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  1. Be amazed if you find any without ac. 410s only come with the carbon fibre seats. I don't like how they are mounted and would buy a 400 instead (and did). Radio. Cruise. That's about it. Most will be specd properly. Not sure what other options there are.
  2. 2 years seems sensible to me, brings it in line with normal V6s. They obviously have records which suggests after yr 3 there is more things that happen that would otherwise be covered by warranty. Isn't your car modified though - check that won't void it. Your car is
  3. Take Volvo SUV/estate/whatever. Remove some sound deadening. Add louder exhaust. Add 2 cylinders to engine. Replace badge with lotus one. Add 20k to price. Done. Current Volvos are fab anyway, we had a brand new V60 estate for a weekend on Volvo last year when our biohazard V70 they'd just serviced dumped its gearbox oil. It was a fantastic family car - not quick but incredibly comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive. We'll likely get a V90 next.
  4. The equivalent thread on the playground always wound me up. It was my go-to rage creator if I couldn't find a Polly Toynbee article on the home page of the Grauniad.
  5. Stratton have an Elise cup advertised, you can probably go and have a test drive if you give Alex a call. I don't think the new Colchester dealer have any demonstrators yet, they had an Elise Sport 220 in the showroom when I went in early December but couldn't do test drives. I wouldn't bother with Castle.
  6. No, its a 2bular. Quieter than OE,and there are some cans to. Lee did a couple of trackdays while he had it. I'm about an hour or so from Snetterton. @[email protected] do you have a noise test meter?
  7. I've booked onto this. First trackday in the 400 since I bought it last year - should probably have checked if it would pass the noise tests first but I've complete faith in what Lee told me when I picked it up!
  8. Dash on mine was the cubby by the steering wheel - a nut wasn't actually done up. Greg at hangar 111 sorted it in 5 mins with a long Allen key. Just needed to get the right angle. However the hvac seems to have recently developed the same noise that you describe above! ARB bushes are also the same...
  9. Thoughts are with you Lee. Hope you made it as good a Christmas as possible given the circumstances.
  10. Been there, done it and I'd take the 5-10 yr newer elise personally. The newer engine isn't exactly low reving and it's a hell of a lot more fuel efficient even when tracked. I don't think comparing a new one against a second hand one is really a fair fight, a brand new one is of course going to depreciate pretty epically as soon as you drive it off the forecourt. Going back to my old S2 Sprint, the first owner paid over £40k for it and it depreciated almost 1k a month while he owned it (I bought it from a dealer who obviously would have had their margin too). However, once some kind and gene
  11. You're the expert but in my humble opinion I think the recent elise cups look value compared to S2 exiges. I look at the price you are advertising my old sprint at (which I paid 27k for 20,000 miles and 7 years ago) and I think the newer elises are a bit of a no brainer when making the comparison.
  12. Just an update on this... Greg @Hangar 111 seems to have fixed it!!! For me, the panel next to the steering wheel shroud was loose (where the little cubby hole is) where the nut wasn't done up tight enough. After a bit of poking around he's sorted it (needed quite a long allen key). Very happy indeed!!
  13. I'm not the greatest at heal and toe but it works OK when I attempt it. Mostly.
  14. The 2k service (which, to be clear, was on a volvo V70!) was servicing, gearbox oil change (despite the "sealed for life" sticker from Volvo, BMW use the same auto gearbox in their 5 series and say the oil should be changed at 90k miles, so that's what we did) and almost 1k on new rear trailing arms - again a known issue with volvo V70s, the bushes on the rear suspension wear and the only option if you use a main dealer for servicing is a whole new replacement set plus labour. You might say I should've used a specialist but (i) I would have to find one locally and (ii) main dealer servicing in
  15. Oh dear. I know what you mean on scope creep! Shame if you don't get to drive it again although it might give you second thoughts... I have no idea what I would replace it with - I'm hoping that I don't have to think about it! There's nothing else in budget that is even vaguely similar. Probably some sort of hot hatch on a finance deal and cash in my pocket. Beyond petrol, which I accept is a different level of consumption compared to an elise (less so though compared to a 300hp hot hatch), I think I would find the running costs of the Evora will be very similar to any replacement (insura
  16. @Nathan Pitman returning to your OP, it's a tough one this. I'm now finding myself in a similar boat, house renovations are looking at being more over budget than I was expecting so am getting squeezed financially. I really don't want to sell the car and if I can hold on to the end of the year I think I won't have to - but equally if I were offered today what I paid for it it would be tough to say no (although it would be a massive regret - I've got the car I would've spec'd new from the factory and I have no idea what I would replace it with apart from another 400 once the renovations are fin
  17. Took me a month or so (only because I had to get the exige sold first).
  18. @CocoPops not sure how you went through the consumables so quickly, since I've had it the tyres have barely worn and I'm not exactly light footed...
  19. ^totally disagree with this, when I'm on my 5 miles commute to the station the heated seats are perfect, and the folding mirrors essential in the station car park!
  20. Have you been banned on the playground yet?! Did I tell you that I think I've found the dashboard squeak, on mine at least - it's the shroud around the steering wheel coming loose from the little cubby next to it. On the list for next year. Greg is also responsible for getting me in a 400. When you realise back to back round Spa (and Silverstone) that there's nothing between it and a V6, you question whether the compromises are worth less than the cost to change. I decided it was worth the extra money....
  21. @Gm77 is talking about building one of them
  22. I can't envisage getting rid of mine. Nothing else I want (that I can afford at least, I'd probably consider an 812 Superfast in dark blue). I'd like to go Caterham racing but that's a pipe dream at the moment. Otherwise.... if the cost to change for a GT4 got to under 10k, I might be tempted. Test drive at least
  23. Fixed that for you Greg. The perils of a practical daily driver Re cup holders, I find the curved pocket next to each of the rear seats holds a coffee cup pretty well if you are simply looking to store it for a short journey Re my old car - shame really. I (obviously) think it looks great, it was in A1 condition when I let it go, gear change was lovely, went like stink blah blah blah. I guess the point is that Alex can flog a new one on 50:50 for less up front, and use it as an ornament in the meantime.
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