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  1. As per title My rears are shot after a couple of charity track days Fronts are fine. I mostly do road driving with the odd track day. Trawling through the forum I see the common thoughts are to put on PS4. As my fronts are ok what are the thoughts/experiences 1 - PS4 rear with existing Corsa's up front - I normally like to have same tyre on each corner so would probably be looking at full set. or as a cheaper option for now 2- P-Zero not Corsa on rear. I see there's a Rosso option for Porsche? Is that similar to Corsa? Evo magazine had the P-Zero beating the PS4 in a recent test. Yet everyone on here says avoid. Is that still the case for the latest p-zero, if they are different. Article seems to imply tyre manufacturers are constantly changing the tyres? cheers
  2. Will be curious how you get on as yours will be under Oakmere's warranty. As for the car I know the previous owner, if its a yellow roadster originally from Silverstone, although haven't seen him for a while. The car will have wanted for nothing, he loved it that much he used it a lot more than expected. It was a PAX ride in his Elise that started my Lotus ownership and my daughter going out in this one that had her saying I have to get one
  3. Hi, I had the clutch, flywheel and release bearing changed under warranty last year. At the time I got the impression this wasn’t a common issue as dealer hadn’t seen it before. The noise points to it being the release bearing. id say it was there from new, I noticed it whilst still running in the car. lotus themselves came out to listen thinking it was the known noise at idle, to only say this is different. the noise is still present, although it’s not as common or loud. It was ok for the 1st 500 miles after the new clutch. the new clutch is a lot better than the original. Feels more solid. The original fault could be heard in all gear change downs with 3rd to 2nd loudest. Now lotus state it’s a characteristic of the gearbox and not a fault. So what was a warranty change last year isn’t 3 months later. And if it’s a characteristic, why was this not known over the last 4-5 years. Sounds to me like a quality/tolerance issue somewhere. Mines an early 2017 with 7000 miles on it now. Would be interesting if the 410 or 430 exiges have this issue as they have a different clutch. I'm seeing if like the original it gets worse as I put more miles on the car before going back to Lotus. I would of thought they’d want to sort the problem, as I’m aware of people walking away from Lotus due to other gearbox woes. That has crossed my mind if it doesn’t have a satisfactory end. i was going to see if I could work out if it was a batch or cars or a potential batch of parts. Graham You say the noise has gone, how many miles have you done since?
  4. HI Mark, cheers. My point re them changing the clutch already is the warranty work for this issue has been OK'd in the past but not now. I have had from Paul a new alternator that failed straight away, these thing can happen. The aggressive driving was in relation to hearing the noise. I'd never use the launch control and don't go over 3k revs until oil (not water) is up to temp, owning Cossies, K-series Elise drills home mechanical and heat sympathy. From mine and others its obvious cars are being driven normally. I also have a lot of time for Paul. Andy originally said he'd bring it up at a technical meeting and seems to have a great reputation, but i think someone else near us had a bad experience with a different gearbox issue. So far no one seems to of had a fix other than clutch change. The problem has reduced a lot but then it started off very intermittently from new to then be able to reproduce at will. So I have no confidence its gone long term Most people, from what i can tell get rid off their cars. Graham
  5. Will see what their response is. They've already changed the clutch under warranty for this so what's different now? The aggressive driving comment is really bad IMO as they've never been in a car with me. I'm guessing I shouldn't off been passed that email as it was to the dealer.
  6. Got a reply back from Lotus re the change down noise. In a nutshell its to be expected with aggressive driving and down changing at high revs so not covered by the warranty. So driving at 3000 revs approaching a roundabout or other road conditions that means you brake and change to 2nd is high revs and aggressive. The 3k and braking to 2nd is the example that highlights the problem the best and not the only way it occurs. As per mine (which lotus have) and Roj's video's these are at much lower revs and if that's aggressive driving Lotus are in the wrong business. I can see this car being the best worst car I've ever had. I love driving it but start to cringe every down shift expecting a noise. Did anyone one here with this problem get a fix? Mine appeared to be OK for nearly 800 miles after the clutch change, but a lot of that was motorway driving. I've asked if the release bearing was changed and still to hear back. I wasn't after a new cutch etc just a start in finding out what's causing this, as from what i can tell there's a good handfull doing this. I'd of thought Lotus would want to address these issues and find the root cause. After all they are not the only 2 seater sports car around. They've already change my clutch and flywheel under warrant for this issue.
  7. I'll double check cheers, they did do clutch and flywheel, considering the labor i would of thought everything would off been done.
  8. Hi Roger, That's the noise. Hot or cold for me. Before clutch change it was present in every change down with 3rd to 2nd loudest.. Post changeout only noticed in 3rd to 2nd and could get it 50% of the time from 3k revs braking and changing down. Revs did make a difference and if I press the clutch down and back up again all ok. Almost like the noise is something not releasing quick enough. Re the spirited driving after a charity track day it was still there and it appeared during my running in period. When Lotus came and we went out, he was dropping/sidestepping the clutch on change saying that's how this can manifest itself, but this made it ok. But there's no way i'd want to do that. exigenoise.MOV
  9. Hi, Realize this is my 1st post on here so Hi all. Been a Lotus owner for a around 8 years now, Anyway have a 2017 Exige 350 and have the exact same issue as mentioned by a few on this thread so seeing if anything became of their problems Problem is most noticeable when changing from 3rd to 2nd get a chirping/ggggrrrrrrr sound some of the time. e.g. coming up to a round about doing about 3k in 3rd change to 2nd and hear chirp just as a I start to let the clutch out and not at the biting point. I could also hear it a little in other down changes but these are less frequent and quieter. If I blip the throttle before engaging the gear or waiting a little bit all is OK. Lotus looked at it and signed off a new clutch and flywheel. Pick car up in time for the trip to 70th from Chester. All OK for about 500 miles. Then went to NEC to do charity rides and that's when i heard the noise again coming up to a round about after doing the route 6 times. Again 3rd to 2nd Then almost 50% of the time I could get noise 3rd to 2nd when 3rd was about 3k in revs. Previously even changing at low speeds would give the noise so this is a slight bit better at the moment. Took car to garage and they've bleed the clutch and although its just a 15 mile drive seems OK, although I didn't have much chance to do many 3rd to 2nd tests as needed to get back to work and traffic was bad. So could a clutch bleed be the issue? Did anyone else get the issue fixed. Seems odd that it would be the cause twice and sure they bleed the clutch last time before putting in new clutch. Or could 2 different issues cause the same problem? The new clutch does feel miles better than the old one, but the old one wasn't bad.
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