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  1. I'd recommend an independent inspection on either. The one I had got me £7k off the price IIRC. Having said that, there is a limit to what they can show up and I still ended up spending much more than that over the next two years to get it to the condition it should have been in, in the first place.

    The most expensive job, to date on my S4s, was the aircon. To replace the condenser is a front end off job (see elsewhere for how much fun that is) then the condenser, chargecooler rad and normal rad are all connected, plus you will likely need two oil coolers as well (the connectors and the coolers are different metals, so they fuse).

    Steve Williams said it is the second worst job on an Esprit, after taking the engine out! So, check the aircon.......

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  2. Mine ends 64133, so the 4xxx number makes sense as UK car but the 6 implies USA emission spec? I've got the previous owners' details, there were only a couple, and they were all UK. Same as the examples above, they all seem to have the '6' in position 13.

  3. Interesting. My S4s is also red with the cream interior, albeit with black piping, is a 1996 and with 15k more miles. There can't be that many red S4s's about!

    Not that we may ever know for sure but I wonder how much these sell for. Mine was listed at £39k 18 months ago, for example, but I bought it at just over £30k.

  4. 16 hours ago, Gjk said:

    That’s my perfect house @Gareth44! A double garage for me, and somewhere for the missis to dwell upstairs. And in Wiltshire, lovely neck of the woods… 👍

    It (the garage) was one of the non-negotiables, to house the 650bhp, unfortunately stables were too, for 2hp 😞 Wiltshire was where the prices began to get reasonable!

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  5. I'm finally about to have my Oz Futuras refurbed on my 1996 S4s, which means I need to take off all four wheels at once.

    I have a suitable jack and 4 x suitable axle stands but my question is: how do I jack up the front and back of the car without using the standard jacking points, as these are needed for the axle stands?

    Alternatively, my question is: where can I put the axle stands if I jack up using the standard jacking points?

    Any advice gratefully received, ideally an idiot's guide, with pictures if at all possible!

  6. Lovely colour and good luck with the sale. I have the same car and colour but 2015. 

    I am curious to know where you got that stat in the ad of only 3 in this colour, as my provenance pack from Lotus states there are 7 Sports Racers S's in that colour, of which mine is the last. I'm wondering if you have the split between manual and IPS, is that where the 3 comes from? I don't have the split and would be keen to know.

  7. Not sure if the hoses were pulled through the foam blocks or not but in the end they didn't need to replace everything, just the two pipes through the sills up to the first connection at each end as, thankfully, everything came apart OK.

    I saw the old pipes and they cut one end off, rear I think, then pulled it through from the front.

    The hoses were 'motorsport hoses' but I'm not too up on what that really means, although they said that this is really how it should have been done in the first place and that the 'stainless' steel used in the original pipes would fail a trade descriptions investigation.

    Only evidence of the problem now is the leaked oil draining out from the sill, but a good drive should sort that out!


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  8. 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.

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