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Well, the search is underway. Drove '86 Turbo; too expensive even after 2 price reductions (36K miles, $15,900). Needs, oh, I don't know. A lot. Second attempt, flew to CT to see white '83 Turbo, beautiful but didn't drive, or stop for that matter (27K miles, $19,900 with many new parts. New back in 1998, that is) . Now contemplating a YELLOW '84 Turbo in NJ worked on by Don Butler at Union Jack Exotics. Probably well-sorted, but then I thought, even if I find one, where to go for service? Don Butler of Maryland is excellent, but I am in Tampa. Does anyone know of a Lotus mechanic in the area? There are two dealers nearby, but I imagine they mostly work on the Elise and Exige. No point in buying if I can't get service, and I am not extremely handy. Not yet, anyway. . .

Thanks, all!! :sweat:

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Richard,

PM or email me and I'll put you in touch with another owner in the Tampa/St. Pete area who says he has a pretty good mechanic.


1995 S4s

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Good sense on this--you have started down the right trail...prior to my buys, I wanted to make sure there was someone who could work on them.

I DO NOT recommend going to the dealers for service of any kind, unless they have a reputation for good work. Sure, they'll service your car, but will charge you an arm and a leg for it, and will probably not do the proper work or invent work that doesn't need to be done. There's a shop two blocks from house where I saw an S4 parked--I thought it was for sale but it was for service--the sales guy directed me back to these know-it-all characters who didn't know anything about the cars at all! they gave me some bull story about being the upcoming lotus dealers and servicers in VA, but they were full of it, on every word--how did I know? Because I had been receiving an education from lists like this and from a REPUTABLE mechanic who did good work. I have since heard horror stories about their every move--an independent dealer close to my home--a sevicer of "Euro" cars.

I took one of the cars to the nearby Ferrari dealership for the state inspection and they took nearly three hours ( a job that takes only 10 minutes anywhere else!) and failed the car anyway--they were horrible! Although they had lots of Ferraris in there, they had a glass between the waiting room and the shop and I watched them--having once worked in a shop myself, their work was worse on a number of different fronts, not the least of which they couldn't perform a prpoer state inspection on my car! They were horrific! Yet another reason not to own a Ferrari...

I have some friends in Tampa Bay who own and rent exotics--they may be able to help. Let me know if you need me to contact them for you.

--Tom

Edited by Tom Neel

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