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  1. Hmmm. Bit of a shame to see so many intelligent (owning an Esprit does suggest a decent IQ) people spouting so much pap. Global warming is not 'hot air' well not unless your views are aligned with say the US government's, or perhaps Australia (even more grossly energy inefficient as a country than the US). The only reason the IPCC were unable to use more absolute language in describing just how responsible humans are for the state of affairs is because of the argumentative stance of the representatives from the major oil producing nations. Natural cycles exist of course. Solar activi
  2. lol - just re-read my last post after the first response to it. Perhaps 'normal' is a little subjective. My P-reg Rover 220Sdi has only needed tyres and pads oh and a new wiper in the 2 years I owned it. I guess that's more 'normal'. Strange how quickly you get re-calibrated after you buy an Esprit. I think the point I was really trying to make is that a Sport 350 is not inherently more expensive than any other V8. Unless you start clipping kerbs with the alloys or standing on the ironing board to reach something in the roof of your garage of course...... And if you're already t
  3. Hi Danny, Well, great to see a new (prospective) owner and I hope you are successful in getting a V8 particularly if you manage to find a 350. I had one from new in 2000 and put about 20k miles on it during the first 6 months of ownership. It was a daily drive to work; from work; to the shops; to that bit of twisty road not too far from Chipping Norton without cameras that I needed to keep going back to just to check if had got any better; in fact to anywhere I had any excuse (however feeble) to drive to. I've got another 350 now (#19 rather than #42) and the drive is equally compell
  4. I had this vision of the 'hand crafted' bit of the Esprit production being a load of men in brown overcoats with tape measures doing stuff until it looks about right. Was funny looking down this line of 350s seeing each one slightly different....
  5. HI all, Not sure if any other 350's have the new suspension yet, but worth posting that I have it fitted to mine but haven't had much chance to use the car as I've been out of the country a lot. My thoughts though, my 350 has done about 45k miles and I had the original suspension swapped for a 'new' version of the original as a temporary step. The change here was significant. I had bushes that were shot and the geometry wasn't great. Getting it back from Hethel after that change was like driving a new car, as you'd expect and reminiscent of when I got my new 350 back in 2000. I had
  6. I actually read one of the government's white papers last year (or was it the year before), it actually cited evidence of the increased pollution output of modern car engines when driving at 20mph as one of the reasons for not introducing this speed limit in more places. The report asserted that if they did the government would stand no chance of meeting the CO2 emmission standards that they have signed up to. Bottom line with this one, we're never going to get the 'sensible' limit imposed where you can do what you like so long as it is safe as we've gone too far down the road of reducing
  7. How very true. Just had an A+cambelts done at Sportmotive (quick, efficient service as usual) and they also said that I was only getting 70% throttle and there was a fair bit of slack in the cable. Given how lovely the weather is today I had to go out for a quick spin (for quick spin read 'taking a 25 mile detour over to Devizes then on to Marlborough just cos the roads to Marlborough that way are so much better than the direct 8 mile route). I can say for definite that the car is lively, way more responsive on the throttle (doh!) and feels a heap faster (doh! again). I guess this had
  8. Just had my 2nd screen in 2 months fitted. Ok so it's a V8 (sport 350) so not directly relevant to this thread but... first replacement cracked from the bottom edge where it looked like the glass had been knocked before it was fitted. There was an inch long chip on the upper edge at the bottom of the screen. You could see where the right angle edge of the glass had that piece missing. Stress crack started there and worked upwards. So, just be careful that the edges have no damage when you get it fitted! On the upside, Autoglass in Swindon did mine, piece of cake, all done (inc glue c
  9. Hmmm, good luck getting a definitive answer with this one my friend. This is almost as personally subjective as asking what you like best about an Esprit. For me for example, I do very little maintenance on my 350 myself. The work has almost exclusively been done (very well thank you very much!) at either Sportmotive or Hethel. I personally don't particularly enjoy car maintenance and would rather spend my time doing other things (like driving it). Therefore I don't begrudge the
  10. Well in 2000 I drove my first Sport 350 about 19,500 miles in the first 6 months of ownership between collecting it (new) in October and writing it off the following May. Most fun I've had in a car ever (the driving, rather than the writing off) Current 350 was bought in 2003 with 19,500 miles on it, now has 46,000 miles. There have been weeks (when the weather has been good) where it's been a daily drive doing 200 miles / day. really, the problem I find is coming up with arguments for NOT using it every day Andy
  11. Well Dave, put me in the definitely interested category. Given all the dark blue inserts on my 350, I think I'd like one annodised to the same blue. Or maybe black. Or maybe silver would match the rest of the car... too many choices. Andy Sport 350 #19
  12. It's my birthday in July - if this turns out be an annual thingy then I really don't need to ask for any other birthday presents. So, count me in for both the factory and any hotel meet etc. If you're looking for an example of each model for any exhibit etc then I'm happy to offer the 350. Andy '99 Sport 350
  13. A couple of days after some spirited driving around Brunty in July I noticed a dirty big crack in the top right of the windscreen. Can only figure this was stress related as there were no chip marks or impact nicks that I could see. My insurance use Autoglass so I phoned the call centre they booked the guys to call at my house the next day. An hour later the actual fitters called to say there was no chance they could do it anywhere other than their office. Turned out to be a real easy job, took em way less time than they expected. Amazing improvement in the view out of the car now.
  14. Pic sent to e-mail and avatar updated. Hope you can get one or the other... Andy
  15. Errrrrrrrrm See 'me'... Jimmy. Sorry matey, think I bagged those two if you check again.... Andy
  16. Oooooooh Yeah. Me and my colleague from the US Andy Sport 350 #19 Andy Baxter 56 Gary Nelson 57
  17. Hi guys, Quick request - I've got a double room booked in the Wensum Valley hotel (no, not that sort of request!) and I'm now going to be attending with a colleague so I need to change this for a twin or some other configuration. If anyone wants to swap drop me a PM, quickly I guess. Cheers Andy
  18. Hmmm, Don't think I've ever had more than 250 miles out of a tank, and at that point I was expecting to run out at any minute based on the fuel gauge. Then again I've only ever managed to get up to about 52 litres in mine even if I fill slowly, so perhaps this is part of the problem? I've tracked mileage vs petrol since I bought the car 20k ish miles ago - I also recorded fuel consumption in my first Sport 350 up to the 19k mile point when I went rallying in it *ahem*. Pretty similar to my current one. Date Mileage Litres Cost
  19. Hi there, I had a slight leak from one of the unions forward of the engine on the lines to the coolers. The factory changed mine and (remarkably given the general consensus on that job) managed to change both without shearing off the pipe / cooler unions. Comment when I spoke to them about it went aong the lines of 'yeah, we've got a real good guy who did the job'. No issues since and I don't remember it being particularly expensive although the details are in the file in the UK so I can't get my hands on them at the mo. You might want to give them a bell?? Assume the worst thoug
  20. Sport 350 # 19 Pretty much bog-standard Shinier aerial. Four beam headlight relay mod Straight pipes from cats back Andy
  21. Hi matey, I'll be heading up from near Marlborough so was planning either the M4 or the A4 for the initial East-bound stretch. Given where you'll be meeting, I'll catch up with you at Membury. Cheers Andy Sport 350 #19
  22. Don't panic Mr K, Everyone was probably off doing the same as me, ie running around trying to work out how much I could get by selling various possessions to have enough cash to bid for that amazing book... Andy
  23. Hi all, For anyone vaguely interested in Vulcans I can recommend "Vulcan 607" as an interesting read. I bought it for a transatlantic flight a few weeks ago and was thoroughly hooked. Never realised quite what they did during the Falklands or the logistical nightmare it was to actually get 1 of these planes over the island 6000 miles away. I vaguely remember seeing one of these taking off from RAF Valley as a child. Whatever it was was bl**dy loud and made me the envy of the other kids at school when I talked about it. Andy
  24. Hey Rob, If my current work schedule lets me back to the UK from (oh so sunny) San Jose [and I'm keeping everything crossed] then I'll be there in #19. You're more than welcome to take my passenger seat for a spin round (not literally hopefully) in an un-modified 350. I realise it'll be very slow in comparison to your 500bhp monster, but if you can lower yourself to a bog-standard Sport 350 then let me know Cheers Andy
  25. 3 1 - Andy Baxter 2 - Yes - Sport 350 #19 3 - Got passenger now (Gary Nelson). Hotel booked for twin now. 4 - About to do so - 1 night 5 - God no, spoil a good walk? 6 - Yeah 7 - Does it have 4 wheels? err Hell yeah 8 - Sunny San Jose via Wiltshire
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