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  1. Yes, you're probably right. However the person I dealt with (more of a "sales" than a "technical" bod) insisted that the regas couldn't be claimed on warranty. Maybe I should have been more forceful but I was tired and didn't want any fallings out with the place. If the gas leaks out again, as I suspect it probably will, then I'll certainly be asking for a refund along with a free fix.
  2. Just got around to having my 400 regassed at the dealer's. The AC is working well so far, blowing out air at 4C compared to18C ambient air temperature. Once again the they tested and inspected the system and couldn't find a leak so hopefully it will hold on to its gas this time. I was charged for the regas and it wasn't cheap: not something that I want to be paying for regularly.
  3. By "NW of England", I think you also mean North Wales and the West Midlands? The place that you have in mind is reasonably close to those places too. I'd like to have helped out but have trouble finding the time in the next few weeks. I'll let you know if my plans change though.
  4. What exactly does that valve on the supercharger/intercooler do? The one that you can see opening under engine load through the rear window. I was looking at mine today because the valve's end-stop adjustment screw, along with its bracket, is starting to go a bit rusty on my car. I was contemplating taking out the screw to try and get a stainless steel one but I wouldn't know how to re-adjust the end-stop position afterwards. Wondering why none of my usual tools fitted but to turn the screw I've found that you need a 3/32 inch allen key: so it's probably an American (Edelbrock) part! I bet it has got a weird imperial thread as well. Instead of fiddling, I've just applied some fresh black paint and some oil.
  5. A TPMS fault is an MoT test fail for any car registered after 1/1/2012. Useful to have if it works reliably but if it doesn't then you're better without it. Also, doesn't that emergency tyre repair foam destroy TPMS sensors? So extra expense if you get a puncture.
  6. There’s a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle. The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. You do not pay VAT on the fee.
  7. Eckythump - a modern interpretation of the Rochdale Olympic. (I was going to make a joke about Rochdale's great motor industry "the Motown of Lancashire", thinking that it never had one, Googled it and found that they used to produce a kind of mini Lotus Elite there).
  8. My 400 is two years old and is already at 19,000 miles. My old Elise made it to 175,000 and I'm hoping to beat that in the Evora! Cars are meant to be driven.
  9. My 400 has just been in for its 2nd year service and was also found to have lost all of its air-con gas. They vacuum tested the system and couldn't find a leak so it's a mystery to me where the gas has all gone. I hope that this isn't a recurring problem.. My mum's Toyota has managed to hold onto its air-con gas for 15 years, so the Evora loosing it all after less than two is a bit rubbish. I'm having to go back to get it regassed as there was a problem with their gas machine on the day.
  10. Multi-car policy? I've only got the one car! Lots of specialist insurers seem to assume that if you have a Lotus that it will be a 2nd car and only do limited miles. For me, it's my only car and I do around 10000-12000 miles per year. I'm not fussed about track days either. I'm currently with a mainstream insurer (LV) who have been fine to deal with in the past but would like to pay less than the £1400 that they are wanting this year. Others that I've dealt with in the past, e.g. Hastings, have been an absolute joke and I wouldn't take out a policy with them if they paid me.
  11. I'm finding that my Evora 400 renewal quote has gone up this year to a record amount. 2017 - £1350 2018 - £1250 2019 - £1400 I was expecting it to go down as the only two insurance claims I've ever made in my life (January 2016 and January 2017 - first one no fault, the second one no other vehicle involved - it was an unlucky year!) faded into the past. I too used to pay sub £300 for my old Elise, have lots of NCB, mid-risk postcode and a fully clean licence held since 1993. So far I've tried Henderson Taylor but they won't quote as I do more that 5000 miles per year.
  12. Emergency bog roll container?
  13. For those saying that a "luxury" SUV from Lotus is totally at odds with the history of the company, Oliver Winterbottom's book "A life in car design" (he is the designer of the 1970s Elite) has some interesting information on plans from the 1990s to produce a high performance, V8 powered, luxury APV i.e. a "people carrier"! 635 apv&f=false
  14. This is no longer an option. You could try Comet or maybe British Home Stores instead.
  15. Mine too. Always seems to take two presses of the button to turn it off, but usually turns on with a single press. Will have to try some contact cleaner on the switch. I occasionally use the CC on motorways or roads with silly low speed limits to help me keep under, but it always feels "jerky" in adjusting the speed. Never as smooth as a human working the throttle. Because of this I only feel happy using it in daylight on dry roads. We've had some pretty heavy rain over the past few days, with standing water on the roads in places and unfortunately I've had to drive long distances in it. Only once have I felt the Evora do a momentary wiggle like it was beginning to loose grip. What amazes me is the number of idiot drivers out there who carry on regardless, not slowing down and driving six feet of your rear bumper, despite all the spray and pools of water on the road. Maybe modern, electronically assisted cars make you feel invincible? It'll probably take them spinning off the road before they learn just how close to the edge of grip they've been driving.
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