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  1. Glyn,

    Sorry the V8 does NOT have an electric pump NOR a mechanical one. The vacuum thats only used for the climate controls is taken directly from the intake manifold/plenum and stored in a vacuum tank located in the left hand engine compartement just above the left hand fuel tank.

    The noise you hear may actually come from the climate control mechanism. Please do a test and turn the climate control knob to the most left (air down to the feet) position. In this position you should not hear that noise.

    Please check and report.




    I will try that this afternoon. I know that my my airflow is set to the face vents.

  2. Hiya.. cheers..

    It's a US unit, and it is 'locked' to the USA.. Basically, as soon as the GPS gets enough satellites to know where it is, it realises it's outside the US and starts searching again.. So it always says 'sensor learning' as it'll never lockon to a position.

    They're built to do this on purpose apparently, but they can be unlocked.. but it's finding someone who can do it! There is a place in the UK who will do it.. if they can find out how to do it!

    I will do some research for you. I will let you know what I find.

  3. Hello there.

    This is slightly off topic, but as an Esprit owner, I'm sure there are some Japanese Esprit owners that will maybe be able to offer some help.

    Basically, I have a Pioneer Vehicle Dynamics processor, called an AVG-VDP1 fitted in my Esprit that is suppose to give me readouts of performance, G forces, BHP.. etc..

    However, the one I have came from the USA and it doesn't work in the UK where I am.

    I spoke to Pioneer in the USA and they told me that the USA models need to be 'fixed' to work in the UK.. but they couldn't tell me how.

    I spoke to Pioneer in the UK and they didn't know either.. I spoke to a Pioneer service centre.. and they didn't know!

    So, I wonder if someone from Japan would mind speaking to Pioneer in Japan (where the unit is made) and try to find out what needs to be done to change this unit into UK Mode.

    It cost a small fortune, so I really do want to get it working.

    Do you know anyone who can help?



    I'm not Japanese, I'm actually in the States. What problem are you having? Your GPS isn't working?

  4. TBH VX220's always come to some of the Lotus events I've been to - they share same forums etc.

    There's always friendly banter etc but I've never known it to be anything else at all.

    I once heard an Esprit owner cus Elans because they're front engine and front wheel drive...

    Almost told them they're not a Lotus enthusiast then....giot

    Thats what I enjoy overall about the majority of the Lotus lot, it's not about badge snobbery it's just out to enjoying the cars that share the same roots.

    In the same light you also see plenty of Caterhams and Caterhams done up to look like old 7's - again no one ever mentions it...same with the Carltons, same with the Sunbeams etc.


    I see your point. In all honesty, I don't have the intentions of not inviting or allowing Caterham owners to participate in club events. I welcome them. Heck, we have members who own Sunbeams. It's always fun to see them.

  5. Islandbloke,

    This isn't a thread about being sniffy. It's just that I've heard this debate going on for years in my local groups and I just wanted to see what you guys think about it. As I said in my previous post, I'm not preaching segregation, just looking for some different point of views.

  6. Me neither...

    I'm sure a lot of you are affiliated with official Lotus Clubs. Here in SA, the majority of the members have 7 replicas, and a few Elise's thrown into the mix. Two Esprit's represented country wide, mine and a mates.

    While I can appreciate the enthusiasm of the club members, and without being superior about it, I own a real one buddy, not a knock down kit that I put together over a few weekends with a couple of mates and a case or two of beer... To my knowledge, there are three manufacturers in South Africa, and every single one has a Lotus badge on the bonnet.

    Don't get me wrong, I did own a 7, and they are great fun, but a true Lotus? Nah.

    Interestig replies. I see and feel all of your responses. Personally, some cars that bear a Lotus badge I find hard at accepting (elise). For some reason, I just do not like that car (personal judgement). The Caterham, I feel is a kit car just like you mentioned. Personally, I think I would accept a Noble (not knocking it, just using it as an example as it is a kit car) as being a Lotus before I could accept a Caterham. However, there are a bunch of individuals who show up to Lotus functions and portray their vehicles as being "true" Loti.

    I'm not preaching segregation, as everyone should have fun, but accept it for what it is and isn't. It is a kit car, it isn't a Lotus.

  7. For years this has been bugging me. Is a Caterham a Lotus? Yes, the car is based on a Lotus 7, but is it a Lotus? My local car club has been debating this for a few years if we should include them in Lotus only functions. I see a blurred line. What do you think? I mean, it doesn't carry the Lotus name, but was designed by Lotus. Sometimes I think yes it is a Lotus, sometimes I think if it isn't badged, it isn't a true Lotus.

  8. Is your air vent control knob on defog ??? I was hearing a funny noise coming from behind the center console until I directed the air elsewhere...Just a guess.


    Currently, the car is taken apart. There is no fan running when I turn the car on. Initially, I thought it was the fresh air vent in the bonnet, however, when I hear the noise, the vent is either fully closed or fully open. I heard it all of the time and when the car was running it went away. Now that the car isn't running and I place the car in IGN on, to listen to radio and roll the windows down, I hear it. Of course it stops when I turn the ign off and leave the key in for AUX power.

    Was just wondering. It's starting to annoy me; mainly because I have no clue what it is.

  9. So you tink the pistons were damaged before the belt broke??? I just cannot understand the damage to your pistons was a result fo the belt breaking??? How many miles do you have on your V8?? As my motor is in pieces at the moment I want to make certain to put it back to last! The Pistons on my motor have not been removed but I had only 4500 miles when they damaged the valves............


    No, the piston damage was not a result of the broken belt. This was present before the belt broke. It just took the belt breaking for me to take the initiative to investigate the rest of my motor. I have about 34,000 miles on my car. When the belt broke, the car did not turn over at all. It cranked maybe once or twice. I realized that it wasn't going to start so I stopped trying to start it. That's what saved my valves.

  10. Its interesting that your valves were OK but the pistons damaged??? What type of damage did you see on the pistons??? What RPM's were you turning when the belt broke??

    I had the right belt come off at start up while the dealer was replacing them. Damaged all 8 exhaust valves and 3 of the intakes! No piston damaged could be noted so I am very interested in your situation, Thanks..........


    Well, my belt broke while the motor was trying to turn over. The motor did not start. I'm guessing hydraulic pressure in the cylinder head didn't build up yet. I'm using that theory for the valves not being damaged. The pistons however, 4 out of 8 were broken between the #1 and #2 compression rings. The only thing that was holding them in place was the liner. If I would have driven about another 5 - 10,000 miles, the motor would have been destroyed. Fortunately, not a lot of money has been spent yet. Excluding time, I've spent just under $5000US for all parts and a few extras like arp head studs and a new stereo head unit (Alpine IVA-D310).

  11. Nathan,

    Are you putting the engine together yourself? If so I'd love to follow the build, pix!



    Yes, I am doing the rebuild myself. I will take photos of the rebuild process for you guys and post it on a site.

    My Guess you have JE forged Piston's..fitted mine Dec...waiting for special Custom Crank Bearings from JAE parts been waiting ages now...I have all the special tools.

    You doing all the work..? if you remove the Inlets you will need the alinement plate as well, I made one. also had the Cam Pin set made x 8... my pal made me our version of the Liner Puller...A Slide hammer attached top and bottom of the Liner. depending on how much glue was used will depend how hard they are stuck in...mine were tight.

    Be happy to chat..on so far my project taken 337 photo' big for the forum for detail. cheers Rob

    Hey Rob,

    Sorry, been away for a minute. Been very busy with work. I don't have JE, I went to a company named Arias. Great work. I've never used an inlet alignment tool for my car. However, the pin set I am definitely interested in how you guys made these. Also, how did you make the liner puller? You have a picture of it or some instructions as to how I can duplicate it?

    Hey, when you put your new pistons in, did you hone the liners? I'm getting mixed answers on this question. 50% (of the people I ask) are telling me I do not have to, the other 50% are telling me to do it.


    I have a guitar tuning software on my laptop; I was going to use that. However, I could use a Clavis Guage. Hit me up offline.

  12. Don't unplug the ECU or withdraw power from it. You may only make your idling issue worse. There is a procedure to have the ECU "re-learn" it's idle. You should be able to find the guide here or on Or you can simply google it.

    I know for certain someone posted the procedure on this forum in the past. Go through that procedure. After that if your idling problem persists, post it here and we can further diagnose your issue. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

  13. I think I read somewhere, that after replacing the stock ECU with the Red race ECU, it will be ok to remove the cats without screwing up the lambdasensors. With the stock ecu still in the car, the lambdasensors will register a fault in the A/F mix, but the red race ecu will overlook this problem. Is this correct?? I am pretty sure I read this on lotus esprit world somewhere.

    I am not sure about Lotus's RED ECU. I know that Johan's ECU ignores the Lambda sensors, so it can be taken out.

  14. Hey All! Hope everyone is doing well!

    So, this is the deal. I want to hear your battle stories. Regardless of what manufacturer the victim was. :unsure:

    I have a few, but the best one involves a Lambo Gallardo, a Ferrari 355 and my v8. Let's just say that the 355 stopped playing when speeds got to 160mph. So, he backed off and left me and the Lambo to go at it. Well, the Lambo and I were neck and neck until we hit 170. Then he backed off also, which left me in the front. :(.

  15. post-2788-1168815442.jpgWow all the way from florida to california, and now my baby is here. 5830 mile 02 esprit red with tan interior and red stiching. Awsome car, i drove her for the first time to the beach and back. Had a little run in with a modena, lets say lotus 1 ferrari 0!!!!

    Julian B)


    To go into you war story. I bought my car from a Lamborghini/Lotus Dealership in the Chiacgo area. When I was driving off on my wonderful road trip home, I came across a Lambo Gallardo and a Ferrari 355. My bout was Lambo 0 Ferrari 0 Lotus 1. The Ferrari dropped off once speeds hit 160. Me and the Lambo kept fighting up to 170. After 170, I pulled away from him. What a battle! :unsure:

    Congrats on your purchase. You will have a lot of fun in it!

  16. :unsure:

    Dear Paul,

    Thanks for your input...but did you mean calling Lotus USA? or the local Lotus dealership?

    Best Regards,


    Hi Alan! Welcome to the forums! Well, I own a 2000 v8, that I practically used for an everyday vehicle. I have 35k on mine now. Paul was saying ot call Lotus USA. Although, they have become pretty much lacking in the help department. They will probably tell you about recall and cambelt adjustments. That is probably it. They have become pretty Hush-hush on certain bits of information.

    My v8 has had none of the problem you mentioned aboutthe 99 v8 you've come across. The battery being replaced so often is indicative of an alternator problem (which is pretty easy to fix; check out my parts cross reference list it will tell you that the alternator is from a cadillac catera).

    The question at hand is are you a tinkerer? If so, this is a great car If you are not mechanically inclined, I would stay away from that car and go for the higher mileage one. The higher mileage v8 is, probably in better shape than the lower mileage one. The main question I would ask Lotus USA if you decide to go for that 99 is did it have piston liner sealent replacement. However, all of that information is in the v8 buyers guide and posts in this forum and Lotus Esprit World, and Esprit Fact file.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'm on the East Coast, but I will be in Salt Lake City, in March thru April for business. I could look at a car for you, if you show me some hang out spots in LA. :(

  17. There are 2 type of rear bumpers:

    1 made from fiberglass

    1 made from plastic

    They both look the same, except that the fiberglass one does not have the side markers

    The last mentioned type is difficult to paint since it is so flexible.

    Guy Therien May have an additional bumper 4 you.



    Who is Guy? I don't think I've ever ran across him.


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