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  1. I also relied on contact cleaner for a while, which worked for a few months, until eventually that stopped working too. Interestingly when I dropped my car off on Wednesday the lady did say she was worried when she received my email, because she initially thought I was saying the passenger latch had failed already. Apparently someone else had that same problem - new latch fitted and it failed within a few weeks. We'll see what happens with mine...
  2. Not a huge amount - I'm more interested in the V6 personally. The things he noted were that the i4 will be slightly lighter, but not massively so because the DSG is heaver than the manual gearbox (though I think this was already known), and that the right hand vent at the front (when facing the car) has a radiator (or cooler of some type) for the gearbox on the i4, but is empty on the V6. Obviously he mentioned that Lotus have detuned the i4 to 380bhp so it sits below the V6 in power, however when I asked if they're likely tune it higher in the future he mentioned that AMG don't want them to tune it above their own cars, so they may be limited contractually by how far they can actually take the engine in terms of power. I mentioned the thicker steering wheel, which a few reviews have complained about, and I'm not a massive fan of (though it's certainly not a deal breaker) and he said that the diameter is the same as the GT4 racecar, and took the wheel out to let me hold it. The wheel is a lot more sculpted than the Evora, so where you actually place your hands it's not too thick, but the rest of the rim feels thicker than the quite plain Evora wheel. It's a blessing and a curse. Frustrating when you want attention when trying to buy an expensive item, but the trade off is that you'll look more youthful as they all start to age! As I said though, in this case it ended up becoming a big positive because I had a really nice one-on-one conversation. Fortunately I already have a relationship with my local Lotus dealer, so when it comes to it I shouldn't have to prove to them that "I am old enough to drive, honest, look, here's my license, I passed my test 16 years ago..."
  3. I was also at Goodwood, though my photos aren't nearly as nice as others so I won't bore people with those! What I will say is I always thought I'd go for a Seneca blue Emira, seeing as I absolutely love my Laser blue Evora, however in the flesh I thought the blue was a big let down - much less metallic than the Laser blue (which always gets compliments from everyone that sees it). On the flip side, I thought the red looked stunning, and it's completely changed my mind on which colour to go for. I wasn't really able to talk to anyone on the Lotus stand - I look quite young and the sales people seemed to be spending all their time speaking to middle aged men - not an uncommon thing at car shows. However, later in the day I walked past the Emira GT4 in the paddock, which was being attended to by two Lotus employees, so I went over for a chat. It turns out that one of the guys was one of the development drivers for the Emira and knew a tonne about the car (unfortunately I didn't catch his name). We ended up talking for about 15 minutes - discussing the differences between the Evora and the Emira, differences between the i4 and V6, a bit about the GT4 (my opening comment was how loud the GT4 was, to which he admitted they may have 'forgotten' to put a silencer on in order to get a few more looks). I have to say, it completely made up for my lack of attention on the Lotus stand, and I don't doubt that he knew more about the intricacies of the car. It's very rare for a normal person to be able to get that close to someone involved in the development process, so was a great experience. I can't wait for a test drive at some point, at which point I'm almost certain I'll be placing a deposit down.
  4. Haha yeah. To be fair to my car, I've owned it for 4 years, and only had three issues with it - aircon failed early on, took 4 months to fix due to parts availability and a cock up by the dealer, passenger lock failed, took 18 months to fix due to stock, and now the driver's door has failed, but hopefully can get sorted quickly. So in my case, reliability has been decent, but when something goes wrong it takes an age to fix.
  5. Wow, what has happened with their order?! How can it be a further 8-10 weeks? Unfortunately I can definitely relate having waited 18 months for mine to arrive. As for my driver's side lock, it's still broken and looks like a complete failure. The passenger side would detect the door being closed if I put pressure on the door, but the driver side doesn't register anything at all, so will need to spend another £400 getting that sorted soon.
  6. Had a chat with one of the other dads on the nursery run today. He saw the TG piece and thought to himself 'I need to speak to that guy with the Evora' so did today. He was under the impression that they were only making the Emira for one year - I think he was confused by the First Edition part of it, so I explained about the two first edition variants followed by the 'regular' versions. He went on to say that he'd love a Lotus, but wouldn't be able to fit in one (he's probably 6'6" and heavily built). I said he'd be surprised and offered him a try in the Evora. Cue the standard look of amazement when he fit in with no trouble, which lead to about half an hour of Lotus talk. Sounds like his next car will be an electric SUV because his wife would never let him have something like the Emira, but at least there's some excitement from non-car people. I'm off to Goodwood on Friday so hoping I can finally have a sit in an Emira. So far I've only seen one from the outside, which was the safety car at the British GT.
  7. Well... That victory was very short lived. I took the car out for a quick drive today, and when I pulled up... The driver's door window dropped down slightly. Looks like my driver's side lock has now failed, just days after getting the passenger side on fixed.
  8. Hi @Registered, I'm pleased to say I had my replacement door latch fitted today, so can finally lock my car! Fingers crossed you manage to source one soon.
  9. Well, I have some good news. For the first time in 18 months I've been able to lock my car! New door latch fitted, all working correctly. The latch was fitted by Lotus Silverstone, they didn't mention any need for modification so I'm not sure what needed to be changed on yours @Markindevon
  10. The reviews are similar to how the Evora is often represented in the media - it's a good car, but the Cayman is better. But as an owner of an Evora, I absolutely love mine, and would take it over a Cayman any day. So I have no reason to believe the Emira would be any different. I'm sure many of us were hoping for a 'revolutionary' moment where the reviewers drove it and were blown away, but in reality this is an evolutionary car, so that wasn't ever really going to happen. However, cars are emotional things, if you review them objectively then I'm sure you'll be able to find 'the best car' but that doesn't mean everyone will like that one the most. I'd much rather own a car that I love, than one that everyone tells me is 'the best'. It's always nice to have positive reviews to validate your own opinion, but in reality, reviews don't really matter at all. Buy the thing that makes you happy, you'll get far more joy knowing that you like it, than constantly telling yourself that someone else thinks it's good.
  11. I didn't bother to watch to the end of the video. I used to love Evo, and Jethro, but that review was incredibly boring, the audio quality was terrible, and it didn't make for an exciting film to watch. And as you say, it was very predictable - what's that, the Porsche is better? I can't believe it. It made me laugh a while ago when they did a look back at all the past winners - the Evora won in 2009, beating the Cayman, but in the 10 years since they've now decided that the Cayman was at least on par. It feels like they have shares in Porsche or something. I was a subscriber for years, but felt like it went down hill a couple of years ago. End rant Loved seeing Harry enjoy the car, and using it like it's intended. It's a Lotus, so I'm fully expecting there to still be some quirks, as long as it puts a smile on my face I'll be happy.
  12. Well, I booked the car in yesterday for the 31st May for a service and to fit the door latch, so as long as they receive it by then, it shouldn't be a problem. I've been on the back order list since last January, so I'm hoping that is honoured 😂
  13. Uh oh... I thought Silverstone actually had them in stock. Looks like I'll need to lower my expectations again! Fingers crossed they do actually arrive by May 17th, but my fingers have been crossed for 18 months now, and I fear they'll be forever stuck in that position.
  14. Well, not sure if anyone else has been contacted yet, but Lotus Silverstone called today to say they now had some latches in stock and I've booked the car in to get one fitted. Fingers crossed I can finally draw a line under it all!
  15. Sorry to hear that. No rush, get everything in order first before worrying about this.
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