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  1. Thanks Bibbs. Straight after posting I decided to have a quick look and yes, the IPS switches can be removed in about 3 minutes without taking the airbag and wheel off:

    1) Turn the steering wheel so the switch is at 12 o'clock 2) Adjust wheel rake to move the wheel up 3)  Remove the two screws on the back side of the wheel using a stubby #2 posidrive screwdriver 4) Withdraw switch and disconnect the plug by depressing the catch on it.

    Good new over, the switch plastic casing is broken.  The paddle is cast metal but the switch body is brittle cheap plastic. Pics below show the side that's broken and what it should look like.  Not great for £137 really.

    There's a thread on Lotustalk where someone repaired the same fault with a metal bracket.  I'll have a proper look tomorrow but will most likely have to replace it.






  2. Thread resurrection and a question for @Breeze and anyone else that's attempted this.   Was it possible to replace the switch without removing the steering wheel?

    My left switch gave up today - It's become slightly wobbly and is sticking on preventing me from manually shifting.  £135 quid a side is more than a little pricey for what they are but I'm inclined to change both while I'm at it.

    Bibbs, I'll drop you a line to see if you can sort these for me.

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  3. I believe that there was an issue with the IPS wiring loom on some cars made before 2013 send that can cause errors code and of behaviour. There's a lot of info on the US lotus talk website. My own IPS is October 2013 and had a loom replacement under warranty in 2014.

  4. My 'up' paddle is also a bit stiff but not bad enough to change yet.  Link below is to instructions from our US cousins.

    The full how-to includes taking off the steering wheel, but towards the end he says it might be possible to remove the switch without taking off the wheel.  The paddles are held in with two screws through the rear of the wheel so with the right length screwdriver that might be possible. Have a look at the pics and let me know if you try it..

  5. To close the topic..  I eventually got my screen fitted today.  Autoglass customer service were unhelpful throughout but fitters at their Queensbury workshop (in a Morrison's car park no less) took their time and did a good job.  New A Pillar covers were fitted and they gave me the old ones which had come off in one piece.  If anyone in the north/west London area needs a screen I'd recommend the fitters if not the company.

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  6. I have a carbon grey S IPS (sadly/gladly not for sale) and felt the same about colours when I was buying.  I really wanted yellow but quite liked the stealth look of mine when I saw it - see profile pic. At car shows I sometimes wish I'd held out for yellow but the rest of the time I'm glad to have a car that attracts attention...but not too much attention.

  7. Another week on and I've finally got a semi answer from autoglass.  They're apparently waiting for everything but the glass:  Left and right A pillar trims and the upper and lower windscreen rubbers They can't tell me who they ordered from, only that they might be available on 30 October. No idea if lotus are taking 3 months to supply them or autoglass have messed up. Moral of the story is don't expect a new windscreen in a hurry 🙂

  8. I booked a windscreen with Autoglass (the insurer's approved supplier) at the start of August and still waiting. As far as I can tell they have the glass but are waiting for several other bits but can't or won't tell me what they are missing.   I guess they'd need A-pillar trims but not sure what else.  Can it really take lotus 2 months to supply whatever it is they need?  Anyone else dealt with Autoglass and been able to help them get whatever's needed?   My MOT is due in November so I'm starting to worry....

  9. To add to the MPG knowledgebase, My supercharged IPS showed 30mpg on a long mostly motorway run to and from Silverstone this weekend.  That's a record for me - I normally see high teens driving on mostly B roads.  The IPS 6th is similar to the long ratio box, great for 70mph cruising but 5th gear needed for rapid acceleration.

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