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    Terry Wright
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    1989 Esprit Turbo SE
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    Wanganui, NZ

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  1. Hi all. Loving my SE which I imported from UK to NZ earlier this year. It has an issue whereby it either idles too high (around 1400rpm) and the revs drop very slowly when taking my foot off the accelerator, or it idles a little too low (800rpm) but the revs drop normally. It sometimes stalls in this mode. A probably unrelated issue is to do with hot starts. Cold starts are fine, as are starts when hot and the engine has been off for less than about 4 minutes. Any longer than that and it takes about 6-8 seconds cranking to fire up again. I suspect leaking injector(s) but any input w
  2. Ahh. Gotcha. I just assumed the nuts were locking nuts for the lateral movement. Hadn't investigated their purpose fully. The sun's out so I'll vigorously strip down the door again and check that out. Certainly someone's been in and around the area before as the motor mounting bracket is a rather rude, badly welded, replacement job that tends to flex considerably when the motor's under load. Thanks for your info and patience. Terry
  3. Hi Andy. Yep, I understand how the runners are adjusted. Loosening of these nuts give lateral movement to the runners. I thought you meant an "in and out" sort of adjustment, thus taking the runners closer to, or further away from, the door skin. This could only be achieved by sticking some washers behind the runners. It's hard to imagine how the system would come to need this sort of adjustment, though, tbh. Think I'll just have to take the motor out to see just what's what. Cheers. Terry
  4. Hi Filip. Oh yes, I'd forgotten that the existing actuator in the driver's door was an old aftermarket one. I still think using a new complete system (whilst using original lotus wiring) makes sense. There's not much fettling to do to mount the new actuators. I took the SE out yesterday (only to the supermarket, of course) for the first time since fitting the remote locking system. It worked a treat. Now onto the slow windows and the bouncy speedo. Hi Andy. I hadn't thought of that. I'm assuming you mean to adjust the runners in or out by inserting spacers? I'd only consider
  5. Hi Andy, I spent just on 4 days last week installing an aftermarket remote c/l system on my '89 SE. It, also, had had an aftermarket c/l and alarm system installed at some stage. The c/l kits are ridiculously cheap from aliexpress or similar )about NZ$15 (7 pounds?). I'd recommend getting one of these and using the existing actuators if they are okay. Use the existing lotus wiring (assuming yours had central locking from factory - mine did) to save threading new wires through the door. The c/l unit can sit happily under the plastic cover in the front boot, on the passenger side, on t
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  7. No, it's not that. There's a definite flat spot. I'll probably try the obvious - plugs - first, and go from there. Re: steering. Had the geometry checked and LH camber and kingpin are off spec. RH and LH caster and toe are off, too. My LH track rod is buggered, though, so that's the first thing to address before getting it aligned. I'm getting contradictory advice re the rod. One expert says that there were two diameter balls used and the old one has to be physically measured before ordering/replacing it. Two other experts say that there was only one diameter ball used in the '89
  8. Just a thought about the ecu: the car has a battery isolator fitted. The previous owner did not drive it very much. I'm assuming that the relearn will need to occur each time if I use the isolator?
  9. Thanks, guys. I'll drop the tyre pressures and see if this makes a difference. I'll check the bushes but the compliance and WOF (warrant of fitness = MOT) tests would have picked up any suspension issues, I would think - they are pretty picky over here. Is the turbo boost gauge usually pretty accurate?
  10. The SE finally arrived in NZ on 19th December. Customs and quarantine had to do their thing and I travelled to Napier last Tuesday and trailered it back to Wanganui. Battery dead as a doornail, of course, but after a night's charging, I was able to fire her up for the first time last Wednesday. Drove it a short distance on the Thursday to the local testing station to get complied, warranted and registered. Picked it up Friday morning after it flew through all the tests, much to my surprise. Just had the weekend getting to know the car. Man, she flies. The steering seems a little strange
  11. Thanks for the comments. This is the car if anyone's interested. I'm pretty sure I bought it in appreciation of the wit and wisdom of the copywriter as much as anything. You don't get ads like that here in NZ! Full service, including new cambelt, waterpump, gear linkages and output shaft seals , was done early last year, with only a few hundred miles travelled since, so I shouldn't need to worry about those for a while, although she will get a new oil and filter straight away.
  12. To Richard in Auckland. Yes, that black one was one that had come up recently. The other was only on for a few hours and then withdrawn so I'm assuming it got snapped up. Thanks for the info re Ken at KW. There'll be a definite shortage of Lotus knowhow here in Wanganui, but I don't mind getting my hands dirty. I'm looking forward to a few NZ Lotus club events.
  13. I didn't see her in the flesh, but there was so much detail in the description, along with 170 odd photos, including a wealth of history/invoices/MOTs etc. I also spoke to the previous owner several times, so I'm fairly confident it's not a total dog. Auction estimate was 18k - 24k so I think I got a bargain, too, considering the way prices have been going. Yep, can't wait for it to get here. I'm expecting red-tape hassles when it arrives but will just work through them hopefully.
  14. Thanks for the replies. The good news is that I bit the bullet and bought one from The Market classic car auction in the UK. That was in September and it's due to arrive on 12th December. Since buying it, of course sod's law came into play and there have been 2 on trade me. Mine's a 1989 SE. 60k miles. Good oily bits but paint a bit old. Immaculate interior, except for the wooden dash. Paid 15600 pounds. Any comments/advice/abuse appreciated.
  15. Hi all. I've been on the lookout for a late-80's Esprit, preferably turbo but not essential, for about 18 months now, with no luck. I was considering Pureguava's S3 when it got snapped up by some discerning buyer in early 2018. There hasn't seemed to be any NZ Esprits on the market since then. Does anyone have, or know of, an S3 for sale? I'm tempted by an English 1988 turbo but am in the dark over the importation process. Are there any pitfalls with the compliance of imported models? I'm aware that freight/clearance/GST will add about 10k to the price, but will bite the bullet
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