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  1. Hah, looks like my Google-fu failed.. Not sure if my leak is in the same place as Spanky, or actually in the sill, but I will pass on the knowledge. And, I guess this shows it's not a unique issue
  2. Hi all, Bit of a nightmare scenario - last week I returned from a trip to the shop and when I'd parked up I noticed a decent fluid leak originating from behind the drivers side front wheel. The car had had its slightly leaky radiator replaced at the last service and I suspected, maybe hoped, that it was just a loose hose related to that, unfortunately under closer inspection it was clearly engine oil I've had the car recovered to Oakmere and the initial diagnosis is that one of the steel oil cooler pipes that runs through the sill has corroded through at the point where there is a retaining bracket, it looks like bracket has some packing material in it that has retained moisture and allowed this to happen, probably in part due to relative lack of use during the pandemic. Obviously since this pipe runs through the sill, replacement is going to be challenging, Paul at Oakmere has some ideas and I'll update when I have a resolution. My Google-fu couldn't find anyone else having had this issue, so I may be 'special' , but if you've got a reason to have the arch liners off, it maybe be worth a look down the sill cavity just in case. I was fortunate it happened on a short trip and there was still oil on the dipstick when I pulled up, so no engine damage. Cheers, Jon
  3. Hi, the JCT car was own by a colleague of mine for about 5 years before he sold it to JCT last year - it's a good one and his ownership experience encouraged me into my Evora The exhaust was always a bit of a mystery, but the head unit was upgraded when motorsport auctions were clearing the old stock for a very reasonable price!
  4. I'd place a well regarded specialist equal to or better than a dealer stamp in most cases. If I was being ultra-picky (i.e. trying to get a few quid off) I'd like to see dealer stamps during the warranty period just to give me confidence that austerity ownership hadn't kicked in from the start. That said, a book full of kwik-fit stamps might be a worry ;).
  5. Thanks Bibs - I feel a lot better after that news! I've previously had a grievous stone chip very well dealt with by our local Lotus approved place, so hopefully it'll be going back there.
  6. Well my Evora has survived 3 years in my care without significant issue until today.. Unfortunately a work colleague managed to reverse into me in the work car park and despite the low speed it looks like the damage could be 'quite expensive', albeit cosmetic. Poor chap was mortified, hopefully it will be a straightforward insurance job. How is the lead time for S1 bumpers and diffusers at the moment? I am not optimistic!
  7. I have MPSS on the front and PS4S on the rear in original sizes. No issues, a rather more convincing combination than the MPSS/Corsa combo I had for a few months
  8. Nothing particularly. I think it may be their demonstrator, they've had it a while, I remember seeing it in March last year. It looked fantastic then, still does now. Based on experience if you go to Oakmere looking to buy their still-quite-expensive-demonstrator they're very good at up-selling you to a brand new one, so there may be a bit of that going on!
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  10. Hi Matt, I have had something similar, but it happened one time only and it was very cold. I could not get 1st and 2nd and it almost felt like the gate had moved and there was a springy resistance preventing me from getting across to 1st and 2nd. I had driven around to the local shop and it was reversing out of their parking space that did it - something obviously moved somewhere, by the time I'd got home I could get first and second with some gentle persuasion. I braced myself for phoning the dealer in the morning but a quick test drive before doing so saw a continuous improvement until everything was back to normal??!?! Hasn't done it again and this happened about 6 months back.
  11. The bottom card is definitely the one you want - the top is a Sony 'M2' card, which certainly won't work even if it fits. You need to push the card in far enough enough that it latches, in case there is something wrong with your slot, here's a video of me inserting a card into mine, after which it was detected by the unit: (Apologies for the heavy breathing!).
  12. This is an interesting proposition: £24k, but best part of 80k miles? No pictures, so maybe those miles have been a bit 'hard'!
  13. After a few weeks mine developed a nasty rattle that seemed to be coming from somewhere near the front of the dash, really really annoying because the car was otherwise creak and rattle free. Then I realized it was my cheapo dashcam rattling in its mount . When it comes down to build quality, there are two types, perceived: and actual: Unfortunately these days, it seems that advertising the fact that your products have the latter is seen as naive and it's all about keeping the cost down and the perception up. Barring one issue, that could have happened on any new car (which Oakmere dealt with extremely quickly and professionally), the car has been perfect.
  14. Admiral certainly have the GTE in the drop down list, I know this because when I selected it it was a few quid cheaper than my SR! (Ok, ok, if I had upped the declared value to that of a GTE then it would have been different ). Whether you would want to insure a GTE with Admiral, or not, is another subject entirely ;).
  15. Just noticed in the pics, it seems to have a non-standard exhaust for an SR (not that this is a bad thing either ).
  16. Managed to do my front left last night, misjudged the curb in the dark and rain Damage looks to be mostly in the lacquer, but still, arrrrggggggggggggh!
  17. Hi Dave, There are two issues that I can see, both of which are down to preferences. It's IPS, so an auto, some people love it, some not so much. It's Daytona Blue, which is a marmite colour and one that doesn't photograph well, you really need to see the car in person to know whether you will like it or not. I would say in the photos above they have got it looking a bit darker than it comes across to me in real life, where it appears more of a baby blue. If you can live with above then all is good! Cheers, Jon
  18. Welcome, this seems very familiar from when I was looking. It quickly became apparent that there are very few real MY12 spec cars out there and most are pre-MY12 spec cars registered later. The easiest way I found to spot the difference was that MY12 spec includes a Pioneer F930BT, which has a knob on it, earlier models have an Alpine unit that is all buttons. Of the two cars on Autotrader, I don't believe either are MY12, but it's harder to tell for the yellow one (although the advert is enough to put me off there - 'Sports Racer spec' when it doesn't look to have the premium pack etc).
  19. This is mine earlier : Suffering from a distinct lack of PAS fluid.
  20. Welcome to the Essex Evora club That makes it 3 out of 3 without the stickers!
  21. Thanks all! The stripes are in the boot, Silvestone have one with the stripes applied and I wasn't too keen; I don't think they suit the curved lines of the Evora as well as the Esprit.
  22. Hello All, I have just acquired my first ever Lotus, a new Essex Blue Evora, from the chaps at Oakmere Coming from a FWD, this is a bit of a leap, so I'll be taking things very easy for the time being! Cheers, Jon
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