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Brendonian

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  1. Where's the "Yes, twice... and awaiting a 3rd replacement" option? 🤔
  2. Wow, Transforged seem to have dropped off the grid entirely. Deleted their social media accounts as well.
  3. I had 5 Esprits, Stevens N/A, SE, S4, S4s, and V8. Loved them all, but the S4s was clearly the pick of that bunch. Later moved on to a number of Elise/Exige variants, which were obviously more fun, but harder to live with on a daily basis. Then I got my Evora LE. Honestly, I wouldn't consider going back to an Esprit now. I still have naughty thoughts when I see that lovely wedge shape, but things have moved on. The Esprits were never especially reliable, and I can't see that the years will have helped in that area. The Evora is just as special for me, but with the advantage of vastly better brakes and handling. Of course my driving has improved over the years, but I was always wary of oversteer in Esprits, but when I do get a little slide on with the Evora, it feels so progressive and natural that it's something to savour more than fear! The big thing for me, having learned to enjoy the purity of the Elise is that I never want to suffer turbo lag again! I'd definitely consider an Elise/Exige again, but the Esprit has been ruined for me by the newer models.
  4. Pretty sure I've posted them before, but these are the ones I use: Plus a silver one for people with the wrong colour car
  5. I got really lucky with mine. Many years ago, I needed to replace the ancient remote for my garage door. It was unavailable, but I found this aftermarket solution: https://www.garage-door-remotes.co.uk/seip-ekr1mcg-challenger.htm It's a piggy-back receiver module which attaches to my garage door opener, and I got a couple of different remotes with it. At the time, I used the mini keyfob remote on my keyring. Years later, I got the Evora, and the Homelink system actually works really well with the Seip receiver!
  6. I'm glad to hear your car is sorted, @Gareth44. I'm still having some slight problems with my car, but I'll be back with a more detailed report when I know what's going on.
  7. Mine’s done just short of 60k miles. Mostly enthusiastic driving on country lanes, with a couple of long road trips around Europe. I’ve always been wary of abusing the clutch, so very few aggressive standing starts.
  8. @Gareth44 good luck getting yours sorted. Mine’s now booked in for September 14th, so yours will probably be done before mine.
  9. Simple explanation for that is the AA bloke gave me bad information. Subsequent examination of the pipe suggests it’s still a very good fit when connected properly.
  10. I think you’ve been lucky! I’ve had 10 Lotus over that past 30 years and I’m sure most of those have broken down at some point! I’ve definitely found my last two to be the most reliable - Toyota power seems to be an advantage!
  11. Sorry, the connection is directly underneath the throttle body, really hard to see it, yet alone get a useful picture. Honestly, don’t even worry about it. It seems to be just a total one-off following the engine-out job.
  12. Nobody else has experienced this in the Facebook group either!
  13. I’m really not sure. The AA guy said something about the pipe having a moulded shape so it should click into place. He said that removing a refitting the pipe takes the edges off so it doesn’t grip so well. No mention of a clip. I’ve been advised to get the pipe replaced urgently, and Mike Kimberley told me on the Lotus Evora Owners Group on Facebook that Lotus need to issue a service bulletin.
  14. Had a little excitement this morning. The high pressure fuel pipe popped off, and sprayed petrol all over the engine bay! Fortunately, I saw the spray immediately in my rear view mirror, and I stopped the car as soon as I could in a small lay-by. The AA were able to reattach the pipe, and get me mobile again, but I'm obviously very concerned about driving the car now until I can get a new pipe fitted. Has anybody else heard of this happening on Evoras in the past?
  15. Ah, I misread your question. No, my noIse only goes away when the clutch is fully depressed. Thanks 👍🏻
  16. Yes, the sound mostly goes away, but that doesn’t really narrow it down much. I’ve had 4 mechanics listen to it, the consensus is it’s probably the friction plate, but we won’t know until it all comes apart again.
  17. I have no idea if it's even possible to fit the friction plate the wrong way around, but Lotus Silverstone have done a few clutches in the past, I'd be surprised if they've made any such silly mistakes. I'd be even more surprised if it's possible to do the job without removing the clam, and given how awkward it would be to separate the engine and gearbox with the clam in place, I'd be yet more surprised if that actually saved any time! Well, the latest news is that they managed to locate a friction plate this time. However, now they're short of a pressure plate
  18. I don’t know much about it, but I assume nothing pushed the spring out. I guess either the spring, or the area where it’s mounted suffered a failure. At that point, you’ve got a spring and some small bits of metal churning around the clutch, causing all kinds of damage until the engine stopped.
  19. Ok, I'm well overdue an update. Lotus have approved a parts warranty claim for a suspected problem with my replacement clutch 👍 I now have to wait whilst they check on parts availability before we can book the car in to have it all taken apart again The car sounds really quite rattly, and I'm occasionally having some difficulty engaging gears, but generally the car drives well, so at least I can enjoy it during this nice weather.
  20. I’d hope for more like 10% of the price! 🤣
  21. Overall build quality is a bit better than the older Afterburners, the surface finish is much nicer, and the inclusion of reflectors is a big bonus. The indicators are MUCH brighter than the old ones, which were definitely a disappointment on the older model. I saw some GRP lamps at the Lotus 70th party at Hethel. Whilst they look rather more OEM in quality, the design didn't really do much for me, and they are badly let down IMHO by still requiring the plastic ring around them to fill out the space. So, just a little honest criticism of the Eclipse... I can't talk about only the positives, can I? The original OEM lamps, and even the Afterburners came with a foam backing which help them to sit snugly against the bodywork, and offer some degree of protection from water ingress into the boot. My Eclipse lamps came without anything like that. When I first installed one, it would tilt slightly left and right if you pushed it. I used some of the white foam sheet they came packed in to make my own backing material. It was far too easy to get tiny scratches in the surface of the black centre area of the Afterburner lamps. Just wiping dirt off them with a dry finger would leave marks. Probably not a problem if you wash them properly, but I'd prefer if they had a harder surface finish. I'm told it's easy to polish the scratches out with Brasso, or similar, so not a big deal.
  22. Well, it's been a LONG time since my last update on my experience with the Transforged Afterburners. They were supplied with the connectors already in place, so they should have been a simple "plug @ play" installation, but one side needed a resistor to prevent the hyper-flashing indicator problem as others have reported. Transforged were quick to supply a pair of resistors, and I was up and running again. I was quite happy with them until just one LED failed. Rather than offer a repair, or direct replacement, Transforged offered me a set of their new model, the Eclipse! This caused a huge wait for them to complete development, and begin production, followed by a 2 month delay whilst my clutch was replaced. FINALLY, I got them installed today. I'm really happy with the look, and obviously impressed with the customer service!
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