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  1. Thanks all, that is great.
  2. Thanks for the reply. I too have an MXS 3.8 and my manual says: 'For batteries mounted inside a vehicle' 1. Connect the red clamp to the battery's positive pole 2. Connect the black clamp to the vehicle chassis remote from the fuel pipe and battery Points 3, 4 and 5 are about plugging it in and disconnecting. Below it, it describes what to do if you have a positively earthed battery, which the S4s doesn't.
  3. Thought it best to dig up this thread rather than start a new one... I've just bought a CTEK and had assumed you connect both terminals and away you go but the instructions say that the negative clip is actually to be earthed on the car, away from the battery and the fuel. With it being a plastic car, can anyone advise where a good place to put this may be? I have a 1996 S4s. Thanks.
  4. Thank you very much. Does that change in size mean any changes are needed to the tyres, rest of the wheel etc.?
  5. Thanks all. @Chillidoggy did you just buy the outer rims as the inside and the cap look pretty good too. I need to find out which sizes I need and I still need to find someone competent in assembling them, which seems to be the problem with all the wheel refurb companies out there.
  6. Bumping this thread. Does anyone have any up to date recommendations of where to get this done and done well? Everything I have found so far seems well out of date with websites no longer available. Mine are so bad one wheel is losing between 0.1 and 0.2 bar per day and two others aren't far behind it. Thanks in advance.
  7. Interesting to see what people pay but really, a pointless exercise. There are tens and tens of questions to answer for motor insurance and one different answer from your next door neighbour of the same age, with the same car, for example, will wildly affect the premium, terms and even which insurers will quote for you.
  8. Hi @Chillidoggy My S4s is current undergoing work (at a reputable indie, details can be provided), including investigating the failed Delco Moraine ABS. I am not technically minded at all, although I have looked through this thread. He has asked me, so I am asking you: 1) Do you have any left? 2) What is it you get? 3) How much is it? Appreciate that you may prefer to PM me, I've never done that or received one either but am sure it will be obvious when/if you do send me one. Thanks in advance.
  9. My wife is 5'4, I am 5'10 and sit forward and I would have to say that she does not fit, not with her head upright anyway, legs were OK. On a test drive she did nothing but moan and all I could see in the rear view mirror was a sideways head! I do keep mine outside all year, it is fine although water ingress to the window motor meant a new one of them (c.£500). As others have said, wash the bird poo off asap. Also, as others have said, what concerns me most is the heat on the dash and airbag cover, so I do use a sunscreen on the windscreen if it is anything above 20 degrees.
  10. I'll be there on 13th and will certainly come and have a look.
  11. I think I read a long time ago that the orange one was very high mileage, probably why it isn't mentioned on the advert, worth checking though. I'll also add that I, like you, wanted the newer interior look, until I saw them in the 'flesh'. Whilst the older interior does look dated, in my opinion now, it feels far more special, premium, unique-even, than the more modern looking arrangement. Once I'd reconciled that with myself, it opened up far more cars. It's all subjective when it comes to looks of course.
  12. Hi I recently took the plunge with an Esprit and went for an S4s, having been looking at later models like you. I am absolutely no expert but, as far as I found, of the V8s, the later ones are the 'ones to have' and that came from my Lotus mechanic, however the whole V8 maintenance and scary stories put me off those. I'm sure others with argue to the contrary though. So for me it came down to the GT3 or S4s and there were, and still are, a few GT3s about but no S4s's. I held on though as I just preferred the look of the S4s and found that the low down torque, with the extra BHP I guess, made the S4s feel faster, although I'm sure in the real world there is next to no difference. I understand that the GT3 is better for handling but I'm not going to be pushing a 25 year old car much in that regard, especially with my lack of talent! At the end of the day, they are all fantastic wedge-shapes, have pop-up headlights and look like the cars I drove on my Atari ST in the 90s, so drive a few, see what you think and I'm pretty sure you will enjoy whatever you decide. Good Luck.
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    S4S info

    Thanks @Barrykearley but unfortunately I don't understand a word in your first paragraph 🙂
  14. Gareth44

    S4S info

    @tomcattom - my technical knowledge goes as far as tapping the dial to see if anything happens, so you may well be absolutely right. I'll find out in due course but I see, from the paperwork, it has already had one oil pressure gauge in the past, albeit some time ago. Oddly that gauge looks a little worse for wear anyway, so I'll probably change it anyway. @Barrykearley hopefully we are both sitting on a good investment. Although not the reason I bought it, it is nice to buy and car and (hopefully) not have it depreciate.
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