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    Gareth Hughes
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  1. Good to see you too, a good day out all in all, apart from the rain. Nice to see the Essex Esprit take a prize home too...........
  2. My manual Daytona Blue SR S will be part of the Stonor Park Supercar Sunday display, this coming Sunday (4th July), in Henley Come and say hello if you are there, as I'll be there from 10am (opens at 11) until past 5pm so, even with all those lovely cars to look at, I'll be glad of the company! I know other Lotus' will be there, with plenty of other exotica, I should imagine I will positioned at the back behind a tree, next to the loos!
  3. Thanks, he had actually serviced my car the year before I bought it, however I live in SE England, perhaps the geography and mine being done only in 2019, explain such a large differential?
  4. I'd love to know which independent quoted you that/did that for you, mine was the best part of £4k with a few other bits at the same time, from a very reputable (on here and elsewhere) independent. Although that was for a 400 clutch and flywheel into my S SR.
  5. I flew to Aberdeen from London and drove mine home all the way to Berkshire, 550 miles and over 11 hours, as they closed the M6 with me on it! I got home in the small hours of the morning and was ready to turn round a go back again, just for the drive. Definitely drive it.
  6. I think I've found the answer on another forum: Lotus engineer: “we’ll use a Toyota engine because they’re reliable” Lotus ceo: “yeah but people expect exotics to be quirky” Lotus engineer: “oh yeah, dont worry about that, we got it covered.” Lotus Ceo: “we do?” Lotus engineer: “totaly, we’ve hired a tribe in the Amazon to design and build the wiring harness in the car, and we’ve hired an Italian appliance repair shop to build the window regulators” Lotus CEO: “they know how to do that!?” Lotus Engineer: “they’ll figure it out...that should give us plenty of quirks” Lotus Ceo: “good job”
  7. Just bumping this thread to see if anyone has any further information, I'm going to need a window regulator shortly...…….
  8. I'd be interested to know in the cost of the window regulator @Smapmap as I'm going to need one myself at the service/MOT in a couple of weeks.
  9. On a not unrelated point, and I'm not really sure this is something to be pleased about, but I had an average of 30.3 mpg in my S, on my Xmas Eve drive home from Reading to Essex, with Sport mode on all the way! 100 traffic free miles: M4, M25, A127, I didn't use cruise control and had the radio on but not the AC/heating. Soon ruined that when I go there though as my brother hadn't seen the car...…...
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    A Year In

    Re. the above comments and those on the warranty thread, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I'd been looking for about 6 months for the right spec (SR, manual, S, one of a few colours etc.), this one came up privately and I got excited with money to burn! As one poster commented, I did set up a 'Lotus Account' for such future costs (as the clutch was on 30k miles when I bought it) which has obviously been immediately decimated and now rebuilt, so it doesn't feel quite like spending real money 🙂 @paranoidandroid On the insurance, I'm 41 but don't have a garage, wife is under 40 c.£600 a year was the best I could get in Reading, which is about what I expected but £300 for you sounds excellent! Be good to meet when it's not so biblical outside, I've never met an Evora owner in real life!
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    A Year In

    Also had mine a year, as of 6th Dec, although unlike the OP and @paranoidandroid I haven't exactly had no costs...…..from memory: - £120 - for a sensor change as sport mode wouldn't stay on - £1k - for new clutch slave and master cylinders with associated fluids - £4k - for new clutch and flywheel Currently experiencing engine management light issues with the code indicating bank 1 is running lean, so the above sum will grow in the new year as we throw parts at it to see what the problem may be, starting with the cheapest...…. Known costs when I bought it but also to add to the total are: 4 x MPS4S (c.£800), 2 x insurance policies (£1.2k) and 2 x road tax (£1.1k). Expensive year but I still love it...……...
  12. Definitely fits the S, I think I have read it isn't suitable for the n/a but I have absolutely no technical knowledge about why that might be.
  13. Sorry to hear that @Brendonian, hope it is all resolved soon.
  14. Had mine (and the slave) replaced a few months ago, The Elise Shop supplied, they took a day to arrive I believe.
  15. By way of an update for those interested or those reading in the future with similar issues, I have had the car back a couple of weeks now, so all in all was without it for 3-4 weeks. The delay was two-fold, firstly my chap was on holiday for the first week and a bit, then sourcing a clutch was more tricky than he suspected but he found one in Holland. The 400 clutch was fitted, with the lighter flywheel and I'm pretty sure it is noticeable. I say pretty sure as for the period without it, I was driving a diesel A5 so remembering exactly what the Evora felt like was tricky. However, on a positive note I would say it does rev up and down slightly quicker, on a less positive note I'm sure there are slight vibrations through the steering at idol which weren't there before and it is definitely much harder to pull away cleanly, especially from cold!
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