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    Chris Jones
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    Evora N/A
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    Devon
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  1. Evo are probably repositioning in anticipation of Geely giving Lotus money for an actual marketing budget...
  2. I had a constant knocking/pattering sound from the back of the car which I thought was suspension related. It turned out to be I think the handbrake caliper slightly loose.
  3. The red one has lost the Evora sticker from the back so presumably the rear bumper has either been resprayed or replaced? I also like that in the similar cars section at the bottom of the advert it comes up with an Evoque and an A5 convertible as the first options!
  4. Good thoughts, thanks! The car's in for service in a couple of weeks so I'll pass it on to swlc to look at.
  5. I'd considered that, it seems odd that temperatures appear normal during town driving and it underreads during harder driving, or is that a usual symptom for the sensor deteriorating?
  6. I'm running a 2011 NA Evora which has an odd thing going on with the coolant temperatures which I don't know if it's at all normal. Trundling along at town speeds temperatures warm up to normal (halfway or slightly lower on the gauge) as I'd expect. If I then have a short spirited drive on the country roads for 5 miles or so, using more of the rev range, the temperature vanishes back down the scale. Usually down to a few pixels above the bottom, but on a cold night two days ago temperatures dropped right off the bottom of the scale which was more worrying! Going back in to town driving the temperature slowly comes back up. The little sustained motorway driving I do the temperature sits around 1/3 up the scale. Last time I was out for an extended drive (back end of the summer) I don't recall anything unusual in temperatures later in the journey. To my non mechanical mind it's like there's a reservoir of cold coolant somewhere in the system that's being flushed past the temperature sensor once coolant starts circulating when the revs rise. So I don't know if this is normal and a symptom of the short journeys/initial warm up period or something to worry about and indicating a blockage?
  7. I drove an Elise on a track experience at Castle Combe and then accidentally bought one a year later while looking for a small hatchback for the missus to learn to drive in... I moved up to the Evora after we had the first sprog and i needed the +2 space. Also my wife didn't want to be married to a cock who drove a Porsche. (her words)...
  8. The Alpine's a lovely thing, if i didn't need at least a bit of practicality and the +2 of the Evora I would have one in a heartbeat.
  9. I picked up a cheap seat belt pad from amazon for this. Cost me all of £8 3 years ago and has been fine since.
  10. Thanks Russ! My last phone pre-dated android auto, I'll try again with my latest and see how that gets on. Did IncarTec change anything besides the head unit, i was thinking of changing the speakers? I'm pretty certain the sub in the back isn't doing anything either...
  11. Does it? How? On my last phone i paid for the appradio unlocked app to mirror my phone across and found the interface appallingly laggy (the standard appradio had no apps i wanted to use as far as i could tell). Bluetooth i think i gave up on as i had to control track selection from my phone. I've ended up using a Usb stick for music and that's not ideal as i have to browse by files and folders otherwise it plays the tracks in alphabetical order... For satnav i now just use Google maps on the phone in a spider holder in an air vent. I've been considering changing the unit but if you know the secret to making it work with an android phone I'm all ears!
  12. Back on topic then, problems and costs... My only issues are dodgy electrics in the passenger window, possibly caused by a leaking seal letting moisture into the door. I get round it by keeping the car under a cover which is a bit of a faff tbh but not a disaster. Otherwise the engine is a toyota so more or less bomb proof. Servicing is extremely reasonable at my local independent lotus specialist. Insurance is within £20 of my Skoda family wagon. Tyres, I last paid £480 for my local fitter to put a set of yokohama v105 on the 18/19" wheels. Fuel I average 25 to the gallon mostly on country roads. Taking into account depreciation this is by far the cheapest motoring I've had... Oh, and off-topic my 3 year old loves the car, she used to want to sit in it at every opportunity even before she was big enough for me to put a forward facing seat in the back.
  13. Pretty certain mine does the same to a lesser degree, I've been meaning to adjust the seal for a while but lost the urgency when I started putting a cover on the carr. I think for me it is parking slightly tail down that gives the water a path through to the boot.
  14. Chris J

    Evora Sport 410

    The pioneer unit (sph da120) installed in my S1 by the previous owner has the option to use the camera full time. I presume the camera is powered off the reversing light or similar though as i only get a black screen until reverse is selected. The camera angle would be rubbish for a rear view mirror with a screen full of number plate, i'd want it installed up in the engine cover slats on a 410...
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