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  1. Apologies for reviving an old thread... my auto 400 is also stalling. However it's only happened twice and both times I've been able to restart the engine with the start button and then pop the car back in D (goes to N automatically on stall) My MAF sensor looks pretty snug, worth cutting the ziptie to check the connection? Or the sensor itself?
  2. Happy days... after about 5 more drives the sound appears to be completedly gone. The shifts are noticeably smoother and faster too, although I did manage to confuse it once yesterday by jumping from the brake to the gas while it was mid-shift. Picked a gear within a second though, whereas before it sometimes hunted for what seemed like an eternity. Going to change my gearbox oil more frequently now... at least every 5 trackdays or every year (along with engine oil), whichever comes soonest. Good info, another 2 products in the service manual: Toyota Genuine ATF WS Transmission oil (what I got) Exxon Mobil JWS 3324 Transmission oil
  3. Got the car back. Only good news to report so far... car drove home perfectly fine. No sign of shift hesitation and I can't reproduce the clunk sound anymore by reversing a few metres and then going forward a few metres (which reproduced the clunk 100% of the time before.) Will pay close attention to it tomorrow, but happy to say it's all looking good so far. After all the service manual does recommend changing trans oil every 7,500km/6 months for regularly tracked cars (as opposed to 58,000km/4 years otherwise.) The dealer also checked the spark plugs but confirmed they were fine (as they should be, after only 8,000km). Haven't had it checked explicitly, although it appears to be ziptied from the factory:
  4. 1 year 2 months, Supercharge Gold MF66. Was put in 6 weeks after I took delivery of the car (factory Varta already started having issues.)
  5. Just dropped my car off for service. Not without drama though; on the way there, in a congested tunnel, the car stalled. (It's an automatic.) Have been noticing a few coughs/splutters every now and then (regardless of engine temperature or fuel level) but this is the first time it's totally stalled. I was decelerating in D(rive) at about 20mph/30kph when the engine cut out. Engine light, battery light and oil light came on, and the gearbox went into N by itself. Was able to restart the engine with the starter button while rolling. Dealer ran diagnostics asap, but nothing came up. The last week or so the car has really been struggling to start... it barely ticks over and then runs really lumpy for about 10 seconds at 500rpm before smoothing out. I've had this before with a bad battery, but I'm currently on a relatively new one. Dealer is going to check the spark plugs, but I suspect it's a fuelling issue. Fingers crossed the car is all well and better when I pick it up this afternoon....
  6. Interested in something lighter and a bit quieter for my 400. QuickSilver exhaust sounded like it was the go but Bell & Colvill told me they weren't selling them due to quality reasons. Would be interested in the Signature QT if/when it becomes 400-compatible.
  7. Car is booked in for service next Wednesday. Downside of the dealer being a race team is that they have to prioritise those preparing for competition first. A flurry of events this month meant that I had to be pushed back several weeks. (Missing one of my own trackdays in the process but it wasn't a competition event anyway) Also kinda hoping that fresh transmission oil helps with my fuel consumption... the car is only getting about 150 miles before the fuel light comes on. (Driven on the street very sedately)
  8. Thanks guys, look forward to getting it sorted out. Very strange to hear that the manual is also prone to such a noise as all my symptoms point to the auto box. This morning driving to work it even hesitated on upshifts in a straight line or perhaps I'm paying more attention to these little hiccups than I normally would. Have another big rattle coming from the back of the car somewhere on bumpy roads. Sounds kinda similar but is just a sound, as opposed to the main clunk which can also be felt through the seats.
  9. Cancelled my trackday. Driving home from work I tried to upshift during a long sweeping corner at moderate Gs... box couldn't find the next gear until after the corner. Previously that had only happened occasionally on track. (upshifted well before redline, so not a rev limiter issue) Also just heard from another friend with an auto Evora 400 - he has the same clunk now too.
  10. My dealer called today to say they can't change the transmission oil until a month from now... too busy setting up race cars for a few events until then. Hoping the gearbox holds together, I have a trackday in 2 weeks and the clunk has developed into the occasional double-clunk
  11. Thanks so much for the info Really hoping an oil change fixes it.
  12. Yes happening in all modes. Some further research into the U660E auto box reveals that some Toyota owners have similar sounds in their cars. In their cases it's either the ABS doing a self-test (only once per engine start-up though) or an indication that the transmission oil needs to be changed. Booking my car in for a gearbox oil change as the service notes suggest I do so about now anyway. Normally required every 58,000km / 4 years, unless the car is tracked "occasionally" in which case it needs to be changed every 7,500km / 6 months. (My car has done 8 trackdays and 7,800km)
  13. Good thinking, however unlikely as the clunk still happens if I hold the car in 1st gear at 20-30kph and then slow down to 0 (so no gearchange).
  14. Today I checked if tension on the handbrake affected the noise at all; it didn't. So as you suggest, torque converter is looking even more likely to be the culprit. No warning lights so I think it's purely a physical fault. I get the noise regardless of engine/transmission temperature.
  15. My Evora 400 auto has developed a worrying "clunk" sound that is not only clearly audible, but can also be felt through the chassis. It happens when slowing the car down to a stop; it typically happens at around 5kph or so. The deceleration can be completely smooth but the clunk will happen regardless. It also makes the same noise if you reverse a few metres, and then start driving forward - it'll go clunk almost straight away. I had the dealer check the car out, they took all the wheels and brakes off and spent 3 hours checking every single bolt holding the engine and suspension together, and couldn't find the cause of the noise. They even had one guy jump into the boot to visually inspect the engine bay while the clunk sound happened, but nothing could be seen to move. Factors we've been able to dismiss: Fuel - happens with full or near empty tank Harness bar - thought the SSC harness bar might have been torsioning the chassis in a bad way, but happens with/without it Seats - double-checked that all bolts are tight and there is no freeplay Nothing physically loose, e.g. battery All brake pads checked for play, fresh copper grease applied, still happens Brake discs dismounted, cleaned, remounted, no effect Not specific to a particular gear, it clunks whether I decelerate in 1st or 2nd The only things left that I can think of are: Handbrake, I'll see if it happens with some light pressure on the handbrake Torque converter locking action, which correllates to the speed at which the clunk happens The car has 7800km and 8 trackdays under its belt. If anyone has any ideas, they would be immensely appreciated.
  16. chylld

    Evora GT430

    In a nutshell yes. That said even the local Lotus race cars don't set it off, only my friend's near-straight-pipe Mustang V8 has
  17. chylld

    Evora GT430

    We do, but I've never had a problem. Been to Wakefield several times (heavily policed 90dB drive-by limit between turns 2 & 3) and never set it off.
  18. chylld

    Evora GT430

    Easy solution, just fit some Sparco Pro 2000 seats. Street legal and super comfy, on a 3.5-hour drive I found them much more comfortable than the standard Sparco seats at the same time as offering more support than any factory Lotus seat. At the track last week my dealer principal sat in it and declared it would be the aftermarket option they offer moving forward. Compared to the Sport 410 seat it wins hands-down. Access to the back seat is also remarkably easy after sliding the seat forward (it's slid all the way back in this pic)
  19. chylld

    evora so comfy

    My old Evora S was a very comfortable car... my 400 is pretty good but not quite as comfortable. Some people rave about how the McLaren 12C/650S has magic carpet ride qualities, but those P11-chassis Macs have nothing on a gen1 Evora That said, the new Mac 540/570 has taken the #1 spot for me as the sports car with the best ride/handling compromise. It's smooth and supple but also very playful and responsive. And twice the price of a 400
  20. Went from an Evora S manual to an Evora 400 auto, absolutely love the gearbox. For driving around town it's actually smoother than my BMW 4-series. When you're gentle on the throttle it does a nice trick of shifting up into 2nd gear early, while still slipping the torque converter, which means there's no perceptible change in acceleration and adds to the refinement. On track it upshifts as snappy as a dual-clutch and (as noted by others) the downshift blip is godly. I like the engagement of a manual but found that I was using my Evora S less and less as I often wasn't quite in the right mood for it, or I was taking the dog to a walking track and needed to wear my hiking boots, etc. I now gladly use my 400 daily and it's perfect.
  21. chylld

    Evora Sport 410

    If the car seemed like it was shorter geared, then I will take that as a compliment The faster shifting is great especially in a straight line. Mid corner though I have to lift slightly before upshifting as the jolt will unsettle the car if you're right on the limit. The only auto gearbox I've driven that was significantly better is the Porsche PDK.
  22. chylld

    Evora Sport 410

    The service notes for the Evora 400 are different from the IPS specs in the playground Wiki, especially the final drive: With the standard rear 400 tyres, this yields 7000rpm top speeds of the following: mph: 46 80 107 151 207 248 kph: 74 128 171 243 334 399 Based on my car I think this is pretty accurate. In the video above I'm short-shifting a tiny bit shy of the 7000rpm redline, as the auto box won't upshift if you hit the rev limiter.
  23. chylld

    Evora Sport 410

    A 400 with R-specs and some more front negative camber is quite potent on track, but believe me, you'll still want for more power. MUCH more.
  24. that blue with black pack looks absolutely stunning
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