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  1. Thanks for your impression on the Nankangs. Since I'm not planning to drive my Esprit on the track, I'm still wondering if these tires are the right ones for me, since they are a kind of semi slick and therefore may be too "extrem" for the road!?

    Concerning your idle problem - had the same behavior on mine. I put my TPS in isopropanol for an hour or so and reinstalled it - everything fine again and no idle problem any more since then (for over one year now). So may be you can do this with your removed TPS and have a workable spare part again 😃

  2. Hello Jacques,

    many thanks for your answer. So the Castrol Transmax Manual Transaxle 75W-90 is the one to go. Just to be curious - did you ever get an answer from Castrol to your mail in June 2020 regarding this topic (two oils with the same name but different specs)?

    Kind regards


  3. On 05/06/2020 at 02:12, Jacques said:

    I wrote a lenghty letter to Castrol and asked for explanation.

    Will get back with reply.

    Kind regards,



    since I'm planning to change my gearbox oil this season for the first time since I own my Esprit S4s, I'm keen if there are any news on this topic? Is the Castrol Transmax Manual Transaxle 75W-90 the one to choose or is there still a second oil with the same name and other spec as stated above?

    Kind regards



  4. On 01/05/2021 at 20:49, Jacques said:

    Oooohhh! First drive this year. And on a sunny day too. Not shabby. Actually very nice feeling and it surely feels enormously fast after 6 months in the stable. Already got some positive comments. And after that I went for another drive in my Corrado G60 today, which btw. also feels pretty fast and fun, and surprise, that got some positive comments too. Hmm. which one to sell? I haven't found a suitable garage yet and it's getting really tight in the small one I have.

    Anyway, it was nice to let Little Red Riding Hood loose a bit. Now, I've caught some heavy cold and got to take care of that. Oh well, next week - more driving ;)  Now, if only those spareparts would show up, so I can finish up some of the projects on Little Red Riding Hood. That would surely fit the bill. Extraordinary patience seems to be a keyword if one depends on spares from the UK. Sometimes I think they not only cut the link to the ec (good on them for doing so), but maybe even cut the ties to their customerbase on mainland Europe, by mistake of course... We'll see. Rabdare, rabdare...



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    Hi Jacques,

    very, very nice seat 🙂 I'm looking for a pair of them for my S4s, but they are very hard to find! Are these original ones or remade from a mould?



  5. Hello,

    I just bought four new spark plugs (NGK BPR6EKN) for my S4s. The manual says that they need a gap between 0.9 and 1 mm. The NGK site states a gap of 0.8 mm from new for the BPR6EKN.
    So, should I widen the gap from 0.8 to 0.9 and if so, how could this be done? With a standard spark plug with only one side electrode it's pretty easy, but this one has two of them and I didn't find any advice in the net how to do this without breaking the electrode.

    Any comments would be highly appreciated.



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