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  1. When driving dead ahead the steering wheel is very slightly pointing to the right.   The car drives perfectly and tracks properly etc, so I'm not feeling the need for an alignment check.  Even tyre wear also.

    How easy is it to remove the steering wheel and move it 'one spline' to the left?   I have a steering wheel puller, as I've removed the steering wheel on my Elise S1 a few times, just wondered if anyone knows what size socket I'll need for the nut?  Presume if I disconnect the battery first I won't get an airbag light coming on when I refit the wheel and reconnect the battery?

  2. I've recently acquired an Evora NA (2011) and am working through sorting out some interior bits.

    The leather on the instrument binnacle panel has receded and looks pretty ropey.   Is it easy to remove this panel or do you have to remove the whole dashboard (which I'll do at some point to fit new airbag cover clips.....) ?

    (Forgive the reflection of the lights in the garage!)



  3. As someone who has pretty much always had Elise S1's with their simple brakes, I’ve often wondered whether the discs and pads are as easy to change on an Evora.

    I've read somewhere that you need to buy new pad retaining pins when changing pads, is that right, for both front and rear?    And what about the discs, can they be removed without removing the calipers, front and rear (once the pads are out of course!)

    Are there any other considerations, does ABS make it harder to change these things?

  4. £23k sounds like a good deal to me with that mileage.  What colour is it - if you like the colour and it’s in great condition cosmetically then it sounds like a great buy.

    27 minutes ago, Hughesy83 said:

    There is a nice looking 2009 blue LE on autotrader that’s just come up for sale. It’s just come in as a PX so there is a deal to be had. I am just not into the cream leather myself otherwise I would be on my way to view it. 

    Previously owned for all of a month by someone on here - I think it had a few gremlins, some still need sorting..

  5. 1 hour ago, Bravo73 said:

    NA Spark plugs (note the part number: A132E6281S): plug&SC=0&PBID=1089041

    S Spark plugs (note the part number: A132E6503F): plug&SC=0&PBID=1089042


    Incidentally, aren't Monkeywrench based in the US? Why are you buying your spark plugs from there??!?

    Thanks, yes I’m aware that the plugs for the NA are £36 each (!) from Lotus, unlike the bargain price for the S versions.

    My original question still stands - has anyone found them any cheaper anywhere (UK) ? 

  6. 5 minutes ago, mayevora said:

    My Evora is also the only car I’ve bought without seeing. It was also a private sale from a Forum member here.

    As it turned out the right honourable Mr Bibs himself went to collect it and gave it a once over - I remember getting the “Go ahead - it’s F#%cking mint” text from him lol😆 


    No regrets a couple of years later. Awesome buy. 

    The Bibs seal of quality - did he offer a no quibble warranty as well?

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  7. 8 minutes ago, jep said:

    If you are buying from a reputable dealer, there is no need to see a car before purchase. I did not see my Evora before buying from Bell and Colvill (8 year old car at the time). 

    I have also bought countless cars privately sight unseen. I am relatively experienced but speaking to the seller and judging their character is often as good an indicator as the car itself. 



    I think that very much depends how discerning the buyer is, and just how reputable the dealer (or independent garage) is!   Both of these things vary massively.   I guess attitude to risk comes into it too.   I agree regarding judgement of character when buying privately, you can get a very good feel for things very quickly.

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  8. 2 hours ago, jerzybondov said:

    This car seems in much better condition than the £20k 100k mile car, nice options too. Worth what he’s asking for it all day if it checks out IMO

    To be fair I think a few snaps taken on a mobile show absolutely nothing, in terms of a car’s true condition.   You have to eyeball it really.   With 90k on it I’d say it’s a £21k car at best.

  9. 2 hours ago, Messer said:

    Yes military grey! It’s just in at Maidstone sports cars getting the airbag clips sorted and then it’s over to me probably late next week 

    Fantastic - a real bargain for a GT410 and a great colour too.

    Are you selling an Evora to make way for it?

    EDIT - Scratch that, I’ve just remembered you’ve sold your Exige V6 Cup.

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