I have two pals who love their German metal but having driven Evora, they both want one. The bulletproof Toyota drivetrain is definitely a factor in soothing any reliability concerns. Name a road car under the list price of Evora that drives as well (apart from stablemates). McLaren are more expensive. Perhaps Alpine but that has two seats and is much slower. All the rest are either too heavy and/or have dubious steering. Justin
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  28. Some recent shots from this week. Photos by @brian_automotive
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  29. Last one for a while I promise lol. Today. 😊
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  30. Lots of red and black joy going on here. I’ll add to it!
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  31. Yep - another great Lotus design 😉. Either remove diff or engine & gearbox - the choice is yours! Check the condition of the diff carrier itself as well - they often/usually crack. Pete
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