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  1. Or perhaps "what might have been". I've recently bought a 650s - styling (and fit and finish) aside it could easily have been the next Esprit in my view. If the Evora is a bigger Elise then the McClaren is a bigger Evora. The ride is phenomenal for a car like this, it does have super complex suspension which must count for something. So far (and I'm still running it in) I'd say the steering isn't quite up to Lotus standards, but then I guess it's got to be designed for a greater top speed. The pace of the thing is frightening (and addictive), it makes my Evora seem a friendly little fellow! Some of the other family similarities are there... A radio thing which isn't really up to snuff and getting in and out is a bit of an art (in this case without banging your head on the door)! I have no idea how much McClaren invested from scratch, but the engine is based on an indycar block (sound familiar?) and of course they had no chassis components or anything else to start with. Could Lotus of achieved the same/better if Dany hadn't been busy building a gin palace and learning to be a rapper - I guess it's a long shot, but there's always hope for the future...
  2. Hi Jorge, I ended up getting the tyres from (probably not much help to you). They are LS marked. Peter
  3. That's interesting Paul. How did you get at the camera, did you take the bumper off?
  4. Oh dear, looks like I might have to face the dealer bill, I don't fancy taking the bumper off. Thanks for the help.
  5. Thanks, I've had a look at the threads and I still can't get to the little fella, any sage words?
  6. Hi guys, The reverse camera on my 2010 car seems to have suffered from a touch of water. The dealer wants £650 to replace it "it comes as a complete kit, I'm afraid..." which seems very much on the rich side. I've removed the rear trim from the boot to try and see how to get the little blighter out, but it's not obvious to me. Does one take the camera out through the big grommet? How hard is to get it out? Any suggestions for where to get a replacement (for less than £650!!)? Thanks, Peter
  7. Thanks, It's interesting as I thought K1 was Ferrari spec. Can a tyre be Lotus and Ferrari spec at the same time?
  8. Hi all, I'm struggling to find a "reasonable" place to buy 19" P Zero Corsa ls tyres for the front of my Evora S. Camskill think that they are Lotus dealer only, which would be odd as I'e just ordered some ls rear tyres from them. (perhaps given the wear rate of the fronts they aren't an interesting commercial proposition) Help - any ideas where I can get them from? Otherwise my choice will be horrendous dealer price or non ls corsas. Thanks Peter.
  9. In the Tumeric Gold car park. GN11... First one I've spotted around here in a while now Bibs has given his back.
  10. I'm back in the factory "spare" Evora (again). It has the Alpine 920 fitted - it really is light years ahead of the previous 2 Alpines. My biggest gripe is that it is a touch slow, apart from that the bluetooth works, it has useful short cut buttons and you can see the nav map and what's playing at the same time.
  11. I'm no expert, but I think you might find that the Sale of Goods act means you have to end up with a fit for purpose car, I don't think it means you can reject the original because it is fitted with a new engine. I have read a long a winding case somewhere which basically says you have to give the dealer a chance (or maybe even 2) to fix it (which it sounds like they are trying to).
  12. I found out the hard way that most modern chargers (those with reverse polarity protection) won't charge a totally flat battery. The only solution in that situation is to put some jump leads on the battery and leave it a while (20 mins) to get some charge in the battery and then try the charger. Not much help in your situation! I fiddled for some time with my emergency boot release to get it to work. I could feel the latch opening via the cable but nothing was happening. Eventually with some pushing and wiggling of the boot lid (with suitable swearing) the release worked. Good luck. Peter
  13. Hi all, All this talk of winter tyres has got me thinking I probably ought to invest in a set. Do you know if anyone is doing any wheel/tyre offers this year? (I think the factory was behind a £1200 offer for a set last winter). The price of set of wheels at retail plus tyres is eye watering... Thanks Peter.
  14. Mine too. I have had the rotors checked and apparently they are fine. Generally some good hard stops make the issue go away for a while - suspect I'm too light on the pedal!
  15. My original Evora had something which sounds a bit similar. It occasionally used to read 10mph at rest (and read 10mph over for the rest of the journey). After a couple of new instrument packs and other fiddles the factory eventually sorted it (I think) with a software update to the instrument pack. Neil Turner at the factory was, as ever, very helpful - I'm sure he would know exactly what they did to the car. Peter
  16. Hi Richie, It's just as John says - I programmed my gates the other week to work with homelink and I had exactly the same symptoms as you. After a bit of googling it turns out that the slow flashes followed by the quick flashes from the homelink means it's been programmed to the the right frequency, but now needs to have the rolling code sync'd up. For my gates I hunted around in the gate controller's menu to put them in program mode and then had to hit the homelink button for a second or two and hey presto! The only disappointment is that the range of the homelink is pretty poor so you have to be close to the gates to open them (and probably close to program the rolling code...)
  17. I don't think you have to subscribe for the TMS updates in the UK, I'm pretty sure they are still broadcast on/alongside ClassicFM. The removable thing in my old car never managed to find a signal (sounds like yours may be doing the same) - which perhaps isn't surprising as I'm pretty sure it has it's own tuner and no aerial and lives inside a metal box... The newer Alpine in my current Evora fairs much better (that's no real help to you though). I've given up on the info though as over many cars it just seems to be out of date, either warning of jams which no longer exist or telling you about a jam you've been sitting in for 30 minutes.
  18. Trevor, I'm a driving softy so my opinion doesn't count. One has to remember there's only one driven wheel which is usually in the dirty bit of the road and less than 400kg keeping that wheel stuck down! I tend to take corners quite a lot slower than in either Lotus too, apparently the lack of rear roll resistance means you have to have a slightly different technique. Frankly I just don't have the balls. Great fun when you're in the mood, it makes the Elise seem quiet and civilised! pbj
  19. I've got a scorp too. A three wheeled drift in the wet is a way to feel properly alive (shortly before you aren't!)
  20. After 18 months odd and 17k I went from an NA (long box) to an S (which I’ve had for 3 months). On the test drive I was not convinced that the S was faster/better in any way. I went for the deal anyway (too good to miss) and I'm glad I did, but I do agree with most of the above. Positives of the S: * As others have said lazier, but quick lazy (if that's possible). A much more accomplished motorway cruiser - slightly odd, but in the NA in sixth acceleration from anywhere under the legal limit needed a down shift (or two), in the S it's a breeze * The S is quick, on the test drive I didn't get it, but I think in "normal traffic" acceleration stuff it's a load quicker. Again, I'd agree on the "outright B road dash" it's unlikely to be much quicker * Somehow more "solid" - I suspect that's the revised roll bars/bushes. I’m not good enough to pin point it, it just felt "better" to me * Each to their own, but the exhaust gets the right balance for me of noisy/usable on a long slog Downsides: * Mid 20's consumption vs mid 30's I suspect a close ratio box on an NA would fix much of my perceived difference between the two, but I haven’t tried one of those. I'm temporarily pootling about in a NA with noisy exhaust. It's interesting that it feels nearly as fast as the S, but when you look at the speedo, it just isn't! That, in the end, is probably the big problem with the S (and perhaps the breed as a whole) it doesn't have the test-drive-knock-your socks-off appeal with loads of drama, it just gets on with it (quickly). Peter
  21. Steve, I've got a my10 Evora so I can sympathise with your views (although I think I've probably had more parts replaced over the last 18 months). Whilst I absolutely agree with the "where does the line get drawn" arguement, for me the issue is a lack of demonstrated care to existing owners from the PR office. Again as pointed out above, some of the existing evora owners are likely to become the test team for the elan etc. So surely worth keeping them on side? I guess I would expect less of a "retail" attitude (ie sell and forget) from a niche manufacturer who is going to need to keep getting repeat sales from a small-ish group of customers for some time yet. Small things go a long way in managing customer sentiment and need not cost real money. Apart from one survey I have received no comunication from the factory (not sure how I would have responded to an upsell!!), I'm sure there's a reason Audi et al send those daft magazines to customers. How about offering existing owners the new headunit at cost? By definition wouldn't cost Lotus any money, but I'd be interested in seeing the impact on the mood of existing owners. Come on DB you are meant to be an ace marketeer. Unfortunately you are meeting my professional view of marketeers - good at spending money, but often forget it's normally lots cheaper to keep a customer rather than win a new one. Peter.
  22. Thanks Paul, Totally unrelated, I changed computer and had to reset the iPod from "mac format" to "windows format" (I've no idea what that means, I just followed the messages in iTunes.) I thought I'd give it a go having left it out of the car for a few weeks and it worked! No idea if the change was relevant or it was just one of those Alpine things... Peter
  23. Hi Paul, Did you get anywhere with this? My ipod nano has just started doing exactly as you describe (ie track selection works, but no music comes out). The frustriating thing is nothing has changed (other than the day of the week) since it was working. My wife's iphone still works with no problems. Peter.
  24. Not the sort of trend setter I'd like to be... I've got a Nokia, so I doubt it's that. From memory another "helpful" thing was to let the blackbird go flat (although I'd guess that's the same as pressing the reset button).
  25. The short answer is not really The problem went away for some months, but then returned just before it was due to go back for a bit of work. The answer from the factory was that some of the bluetooth settings weren't right (not sure which ones). I've just got the car back and I haven't had the problem in the last few days. One possible solution I found is to eject the nav bit and turn it off, that seemed to get it out of the bad mood it had got it self in to, but wasn't a permanent fix.
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