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I’m starting to get a bad feeling about this!

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My previous 2 Lotus have been supremely reliable cars apart from a couple of very minor glitches, so I had no reason to expect anything less with the purchase of my Evora last September. However, it’s beginning to look as though every time I use the car now, a new problem rears it’s head. ☹️ 

After two attempts, my failed aircon is now fixed but then on a recent trip to France, I had the window drop fault and unexplained gearbox and cruise control faults. Then yesterday, after a very enjoyable run to the Goodwood FOS, on the way home I noticed the engine will not rev above 4K. I was in Sport mode and as I pulled out to overtake a car, changed down using the paddles and floored it. At 4K rpm it was like hitting a hard limiter, forcing me to change up much sooner than was ideal, or safe. 

Given how the previous gearbox problem is still unexplained, I’m starting to become nervous about this car and what the longer term reliability will be like after the warranty expires. When it’s running well, I love this car, but I’m losing confidence that I can take it on a decent run without finding yet another problem. 

I’ve been a committed Lotus fanboy for 60 years, so have had my share of ‘niggles’ with various cars over the years, but after my 2 most recent Lotus cars, I’d really hoped that was a thing of the past. 

So, yet another trip to B & C coming up. I do hope they won’t be getting sick of the sight of me. ☹️

 

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On 07/07/2019 at 09:51, Spinney said:

I do hope they won’t be getting sick of the sight of me.

They won't, they get paid for the warranty work.

Is you spanner light on? Was the car up to temp? 

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The "4 k limiter" could be a subsequence of the "engine check" light on and a corresponding issue (sometimes a "real" fault, sometimes a "just update the software and everything fine again" issue from my experience...)

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I think I understand exactly how you feel...

Following on Willi's comment above and though I am not sure whether it will help you, I have had something similar for the first time very recently. After doing this (red lights coming in the dash and cutting injection at 5,000 rpm) it went back to normal, when I shut off and restarted the car. Then, suddenly a "engine check" light appeared and it threw a code stating that the car is running lean... I decided not to use it more and I am taking my car to Komotec tomorrow. Fingers crossed it is nothing serious (for both you and me).

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There are no dash lights that shouldn't be there, it was very definitely up to temperature and switching off, leaving for a few minutes then restarting hasn't made any difference either. I've always been careful to make sure the engine oil is good and hot before giving it the beans on all my cars and I know about the blue temperature light, so not that either. Annoyingly, it was supposed to have had a full system reset when I took it in only last week for the auto gearbox fault although I'm not sure if the rev limiting problem was immediately apparent as I had a slow drive home and then down to Goodwood a couple of days later, so didn't open it up until returning home after the FOS.

I did plug in my OBD2 reader and although it does now show a fault, unfortunately my reader isn't fully compatible, so won't tell me what that fault is. Interestingly, I also plugged the reader in after returning home from France when I had the gearbox issue but it showed no faults at all then. Mind you, maybe that was to be expected and it would only show a fault on the transmission control unit in that particular case.

I'm finding it all very frustrating and whilst I'm fully aware any new car can have its problems, hence the warranty period, I've not really had any issues of note with any of my new cars, including Lotus, for the last 25 years or so. I've always put it down to my extraordinary mechanical sympathy ;):) but maybe I've just been very lucky.

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This is disappointing to read however I along will be following to see what they find.

I ave been looking for a decent OBD2 reader that can actual read and cancel codes.

If it makes you feel better I couldn't wait to sell a 456M Manual 2000 build FERRARI which had issues every time I drove it. and it only had 30K on it

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It obviously happens and the one car of mine that currently holds the record of least reliable, by a long way, was a BMW 528 I owned back in the mid 90’s. Lovely car when it was running properly, with a gloriously sweet straight six engine. Unfortunately it spent more time at the dealers with a loooooong litany of faults, than in my hands. 

I couldn’t get rid of the sorry thing soon enough. It was the first and last Beemer I’ve ever owned and thereafter my daily cars have always come from the Audi and Mercedes stables, great cars every one of them. I just hope my GT410 doesn’t end up as my latter day 528! Oh well, I’m away for 3 weeks now so won’t think about it too much until I can get it into B & C upon my return. 

Watch this space for updates. 😃

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