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46 minutes ago, Chillidoggy said:

It depends if you're doing it yourself, and how far you go.

If it's off the shelf, SWLC have a bargain basement offer on a rebuilt V8 at the moment. £10,500 down from the usual £15.900. Plus labour to remove and fit, one would assume.

Does off the shelf mean engine replacement?

What exactly is the failure cause for the v8, is it an issue with the cylinder liners sealant or are there multiple failure points? If it’s the liners does anyone offer a rebuild service to remove and install new/better liners that you could do as a preventative measure. 

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Mike, fantastic response and insight into the v8 so thank you for sharing your knowledge.

It sounds like the best advice is to not be put off by a v8 but look out for unmodified cars that have been owned and maintained well. Mike, do you or any specialists offer any Pre purchase inspection service?

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There was a model specific Buyer Checklist created a while back by Lotus Esprit World.  Attached is an example performed by Northwest Lotus.  That should give you a reasonable idea of what to check for.

Depending on where the prospective car is located, you may be able to find a local specialist that can help you with that.

Lotus_Esprit_Checklist_V8_-_V78SBW-1.doc

1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Hi Trev,

I have owned a V8 for 17 years and can say it has been reliable and a real joy to drive. As with any car, if it is driven and maintained correctly it will be fine. Do the homework and checks and if you can get a specialist would be a bonus.  

Enjoy the hunt to Esprit ownership👍😁

 

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Hi Trevor,

I’ve got a 1997 GT3, which is an early dash model, and is a bit of a garage queen having only done 21,000 miles.

It’s not for sale, but if you’d like to come and clamber all over it then you’d be very welcome.

There are two downsides: 1) is that I am in north west Hampshire, and; 2) the car is now SORNed for winter.

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On 28/10/2021 at 21:10, TrevS said:

It sounds like the best advice is to not be put off by a v8 but look out for unmodified cars that have been owned and maintained well. Mike, do you or any specialists offer any Pre purchase inspection service?

Don’t be afraid of buying a non runner 🤭
 

https://www.classicandsportscar.com/features/buyers-guide-lotus-esprit-1987-2004

 

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