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  1. Cool, I'm also looking at the extended warranty with B&C. Re. Car Care Plan, I think that only applies to approved used rather than being an option as extending warranty? Re. Failures to my car - I really think it's down to rotten luck. Many a folk here will testify great reliability with Exige/Evoras. For me, looking at extended warranty is for piece of mind should my run of bad luck continue!
  2. Hey chaps, So my 2018 Exige Sport 350 is coming to the end of its 3-year warranty with Lotus. I'm considering taking up an extended warranty package and wanted to get your thoughts and whether anyone has elected to do so? Unfortunately, I had some rotten luck what with failures to the central locking/alarm, front access panel sensor, exhaust box, rear spoiler and as of last night, what I suspect to be the clutch! I've only covered 1,600 miles since I got it new... All these failures have got me thinking, do I need extended warranty for piece of mind? Hmmm... Cheers all, Ricky
  3. Lol! I did think it would be rather understated given the colour you currently have!
  4. Is that the pewter grey? not that I'm biased but I think its a great looking colour when contrasted with carbon/matt blacks. Looks miles better in the flesh than in pics!
  5. Hey chaps, anyone know if Lotus will be at the British Motorshow held in Farnborough over the next few days? It's the Emira that I'd very much like to see in the flesh!
  6. Cheers sir - I had checked both and must've missed you mentioning the model of the LEDs from Twenty20. Will check and watch your YouTube vid again!
  7. Interesting.... Would you mind advising which model of HB3 from Twenty20 you went with please @MAGas can see a few variants on their website. I'm not as handy as yourself and so thinking I may go with the halogens from HIDS-Direct that you tested. I think I'll be content with a slightly brighter and whiter light when compared with OEM, rather than the whole hog with LEDs.
  8. Added comment: Sorry to bang on about this guys. Been looking into options and have spoken to a number of bulb manufacturers and body shops. It would otherwise appear that retro fitting HIDs are not road legal and that the same applies to LEDs due to a lack of legislation/LED bulbs cannot be marked as 'E'/have British Standard mark as a result. Apparently this is all down to the fact that headlamps designed for halogens, should not house any bulb other than halogens. Is this your understanding too? If halogens are the only road legal/will pass MOT option, then the choice seems rather limited. Having looked around for halogen replacements (ideally emitting a whiter and brighter light than the stock Sylvania ones), bulbs from Osram and Phillips pop up. HIDS-Direct offer a HB3a (which @MAGtested ), though I'm struggling to find anything else. Anyone have any other suggestions?
  9. Hi all, hope everyone is well. resurrect this old thread once more. I was out in some windy roads at dusk yesterday evening and I must concur that the OEM headlights are rather poor! Ideally, I'd like to go down the plug and play route in replacing the OEM headlights with something that gives a bit more brightness, which I think may mean white halogens as it would appear the LEDs will require work to get them installed (whilst recognising that LEDs are going to give the brightest light). Has anyone found anything they'd recommend?
  10. rykchiu

    Nissan GTR

    I see your dilemma, third world problems lol! Have you driven the GTR? If not, I'd definitely get my hands to test drive one if I were you. It is a brilliant car in itself and you never know, you may fall in love with it even thought it's a different driving experience compared to the Exige.
  11. rykchiu

    Nissan GTR

    My view having recently driven a friend's 2018 GTR is that whilst it's undoubtedly a lovely and very fast car with plenty of mod cons and practicality, it's a totally different drive compared to the Exige. As already said, it's very much aided by loads of tech that helps with traction, grip, etc to keep what is a very heavy car (compared to the Exige) on the straight and narrow. The GTR has buckets loads of torque and pulls hard and fast, though doesn't give the same visceral and raw feeling the Exige does. Feedback through the steering is night and day between the two. In the words of the friend who owns the GTR and who drove my Exige - "your car is so much more engaging to drive! The steering feel and general feedback you get is unreal compared to my GTR". In summary, I'd say the two cars aren't really an apples to apples comparison. If you're looking for more something more practical than an Exige then I'd say give the Evora a go or dare I say it (spit spit), a Porsche GT3....(diff price bracket of course).
  12. Excellent, thank you - just received a notification from your YouTube channel too!
  13. Carbon covers look great (along with the rest of your mods/Exige)! Mind sharing where you sourced the carbon covers from? Did the bracket/mount/bolts etc come with?
  14. Looks like Greg's Racing Parts also do some:
  15. Another install with the infamous ALIAS23 side sills! Went for an aggressive look by max'ing out the extension/protrusion from the car body. Exige now looks "squatier" with a wide stance - just how I wanted Cheers to Imran for making an awesome product, I may be back for some more/others
  16. Cheers Woots - I hear you though I don't have the tools (ramp/jack nor rivnut tool) and am a tad nervous drilling into the body/avoiding tubes which I think run where the holes are to be drilled.
  17. Fab cheers for that Mattmahope! I've pinged BoT a note/quote and waiting to hear back from them. Ta.
  18. Cheers alias23! It's a set of your infamous side skirts that I'm looking at getting installed
  19. Hi all, anyone able to recommend an experienced Lotus bodyshop in Surrey? I'm based in a small town (Frimley, in Surrey) and looking to find a bodyshop to fit side skirts to my Exige Sport 350. Cheers in advance!
  20. Incase anyone is interested, I managed to find a way to wire in my own cables for the rear speakers without having to remove the rear plastic cover/panel behind the seats. Details in my reply to this topic:
  21. Hi there, was the same for me in that I couldn't see rear speaker wires behind the plastic speaker covers. When I spoke to my local Lotus garage in Bell & Colvill, they advised that the stereo loom used is a "standard" one that includes wires for the rear speakers; and that the wires are probably wrapped/tucked up behind the rear plastic panel (behind the seats). However, getting to them would involve removing the said rear plastic panel, which would mean removing the passenger seat and seat belts first, so not the most straightforward of jobs. So, I decided to wire my own cables from the head unit to the rear speakers. Firstly with reference to PhilS post here: Points 3 and 4 describe how to get the speaker cable from the head unit along beneath the airbag and (under) the sill along its length; protruding at the location where the lever of the boot resides. From here, you can route/tuck the cables behind the side panel under the seat belt fixing point (no need to remove anything, a gentle push/tug here and there is enough to create a space to thread the cables) and then behind the actual rear panel to the left rear speaker position (i.e. passenger side). For the drivers side, I decided to route the cable (which you now have at the left rear speaker position), near the top of the rear panel. I used an age old trick in taping the speaker cables to a straightened out clothes hanger that I used to thread across. I found that removing the courtesy light (simply clips off), gives you mid-point sighting that can help in positioning the hanger to point in the direction of the drivers side speaker location.
  22. Hi all, my Exige didn't come with rear speakers (just a couple of plastic covers). Having spoken with the chaps at B&C, they reckon the wires are installed and it's just a matter of removing the plastic panel behind the seats to locate them. Anyone had a go at this / able to share instructions / pics pls?
  23. Cheers @Five50 Looks like the screws in my Exige must've tightened a bit too much when they were originally installed. I also tried using an adjustable wrench/spanner with a screw bit though they wouldn't budge! Will try again, ta!
  24. 👍 Out of interest, what tool did you use to remove the screws? Something like a low profile ratchet screwdriver? I had a quick go at mine the other day though the screws are stuck stiff/wouldn't budge! I'm worried that I may damage the screw head if I force it...
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