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    esprit turbo 1988(modified)
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    Adjustable suspension with S300 springs, PNM Eng 4pot callipers all round, CL RC5+ Pads, 330mm custom front discs, Wilwood mechanical handbrake calipers, SE front bumper and S300 spoiler lip, V8 custom wheel arch extensions, Carbon Fibre sunroof, Carbon dipped rear number plate panel, OZ saturn alloys, LED Headlights, clear indicator lenses, LED sidelights, LED spotlights, S4 leather seats, alcantara headlining, double din stereo and sat-nav, Carbon dipped dash and centre console, twin cup holder, Climate control air conditioning system, Electrically heated windscreen, GISMO boost controller, Converted to fuel injection with OMEX 600 ECU and wasted spark ignition, plenum spacer plate, Hybrid Turbo, Alunox larger charge cooler with electric pump, Larger charge-cooler radiator, Alunox SS exhaust manifold, 3" custom SS exhaust system.
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  1. Personally I think the gear change on the Esprit is down to the age of the parts and how well it’s set up. Having replaced the cables and translator, plus taking my time to set it up correctly, my Esprit gear change is better than its ever been. In fact it’s a joy to drive!! I actually prefer the SE and S4S over the GT3, but each to their own. I really like the excel however a sorted Turbocharged Esprit is in another league.
  2. Will take some pics if I get chance. Car desperately needs washing and polishing however can’t find the time or the inclination lol.
  3. I think Pete at PNM Eng may have a 2nd hand one available. Might be worth an ask.
  4. I’ve got the PNM Eng kit fitted to my car and they are brilliant!!! Totally transformed the headlights, look good and will last longer than standard lamps. Have replaced the other bulbs with led to complete the look. When I last spoke to Pete he said that a lot of owners were converting to these and of course they do kits for other lotus models, not just the Esprit.
  5. I quite like the little Figaro. my version of the cav was a 405mi16x4 saw one on eBay this morning but way too much work and no where to do it. got loads to do to the Esprit but just can’t find the motivation. Have managed to tick off one of the bucket list cars though so might see if I can muster the enthusiasm to give the ghibli a clean and polish.
  6. How bad is the corrosion and have you had a quote to repair/replace it? If it’s under £1500 to replace and change clutch then get the work done and keep it. As Steve says “better the devil you know”. Plus, If it’s only an advisory then it might not need anything doing to it for another year or longer.
  7. You could look at using the alfa rears on the Esprit. No one to my knowledge has ever done it and so it will be a voyage of discovery with a likely high price tag. Might be worth trying to find out if the alfa rear calipers are the same as the later esprit rears? If so then you could just get the pnm brackets and discs (see option 2 below). standard rear options are: replacement rear calipers from a VW on original size discs. 2. Brembo rears from an S4 onwards with larger discs from PNM -expensive and heavy 3. as option 2 but used as a handbrake only and fit 4pot cali
  8. I’ve done the main outstanding jobs of: bleeding all 4 brake calipers (Thought that a bit of air had got into the system as had slightly more travel in the pedal after fitting the handbrake calipers). Re-calibrated the actuators on my climate control system to give me full temperature control and diagnosed Why the compressor wasn’t engaging (all fixed). made a panel and a some trim to encase my climate control heater box and sealed it all up to stop any drafts and help maintain the internal temperature. reattached the door lock mechanism which had decided to pop out of
  9. 2020 - 2015 maserati ghibli 3L petrol 421bhp A lotus and a Maserati,what have I done!!!!!
  10. The Brembo is definitely good but IMHO it’s not much better than than the hispec fronts. Plus you would have to spend in excess of £500 to get a set of custom bells and rotors for it, and that doesn’t take into consideration the faff of working out the alignment. If you have the standard kit from PNM then you will have 284mm front discs. Personally I would upgrade them to the 310mm which Pete sells (£300). I would then put a set of CL RC5+ pads (£120) in it and be amazed!!! out of interest, what are you running in the rears mate?
  11. couple of questions mate: What size disc are you running on the front at the moment? My 159 had a single piece disc, does yours have a rotor and bell setup? What wheels do you have fitted? cheers
  12. I’m sure you have probably checked this already but are both doors locked and have you changed the remotes battery? I’ve had issues getting in to the drivers side on mine which ended up being the rod popping off the lock. Passenger side was fine though. Just trying to think of an easy out. Failing that I think your best bet would be to try and break in to it using a wire or hook to try and unlock One door from the inside. I suspect that there would be flex in the door frame and room to get something in through the door seals (even if you damage then and ended up having to replace the seals af
  13. Not according to the fella off eBay
  14. Jay two, that was mine, was prepared to let it go cheap for another esprit owner at xmas but ended up getting messed around (typical eBay). Got to the point that I started to think that I’d rather throw all the bits away than deal with the agro. Have actually got a load of spares that I need to clear as moving house. Have offered them all to PNM but my move date is looming and so I might just start listing them on the forum for sale site.
  15. Giniw, valid point mate and I would have traded up to a later model if: I hadn’t done so much work to the car (things that would have to be done on a later model as well). It was economically viable (more manageable splitting up work per modification than having the capital to buy a younger car outright). I wasn’t so emotionally attached to her. Cheers Chris
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