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  1. Did the Silver Level last weekend - xmas treat from Mrs B. Brilliant - booked to go back and do Gold in August - anyone in 2 minds about this, just do it.
  2. get a compression check done on each cylinder just in case the piston fail problem
  3. I never did discover the root cause. however a new short motor from lotus is circa £10k supplied but the identical item from Toyota is under £3k Didn't put me off in a 400
  4. The Stormtrooper has finally graduated to become Vader...… 400 Hethel Edition in motorsport black...collected it ! 😎
  5. all in good maths in full force.....
  6. Quick questions regarding a car I am looking at ahead of possible purchase (an MY11 Evora S). 1. Any idea of a budget to get back seats retrimmed in leather (currently cloth)? 2. is it possible to retrofit TPMS to a car that does not have it and if so any idea of budget 3. Ditto - cruise control thanks
  7. New&onesearchad=Used&page=1 help - whats wrong with this one ? something doesn't quite look right.. the interior seems to be a mix of SR and early pre MY12 cars...very confusing. shame about the corroded wheel nuts too lovely colour though
  8. David - YES the 111R is in fact for sale although not advertised is booked in for a front clam respray to get rid of the stone chips etc then it will be advertised after Easter, when I get back from hols - pm me if you are interested, it had new shocks all round pre-winter.
  9. I am pretty sure it was owned for a short time by a guy on here who may speak up. He is a serial lotus owner with a couple of elises, and an early NA evora - he sold the 400 about 12-15 mths ago when he bought my S IPS. He had only owned it a few months but found it a bit harder / less comfortable ? than his earlier NA so wanted to go back to an earlier model. Pretty high spec from what I recall
  10. so we all should buy a 911 then ?
  11. I had a warranty from Auto Protect on car bought from a main dealer. Needed to claim and they refused to pay out. In the end I referred to matter to the FSA who investigated and decided in my favour....but it took well over 6 months to eventually get resolved. Read the small print in the warranty and make sure you do everything it says (service dates, reporting the fault etc)
  12. Lee, Like many I have watched your thread with sadness over the last week. My deepest condolences and stay strong for yourself and the girls.
  13. Idiot question - can they be sprayed to match body colour or do they have to be replaced with new ones (that are presumably then sprayed the right colour) thanks
  14. we are an LLP, so we are Partners (Members) and yes VAT registered. if we lease a car through the business, we can claim back 50% of the vat anyway, the rest of the costs (lease and remaining vat) are tax deductible subject to the total amount being reduced by 15% if the car is over the set emissions figure (which our chosen cars will be) and deducted by an appropriate % based on how much personal use we use (likely around 15-20%).
  15. We have deceived to lease a couple of cars via our Company (an LLP). due to apparent tax benefits for the partners. likely a Range Rover sport plus either a discovery sport or a Macan. 3 year lease ideally and happy to pay a hefty intial payment with circa 12k miles pa does anyone have any experience of leasing cars through a company / things to look out for ? Can you recommend any leasing companys to try or ones to avoid any help much appreciated to prevent potential schoolboy errors.
  16. Agree 100%. Took my new 111r out for a blast at the weekend. It has possibly taken over the mantle as my favourite car ever. The rush when it opens up at high revs is addictive.
  17. Magnetic blue. Hope all goes well for you Lee
  18. After looking for another Evora S for a while I recently decided on a change of plan. So the lotus history so far has been: Elise S2 111s Evora LE Evora S IPS and now this:
  19. Collecting new toy today all being well ... will post on intros later
  20. My man maths is simple - i like to buy cash not credit. ideally my target is under £50k but could go to £55k for the right car. Yes i sound perfect for a 50/50 interest free deal but i bought my original LE Evora from new so i have done the new car thing once and I am now quite happy with something a couple of years old or more. I want some thing a little unusual and good to drive; doesn't have to be the fastest thing on the road just good handling. Evora is still the perfect choice on this criteria but having been in a mates Exige 350Sport recently that has to be the best opti
  21. We have all had or heard of stories of third party warranty companies or other insurers wriggling out of their responsibilities. I would like to share my story that has finally now concluded but has taken 9 months to resolve (and is why I have been a little off grid all this time). The purpose of my post is really to highlight the potential pitfalls and try and highlight the care you need to take to enforce a warranty and ensure you don't inadvertently void the warranty. In summer 2016 I purchased an S IPS, 3 yrs old and 7k miles. All well until March 17 when the engine light came on and
  22. I have not been able to add to this topic due to an ongoing warranty claim but I can now confirm first hand experience of piston failure in my (ex) S IPS. 2 pistons like this and third one starting to go, all on same bank of engine at less than 12k miles. This essentially resulted in a replacement engine. More details to follow in a (third party) warranty thread when I get chance to write it up
  23. I moved on to an 2013 S IPS but sold that again late last year as I just never bonded with the IPS. Currently car-less and looking, with money starting to burn a hole..... similar shorlist as before but a manual S or poss a 400 manual are current favourites.
  24. Beady

    Wanted Evora 2+2

    you can have it inspected by a Lotus approved dealer for about £200-250 for real peace of mind. they will spot everything and provide a datalog of history / use / abuse If the seller is not willing to take the car for that sort of inspection then walk away. recommend Silverstone !
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