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    2001 V8 GT Esprit, R33 Skyline GTR, S15 Silvia

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  1. Al, when I was living in the West of Scotland - I remember the weather.... I'm not sure if I prefer it here or there
  2. given the weather was not so good... I was really pleased with the pics :)
  3. nice photos... :)
  4. There will be some great pictures coming, had a professional photoshoot this morning -- pity the weather wasn't so good.
  5. Update after the weekend... checked everything in detail with the mechanic and we detected exhaust gas in the coolant tank - but no other symptoms (oil is clean, coolant is clean, no leaks to be found). If I drive it real easy the coolant will last a while - but when I 'give it a little bit of spirit' the coolant vanishes immediately!! It turns out the mechanic used to own the only other Esprit in Moscow (albeit 4 cyl.) so had some deep discussions about what to do. Either way the engine's gotta come out.
  6. It is not a case of like or not like - I really like it but it is really a pain to get anything done in Moscow when there are no others on the road and no useful specialists here. As for the bill - that was mostly labour... parts here are normally only 5x the standard price in UK. (Crank Sensor from my local 'Lotus' dealer was quoted at almost
  7. welcome to Russia everything here is crazy expensive!!! I really need to find a real specialist (or become one myself). If only my garage was free but it has another project underway in it right now. I will go and see the guy again tomorrow as I need to pick up my head from my other car and see if I can work out how he came to this conclusion... Chris
  8. I took the car to a guy who came recommended yesterday - he came back this morning with news that in his opinion it is the head gasket and will be a minimum $5,000 repair job. The good lady has now 'insisted' I sell the car immediately Looks like my lotus experience was a short and troubled one...
  9. All, well it seems it was the Crank Sensor as now this has been changed the car starts without any problems. Now I have a new problem in as much as the car is drinking coolant... not having much luck with this car at all
  10. finally got back from a long business trip and was able to get to the car and have a play. London was fun - but it is nice to get back to the Moscow chaos again. So - as suggested I changed the ECU back to the stock on - no difference I used the scan tool to to check for codes - no codes I tried to cranking whilst monitoring the scan tool - no RPM signal - stays at zero I did manage to bump start it down one of the slopes in the parking garage and have since dropped it off at the local 'lotus specialist' to have a look. He is leaning toward Crank Angle Sensor - but to order one fro
  11. Moscow is not that bad as for the censored part - if it is something useful could you PM me Cheers
  12. Thanks for the reply - I do hear the fuel pump priming (or I assume that is what it is)... Chris
  13. All, I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction to sort out this problem. I have a 01 Esprit V8 that won't start at all. Unfortunately the car is stuck in a small garage (on the 6th floor of a parking facility) so getting the car out not under it's own power is going to be difficult and the access I have to be able to do anything to the car is fairly limited My g/f thought it would be safe to keep it there while I was out of town in the UK for a month. This is the second time this has happened - first time I had it towed to the only Lotus place in town. I had given them
  14. Iconic Ride, if you went through the airport now you'd notice it was pretty much like any other in the world... a lot of holiday makers and business travellers.
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