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Hello everyone,

I am a new member of the forum, and have joined because I plan to buy (wife permitting) an Esprit at some point this year.

I am not entirely new to Lotus ownership, having previously owned a 1989 Excel SA (thats right - an auto!) which I parted company with just over a year ago, due to the need for more reliable transport (otherwise known as wifely instruction....)...aaahh, how I miss that car!!

Anyway, I reckon once you`ve been bitten by the Lotus bug, theres no escape, hence my plan to try and acquire an Esprit.

I really would like an S3, although some people have already advised that a Stevens X180 is a more sensible any case, I`m sure with some help and advice from you all, I can find the right one!


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hi robert and welcome. Suggest you come along to some of the meets during the year. These are posted in the events section. There is normally a whole range of different cars to see and we are a friendly bunch. The Lotus show at donnington would be a good start. Sunday is normally the Esprit day.

Good luck in the search

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S4, S4, S4!

Welcome matey!

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Welcome Robert! :)

Pls. explain to me: What does sensible mean if it comes to Lotus??? ;-)

BTW, you shouldn't have sold that Excel!!!



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Welcome mate...

Read all you can in here, and choose whatever you wish to buy, don't let a group of booring anoraks decide for you.... :)

They are all fab....

Simon :(

Just cos you are slowly buying one of each like Jimmi!!!! Let us anoraks persuade you Robert. How about a GT3, a very nice type of esprit in my humble opinion.

Oh and welcome to the mad house. I agree about the suggestion of getting over to Donny or an earlier meet.

Alex :(

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Welcome to the forum, good luck with your search

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If you do decide to go down the S3 route then check out Dave Browns S3 Turbo which is currently on the market. It's a beauty. Dave's in Canada for 3 months but I think it would be worth the wait.


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Welcome aboard Robert!

Excel unreliable?! :) Never...

Hope you find the Esprit you're looking for. This forum is a great source of advice and, if you take your time, I'm sure you'll find a good one!



Calypso red '92 Esprit SE Hi-wing

Calypso red '87 Excel SE

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Hi Robert. Wanting an Esprit - Its a bit like an itch you can't scratch until its sitting there in the garage. :)


Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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Thank you all guys for the very warm welcome! I know I was a complete muppet for selling my excel, however, I hope that I can make things better with an Esprit!!!

What type of BMW 323 do you have? If its an E46 you should have sold that instead of the Excel :D If its an E30 then you should make sure that you have learnt from your mistakes :D Same applies if it is a BMW Mini Cooper or Austin Mini Cooper!

Welcome to the forum!


PS where you hailing from?

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Hi Robert and welcome to LEF.

We've a member on here from Helensburgh and my ma lives there too, as I used to on the seafront with a view of Greenock! We'll have to hook up next time I'm up north! :D

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BMW Mini reliable? Tell that to Troy. (sorry Robert - don't mean anything by it - bit of a private joke)

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welcome to the forum, i hope we can all be of help in your search for a car, by the way did i tell you that dodgy's car is for sale yet?? nope well it is and its a beauty, and its for sale you know, yep.. it still is, one sec... let me check for you..... yep its still for sale.

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