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Akmal

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  1. I'm looking for the coolest rims out there... I like ones on the picture attached. Any suggestions? I have seen some cool gold ones that might look good on a black Lotus like mine...I'm also thinking of tinting the windows, maybe back and slighty the front... what do you think? If anyone knows how to get me more horsepower and torque, also please share... thanks.
  2. I own a 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 and don't know too much about enhancing it. I go to Harry and Viking Motorsports in Costa Mesa, California and was wondering if I wanted to increase the torque and/or horsepower, what's the best way to do this and the least expensive way? I love the car and want to keep it, take care of it, and enhance it as I can afford it. I want it to be faster in the first few gears preferably... if that's possible. I know it is more aerodynamic and made to be faster at higher speeds, but I just would love if it had 500 horse power and more torque. I don't know much about superchargers, exhausts, the risks, etcs... so if anyone has ideas and suggestions, it will be much appreciated. Thanks.
  3. No problems since. It was just the power booster that was the problem... all the extra garbage like the ABS brake system was them just ripping me off. It should have only costed $1500 to fix including parts. Well, I learned the hard way... and now I go to Harry and only Harry!
  4. You guys were right! Harry rocks! I haven't had any problems since and the guys is very likeable... he diagnosed most of the problems in MINUTES! Creek European took me for a ride and I quality disputed $2000 of their charges and looks like I'm going to win...
  5. Went in person to meet Detlef at Lotus Prepared by Claudius in Cerritos, nice guy. He feels that it's possible that the power booster was defective, but also feels it could be an engine problem. Some of the guys over at Viking think it could also be a secondary fuel problem. They don't really feel that the ABS system needed to get fixed and that I got taken for a ride for $3000k, which only $900 could be refundable (labor, got the part from Jaeparts). Anyway, they are all gonna take a look at it once the new master cylinder is replaced under warranty. I will take it to Lotus Prepared by Claudius and to Harry at Viking in a few weeks. I spoke to the mechanic and he says that the ABS system, well, the whole system was contaminated and insists that it is the power booster that's the problem. He gets upset the more I question it or call others, but what does he expect after 7k and 3 months, and it breaking down the NEXT day after getting it back?
  6. Thanks, the reason I didn't take it to Harry the first time was because Harry was on the phone with this mechanic (and Jeff from Jae) and they all agreed and practically swore on the problem. This time Harry is out of town till the 10th of Nov, so what I'm gonna do is have them replace the booster under warranty (labor will also be free) and as soon as I have it, drive it straight to Harry. Harry thinks this is best too because I save on labor costs which he can't give me. This way I save at least on that part. Towing it over an hour away is very expensive, and Harry isn't around till the 10th anyway. They won't give me any kind of refund, I tried already. They are saying everything was done correctly and telling me that the ABS unit was also "good" to replace which I will ask Harry about on the 10th. I got the parts from JAE directly, so they can't refund me. If the ABS unit was not necessary to be replaced, then I can ask for $900 back for the labor cost only or just challenge it through my bank. The rest of the work - clutch, brakes, fluids, was legit.
  7. It was European Creek Automotive, 10881 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034 310-558-0134 I don't think so, I think they ruled that out but I will have them look into it. I feel that I replaced the UBS unit the first time around and there was no need for it ($2000 + $900 labor) If it was the master cylinder booster the first time, and now again, I got ripped off. I am going to try to tow it to Harry because from what I hear he's the best. The mechanic at Creek is very good and honest, but the chances that the booster is defective is low. The new master cylinder booster, if it was defective, only lasted 2 days. Harry just confirmed that it could be the booster because the brakes are jammed. The first time around I believe that it was the master cylinder also, not the ABS unit. So it's been narrowed down to the power booster so far... they think the new one was defective so are replacing that for free. Harry is out of town till Nov 10th, so I'm gonna have the same mechanic fix it... then drive it to Harry when he gets back. I actually have been doing some research and it seems that if one of your cataytic converters is bad... it sends bad vapor and fumes to the vacuum of the master cylinder... causing it to go bad again and again. The mechanic did say that one of the catalytic converters is unusual, but he thought that maybe the previous owner did that on purpose to create an exhaust sound... (I didn't understand exactly, one was full, one was almost empty, whatever that means... something was taken off, etc). Anyway, I also hear popping when I turn the car off after driving... like a cracking high pitch sound coming from the exhaust pipes or somewhere near there... it's not pleasant sounding. I have read that this could be ignition timing or cam belt not fitted right. Does any of this make sense? Any ideas? The mechanic is going to do a catalytic converter test... what he says is that they are fine, but one of them has the vapor compartment removed to create an exhaust sound... but he's gonna do the test to be on the safe side. My car did pass a smog check a few months ago without any problems. I haven't had the timing/cam belts checked and need to because I heard it's good to replace those every 2 years, regardless of the mileage.
  8. PLEASE HELP! After $7000 and 3 months later... I finally got my Lotus Esprit 2001 back. They replaced the ABS unit, master cylinder, new hoses, brakes, clutch, fluids, etc. Guess what? It broke down on the 405 again! Today! The next day! Same problem as before... power just ceases, reduces in speed... temperature rises past 100 pretty fast... pushing the gas, but it's not going, feels like the car is just shutting down. Once it's stopped, brakes are locked, they won't move... hard as a rock... you can roll the car only. The mechanic believes that it is the master cylinder booster that is defective... it's not getting power. Any advice? Harry agreed the first time around that it was probably the ABS unit, but he didn't see it... Please help!
  9. PLEASE HELP! After $7000 and 3 months later... I finally got my Lotus Esprit 2001 back. They replaced the ABS unit, master cylinder, new hoses, brakes, clutch, fluids, etc. Guess what? It broke down on the 405 again! Today! The next day! Same problem as before... power just ceases, reduces in speed... temperature rises past 100 pretty fast... pushing the gas, but it's not going, feels like the car is just shutting down. Once it's stopped, brakes are locked, they won't move... hard as a rock... you can roll the car only. The mechanic believes that it is the master cylinder booster that is defective... it's not getting power. Any advice? Harry agreed the first time around that it was probably the ABS unit, but he didn't see it... Please help!
  10. Moving forward, do you guys have any advice on simple maintenance that you can help me with, so perhaps I don't have anymore major problems that are my fault or the previous owner's fault? Oil change every 3,000 miles Check timing belts every year... replace every 2 years Check clutch and brake fluid every 2 years Etc.
  11. Where did you buy your clutch from? Maybe I can get a price for the 2001 Lotus Esprit V8? I was gonna get mine from jaeparts.com. Jeff at jaeparts says the clutch is top notch, racing clutch, and should last a lifetime. Labor is $800, clutch is $2100. What do you think caused your clutch problem? Do you have any advice on regular maintenance moving forward?
  12. Hey Guys! Here's an update... So it turned out to be the ABS brake system (after collaborating with the mechanic at Viking, Jeff at jaeparts, and others) which costed just over $2000, plus $800 labor (getting all my parts through Jeff at jaeparts). Did the oil change, replaced the coolant, again my Esprit has 13,000 miles on it and it is a 2001. I think when I got I bought the car used a few months ago, the fluids were low, and this might have caused the ABS problem. It was all of a sudden and I was only going like 20 miles/hr. Still not sure how it happened or why it happened. Now the brakes are fine and the fluids and everything else... however, you can't change gears unless the car is off. So the clutch is gone. I honestly didn't think there was anything wrong with the clutch prior to the ABS problem, but I guess it's possible in the midst of it all, the clutch went out. I think it was a little or a lot worn, but I don't know enough about cars to tell. It was a little little hard to push down (before the ABS problem), but not bad... so maybe it was worn prior. Jeff thinks I might have let the clutch slip a lot while driving, and he said you can be rough with it, but try not to let it slip, and it will last a lifetime. So the cost of a new clutch is like $2100 plus $800 labor... so I am paying almost $6000 and worried about future maintenance costs, especially when I don't even know why the ABS went out in the first place still. I think the big mistake I did was I didn't get the fluids checked immediately because the guy who sold it to me said it was fine, but it probably wasn't... and it probably needed a new clutch, also a reason he sold it. So what I've learned is: 1) don't let the clutch slip, and check the clutch fluid every 2 years, and it will last a lifetime. 2) replace brake and other fluids every 2 years 3) check timing belt tension every year and replace them every 2 years (24k) 4) oil change every 3,000 miles and new filter If you guys can advise me or give me a brief maintenance summary of what to do moving forward, I'd appreciate it- to avoid future costs and problems. I keep hearing different things and just need to know exactly what to do every year or every 2 years... Thanks.
  13. Turned out to be the ABS unit after all, after talking to Jeff at jaeparts and Harry... cost about $2100 plus labor. In regards to Harry... any idea how much he charges? Is he expensive? For example, is he over $200 for an oil change or over? Just curious.... I know Symbolic Motors in San Diego (Lotus dealer) charges over $300 for an oil change. When should I replace my timing belts? How many miles is safe and a good practice?
  14. Thanks guys again for your help. My mechanic spoke to Jeff this morning and they are narrowing it down. They think that it either needs an internal bleed or ABS unit replacement. The mechanic at Viking also confirmed this with me right now. The oil change was just an estimate, they haven't done it for me yet. I will let you know the final price. Thanks for the Viking reference, I will use him for the future! This forum is fantastic! What would I do without you guys?
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