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  2. Hi Paul, I purchased my Elise S from Silverstone last year and found Aimee to be really helpful and gave me a good deal (I think anyway). Also their after sales service for a small warranty claim and it's first service was very good - far better than my two 'local' dealers that I have used in the past. I would buy from them again. Dave
  3. I haven't driven the V6 Exige (have owned two S2's) but currently have a 2015 Elise S Touring and prior to that an Evora (NA), also had two S2 Elises a while ago and the new version I think is much easier to drive distance then the old ones although I've ruined that somewhat by fitting a 7in 2bular exhaust which is to be honest a tad loud for touring with. The Evora on the other hand was a fantastic all rounder and I could see myself with another one in the future and was the only Lotus I've owned my Wife liked being in! Would think the V6 Exige would be a great all rounder and is next on my wish list.........
  4. I had mine done locally haven't got round to getting the pictures from the guys but they have them on their web site. http://www.detailingandvaleting.com/lotus_evora.html Came up really well, sold now though :-(
  5. Cheers Bibs, ordered a set from eBay will have a go at getting it out and check wiring and access before I decide on which head unit.
  6. Just a quick update for anyone else considering this, spoken to field service engineers yesterday and they advised you can get a wiring loom adapter part no. A132M0326F (£26.81 plus vat) from your Lotus dealer that will enable the straight fit of the new Alpline INE-W920R which will be the standard fit soon to new cars. Not sure what to do at the moment I prefer the look of the new Pioneer (and it's cheaper) but this would in theory be an easy upgrade.
  7. Yes towards the end of the week I was starting to see it, and as an only car for the daily grind yes with the way our roads are most of the time I guess it makes some sense!
  8. Bibs, any tips on how to tackle it? TBD, I'm assuming (hoping) I can leave all those bits in place rather than strip them out? Kip
  9. That's what I'm trying to find out Bibs, make sense doesn't it - Pioneer technical thought that would be the case but they would! If that's the case sounds like that getting the dash surround of first would be the hardest part according to the post on the US site.
  10. I know the basic subject has been done to death but I can't find any information on the wiring, done loads of searches found some info and pictures on American Lotus forum but no detail on the wiring loom. Is it just a case of unplug the Alpine and plug in the Pioneer? As Lotus changed over to pioneer from Alpine you'd think that the main wiring harness would be the same? Spoke to Lotus field engineer today who couldn't help but has suggested I ring back Monday to talk to another engineer who he thinks has done the swap himself. I really fancy doing this myself but would like an idea of what I'm taking on before I get it in bits! Think I'm going for the Pioneer 940BT. Kip
  11. Yup I've had a 2012 S IPS this week while my manual (CR) NA is having some work, second time I've spent time with the IPS and just can't get on with it. It was nice while in a six mile traffic jam Monday but the rest of the time frustrating, I do understand people buying them but not for me and I'm not anti auto had a V8 M3 with the DCT which was amazing its just not intelligent enough despite the name! Interesting comparing NA with S, I love the extra low down grunt of the S but you get to use so much more of the revs with the NA and more often much harder call on that one- reminds me of the choice between a 600cc sports bike and a 1000 swings and roundabouts!
  12. I've been looking at the Alpine INE-W920R or the Pioneer AVIC-F940BT, phoned Alpine to ask if the new style unit would be a straight swap but they haven't returned my call. Bit concerned about having the dash apart as it's rattle free at the moment!
  13. A local company are going to do it in a few weeks time (a little paint issue to sort first) I'll post some pictures before and after and let you know how it goes.
  14. Thanks for the update, interested to hear how you get with it.
  15. So the unit doesn't have sat Nav built in, do you use your iphone for that or can you add it afterwards? What about all the kit from the old Alpine, I gather there are modules behind the dash for bluetooth and Nav- did they strip it all out? I like the look of the unit just concerned about keeping all the features (important for resale as well). Cheers
  16. That looks really good, the Alpine unit is doing my head in, what a piece of crap! It keeps locking my ipod up as well as the well know complaints. Did you have it professionally fitted? If so do you mine letting us know how much (PM me if you want)? Kip
  17. I get both, like the paper copy just so I have it (only missed a couple of issues early on)- but love the extra content of the ipad version, nothing like reading about it then watching a video clip more so if it sounds lovely!
  18. I get both, the ipad version is better and more content (pictures/videos) although the Evora article will likely be same in both- I haven't downloaded the iPad version yet I think its out today. Dave
  19. Looks Lush- hope all goes well on collection and enjoy, hopefully the weather will pick up (no more snow please!). Always nice to get feedback dealers- which one are you buying from? Kip
  20. Yes good one to remember the chrome light surrounds, didn't notice on mine until I got it home looked awful mostly white plastic with little bits of 'chrome' left- cost about £160 supplied and fitted for black 2012 MY replacements
  21. Interesting- maybe I'm paranoid but seems strange that it never worked (the change of direction) in the three weeks I drove it from collection and then works again when it's back at the dealer, but takes ages to move and 'they are all like that sir'. Would the dealer have reason to not want to fix this, is it a major dash out job or something? Perhaps I'm not being fair- I'll try it again and time it front windscreen to feet see how long it takes. Cheers.
  22. Hi Bibs, possibly- Kent is a bit of a shack but might be worth it! The position is complicated with regard to the supplying dealer, I don't really want to broadcast the story (so far) on here can I PM you with the details? Dave
  23. Cheers Moxie, all helps- does yours take ages to change between fan positions? I've lost count of the number of cars I've owned over the last 26 years (5 of them Lotus) can't remember one being so slow to change when you select a different position! Dave
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