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  1. 3 hours ago, C8RKH said:

    Have a look at the Evora clutch pole on here. Not everything you read on the internet is true.

    Far more cars still on original clutch than not. A small number of people have had issues with their clutch, but far more have had no issues.

    At around £2k to fix from a good independent, it is a big bill for sure. However, some "service bills" for other marques could be that every year.

    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.

  2. 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”

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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...……...

  6. 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!

  7. @trcm I had about a month between the master cylinder (and slave cylinder for good measure) and the hydraulics being done and the clutch going, not sure if it is related.

    I can highly recommend Steve William Lotus in Maidenhead, it's where mine is now, came recommended to me and I've been very impressed to date.

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  8. Thanks @Brendonian, its the only race we'll be having over the next few weeks that is for sure!

    @122 I only bought the car in Dec and have only done a few thousand miles. Mainly local driving with a few longer trips on the motorway. No standing starts for sure, although there has been the odd dart in 2nd and 3rd gear when the opportunity arises, same as most people with these type of cars I guess.

    The person I bought it from was the owner from new, FLSH and has, had many Lotuses, used it as a daily for commuting, putting about 9k miles a year on it, so I can't believe it was abused. 

    My indie said it just seems to be the luck of draw when they were installed at the factory. Whilst I was there, there was a chap there with a V8 Esprit who had spent £8k on a gearbox and said his Diablo clutch would last 10k if he was careful, so I don't feel so bad now...…...

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  9. Sorry to jump on the thread but I'm now a member of the 'need a new clutch gang'. Mine went pop on Tuesday on my 2015 S SR after 35,000 miles.

    It is now in with my local indie, will be a week or so before he can start on it, no mention of parts issues, I had just assumed they had one/could get one. Thinks it's the friction plate.

    Interesting to see how much it will be.

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  10. For those that may visit this thread in the future, it looks for now anyway, that it was the clutch master cylinder, the hydraulic fluid was black when bled.

    So, that was changed and as it is a clam off job, I had the mud flap brackets replaced at the same time. Also had the clutch slave cylinder replaced, just in case and the brake fluid.

    That plus a new badge on the front as the old one was a bit worse for wear and I'm down £1.1k, but at least it wasn't the clutch...….. 🙂

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  11. Wondering if the OP (or anyone else in the know) can shed any light on what the diagnosis was, as I have exactly the same symptoms, fine when engine off, won't go into reverse with it on.

    In addition, the clutch pedal has dropped about half way and there is little resistance.

    From reading other threads, I have pumped it back up to get pressure, but that hasn't solved the reverse issue.

    I've taken it into my Lotus man this afternoon, typically on the drive there the clutch pedal resolved itself (!) although reverse still an issue. I mentioned the threads I'd read about boiling the hydraulics and/or master cylinder, which it could still be. However, unfortunately, the last Evora clutch he had to replace showed the same intermittent systems mine is showing...…...I really, really hope it isn't the clutch - £4k apparently, car has only done 34,000 miles, and I've only done 3k of them.

  12. Apologies in advance for shining a light on something many may not want to think about.

    A month ago my wife was involved in a rather nasty accident, a head on collision with another car, with a closing speed of nearly 100mph and then hit in the drivers' side door/wing by the car behind her as she came to rest sideways across the road and shunted into trees.

    Mercifully and somewhat unbelievably, she walked away with 'only' a broken wrist from the airbag and a broken collarbone from the seatbelt, plus some minor cuts and bruises, airbag burns etc.

    She was in a 14-plate Audi A3 convertible, the door opened, the A-pillar was dead straight and the steering wheel and pedal box were unmoved. We are now replacing that with another Audi, just a bigger and newer one!

    Anyway, never before have I really ever considered safety as a car feature (I don't have kids) but for the last month have been thinking about all the miles I did in my 20s in a 1990 plate Escort and an MGF, scary!

    I don't think the S1 Evora has been crash tested, if it has I can't seem to find the results, but I wondered if, just anecdotally, anyone knows if it is good, bad or indifferent. My thoughts are that it isn't going to be great but the whole incident has taken some of the shine off the car I've waited a lifetime to own, so any reassurances gratefully received...…. 

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