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  1. I was under the impression that it isn't possible to buy improved bulbs in H3BA fitting (such as Osram Nightbreakers). Can someone explain the "angled /straight" but above? Is that what the A stands for in H3BA?
  2. Brilliant - I'll definitely be planning a mountainous trip in the near future... Went out for a quick blast late this afternoon so grabbed some more pics. Carbon Grey is pretty impressive when it catches the sun.
  3. I've had my Exige S for a couple of weeks now and I have to say it's brilliant in almost every way As with all Loti however, there's always something to do / get fixed... My wife (who followed me home when I picked it up) noticed that the brake lights didn't come on much. Much as I'd like to say that's because I didn't need to brake very often, it was actually rush hour traffic - lots of stop/start, queues etc. Got home and tested them - it seems they don't come on for the first inch or so of pedal travel - and they only work when I reach the 'firm' bit of the pedal. I've asked a couple of V6 owners I know and it seems theirs may be similar - but to me this is a safety thing, with idiots looking at their phones in traffic etc the last thing I want is some pillock driving into the back of me because my brake lights didn't wake him/her from their smartphone slumber..... Silverstone fitted a new brake light switch before I picked it up, and to be fair they've told me to take it back for them to look at. But as they are a good hour away, I'm just trying to get a feel for whether this issue is normal or not (if it is, I'm not impressed!). So - what's the me it needs fixing, but if it's a TADTS thing.....
  4. Congrats - stunning in Matt black. I know the "new car feeling" very well at the moment - happy days!
  5. Stunning scenery - I see you and your passenger have matching blue scarves....! I intend to do a European trip in the car at some point.
  6. Another day, another photo... Had a fantastic blast in it yesterday, what a car.... Thanks for all the positive comments - makes it feel even more special
  7. Cheers Gav - I trust you and the mighty GTE are keeping well..?
  8. Great thread - endless Exige pics.... Here are a few of my recently acquired Roadster. More here:
  9. Here's a couple of the interior - I've always been a fan of red leather with grey, black or silver. When I saw this car advertised in this colour combination and spec I knew I was on a slippery slope....
  10. Thanks - yes that's the one I have (it's a Tamiya style connector inside the rubber boot).
  11. Cheers for the comments....I must confess I didn't take the photos in my original post - but I did take these on my phone the other day - slightly less inspiring backgrounds (and the quintessential litter bin shot!)..
  12. Stunning. Looking forward to seeing them fitted.
  13. Thanks, good to know Does anyone connect theirs to the 'Auxillary" / jump terminals in the front compartment?
  14. After owning 3 Elise S1s over the last 17 years, I took the plunge recently and sold my beloved Elise Sport 160 (gulp!) in favour of an Exige S Roadster. Two test drives about a month ago at Silverstone sealed it - thanks Aimee and Matthew for putting up with my overly-thorough tendencies - I decided I prefer the clean lines and slightly softer ride of the Roadster to the Coupe, and I'm not ready to give up my roof-off motoring for an Evora just yet.. I picked it up about 10 days ago, and although I haven't put many miles on it yet, it's clear that it's a big step up in terms of performance, quality and creature comforts. I'll miss the S160 - it was a special and iconic car for sure - but hey ho, we all know when the time is right to move on I guess. It's Carbon Grey, with the contrasting Venom Red interior. It was actually one of the Lotus press cars originally when launched, and just the second Roadster off the line, so has benefitted from a decent spec (Premium and Convenience packs, Air Con, Heated Seats, Rear parking sensors, and also the Two-part performance disks) and being a demo, mechanically it been kept tip-top and has wanted for nothing according to the chaps at Hethel I spoke to at length (as part of that thoroughness thing I mentioned......!). Looking forward to sharing my experiences (and experience, eventually) with the Exige V6 owners on here.. Here are a few photos - I'll add some more in the near future when the sun is shining
  15. I've had my V6 for all of 10 days now and already I'm planning my first (very) minor mod.... I have a Ctek battery conditioner, which has served me very well over the years. On my Elise S1 I made a charging lead that was permanently attached to the battery terminals, so I could hook up the Ctek really easily. On the V6, I was all ready to remove the battery in the boot and do the same - but them I remembered the 'auxiliary' battery terminals in the front compartment. Is there any reason I can't simply attach my charging lead to these (permanently) rather than attach them directly to the battery? The power socket I use in my garage for the Ctek is directly opposite the bottom of the windscreen - so ideal for this, rather than at the back of the car... To be clear, my charging lead has ring terminals on the battery end, and a Tamiya-style connector on the other (inside a waterproof rubber cover). Also, the manual says to wait 30 minutes with ignition off before disconnecting the battery - I presume if I do this, with the alarm disarmed, it won't send the alarm crazy when I disconnect the first terminal.....? Any help would be much appreciated.
  16. Thanks for all the help with this. I've decided to go with AIB, the quote was the best by far and the cover suits my needs perfectly. I can't say I'm particularly worried about claiming and the process around it right now, and speaking to a few people it seems that AIB would step in if there were any difficulties with the underwriter anyway.
  17. Thanks for all the replies. So put simply, storing it at my Dad's it's likely there will be say a week with the battery conditioner turned off, then 1 day with it switched on. So I can assume that with a fully charged battery, leaving the car either locked, alarmed, and immobilised, or unlocked and immobilised, won't drain the battery and cause the alarm to start going off?
  18. Thanks Bibs, that would be really helpful. I'm probably being overly cautious about it to be honest.
  19. Thanks, my experiences of AIB have been very positive so far - very professional, responsive to emails and phone calls, and of course a great price. My concern lies with the underwriter, Markerstudy, as the only reviews I can find online are dreadful. This is of course from people who have had to claim, and clearly there are always more poor reviews online than good ones, but even so it isn't a good sign. I suspect there are lots of owners on here who are insured with AIB, probably underwritten by Markerstudy, who are none the wiser, as they haven't needed to claim. What would be useful to know is whether, in the event of a claim, all dealings are with AIB rather than dealing with Markerstudy directly. If the former, then perhaps it isn't something I should be concerned about..
  20. Thanks that's great. So there are 22 sections for the Exige S - do you reckon they could all be downloaded in an hour subscription (or is the bandwidth limited somewhere)?
  21. Thanks........are the service notes downloadable? I have them for my S1, would be great to have them for the Exige...
  22. Yes - £329. No track cover. £400 excess, garaged, agreed value, choice of repairer. I'm 46 next week.
  23. Thanks, I have tried all of those, plus REIS, 1 Answer, Need to Insure, CCI. AIB are the cheapest by a good chunk, and with the agreed value looks good, but I'm a little concerned about the reviews of Markerstudy...! Edit - I should add that Henderson Taylor are second and Matt has been brilliant.
  24. Thanks, that's really helpful. I've just edited my original post to add a line about online reviews of Markerstudy, and it doesn't look good. I'd welcome some balance on this, as AIB are the cheapest by some way (with the policy features that I value and need).
  25. I've been getting insurance quotes over the last few days for the Exige, and the best quote I've had so far is with AIB Insurance. Thumbs up so far then. The policy they have proposed is an agreed value policy, with choice of repairer etc and 4,000 miles per year, and a reasonable excess - so ticks all the right boxes. It's underwritten by Markerstudy. I decided to have a look at to see what their rating is - and it's only two stars! Can anyone comment on this? The Defaqto rating seems to be about how the policy features compare to other policies in the marketplace, but I was wondering whether anyone else has noticed this and decided to research it further? Plenty of people on here seem to be insured with AIB so I'm hoping someone can assist. Lots of poor reviews for Markerstudy here too so I'd really welcome people's views on this.
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