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  1. Not long off the phone having been 'on hold' with the DVSA since early doors. The Evora will be SORN'd as of Saturday night as they can't offer me any leeway. If the MOT had been due on or after the 30th then it would have been extended by 6 months automatically and the tax renewal would have gone through as normal. However since it expires on the 28th, I have only 2 choices - either get it MOT'd before the tax runs out so that it can then be renewed on April 1st, or the car MUST be taken off the road until such times as it can be MOT'd. No ifs, no buts, no maybes. I explained all th
  2. Received an email from her today - seems like an interesting person!!!!! Lotus-Forum <[email protected]> To: Alfa_2_Evora <**********>
  3. I'm carless, as of this coming weekend. The ALFA has been off the road since the beginning of the month awaiting the arrival of some transmission parts from Italy, plus the garage that has it is closing as from tomorrow night, so I'm not expecting it back on my driveway anytime in the foreseeable. It's MOT runs out at the end of September - I wonder if I'll have it back in time for that? The SAAB has its MOT due on the 29th of this month, but thanks to a pothole last week, it still needs a replacement rear spring and shocker - I've already successfully sourced the wheel and tyre it a
  4. I tried working from home today. It was a bit of a tight squeeze getting everything in but I think I just about managed it, .
  5. Our Utonagan girl, Macha, is so elegant when she's having some chill-out time alongside her daddy, .
  6. What's a warranty? When I bought mine from what was then Murray Lotus in Edinburgh, it was 4 years and 3 months old with 32k miles on the clock and all I got was 1 month's cover for 'major mechanical items'. This apparent 'confidence' in the car has been vindicated as 5 years (tomorrow) and a further 44k miles down the road, the only issue it has had was the clutch master cylinder failing about 18 months ago. There, that's me blighted it now - I'll go out tomorrow to give it a birthday thrash and the entire drivetrain will explode into a million bits, .
  7. @Dan E - here's a bit of info on it if you haven't found it already :
  8. I'm not scheduled to be working on Saturday night (things can and do change at short notice, unfortunately) so I'm going to say that I'm a 'definite maybe' for now.
  9. You do realise, Andy, that you would have to bring cars into stock that were painted in colours other than red and maybe even some that had (shock/horror) rear seats?
  10. Failing that, you could always adopt the JC approach to fitting in, .
  11. I'm with you on that, Andy. It's just not worth the effort - most of them will be so under-nourished that there wouldn't be any decent flesh to get your teeth into, just skin and bone.
  12. It's OK Andy. As Jennifer and I had none, if you wish to clear your conscience you can transfer a share of responsibility to us and reduce your apparent contribution to population growth by 50%, .
  13. Happy New Year everybody.
  14. My Evora seems to have reached that time in its life when it is going to keep throwing up one minor niggle after another. Todays query - before I go ripping apart the centre console, does anybody know if the illumination (or in my case the lack of illumination) of the HVAC control knobs is a user-serviceable item, i.e. it's one or more bulbs, or is this control panel a sealed unit that will need replacing in its entirety? The button switches either side are still lit, and the controls all work - I just can no longer see the position of the settings on the damn things.
  15. Thanks for your suggestions guys. Didn't get a chance to do anything the past couple of days but when I went out to it today, it seems to have cured itself. Happy days, for now.
  16. That's what I thought at first but the car as been lying unentered, with a cover over it, since the start of the month and has several silica-gel bags strategically placed around its interior as a precaution against just such an occurrence. Everything seemed bone-dry when I got in so the apparent misting up inside the screen was a real puzzler. Even more puzzling is that after driving it round for over an hour, the patch has got bigger????
  17. I went out to take the Evora for a run today as she's been sat immobile for the past 3 weeks or so, partly due to the crappy weather and partly down to having wrecked my left ankle after 'finding' a hidden rabbit-hole whilst out running with the dogs. First thing I noticed when I got in was that the screen for the radio/nav has a discoloured area in the middle of it.......... Once the unit has 'fired-up', the patch is still visible but everything seems to work OK. Any ideas on what might have caused it and/or what can be done to rectify it?
  18. The name reflects the route I took after test driving a couple of 4Cs. I've always had at least one Alfa of some description on my driveway for the past 30+ years. Sadly, the 4C was not be one of them - I just couldn't live with the wayward handling and ponderous gearbox, not to mention the irritating engine/exhaust noise. Yes, I know, do some research and throw some cash at these problems and you can make at least some of them go away, but I'm at that time of life where I want something to perform 'straight out of the box' rather than me having to spend time and money finishing off the d
  19. Snap, well almost. Has to be done, doesn't it?
  20. I'm running the PSS front / PS4S rear combination and loving it. So much quieter and stickier than the Pirellis. The rears are coming up on 10k miles and still have loads of life left in them - the Pirellis on the other hand, at that mileage, would have had about as much tread as a billiard ball, .
  21. Sorry to hear about the MiL - glad to hear she's on the road to recovery, albeit most likely a long one with some steep hills in it along the way. I'm working nightshift this weekend but if I get finished at a reasonable time Sunday morning then I'll pop along before heading for bed.
  22. If you find yourself south of Andorra and in need of an overnight stop, this place is great for petrolheads (and guitar nuts). A good few 'interesting' roads in the neighbourhood too, .
  23. The Jade Green was fine Gavin, it was ordering a Boxster that was the moment of madness, .
  24. Last night, I pulled into Tebay Services on the M6 southbound and noticed across the other side of the relatively deserted car park, a Land Rover Freelander with a trailer carrying another car. "So what - nothing out of the ordinary there!" I hear you all say. Well, upon looking a bit closer I noticed that there were 2 large Snap-On tool chests sitting next to it, along with a collection of various automotive bits and pieces, and that the front of the Freelander was up on axle stands. As I walked past on my way to the facilities, the guy working on it slithered underneath, to re
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