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  2. hi Wolf, YES, exactly the same problem!!! phew, i'm not alone I made hell of noise to Lotus Malaysia as it costs me close to half a mil to own this car and i'm getting a crappy gearbox. We have changed the ATF @ 11,000km. Erase the ECU/TCU and did a "green learn" to kinda reprogram the gearbox responses. Same problem... To be frank, the Head of Lotus in Malaysia is also a very hands-on person and I have 2 different answers for now. Lotus A - Software issue, can be resolve. Lotus B - Potential gearbox issue, clutch slip(wear) @ gear 2 and Gear 4. Anyway, I am allowing both person A and person B to look into the problem and resolve it. Even the head of Lotus Malaysia also concur that the gear slip(flarring) is way too long. Can you pls do another test to see if your car exhibits the same issue as mine... Turn on sports mode. Do hard acceleration(pedal to the metal), can your gear upshifts from 1st --> 6th ? Mine is stuck at gear 2 (clutch slip) and the only way to let it upshift to 3rd is to ease off the accelerator. By then, you would have lost valuable time esp when you are in a drag race. stupid gearbox. I'm not letting this off easily. I know lotus malaysia is working closely with lotus UK on this matter. Will keep you posted on how they solve my car's problem. Which I expect soon... Wolf, are you able to get your local lotus dealer to check what is the ECU & TCU version ? I want to see if we are having the same software revision.
  3. hi guys, recently after an aggressive drive up the mountain, 3 issues cropped up. 1. The engine died while slowing down. This has happened 3 times. I felt that it is very dangerous as the car behind doesn't know that your engine has just shut off. 2. This is super annoying, i do not know how to explain this, so forgive me if i can't explain it well. From 1st gear going into 2nd gear, there is a delay/drag and the RPM goes up by 500rpm before it settles down and upshift the gear. This also happens from 3rd to 4th gear. Sounded very embarrassing, it is as if you over-rev the engine and the clutch couldn't lock in to change the gear. 3. When you do hard acceleration from standstill(with sports mode), the 2nd gear fails to upshift to 3rd and this inadvertently stalls the engine. It will not upshift until you ease off the throttle. This problem also happen while you are on 4th gear trying to shift to 5th. I have demo-ed it to the Lotus guys in Malaysia and they do not have a good answer as well... SOP is to wait for UK Lotus to provide feedback, duh...
  4. i have a 2011 NA IPS and upgraded the sports exhaust(janspeed) + CAI + 2bular decat pipe. kind loud IMHO. but I like it very much. felt that i have more power on the higher rpm but i think i've lost out on the torque. on my usual drive up the mountain, i'll be using a mix of 2nd and 3rd gear, but this time round, more on 2nd gear. one more thing, previously with stock exhaust, original intake & stock cat., it was rather difficult for the car to hit 250kmh. But this time round, it seems like it is easier for the car to hit 260kmh(base on GPS) than before. The speedometer is hopeless(very high error margin, it was showing 270+kmh while the GPS was showing 260kmh. regards, Eric(Malaysia) btw, the sound is rather gutsy. very muscular sounding esp when you downshifts in sports mode.
  5. thanks bibs, i have tried in sports mode. less likely to go into over-rev but it still does. even in manual, the GB is a lil hesitant(in manual) from 5th to 4th. There will be times it goes into over-rev. the know the ips is just a auto-box, but i felt that at times, the gear change is rather slow vis-a-via to the power delivery during sprited driving. it goes to 6000rpm to fast, it;s very likely that you won't be able to make a gear change when it hits 6000 and above. i did have a word with the local lotus dealer and they couldn't find any error on the logs. anyway they have suggested to reflash the TCU. 1/2 day job and hopefully it's just a software glitch rather than mechanical.
  6. Hi, Not sure if any of the IPS owners experienced before gb over-rev during spritied drive ? I have noticed that if you do sedated driving, say 160-180kmh constant for a while and you pedal to the metal, the GB actually reacts by dropping down 2 gears to 4th gear. When this happen, the GB will go into over-rev more than 6000rpm and it stalls(over-rev protection), you can't do anything except to release your accelerator and let it upshift to 5th gear before you try to accelerate again. this is rather frustrating, at the time when you need to do highspeed accelerate, the GB goes bonker by dropping 2 gears and then goes into over-rev mode. anyone of you experienced this sympthom before ? thanks.
  7. thanks guys, enjoying the car very much... did 7000km during the first month of ownership. easy car to daily drive.
  8. Hi, newbie here from Malaysia. Mine is 2011 NA IPS. Didn't do much on the car except some stickers. Anyway here goes...
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