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Having recently moved down to Palma, Mallorca. I was wondering how far people go to get their pride and joy serviced. Or do you do it at home yourself, no lewed comments please!!

As for me and mine it will be back to South West Lotus. Perfect excuse for caning it across Spain and France, with the roof out of course. Poor Me B)


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i tried the local lotus shop, but the guy in charge didn't pass my standard honesty test. home servicing from now on. the neighbours will complain to be sure.

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Has to be home as well after many run ins with garages and their lies - when I get something I simply cannot tackle thankfully I have a good garage about 10 miles away.

No garage however can give the car time and attention you can at home - tbh they're not difficult to work on, it's just a car.


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About fifty miles for me (to Steve Williams in Maidenhead).

She's booked in for Feb, i wait until i've got a list of stuff that

needs doing then point it at the workshop and wait for the bill!

:P

As Jon says though, cheaper to do stuff yourself, and i do a 'bit',

but in honesty i'm not interested in seeing my tools after a week

at work, so i choose to pay someone else rather than get angry

at a car what i'd rather be be happy with (kicking spanners around

etc...) takes too much of the magic out of the toy for me.

:P

Also, have noticed this year that the people that do the most work

themselves, are the people who's cars have been off the road all

summer, so you really have to have the time, which i don't. If it's

not in a drivable state, i don't want to see it til it is!

:(

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I travel to Salisbury, about 120 miles away from SE London (no I don't mean Geoff at EE). I do this for peace of mind as well really as the garage I use is familiar with the cars, enthusiastic to work on them, has competitve rates and I have built a certain history with them over the years.

They are also good at helping with non-standard work, and are happy to say when something is over their head and often advise caution. I like a mechanic who takes pride in the Esprit and work he does on it. My guy recently bought an S4 for himself and I am encouraging him to come out the closet and attend a meet.

However, with enough voltage, I can get them to do most anything, innit :P Secretly I know they love a challenge :P And my cars are always being upgraded or changed in some way, so I suppose it is good regular business for them too.

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I live in Norwich, Norfolk and had my Esprit serviced by Steve at SJ last month.

Saved me a fortune over getting it done down the road at the factory!


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This is a tricky question for me :P

My "mechanic" lives in the same town as I and we service my car in his place. But if I wan't to take my car to Lotus specialized repair shop then it's 100km. trip and that's not better garage than ours... Real nearest repair shop is in Sweden (I think).

So how far I have to go :P my answer is less than 50miles cause I take it to my friend.


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How far? 10 metres to my garage. And it's on the road most weekends. Though for the first couple of months it wasn't as I had to do a lot of of major work due to corroded tanks etc.

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When I first bought my car I was tied down to using speacailists, SJ & PNM did a lot of my earlier work on the car for which I am very thankfull to them for. However with my Job, I was moving around the country a lot, It made it difficult for me to be able to get the car to them. I have tried a few other speacailists and come to regret it, esp with the quality of work that was produced. I will not comment any further with that point............ :P

So, over the years I have found I preffer to do as much work as can. Then I Know the standard of work that has been done. &, esp as I now have a good sized garage to work in. No more waiting for sunny days, crawing about in the cold & trying to get as much done before the sun goes down. Oh & having to put your tools away, in the middle of a job, so no one will pinch them.

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When in Oshawa I stop by the Happy Times massage parlour :P:):P

Oh I suppose you mean the car :D

I cant afford to pay a Lotus dealer to do the work :)

So I get all greasy , and cut and I curse (alot) :P

and I do it me self :P


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I have no hesitation in using the services of PNM which is roughly a 90 mile round trip. I am mechanically incompetent, armed with one blunt screwdriver, a very cold garage and a back that doesn't like cold/hard concrete floors. As such, I don't really have much choice.

I do dream though of owning a warm garage with a ramp or a pit, wonderful lighting and all sorts of power tools. Perhaps a fridge with some beers in too and maybe a shower. Ahh, that way, I wouldn't have to bump into her-in-doors all winter.

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Interesting question and one that I know holds a high level of interest at present.

Would love to hear from all but ESPECIALLY States side. What is the dealer like? His level of competance? Is it a Lotus dealer first or just a multi Franchise and you are ignored? What's the variance in labour rates?

This info will be looked at. I promise.

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I do simple stuff myself and intermediate stuff with the help of friends. Main problem for me is that my garage is unbearably small, so large or difficult jobs is left to the independent mechanic about 25 km away or so. He is a one man operation specialising in British sportscars, although he will also do the odd old Alfa or whatever else comes along, but nothing mainstream. I like him. He claims the Esprit is his favourite thing to work on. I bet he says to all his clients that he likes their particular cars, but he does own an SE that he is fixing up after it was bounced between the rails on the Autobahn. Parts I have ordered from the UK. I don't use the Lotus importer, neither for parts nor labour, for three reasons. They are expensive. They are about 400 km away. They recently moved to a new location and rumour has it that that led to a high turnover of staff and that the new ones are inexperienced with our cars. A few years ago, before the rise of good forums, I was briefly in contact with the Danish importers to ask about some problem I had. They said they had only held the agency for four years, and had yet to sell their first Esprit, so they were unable to help with my query. These are the only two Lotus dealers in the nordic countries, and they are less than 100 km apart. It seems that it is difficult to maintain a competitive and competent service organisation in such extremely sparse markets, which is understandable, I suppose. It probably ads to the mystique.


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Interesting question and one that I know holds a high level of interest at present.

Would love to hear from all but ESPECIALLY States side. What is the dealer like? His level of competance? Is it a Lotus dealer first or just a multi Franchise and you are ignored? What's the variance in labour rates?

This info will be looked at. I promise.

Tony

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Hi Tony,

The one dealer nearby that sells Lotus told me they wouldn't work on my car because it wasn't bought at their dealership (it's a 1984 that I bought in 1991 from a private party). The only other dealership is in Seattle, about two and a half hours north of me.

I still don't have the confidence to work on it much myself. I've changed the oil and attempted to bleed the clutch line. However, trying to get at the distributor, timing belt, or water pump, seems physically impossible. So initially I took it to an acquaintance who is a Ferrari mechanic. Some years later, a member in our local club (a true Lotus racing aficionado), worked on my car. He is the one person who I know will do a quality job and have everything 100% correct. Unfortunately, it's not often he can work on the car. There is another independent shop, where the mechanic is very familiar with Esprits, who has also done good work. I don't know his hourly rate at the moment - I will have to look at my invoices and reply tomorrow. The only issue I have is that he is often too busy to look at or correct the little things I need done.

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