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When I had it last it would work but if you floored it , it would turn into a tractor just as the boost came in.  Drive with a gentle foot and it was ok

However the coolant needed constant topping up and when the temp dial got into the hot zone the fans would come on sometimes but not always.  That always used to frighten me - why did the fans come on every so often and not in time with the dial?  The t/stat sensor had been replaced for the fan switch.

So I drove it home from SW and it stopped.  SW came out and withdrew the soapy water from the spark plug channels left there after the car was washed!  I managed to drive it back to his garage.

After that SW could start the car but it "wasn't well at all".  Its been so long I cant bloody remember the whole story but thats most of it.

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re - being happy with the car - I had an S4S previously and loved it to bits.  It was fantastic.

The reason why I've see-sawed regarding fix/sell is that I just couldn't make my mind up.

Then I saw old pictures and other pic like your car and I have extremely fond memories.

I went down the road of wondering if I could buy another after cutting my losses with this one - and even flirted with getting a sapph cossy at one point(!) then I realised that spending the money on a replacement could go to repairing this one so thats where I've landed for a while.

Then today I've been told my jobs's at risk - so I dont fancy a peek at the next chapter FFS

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Thanks lads, for the input - its all as valuable as gold IMO. re: "if you are not fully committed to the car, either financially or emotionally, you should move it on" When I made the financ

Hello Stephen, Just had a look over the fairly recent postings of your thread and with fresh eyes offer the following. Clearly something quite grave is amiss with the engine and one would be unwi

I really do hope you get the outcome you desire on this car.   Frankly some of the comments on this thread have been acidic and damn right petty at best - I’ve not enjoyed reading some of these

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That water is going somewhere.

either - falling on the floor, into the oil or straight out the exhaust. 
 

either way you need someone to look at the vehicle whom isn’t going to just pull it to bits in critical way whilst easing your pants down.

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3 hours ago, Stimpy said:

Then today I've been told my jobs's at risk - so I dont fancy a peek at the next chapter FFS

Surely best now to sell it,one less thing to worry about,and probably an enthusiast is the best person to work on it now as sent to a garage could be a money pit

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Sorry to hear about your job fella

I just read through the whole thread..... owning this dog (they made the odd one or two) hasn’t been good for you mentally or financially

it’s a definite sell imo

ps I’ve made mistakes too.... the thing is to recognise a lost cause,  ie moneypit
good luck whatever you decide

 

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I’m not so sure @Francisco Franco this car could just need a head gasket, head skim and a clutch kit. That’s not a massive amount of work really. 

Dont make a knee jerk decision @Stimpy - be informed and have a clear methodology going forwards 👍

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Agreed Barry, but reading back through the thread tonight, it seemed that getting the remnants of the old alarm system removed was a bridge too far at one point. 

 Running and maintaining a classic model is a real commitment, and you have to accept that it is nearly always at a loss over the long term. Of course there is nothing wrong with that and I know of no other car that is as thrilling to own, but we have to accept that unless you can throw enough money at it to get in front maintenance wise the car is always going to give you trouble
 

As you say Stimpy needs to have a good think..... there is also the option of leaving it in the garage (His own)  till the waters are a little less murky.

 

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Your second paragraph is spot on @Francisco Franco.  Its taken furlough for me to get back on top of mine and as well as the time its inevitably cost some money.  Being able to do the work yourself is a massive bonus, and I have had a crack at it but struggled, but thankfully had some local help to get me through.

My guess is the car was purchased in 2012/2013 so values will have gone up in that time which helps when you are investing in a project, assuming you have the funds to do so .

I think what has said been before stands - if you are not fully committed to the car, either financially or emotionally, you should move it on. It seems as though enough time has been wasted and in my experience that.s the worst thing you can do - when you come back to pick up the pieces, something else will also need attention.

I feel for you on the work situation, I had a similar scare last year and if that had come to pass my Esprit would probably have had to go. That may ultimately make your decision.  Like I said earlier, good luck whatever you do. 

 

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FWIW Stephen, in the early years(!) of my S2 restoration I was routinely anxious of getting the thing on the road, always hoping it to happen "this year, or next at the latest". I have been more at peace since letting go of such sentiments, now just serenely and productively getting it done with the view that it's on the road once the work is complete. There is a long history of Esprit owners' personal trials in working these lovelies into shape, some of it documented over on our TLF restoration threads. Find your own inner peace no matter whether the car is sold or persevered with, I know which was the better course for me.💪

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Banks prefer lending money to long term investments than fly-by-night things as well. :getmecoat: 

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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I really do hope you get the outcome you desire on this car.
 

Frankly some of the comments on this thread have been acidic and damn right petty at best - I’ve not enjoyed reading some of these posts. Not everyone on the forum is of that nature - so keep plugging away at the car and keep us posted 👍

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I know what you mean but I tend to find it funny tbh

There are enough quality posts to find this site a great resource for info.  Very worth while being around !

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