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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. @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.

  10. I shall oblige as soon as I get it, apparently there is a fuel crisis 🙂 

    It is still on Autotrader and Royston's own website - although the write ups need to be taken with a bucket of salt.

    @BibsAs Steve said he has said to you many times, he just doesn't do forums 🙂 

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