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Iv finally decided to move from Japanese cars to owning a lotus!! Iv always loved the esprit so I’m going to look and test drive a SE turbo, V8 and a S4, all 3 are on piston heads and Iv done research on what to look for but looks like it all comes down to the history of the car. Iv attached a couple of links of the cars I’m interested in, I would really appreciate some advice on what else to look for, I know The esprit Isn’t a daily, it will Be cared for and used occasionally in my possession. The V8 is 1996 I did read to stay clear of this year but why is this?

www.pistonheads.com .. p;cId=10459995&cId=7310883

www.pistonheads.com .. p;cId=10459995&cId=7310883

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Thought I might add my thoughts to this ive owned a n\a Stevens , used a s4s For a weekend and now own a V8.  In my opinion it all comes down to what you want the car for.  The main reason I went

Yes it might be in pieces but I’d have more money to rebuild it again and not be reliant on other people 😀

You didn’t scare me off 😂😂😂😂   should have listened 

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The early V8s (1996 - 1997) suffered from piston liner failures. Most of those issues should have been resolved by now.

 

But, on any V8, it is wise to do a compression & leak-down test, and have the oil analyzed for coolant.

 

But IMO the early cars had the better, bigger binnacle with more instrumentation.

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Thanks for your reply’s, today I viewed the esprit Pete suggested,

https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10441098?cId=10560391&cId=9832146&cId=10159067&cId=10459995&cId=10441098&cId=7310883

history was very good and is a lovely car, only thing that concerned me that there was no evidence in the history about the engine issues being resolved being a early v8, would this concern you guys? 

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Since it now has 45k on the clock - no it would not. 

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We haven’t got as far as negotiating warranty as yet but I would want at least 3 month. This is all new to me, Iv never bought a classic before, very nervous but it’s my dream, I’m trading in a Nissan 370Z nismo so I guess it all comes down to what they can offer! Fingers crossed! 

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Lovely looking car and i hope you find a great Esprit.

They are lovely cars and a passion of mine too!

However......regarding warranty.....

I will be very, very surprised if you get a warranty or a good one at least on a 24 year old classic super car.

Best of luck finding a good Esprit though 😀

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Welcome to TLF and happy Esprit hunting! 

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thanks for the welcome.


Today I had a test drive in a SE high wing, what a car! I’m so surprised how a 30 year old car can accelerate like that! Brakes need a bit of attention though. Next stop v8 test drive!! Then devotion time...

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The V8 is a different animal entirely. You can drive it really lazily and it will pull like a monster. A 4 pot needs to be utterly thrashed to perform at its best.

A word of warning....

If a V8 engine gives way - prepare to part with £10-15k to fix it. A 4 pot - about £4-6k

you pays your money takes your choice. Been there done that - I’d opt for the 4 every day of the week.

 

the old adage - even a bad esprit will blow you away is very true.

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12 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

The V8 is a different animal entirely. You can drive it really lazily and it will pull like a monster. A 4 pot needs to be utterly thrashed to perform at its best.

A word of warning....

If a V8 engine gives way - prepare to part with £10-15k to fix it. A 4 pot - about £4-6k

you pays your money takes your choice. Been there done that - I’d opt for the 4 every day of the week.

 

the old adage - even a bad esprit will blow you away is very true.

Thanks for the advice, I think I will go for the 4 pot it was far better than I expected, I would love the v8 but the extra cost is a big jump I will test drive just to tease myself. 

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Try to drive more than one 4 cylinder esprit if possible

hindsight: the science that is never wrong

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Hangar 111 do reports and have found them very helpful

hindsight: the science that is never wrong

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1 hour ago, Bannerfd3 said:

Thanks for the advice, I think I will go for the 4 pot it was far better than I expected, I would love the v8 but the extra cost is a big jump I will test drive just to tease myself. 

They are utterly different cars. The drive of them is completely different.

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1 hour ago, Bannerfd3 said:

I live near Norwich, the car I’m interested in is in Surrey 

Although he will want to kill me @Sparky is your man as I am sure everyone will tell you. 

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https://max500.com is Surrey and knows Esprit inside out so is a nice, local option as is http://www.backontrackmotorsport.co.uk if the other's are busy/too far. 

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