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    Evora S IPS Sports Racer and Caterham Supersport
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  1. Glad I've not been to Hexagon of Highgate. A good friend had a Ford serviced at a main dealer. On the way home the screenwash ran out so when he got home he checked the invoice - "screen wash checked and topped up". Even better the report said the spare tyre was a michelin and had 5mm of tread. Great news as the car didn't even have a spare when he dropped it off. He called up to complain then met the service manager. Apparently all the things he could check were mistakes but it was ok because all the things he couldn't check had been completed per the invoice. He got a refund.
  2. I had two MOTs inside a week this year. The first was at a local place who gave an advisory for slight play in both front ball joints and then failed it on headlight aim . Lesson learnt and clean MOT history gone I took it up to Silverstone for service and MOT. They use a place down the road who passed it but gave an advisory for rear offside drop link, no mention of the bottom ball joints at all. Silverstone themselves checked and said everything was fine so perhaps play is a case of TADTS. Regardless I'll do both rear drop links given how cheap and hope the wishbones don't suddenly
  3. I'm late to the party on this but have the same intermittent chirping sound which seems to be temperature dependent and disappears once the engine bay is hot. I'm with au-yt above and think it's a dry idler bearing. My car was serviced by Silverstone in November who didn't suggest changing the belt and of course the noise had gone after the drive up there. I have a belt here waiting to be fitted once the weather picks up and plan to check the tensioner and idlers when I do.
  4. I have the later Alpine INE-W920R which is fine apart from the abysmal FM reception. That Alpine ILX-702 looks pretty swanky but looks like a single DIN unit with a big screen, does it fit flush into the dash? And is it genuinely a straight swap, as in uses the same plug?
  5. Interesting reading your thoughts on this as we bought at roughly the same time in late 2019. I already had a Caterham but wife and two kids meant the Caterham never went anywhere useful and we had to take my 10 year old estate to car shows. So far the Evora has been pretty good. The girls just about fit in the back albeit less easily than a year ago, but fit they do. In comparison the Caterham didn't get used once in 2020, so for now the Evora ticks that box. Sure, a 140i or R26 would be more spacious but that's a very different kind of car, not an alternative. For my own situation
  6. Sat in a jam with the windows open. I was in my Evora going the other way.
  7. That explains exactly what I'm hearing. I'd assumed Sports mode left the bypass open, not that it opened, it, closed it and then opened it again. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
  8. So not just me which is good.. but perhaps only Carbon Grey 2013 Evora S Sports Racers in Hertfordshire. I wondered if that was me replying to myself for a minute :-). Reindeer.. is yours an IPS? If not that would eliminate gearbox solenoids for me.
  9. I've noticed a tick/hiss sound that happens at about 2500 rpm which i can only hear with windows open. Today I realised it's the same sound I get when press the sport button while at idle which makes me think it's the exhaust bypass valve solenoid opening - except I hear it in Sports mode when the valve is already open. Is that possible or is the noise going to be something different but similar, e.g. an IPS solenoid? Thanks
  10. My 2013 S IPS has a satisfyingly sporty clunk when you press the D button from parked but is really smooth at all other times. The only time it's clunked in use was on the test drive when I tried dropping two gears in one (down-down) in manual mode which caused a jolt. With hindsight I could well have made it go 3rd to 1st so perhaps unsurprising. It's never jolted when in auto either Drive or Sports mode. In auto drive it's quite sensitive to throttle position though and will sometimes shift down if you accelerate even slightly but nothing I'd describe as violent. What you are describing
  11. Thanks both.. Once the nearside washer is up it stays up so no problems getting to it. I'll have a look at the weekend and see if wd40 works. I have to push it firmly all the way down so suspect it could be the spring issue though.
  12. One my headlamp washers is staying popped out after use, instead of sinking back down. I can manually push it back down. Is there an easy fix, e.g. cleaning something or will it need replacing? If the latter I'll try out the Silverstone used car warranty. I was going to speak to them about a sticky paddleshifter anyway so will ask about this too.
  13. Thanks Dave and all for taking the time to reply. So it looks like it is the correct and only belt for the Evora S by virtue of the more exciting types not coming in the right size. At least I've done my bit by supporting my local-ish a lotus dealer. In their and Lotus's defence it was also very sensibly priced. I recall Dave at H111 saying spares prices were were being reviewed which does look to have happened - and kept me off ebay.
  14. Just received a drive belt for my Evora S from deroure. I was expecting a gatorback but the belt I've been sent is branded as Bando with no packaging or labels on it. Is this the lastest and best one or should I have just bought generic Gates etc?
  15. Thanks all.. as others have said the meguiars stuff is meant to be gentle and not like the old 'wonderwheels' that ate through anything it touched. To answer one of the questions the difference between the photos is that one shows the metallic silver patch of damaged lacquer and the other is after I poked it and it fell off. I suspect Ramjet is right (good spot) that the lacquer was holed/damaged and water or the cleaner has got in and finished it off. A wheel refurb was on the list of things Silverstone had highlighted to be done before I collected but for whatever reason they didn't and
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