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  1. Just for interest in terms of keeping this thread up to date for any future future owners (they may google the reg plate). I owned this car (with a different no. plate) from Feb'18 unilt Jun'20. Before I owned it, it had a new clutch fitted, LSD and gearbox under warranty by the previous owner. I did a few bits to it including: new starter, battery, cats, downpipe, air con regas, silver gearknob usual servicing etc. Recently listed it for sale and it's now sold.
  2. Yeh I will at some point. This is a temporary albeit slightly riskier short term fix.
  3. Went in today to remove the bank 1 cat. Managed to do it after much swearing and negotiation. Dare I say it wasn't quite a simple at the larini exhaust guide made out for various reasons. Anyway the news is the bank 1 cat was non-existent. There was no honeycomb left in there whatsoever. I just hope it all exited out the tailpipe! The bank 2 cat looks in fine condition. So even though I have a spare I don't think I'm going to tackle that one for now. I was also able to see that I already have a straight pipe where the 3rd cat should be. All in all a pretty good day of discovery and removal. I need to order a few more bolts then screw everything back together. Reckon I've saved a fair bit on cash by used cats and doing the work myself!
  4. Yes - if it wasn't for that awesome post I don't think I'd be trying it! New secondhand cats arrived today and they look like new inside so hopefully lots more life left in them!
  5. Thanks, I've procured a set of second hand pre-cats from a 2015 car and a straight pipe to replace the 3rd cat. I know this isn't the best solution but for now it works for me at this time. A new standard manifold x 2 isn't much different from a larini or 2bular. I'm hoping no bits of cat have made their way into the engine but there are no obvious signs. So this weekend it'll be time to start work on getting the headers off and hopefully getting the new second hand ones on! I used for the OBD2 graph. Very handy to confirm a diagnosis like this.
  6. So, I did some measuring with my OBD software this weekend on all 4 O2 sensors to see if the main cats are bad. Looks like the cat on bank 1 is not functioning as it should (pics attached), whereas bank 2 looks ok. Long term my strategy is to get new headers with sports cats and possibly a Larini or 2bular exhaust. However, current finances just don't allow for that so in the interim I intend to work a short term tactical repair on the bank 1 cat (not sure what that is yet!). The third cat I'm just removing having already ordered a straight pipe. Couple of questions though... My initial error codes indicated a misfire fault on cylinder 2 (P1302) which is on bank 2, yet from the data it would seem to indicate the cat is shot on bank 1. Any ideas why that might be? Also, I've attached a pic of the banks, cylinder numbers based on the position of the engine in the car - is this correct? My understanding is the back 1 header/cat is at the rear of the car and should be pretty easy to swap out.
  7. Finished a track day a couple of weeks ago with and EML an a rattle. The next day all was fine with no EML and no rattle. Until yesterday when the car threw an EML which this time I managed to read: P0420 and P1302 came up so a swapped over no.2 coil pack to see if I could get the error code to come back after clearing the error. Right after this I found what I’m assuming is chunks of the catalytic converter on the drive (see pic). I’m guessing this is what was causing my track day rattle and eventually worked it’s way out and the cat is now slowly disintegrating. I’m just hoping this is from the third cat near the main muffler in which case seems like a good time to replace with a straight pipe from 2bular. Does this sound likely? Car is popping a lot more in non-sport mode which I’m guessing is as a result of having less bits of cat in there! My worry is the 2 x main pre-cats are also shot but these cat bits have to be from the after cat surely? My course of action is to fit the cat bypass (how easy it? is there a DIY anywhere?) and then wait to see if the pre-cats throw a code....
  8. Hi, sorry to resurrect this thread. Does anyone know if the possible fix from either Matthew or Cocopops managed to sort this? I've been having intermittent side light LED issues on the passenger side since owning my '11 S. Thanks
  9. Hello, Thought I would stop by to say 'hi' as I posted in the Evora chat group before I realised there was a intro section. I live in Surrey and bought this manual Evora S old link from here locally in Jan this year after it had received a new clutch, gearbox and LSD under warranty by the previous owner. Anyway, I've always been addicted to sports cars having owned 944s, 911, M3, WRX, Audi TT, MX5, MR2 etc etc. over the years. Have to say I'm only just finding my stride with the Evora and my motorway commute doesn't help. I plan to find more time to enjoy the car properly over the coming year especially after it received a clean bill of health from a recent service. I'm also looking forward to spending more time on here and getting to know the depths of the Evora even more! Cheers
  10. I also came from the V8 M3 before getting an Evora S albeit mine was an E93 (convertible). Agree with everything you say about the DCT and it's interesting to hear your comments on the IPS as I've not driven one. I always suspected it would be disappointing compared to the DCT in the M3. I really do miss those throttle blips on downshift though especially as mine had the 2.5 pipe exhaust mod! What I was really after was a white Evora S with red leather... I know I know.. (I loved the novilo fox red leather in my M3) my plan was to wrap the various bits to make it look like a sport race and maybe even add a red stripe. Don't judge me! Anyway, that didn't happen as I ended up with a laser blue S! It came up for sale at the right money and unbelievably was only within 2 miles of my house. It had also just had a new clutch, gearbox and LSD fitted. I agree with what's been said on here about finding the right car for you, it will be tricky as they are super rare. The Evora I got wasn't concours, it had been well used and arguably my M3 was in better overall condition (I'd had the M3 ceramic detailed the year before) but mechanically the Evora had been well sorted and I don't mind car with a few rough edges as it means I can use it as its meant to be used without going nuts when a new stone chip appears. Unfortunately I sold the M3 before I had chance to do a video comparison of the two. Most things said on here about the M3 I largely agree with. My M3 had been lowered with H&R springs, M5 style wheels, it looked and sounded amazing but speed bumps were a nightmare and to the untrained eye (although not the ear!) it was still a 3 series BM. 10 months on with the Evora and if I'm being honest sometimes I do miss the M3. Its largely my own fault though as I drive too much on motorways in the Evora and should take it out more on the right roads to drive it properly. I had a serviced this week though and it came back with a clean bill of health which reassured me of more trouble free miles ahead. Plus after driving a dull courtesy car receiving a few admiring glances once I was safely back in the Evora did cheer me up. For now its a keeper, again as others have said they are sublime to drive on the right roads. The exhaust does seem to be bit quiet though and I need to rev match more to make my own throttle blips, add in a 2bular and then I think I'll be 100% happy. The niggles are also there but then I quite like that in a car, it just gives it a bit more character and gives me an excuse to tinker on it in the garage (did an oxygen sensor recently). Anyway, if your'e near to Surrey my Evora is a manual S and you'd be welcome to have go. Don't give up on the Evora yet though, super rare, mini-supercar looks, that feeling of being in something special, something British built (ignoring the engine!), there really is nothing quite like it.
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