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  1. All my Lotus cars over the last 25 years or so have been play cars and in more recent years shared garage space with classic cars too, so not always easy to pile on the miles as I shared the driving between them all. Added to that, I think if I drove the Evora as a daily, it would start to lose some of its 'specialness' (if that's actually a word!). My classics have now gone, so maybe I will start to use the Evora a bit more. Still won't do a high mileage though!
  2. What on earth would be the point of a self driving Lotus? Maybe the computers will be talking to each other and comparing the driving experiences of each other’s cars. If it ever truly does get to the point of self driving or autonomous cars, you might just as well be sitting in one of those ugly box like things Apple were developing. I mean, who would care how good it is for the computer to drive?
  3. And there I was, thinking my old Exige was difficult to get in and out of!
  4. So, auto and non VAG are the way forward then.
  5. Me too, although my cars do have remotely adjusted mirrors, so it seems auto gearbox is the way forward if you buy a car with stop/start fitted. You heard it here first!
  6. Well clearly not all stop/starts are created equal as mine certainly doesn't behave in that way. If I'm stopped at a junction and the system hasn't turned green (dash indication it is active) by the time I stop, then it won't do so until I'm moving again. If I'm at a junction where it is already active but I might need to move a bit sharpish, then despite the engine firing up again in milliseconds, I will usually keep my left foot on the brake and right foot slightly on the gas pedal whereupon the engine will restart in readiness.
  7. Seriously guys if you’re car has a delayed start as some have described, you need to get it looked at. They sound positively dangerous to me and certainly not a characteristic either of my cars have, or I’m sure I would be complaining about it too.
  8. I find some of the experiences on this thread all very strange and quite alarming. The system fitted to my car is really very benign and doesn't interfere in any way with how the car drives or behaves. Unlike the post before this, mine doesn't cut in until the car is completely stationary and I mean completely. If I'm just trickling along and barely moving, it won't cut in at all, so pulling out of junctions or at roundabouts are never an issue. Further, I would measure the start time, upon taking my foot off the brake and onto the throttle in milliseconds, so there is really no discernible delay at all. Finally, having seen some of the quotes regarding replacement battery costs, out of interest I've just priced up a replacement for my car, not that it needs one, at only £140, which I don't honestly think is too horrendous. I don't know, maybe Mercedes have engineered a better solution than other manufacturers??? Having said all of the above, I don't actually care whether my car has stop/start or not but it came as standard and has never caused me to think it is a poor or unresolved feature. It just does its thing without me ever really noticing.
  9. Indeed it does. My own son is a Lotus nut because of my long obsession.
  10. Ye gods, some of you fellas are extraordinarily young!
  11. I’ve always felt the longest you should go between oil changes is 1 year at most, maybe less if doing a high mileage, regardless of manufacturers recommendation. The stop/start is more about reducing the emissions rather than saving fuel and mine doesn’t stop anyway until the engine is warm, so I don’t believe additional wear due to starting with zero oil pressure is really any problem. If you were continually starting a cold engine then may be but otherwise I don’t have any problem with it myself. My wife’s Merc with stop/start is 7 years old and still going strong on the original battery. In my view, additional wear and tear on cars so equipped, provided they’ve been properly designed for it, is really a non issue.
  12. I take it you’ve not tried the parking brake on a Mercedes then? They are comically poor at holding the car on anything other than a completely flat surface. If I’m going to be stopped for anything more than a few seconds, I normally slip out of drive into neutral and use the brake hold as the parking brake is so awful. My car definitely starts on the normal starter motor. I don’t have any experience of JLR cars though.
  13. I've got it on my Merc and, to be honest, it's never been a problem for me to just let it do its thing. It always defaults to active when I turn the ignition on and I can't really see the point in turning it off anyway since the engine always starts immediately as soon as I come off the brake or touch the throttle pedal. It used to take me a bit by surprise on the first car I had with it fitted, every time it cut the engine, but I quickly became used to it. I understand the concerns about additional wear on some parts but they have been engineered to cope with that potential extra wear, so not really a concern for me.
  14. Absolutely. As an old friend of mine often says ..........”Live your life to the full, there are no pockets in a shroud.”
  15. I first became aware of Lotus cars around 1959, I think it was. An aunt and uncle of mine used to hold a house party every summer and that particular year, I remember there was the most beautiful and exotic looking car I'd ever seen in my life, sitting on their drive as we arrived. Turned out it was an Elite type 14 that belonged to a wealthy pal of my cousins whom he knew from architectural college and was a member of the Iranian royal family. I spent the entire evening outside just staring open mouthed at this car and looking at it from every conceivable angle, drinking in its impeccable lines. I can still see it in my minds eye today as clearly as if I were standing alongside it now, metallic powder blue body with metallic silver roof, blue interior carpets and leather seats - just utterly gorgeous in every respect and quite unlike anything I'd ever clapped eyes on before. That was the beginning! That was the first and last Lotus I saw until my next encounter sometime around 1961 when a mates father bought a 7 S2 kit to build in his garage. Although this obviously lacked the inherent prettiness of the Elite, I was still intrigued by the 7 and spent many a happy hour in their garage passing spanners and helping out, when asked, to put the car together. Strangely, my mate wasn't in the slightest bit interested in his dads car build and was rather put out that I wanted to spend more time with his dad than I did playing footie with him! His dad was obviously a Lotus fan and it was through him that I gained my very early knowledge about the marque, especially as there just weren't the range of books available at that time about sports cars and manufacturers. I remember him promising me a ride in his 7 once it was finished and registered but before finishing it, he was offered a promotion by the bank he worked for and the entire family moved away, so I never did get to ride in it as promised. I felt cheated! Anyhow, seeds well and truly sown, I subsequently hoovered up anything I could find relating to the Lotus marque and followed their future progress in F1, especially with Jim Clark who was, and remains to this day, my all time racing driver hero. I even had an Airfix motor racing set (competitor of the better known Scalextric) entirely with Lotus cars, 3 F1 25s and latterly a Cortina that I painstakingly painted with the familiar green side stripes. My own first foray into Lotus ownership came with my 4th car a few years later and the purchase of a used 1963 Lotus Cortina, the one which started life with the aluminium bonnet, boot and doors and the Chapman A Frame rear suspension, although mine had been converted back to leaf springs by the time I got it. It was in fabulous condition and I went to great lengths keeping it that way until, sadly, it eventually had to go in order to raise the deposit for our first house in the early '70's. Oh how I regret selling that magnificent car, which went for around 600 quid, if I remember correctly and, worse still, the subsequent owner wrote it off just a few months later. I wasn't 'without' for too long, however, and found myself back in a Lotus in the shape of an S3 Elan as the first of many more Lotus. I've pretty much always had a Lotus of some sort in my life, with a digression of a few years and 2 Caterhams I built with my own son, before coming back to the fold I've always loved in 2009 with an Elise SC, followed by the V6 Exige and, more recently, the Evora GT410 Sport. It's odd how one particular car marque can so get under your skin. I've never wanted a Porsche or Ferrari or Lamborghini, nor any other exotica. Just give me a Lotus and I'm a happy boy!
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