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    Stephen Humphreys
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    Esprit S4s
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  1. I know what you mean but I tend to find it funny tbh There are enough quality posts to find this site a great resource for info. Very worth while being around !
  2. Thanks lads, for the input - its all as valuable as gold IMO. re: "if you are not fully committed to the car, either financially or emotionally, you should move it on" When I made the financial commitment back in March @SW I was as eager as hell to see some use out of it this summer -- and that was the timescale. So we started to go that way. The car made it to the ramp. Start with the 'main event' finishing with ticking off the MOT advisories as money permitted. Then along came COVID and completely f****d it up. In the meantime events out of SW's control (as I say - not his fault) has compounded the Covid thing so part of the problem is frustration that because of all this there's no progression to think of - you know, like a sort of running commentary of findings after that decision back in March so I can be in a place to say - from 'whoah, really?, lets sell it' to 'is that all? lets fix that and spin her up'. I realise the former requires some commitment and outlay regarding taking things apart but that was factored in - it was worth it. Of course this hasn't happened. As far as emotional attachment - I adore the thing and whenever I rarely see one my heart sinks that I'm not driving mine. My current mindset is that if I sold it at a - lets face it - silly price and then I see another one on the road I'd have the same feeling but with 'I used to have one' in my mind too. Plenty of recommendations to think of, names to remember, and the various views of what actually to do. Also - if there's a turn-around at SW then what happened before March could be re-launched so to speak. Thanks all!
  3. Posted elsewhere : When I had it last it would work but if you floored it , it would turn into a tractor just as the boost came in. Drive with a gentle foot and it was ok However the coolant needed constant topping up and when the temp dial got into the hot zone the fans would come on sometimes but not always. That always used to frighten me - why did the fans come on every so often and not in time with the dial? The t/stat sensor had been replaced for the fan switch. So I drove it home from SW and it stopped. SW came out and withdrew the soapy water from the spark plug channels left there after the car was washed! I managed to drive it back to his garage. After that SW could start the car but it "wasn't well at all". Its been so long I cant bloody remember the whole story but thats most of it. ---- re - being happy with the car - I had an S4S previously and loved it to bits. It was fantastic. The reason why I've see-sawed regarding fix/sell is that I just couldn't make my mind up. Then I saw old pictures and other pic like your car and I have extremely fond memories. I went down the road of wondering if I could buy another after cutting my losses with this one - and even flirted with getting a sapph cossy at one point(!) then I realised that spending the money on a replacement could go to repairing this one so thats where I've landed for a while. Then today I've been told my jobs's at risk - so I dont fancy a peek at the next chapter FFS
  4. When I had it last it would work but if you floored it , it would turn into a tractor just as the boost came in. Drive with a gentle foot and it was ok However the coolant needed constant topping up and when the temp dial got into the hot zone the fans would come on sometimes but not always. That always used to frighten me - why did the fans come on every so often and not in time with the dial? The t/stat sensor had been replaced for the fan switch. So I drove it home from SW and it stopped. SW came out and withdrew the soapy water from the spark plug channels left there after the car was washed! I managed to drive it back to his garage. After that SW could start the car but it "wasn't well at all". Its been so long I cant bloody remember the whole story but thats most of it
  5. I've written them down! Thanks
  6. So far its been diagnosed as having coolant in one of the pots. I've been told its either a H gasket or a split cylinder. I will want a new clutch as part of the work as the current one slips during boost
  7. Re - Snows. It was Ken who sold it to me. An example of how I was treated. I told them that the CEL had to be fixed (it was lit during the test drive). Months later when I grappled behind the dashboard I found that they used a black sticky substance to stick the light bulb to a section away from the CEL 'window'. I dont know how they've achieved dealership status. I bought it without a service history. I was on another planet at the time (a different story). I should not have bought it but it was the exact same model (colour etc) as an S4S I had some years earlier which was perfect. As per the initial post - I dont want to sell it - I want it fixed - so thank you for your suggestions re: the 2 places you mention Its been off the road for about 2 years. I took it to SW - then got it back - but it broke down on the way home. So it went back, To be honest I tend to forget the timing of this sorry story
  8. It's complicated, personal and involves a family incident
  9. How many times have I posted? Is it real noise I'm making? As to the second Q I'll send you a message
  10. Thanks to the positive responses who can actually read - LOL Just to repeat what I said "Can someone recommend someone/ a garage in the south east to fix my Esprit so I can start enjoying it again, please?". It's quite funny here - I'm a member of several car forums (eg mini, stag) and only this one is hostile to people asking quite a simple question just asking for advice which gets totally misread . I get it! I'm not as clever technically! LOL Thanks - Gibbie - thats very handy I'll check it out Chillidog - you owe me an entire pub Seriously though - I won't shock you with the things they did. And they're a dealer. Just wow.
  11. Hello all, It's been a while (again) but I'm after some advice Can someone recommend someone/ a garage in the south east to fix my Esprit so I can start enjoying it again, please? It's with Steve Williams (Maidenhead) for the moment but for various reasons he won't be able to commit to it for the foreseeable. It's not his fault. It's got various issues the main one being coolant getting into the engine. The clutch slips too and the CEL is an issue but the former is the real problem. It looks like a head gasket or cracked liner. Preferably it would be good to have someone near the bucks/berks/west london area but with a trailer I guess that matters less. Any advice would be EXTREMELY valuable. And the moral of the whole story is - never buy a Lotus from a certain dealer in Southampton!
  12. In the case of MY wife she'd probably be happy! However I thought I'd see what reaction there may be to start with. Got a couple of PM so far so there is /some/ interest there!
  13. Just testing but... anyone out there wanting to buy a blue esprit S4s? i have one with <80k on the clock but has got a possible head gasket issue thought I’d see if there’s interest before posting more
  14. I'm what's called an Oracle DBA - diagnose some poor performance issues on one of our financial databases!! :-) I jest, of course, but I guess what I'm saying is ... Oil change? Yep.... Spark plugs? Can do..... Stupid indicator bulb slipped out of the front left indicator - PITA but did it with much blood spillage. I wish I could do it but it's over to the professionals - which I'm thinking was your meaning anyway (i.e. lesser man hours). I think I may be sorted re: the bits. Will find out tomorrow. I shan't go into the other issue yet - well maybe - nutshell time - car runs good at low speeds - car runs good when gradually winding the revs up to the 7k mark - but put your fut down for max turbo and at around 4~5k revs turns into a tractor (both the sound and the performance). First things first. And thanks for letting me know that it's not an engine-out thing - or equivalent. Do you want to buy a 1 year old Civic GT type -R ? No? Well I thought I'd ask.... :-)
  15. I've sjsportscars and pnm engineering and there *seems* to be availability - seems to be a costly state of affairs (e.g.. the springs costing more than the dampers)
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