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  1. 18 hours ago, 21gg said:

    I would be surprised given its had one new clutch in it already! Although if you've been thrashing it!

    It's treated with the utmost mechanical sympathy, Gavin - always has been and always will be.

    To me, it's no heavier today than it was the day I got it. Last time I was in at CMC, Craig invited me to sample the pedal in an Evora that had just had a new clutch fitted and admittedly, it did feel somewhat lighter than mine. Having said that, I've also experienced one that was heavier still than mine so it would seem that there's quite a bit of variation in pedal feel from one car to another.

    I'm happy with it the way it is. I like a bit of 'weight' in the pedal and it's almost exactly the same feel as the clutch in my Alfa, which incidentally has just been replaced at 107k miles after the dual-mass flywheel centre bearing collapsed - there was still a good bit of meat left on the bones on the friction plate too so I wouldn't say I had been sore on it either.

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  2. 24 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    There is no reason why any Evora could not go for 150k miles, with proper maintenance, before any serious mechanical overhaul was needed.

    I hope so Andy - mine is going in next week for service #9 with 69k miles on the clock, although I can already hear in my head Craig telling me (again) that the clutch pedal is heavy, 🙄 .

    I've no plans to reduce my usage of it, in fact I've just upped the projected annual limit on the insurance to 12k. I've got a daily that I can use but it only does about half the miles the Evora does.

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  3. Last September, en route to the '70th' event, I drove my 2010NA from Murcia in Spain to Millau in France (almost 1000 km/620 miles) in just over 8 hours driving time and got out at the end of the journey feeling like I'd only been around the block.

    Over the following 2 days, I covered a further 1250 km/780 miles to get to Norwich and still felt as fresh as a daisy, albeit famished as a Eurotunnel delay meant I'd had to skip lunch on the final leg but that wasn't the car's fault.

    Only downside is that all those hours of running at high motorway speeds (like Valencia to Barcelona in 2 hours, :whistle:🚔 ) with a CR box and a valve-open 2bular may be the reason why my tinnitus is now a bit more pronounced, :rolleyes: .

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  4. As the title states, it's that time of year again. Can't believe that 4 years have gone by already since the Evora first graced my driveway - doesn't time fly when you're having fun?

    The paperwork arrived today from AiB - £614 bar a few pence so pretty much the same as last year and not bad considering the various modifications made to the car.

    Nonetheless, I did a quick trawl around t'interweb for comparative quotes but there aren't that many companies out there offering exactly what I want. There was only one (Flux Direct) offering a cheaper price (£554.20) but their excess was considerably higher, they had a very restrictive mileage limit, and didn't offer any cover for driving other vehicles so that one was dismissed.

    Of the 5 others who were willing to quote, 4 of them wanted around the £850 - 900 mark. Bizarrely, Admiral gave me 2 prices - if I was willing to fit a 'black box' (like I'm going to drive an Evora as if I'm chauffeuring Miss Daisy just to win brownie points, :rolleyes:) they'd give me an INCREASE in my premium of £20, :dizzy: .

    I've saved the best for last though - Owners Club Insurance Specialists (the name sounded promising) would be happy to relieve me of.................................wait for it............................ £12,135.08!!!! WTF? :shock:

    So it looks like @AIBinsurance have got me for another year.

  5. After having had several weeks with a different random selection of LEDs illuminate in the front clusters each time I turned on the Evora's sidelights, they now seem to have had a union meeting and agreed on strike action (or should that be inaction?) in that once they are out, they stay out. MOT due in 6 weeks - great! :angry:

  6. On ‎30‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 22:00, mayevora said:

    Lots of spacing issues with a lot of these pics. In reality, how fussy are Mr plod when it comes to fines for incorrect spacing. Anyone actually been pulled/fined? - Does the old” they are just show plates and I forgot to change them” excuse cut any ice any more?


    On ‎02‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 09:54, Dunc said:

    In Scotland - plod seem to be a bit Nazi about it.

    I got 'pulled' a while back, by a pair of Police Scotland's finest - they stopped the traffic in both directions on a busy A road while they conducted a 3-point turn in their Beemer then came after me on 'blues and twos'.

    While the just-out-of-kindergarten blonde stood with a grin on her face and a notebook open in her hand, her much older male opened with "Much as I like it, you can't have that", pointing at my plate.

    I tried the "I was at a car show yesterday and forgot to remove them" reply (the first bit was true, but the plates had been on the car for months, :whistle:) , ripped them from their Velcro mounts, and got away with it even although I'm sure they must have seen the layer of road grime that had accumulated between the plates as I was sent on my way with only a warning to be more careful next time, :thumbsup: .

    I haven't risked them on the car in the UK since (the above incident was fairly local to me and with my luck it would be the same pair if there was a next time) although they were on for the whole of my recent European road trip with no issues despite being followed by les rozzers on several occasions in different countries.

  7. Finally, after several aborted attempts, I got the new cover on yesterday - just in time to protect my P&J from the inevitable firework fallout last night.

    (Apologies for the unfinished driveway - that was something else affected by the recent weather resulting in me eventually just throwing some slabs down to get somewhere to park)


  8. A bought one of these Products/580.jhtml a while back (less than £20 on Amazon as I recall) but only used it for the first time this week to deal with this

    Mission accomplished (despite the instruction manual giving the impression that I might do more harm than good with it)  so I suppose that means I can give it some sort of recommendation.

  9. I went out a couple of hours ago and checked the car again. Still idling like a bag of nails with the MIL on so shut it down. I decided to throw caution to the wind after reading the link posted by @Alan H and realising that the readiness status monitor warning wasn't the big issue being projected by the instructions.

    The plugs and coil packs were changed at the last service (7 months and 5k miles ago) so I was quietly confident that they would be OK. After a poke and prod around the electrics, disconnecting what I could and giving everything a spray with contact cleaner, I went for broke (having decided to throw caution to the wind after reading the link posted by @Alan H - thanks for that, :thumbup: ) and cleared the error codes.

    Moment of truth and she fired straight up into a nice even 6-cylinder idle with the MIL extinguished and a few prods on the loud pedal (after letting things warm up a bit first of course) showed that normal throttle response has been restored, although I'm not sure the replete relatives snoozing it off in front of our open fire appreciated the glorious exhaust barks as much as I did, :whistle:.  I'll take her out tomorrow and conduct the 'drive cycle' as described in Alan H's link to restore the status monitors but for now it's looking "all systems go!"

    Happy bunny (for now at least) so off to raid the fridge for some Christmas cheer, :cheers: .

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  10. 12 hours ago, Alan H said:

    Have you had a good look round the ignition system? Could be a simple fix and the fault will clear. 

    Not as yet. It was getting dark by the time I got home last night and we've got folk round for Christmas lunch, not that that will stop me going for a look around the engine bay late whilst they're in 'digestive' mode.


    4 hours ago, Bravo73 said:

    Incidentally, what do the error codes that you got refer to?

    P1302 is for "a misfire causing catalyst damage", P1300 is "a misfire, multiple cylinders" and P1301 is "a misfire, cylinder #1", which presumably would be why it went into fail-safe limp mode and shut down one bank of cylinders.

    Here's hoping it's something simple to spot and fix, or even better just a sensor glitch which fixes itself - don't want to be Lotus-less until next year, :cry:  - I'm off for the next 10 days and was really looking forward to several sessions of converting hydrocarbons to noise and motion.

  11. I suppose I've done well to get to 45 months of ownership and 36k miles covered before suffering my first 'beat missed'.

    As it was a nice afternoon, I decided to take the Evora for an extended blast around the countryside. About an hour (and 50 or so miles) in and almost home again, right in the middle of an overtake, it happened. I was pushing through 5k revs when the car gave a sudden lurch, throwing me against the seatbelt, the engine note changed noticeably from the usual bellow of the 2bular to a harsher raspy sound, then it wouldn't rev beyond about 4k and the dreaded amber 'engine of doom' light appeared in the instrument cluster.

    It sounded like it was then running on only 3 cylinders but felt more like it was only using 1, the power delivery was so weak, but I managed to limp home the final couple of miles despite the engine trying to cut out every time I dipped the clutch, with the idle falling to a very lumpy 500 or so rpm. I had bought an OBD reader some time back but had never used it (or any other similar device) before tonight, in fact it was still sealed in its packaging. A quick read through the instructions and it was plugged in to reveal a stored code of P1302 and 2 pending codes, P0300 and P0301.

    I was all set to erase the codes and see what happened after that when I spotted the following paragraph on the next page of the leaflet:

    "CAUTION: Erasing the Diagnostic Trouble Codes allows the scan tool to delete not only the codes from the vehicle's on-board computer, but also Freeze Frame date and manufacturer specific enhanced data. Further, the I/M Readiness Monitor Status for all vehicle monitors is reset to 'Not Ready' or 'Not Complete' status. Do not erase the codes before the system has been checked by a technician."

    Is this something I should be concerned about (i.e. leave it well alone and seek professional help after the festive season) or should I just push the button and cross my fingers

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