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An Update!!!!

 

They say the fuel pump is broken.

 

Interestingly they said the fuel tanks were bone dry - but I put 2 gals of Shell's finest in it before it was trailered away...

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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

Rusted fuel tanks as well possibly?

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

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2 gallons in a couple of days would be noticeable mate, there would be a very big puddle under the car and a constant smell of fuel. It's not that.

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Stephen didn't say how long before it was trailered that he put the fuel in though Bibs. If the tanks are empty, either he didn't put two gallons in or it has gone somewhere. No?

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

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Bone dry?  Doubt it.  Probably just a figure of speech.  Didn't notice any fuel smell when the car was with me.  Didn't notice any fuel pump problem either!  The car didn't play up once all day.  Watched pot, I guess.

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Looks like it was an exaggeration of the situation from the dealer.  Fair play though - there was an issue with the relay to do with the fuel gauge / fuel light.  Definitely no leaks.

 

So they fixed that.

They're waiting on a new pump - due next Wednesday.

 

I'm also sending them my charge cooler (electric one) from pnm so they can fit it.

They're putting new struts for the 'boot' so it actually goes up rather than having to pinch the bloody plastic to get the thing open

They're going to fill the air con

And search for the smell of fuel

...then i can have have it back!

 

Of course I can't help but feel worried that the immobiliser hasn't got anything to do with it. I'd like them to unwire it but I don't think they'll do that.  Knowing my luck it was the immobiliser that broke the fuel pump due to ...... due to..... erm.... am I being paranoid?


...and 2 dpg (days per gallon) would be a great economy if I could drive the blummin thing.

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Sounds very fair to me.

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For the moment I own a Lotus V8 (a working one [...shhh I never said that]) on the Xbox 360.

 

Here's the sad thing....

 

I have a car seat system with steering/ flappy gear stick/ pedals/ bucket seat/ vibrating thunder thingy and a 10ft screen.

I got it when I had "money" about 5 years ago.

 

If anyone want's a go......

 

 

Heh! You can crash your Lotus by taking it too far and you get a brand new one.

 

A 300bhp upgrade on an Elise makes it undrivable btw

 

 

Point is - I can drive a virtual Esprit.  Is it like the real thing?  Fun - but no-where near.  Nice details though

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Driving a virtual Esprit is no fun at all - the thrill of the car trying to kill you at every misstep just isn't there, nor is the smug feeling of being in the best looking thing on the road while others look on in envy.

 

No sir. Ain't nothing on Earth like owning, running and driving a Lotus Esprit. Best. Car. Ever. FACT.

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Ahem - have you driven a 'proper' mini?

 

Usually everyone who has driven a mini exits the car shaking but with a very wide smile on their face.

 

I'd like to see a tuned mini (1280- 1380 cc) and race it against a Lotus on a track that is nothing but corners. It eats Porches for breakfast.

 

On to the Stag - try to drive on of them! Forget speed - just cruise down a busy street with the roof off.  The music from the tailpipes is like nothing you'd ever heard. "burble".  Did anyone see 'for the love of cars', recently.  Be aware for everyone  to stare a you as you cruise down the road.

 

The Esprit is something else.  You get to understand what 'super car' really means  :rambo:

 

Do you want to know something rather sad?

 

I've done the xbox simulator in a....... Honda Civc!!!!

 

Well it is my main car, c'mon!!!


Way to go Vanya :-)

I will admit - when I sold my first one I was genuinely upset seeing someone else drive it away from my house forever,

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I bought a 1973 Stag years ago. Tahiti blue, alloys, looked absolutely stunning, sounded great. But as a driving experience, the rear suspension was awful, as was the 3-speed auto gearbox, and it was the most unreliable car I've ever owned. The Triumph V8 engine let go the first week I had it. I fitted the 12-vane water pump, new enlarged radiator, a Kenlowe fan plus the mechanical one, and an engine oil cooler. It STILL ran hot!

 

I couldn't wait to get shot of the thing. I lost £7,000 in a year on it. When I eventually sold it I had a party to celebrate its departure.

 

A friend of mine used to say that everyone should own a Stag at some point in their lives.....................but I don't talk to him any more.

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25% of all Stags made are still being used on the roads today.  That makes it top of the chart (behind the Landrover)

 

IF you saw 'for the love of cars' on TV recently you'd have seen the verdict - it's a very reliable car that does all the things right - but at the production line?  It was put together without skill at all.  Many engines were fitted with the sand still in the pipes from the cylinder head production!  Sand in water - clogged arteries - car under warranty so it gets fixed without finding the issue and the whole story starts again.

 

You are right about the auto g/box.  A big 3L V8 screaming it's nuts off at 70 miles an hour shows how few motorway were around in the early 70's!

 

I replaced mine with a ZF auto which locks the power train like a '5th gear'.  You can do a ton and only hear the wind in the air.

 

However the best music was driving at 20 through a village town centre so the song from the back reflected off the walls of the shops!!! 

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I think most Stags still being used today are in pretty good shape, or they wouldn't have survived 40-odd years. As with most oldtimers that aren't exclusive enough to be reduced to pampered garage queens.

We got a Stag last year, it drives great and has proven to be very reliable (recently did a weekend UK, 1000km without any problems). With a manual + overdrive it's a comfortable cruiser at 70-80mph and it feels lively and enjoyable on country roads as well. Although not exactly fast or even sporty, I do love the driving experience. I gave it a good check and replaced all bushes and bearings that had any play as well as the tyres, and can't fault the suspension or handling. It is rather soft, so it it would be interesting to see how it stands up to being pushed. 

 

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Going off topic, I know, but the Stag driveshafts are simple splined inners and outers, and can be prone to locking up on cornering. It goes like this: You turn into a corner, the inner driveshaft slides up inside the outer due to compliance in the suspension bushes. When you exit the corner, put power on and straightened up out of the corner, the driveshaft would lock. As you eased off the power, the back end of the car would lurch sideways as the driveshaft unloaded, and unlocked, which was disconcerting to say the least. It felt to me like a wheel was coming off the car. No matter what I did to them, and whatever combination of lubricant I greased them with, I never stopped the problem.

 

There was a conversion which involved a hybrid of Triumph and Datsun parts, but I never got around to it. Previous to that, I'd had a pair of 240Z Datsuns (mechanically very nice cars, but bodies made from recycled rusty metal and rotted like hell), their driveshafts were double jointed, with balls inbetween the sliding splines so that they would never lock up. Shame the Stag ones weren't the same. If BL had sorted out the problems with the Stag before they launched it, the story would have been quite different. There were very few 4-seater convertibles, and few that looked as good.

 

As soon as I sold my Stag, I went straight out and bought a Reliant Scimitar GTC, the 4-seat convertible, which was a brilliant car. I then bought another Scimitar for the missus. Loved them to bits, and miss them.

 

Anyway, I'm hijacking Stimpy's thread and I've only been a member for five minutes, so I'll shut up. Sorry about that, I promise to keep quiet in future.

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Being a Stag-owner himself, I'm sure Stimpy wont mind.

I know about the problems with the rear driveshafts and the conversion to Datsun (does sound like sacrilege), but haven't experienced it myself. But as said, I've never really pushed the Stag either (I rarely do that with any car). Maybe we're just lucky.

If BL had put some more effort and support into the Stag, it would have bee a great car from the beginning, just as you say. As it was it took a lot of patience (and time/money/effort) from the owners to get everything in good shape. A true shame, for such a nice car to be let down like that. Then again, it's only because it is such a nice car that people are stubborn enough to keep them running.

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Of course I won't mind  :smoke: !!  You're talking about one of my three motoring loves - Esprit, Stag, Mini - and in no particular order (they are so different).

And besides - the Esprit is being 'seen to' now so I'm just chatting to fellow Lotus owners in the waiting room - LOL.

 

'locking driveshaft'?  Not heard of that one.  I've heard of the 'Stag' swerve on cornering but I've never experienced it.

I'm pleased to know that the lotus forum is as popular as the stag one (or vice versa, if one had the lotus first).

Like here you could post 'I've got a problem with......' and there'll be 11 responses in less than an hour. At time of writing this there are 62 people actively logged into the stag forum! No exaggeration !

 

Having seen the old films of strikes every other day and the forced marriage of triumph, rover, etc into that brilliant idea called "BL" (thank the Lord Lotus wasn't 'communised') it's not surprising about the lack of effort on the production side.  Considering how popular they are today - I suspect that if they hadn't balls'd up the thing 40 years ago we might have a British Triumph Stag still being made today (similar to mini fame).

 

With the overdrive geared version you wouldn't know how painful the auto was at 70 mph or over!  I HAD to get the ZF conversion.

 

A friend of mine who owns an M3 and M5 (BMW) had a go in the Stag and I told him to floor it at about 50.  The box dropped down 2 gears and the thing took off like a rocket.  THAT'S how you enjoy the Stag.  And with the roof off the sound generated is automotive orgasm! 

 

Re: the programme 'for the love of cars' - they took a 'barnyard stag' to bits - including taking the engine to bits and they built it up again with professional care.  AT the end they tested it and took it through various tasks and they commented that the car was perfect, temperature great, performance good, and very reliable - so why did the Stag get the reputation - they asked.  They finally decided that there was purely and simply no care involved in building the cars.  They considered adding modern bits like an electric fan but decided to keep it exactly how it was originally - and they could not fault it.  At Lotus they have passion in making their cars - I think that the making of BL and 'red robbo' made a once proud group of car makers lose that passion. 

 

Hang on - just looking through the reception window..... nope my Esprit's not ready yet.....

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Chaps, esp Sparky, 

The dealer still has my car for the moment - they say there is another problem that caused the fuel pump to overrun and break.  To do with the fuel stop switch (or whatever it's called).

 

Anyhow - my question is - having given them the electric charge cooler kit they say it will take 6 man hours to fit which they will do at £75 per hour rather than the normal 110.

 

A quick question - is 6 hours reasonable?  I thought it would be quicker and that even I could do it.....

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The electrical chargecooler pump can be installed within 2 hours easily! I wouldn't call £75/hour reasonable either...

So better to do it yourself, you'll get both the experience and satisfaction and gain a better understanding of your car at the same time.

Plenty of threads on here, basically you unbolt the mechanical pump, plug the hole and move the hoses over to the electric pump. Then all you need is to decide where to take the power from. I'm using the fused feed for the aircorelais myself, as I have removed the airco. But any ignition controlled 12V will do, just add an inline fuse of the correct rating.

 

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The dealer still has my car for the moment - they say there is another problem that caused the fuel pump to overrun and break.  To do with the fuel stop switch (or whatever it's called).

Eh? What?

Your fuel pump is supposed to run permanently......... so it can't over run!?!?!?!?!?

Pressure is regulated by the fuel pressure regulator. If that is what they said then they are talking shit I'm afraid.

Fuel stop switch LOL..... Dealers, gotta love em for the bullcrap they spout!

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What, they pulling the engine?  That's way over the top.  I'd make them repair the existing pump within the terms of the warranty.  Then you can fit the electric pump at your leisure.

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The electrical chargecooler pump can be installed within 2 hours easily! I wouldn't call £75/hour reasonable either...

So better to do it yourself, you'll get both the experience and satisfaction and gain a better understanding of your car at the same time.

Plenty of threads on here, basically you unbolt the mechanical pump, plug the hole and move the hoses over to the electric pump. Then all you need is to decide where to take the power from. I'm using the fused feed for the aircorelais myself, as I have removed the airco. But any ignition controlled 12V will do, just add an inline fuse of the correct rating.

 

Filip

Nice bit of guesswork there!  I contacted the pump kit manufacturer and they said up to 2 hours too!

I think they may be near the 'loss making' margin for the car and need to recoup somehow.

I'll make a few points about fitting the thing after I've read the other responses below you, so hold on.....

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