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    Tom Edwards
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    Evora S, Sport 110 Bike
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  1. We usually have 20-30 cars and forecast is currently for it to be sunny and dry. People have mostly stopped posting to say they're attending but it's safe to assume there'll be a decent number there unless there's snow or a hurricane!
  2. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July 2018 Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  3. Lotus part for the S spark plug is A132E6503F, which is a NGK ILFR7B8 about £21 each so no different to getting from Lotus.
  4. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July 2018 Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  5. Mine's a 2011 S so may be slightly different servicing requirements to yours, but... - Gearbox oil I was recommended to do every 2 years (every year if lots of track driving) and I'm using the Red Line fully synthetic (MTL 75W-80 GL4) as that's what Opie Oils recommended - interested to read Hanger111 suggesting the Motul 300 so will look into that - Brake fluid I was recommended to do every year - Coolant isn't on your list and is every 4 years
  6. Congratulations, pleased for you and wishing you many miles of happy Lotus ownership. Sounds like a really good service from the dealer and the PPI inspector. The noise in 1st and 2nd sounds like it's the fairly common clutch release bearing noise which is apparent on some S1s. It's partly a consequence of the Lotus approach of using different bits of Toyota drivetrain that aren't used together in other Toyota applications and hence have a few quirks where Lotus have joined them together. It'll sound a bit agricultural up to about 3000rpm in 1st and 2nd. If you ever need the clutch changed then it can usually be sorted then. Mine did it from new. About that time there were some scare stories about early clutch failures, eventually tracked down to a batch of wrongly assembled units that were fixed under warranty. I was worried mine was showing early symptoms, so a Lotus factory technician came down to the dealer to test drive and inspect. He was happy it was OK, although audible, and it has been no better or worse since then. It's a useful excuse for keeping the revs up
  7. TomE

    Mr K Nye

    Another vote for BoT for all things Lotus. Look forward to seeing pics, sounds great.
  8. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July 2018 Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  9. You're not driving it right if you can hear rattles and fan noise rather than revs and exhaust note! Seriously though, those should all be easily resolvable things. Despite what some people say about build quality on the earlier cars, my 2011 Evora S has been mostly free of rattles and odd noises. I just have the fairly common clutch release bearing "diesel" rattle - easily solved by keeping the revs over 2500!
  10. TomE

    HELLO

    Welcome Ben and I'd echo Kimbers' comments. If you want a weekend play car and track weapon then the Exige is a great choice and plenty of people do use them as daily drivers too. If you want to have more comfort and practicality and plan on doing some touring and road trips then take a look at the Evora too. It's got all the Lotus ride & handling DNA and is a great (and not slower) drive on road and track, so not really much of a compromise. Running costs are slightly higher but not eye-wateringly different. I moved from a supercharged Elise to an Evora S about 7 years ago, mainly because 2 kids meant I wanted the option of transporting them in my car as well as MrsE's Euro-barge. Seven years later the kids are less of a concern and I could consider returning to a 2-seater but I love the Evora still and don't see anything around (Lotus or otherwise) that I'd replace it with just yet. Have fun with the test drives and searches and hopefully we'll see pics of your new purchase soon.
  11. The sequence with the window switch just resets the door open window drop/close setting
  12. It's a common issue that the airbag light comes on after changing the battery - you have to swap it over in about 45 seconds or less to avoid that! It can be reset by a dealer in 5 minutes or if you have the right ODB2 scanner and app you can do it yourself. Some ODB2 setups can't access it, so if you take it to your local mechanic they may not be able to do it. There's a thread on here somewhere about scanners that are known to work. Windows not properly closing can be reset by closing the door, holding down the window switch for 3 seconds after the window is completely down, then holding up on the window switch for 3 seconds after it is fully up.
  13. A few weeks before my battery died I had some odd electrical-related behaviour, like windows not re-closing when door shut and warning lights on but no faults. When they're beginning to fail the battery capacity, voltage and ability to hold charge can fluctuate, so it might start the car but won't give full voltage or has intermittent drops. If you're regularly going to leave it standing for a few weeks it's worth putting it on a battery charger/conditioner.
  14. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  15. TomE

    New (old) Arrival

    Congratulations! I've shared the road with that car a few times when Colin had it, including over on the Isle of Man. Pic below. Mine has the same transmission noise and had it when I bought it at 6 months old. A Lotus factory engineer came out to listen to it and agreed it was noticeable but not anything to worry about. Several thousand miles later and there have been no issues. I use the uprated gearbox oil (there's a thread on here somewhere with the spec) and that makes it slightly quieter as well as making the gear change 3rd to 2nd a bit less sticky. Although the Lotus service schedule says change it every 4 years I was advised to change it every 2 years, or annually if tracking it.
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