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  1. My dealer always seems to be pretty entrepreneurial at service time and I just have the sense that this will be a base on which they will seek to add extras? Anyone know (sorry if obvious) what the 4th yr Exige v6 service involves at £950?
  2. I recently bought up a late 2017 380 Sport with approx 2.5k miles. The car has a meaningful amount of interior squeaks - they seem to emanate from around the general area of the seatbelt mounts. I absolutely love the car but this is driving me nuts. For avoidance of doubt, I lubed the roof seals - this was not the issue. The car was with my friendly local Lotus dealer for some jobs recently and their simple message was that despite the car still being under factory warranty, Lotus Cars would not support investigative work of this type on a car more than 1000 miles old (not sure if this is correct??). The car did not come from them. At the time I picked it up from them, it was getting late and I needed to be somewhere so did not fully argue the toss. So I took a slightly closer look myself. The car has a harness bar fitted by a well known Lotus specialist (for previous owner). The rear cabin plastic panel (where the rear speaker holes / blanks are) has been cut surprisingly roughly around the harness bar (quite big holes that might have impacted the structural rigidity of the panel) and on the drivers side, if you run your fingers around the back, you can feel that the panel touches the harness bar (pic attached - you can see the end of the bar where it mounts on the driver side and the hole cut around it). The 380 is fairly firmly sprung, so one hypothesis is that the panel is moving against the harness bar as the car travels over bumps and this is a meaningful part of it. However, this is obviously a relatively difficult location to monitor when you are driving. Anyone else have similar experience / thoughts before I go through the somewhat involved job of potentially moving the seats (for me anyway) to look a bit closer? I did drive a slightly later (MY 18) dealer 350 sport and that was super tight - absolutely no squeaks or rattles and was expecting this to be the same.
  3. Rubber strip - check alias23.com or Deroure.com for the OE Lotus version
  4. Depending on how much you’re tracking the car, 6k miles from a set of pads might not be too bad tbh
  5. Anyone experience unusual brake pad wear with DPM on track? Only picked up my 380 recently so can’t confirm personally but trying to recall if I read about this on earlier V6
  6. Looks great - contrast colour really stands out
  7. Are you on commission GF??!! Car = stunning - congrats! Side vents look goooood. Giving me expensive thoughts...
  8. Thx - good feedback. The visual benefits of the lower stance also do no harm...
  9. 220 Cup. Really enjoyed owning it but coming up for 3 years decided it was time to try something else, life being short etc.
  10. Hi All Picked up a 380 Sport last week. Previously had an Elise Cup. Similar in some ways - but very different in others! Really enjoying it! Was thinking about different V6 models, but the various upgrades that Lotus put out with the 380 sealed it for me - forged alloys, bigger fuel tank, gearbox cooler, T-25 rollover bar (otherwise only on the Cup cars I think?), abs and TC programmed for the latest tyres (Cup 2's), 2 piece brakes, aero kit, carbon bits etc etc. Figured if I got anything else, I'd only end up spending on these anyway post purchase. Having it geo'd this weekend. Looking forward to many adventures to come... The stock suspension seems ok tbh but can't help thinking about adjustable Nitrons... Also wondering about Alias 23 intake and splitter (concerned that the stock carbon front splitter is going to be a bit vulnerable...). Also a 380 Cup front "mouth' black wrap. Any thoughts v welcome!
  11. Thank you gentlemen. For complete avoidance of doubt, you have run the 5mm and the wheels fit fine vs the Lotus 3mm - no rubbing on outer wheel arch etc?
  12. I was looking at this 410 today at Bell and Colvill - its stance looks better than my 380 Sport - the rear wheels really sit flush to the arches, rather than sitting in. The 410 uses a 285 rear vs 265 on the 380. So based upon the above, to get the same look on a 380 Sport, I'd need a 285 and a 3mm spacer? And so if the 410/430 use a 3mm spacer - assume it would not be unsafe to fit the same to a 380 Sport and use it on track? Thoughts appreciated. road test pic of a 380 Sport for comparison - tbh it looks as though the wheels sit wider front AND rear on the 410. Can't obviously see a spacer on the DeRoure parts diagrams.
  13. Would the intake kit work on / be an enhancement on a 380?
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