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Esprit wanted in the midlands area. Good examples considered. Looking for a great car for my first adventure into a Lotus.

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Best of luck with your search - what model type are you looking for??? - it might help for suggestions

There are a few examples about - but you will either need to do some work - or pay out more at the start - the choice is yours.....

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Evening Barry

Looking for an Later model,S4 onwards. A well looked after model. It's not easy to find one in the midlands, they all seem to be down south at the moment.

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Yeah best of luck with the search on that front - doesn't seem to be that many about at all - and they are all big £££

Bide your time and I'm sure you will find what you are looking for..

They drive amazingly by the way

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I've been looking a while but without any success, I think I'm going to have to travel far and wide for this car.

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There's an S4 coming up for sale in Blue in Chester area. Owner is Paul Pendlebury, do a search on him here. I think he mentioned something about £14K but don't quote me on that.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

 

David Walters

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Jason

Yes chap I found what I was after - lots of people told me I wouldn't though.....

I have done a fair amount namely

New tyres

New 3 core rad

New rad fans - didn't want to fit the old scrappy things

Interior out - scrub down and recoloured and refinished

Window frames - both rubbed down and rust issues sorted

New window motor.

Off to fit a new speed sensor today to see if it clears up my code 24 issue.

Trouble with this type of car - is they always will need some sort of fettling - even if you spend big. There a guy on here whom bought the s4s I was drooling at from the same place mine came from - and it would appear he's had a much longer and more expensive list after buying a much more expensive car to start!!!

Go into ownership with eyes open - and wallet ready.............but - the feeling of driving is well worth it......

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Did you find it on a website? I've seen a couple but the prices are going up fast. I've had a budget in mind but may need to re-evaluate if I want a decent one.

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I was fortunate if that's the right words - I had a trader respond to my wanted advert.

The car was too rich for my budget - but we did a deal and I took the car before being prepped and all the issues ironed out. It suited me - and him as we did the deal!!!

It depends what you want - I wasn't fussy and just wanted to be in an esprit - I would have loved a g car - but nowt about - typical as there's a lush blue one on here at £8k - yes work needed - but a good car once sorted.

These cars do tend to be a bit of a gamble it seems - LEW advises seeing and driving half a dozen before buying. You would frankly spend a lot of time doing so, if you could. I bought mine pretty much unseen - could have been worse, could have been Better, but at my budget for a fourth car - I wasn't spoilt for choice.

As with everything after 6 months eyeing cars up on the web......buy one - and then there has been about half a dozen come up since....

Ho hum..... That's life.

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Here she ispost-18482-0-29682000-1428694000.jpg

Windows done post-18482-0-21630600-1428694050.jpg

Speed sensor fittedpost-18482-0-42271600-1428694085.jpg

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Yeah, gearbox issues and engine problems. Can these cars be ran regularly without major work being carried out?

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Well....

If you buy a shagged old knacker that's never been looked after - I reckon that's true.

Mine was laid up for 8years by the looks - full history - but had some faults the then owner couldn't afford to fix.

Exhaust manifold being one. Ecu the other.

These are performance cars - neglect will bite you - but they will take some......before it comes.

If you want utter reliability then better off buying and Audi or vw - but they are boring and lack the stunning looks of an esprit.

My feeling so far, I'm not hugely experienced in lotus, is that it's much like any other car to be honest.

You can get some great Imprezas and some dire ones - much the same really.....

Go on - get your wallet out and buy one. The prices ain't going down - if you get stung a bit, just remember any other car could have done the same to you......

I lost £24k on a bloody Chrysler grand voyager once.........but that was a nice drive as well....., you can buy them now for a grand.....

Never ever gonna happen with an esprit.........

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Where did you read that? I'd imagine from people who've never owned an Esprit and spout that 'Lotus of Trouble' bullshit that gets old very quickly.

 

Esprits are reliable if they're looked after. I've had a couple for over 12 years and had no major problems and of course we've thousands of Esprit owners on here and you'll struggle to find many people who would agree with that. Bearing in mind the oldest Esprits are nearly 40 years old and the youngest at 13 years old, they aren't reliable like a Mondeo, but who aspires to own a Mondeo! 

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And if I had a £1 for everyone that says - oh lotus lots of trouble usually serious - I reckon I could get a lambo by now....

All my issues - solved for less than a meal out so far.,,.,,,

Bibs - I had a mondeo - it was crap in comparison

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There's one on eBay that's been pointed out to me, looks great and in my price range, would be interested to hear what you guys think.

eBay number 121599561346

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Tis very nice - but at that level - why not a turbo.....

They have more grunt and more whooooooom that the na..... I'm not getting bored of the boosting on mine that's fur sure

If it's got a red pipe on the clutch master cylinder - put that on the first job to do list - saves any worries.....

And whatever you go for - Cambelt

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Yes that's a possibility ....

No stinky fuel smell yet ........hey she's old and allowed to leak......

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From the ebay ad.

 

 

 It had a lot of improvements and service work done this year including factory refurbished carburettors, new fuel tanks, upgraded clutch lines etc.

 

This car has been very well maintained and cared for as you can see from the last 5 years MOT certificates, the vehicle has only been driven 181 miles this year to date and only 901 miles since 2010.

 

I was advised to advertise this for £15k by the very respected Lotus specialist that spent 5 months bringing it to the excellent condition it is today, both mechanically and aesthetically.

I think that the emphasis of how little the car has been used is not a good selling point. Only driving 900 miles in 5 years is not good for these cars as they need to be driven. What exactly was done this year as there is an "etc" and when was the cambelt last changed? Needs to be in the last two years.

 

It does looks like a good car. I like the colour even though it isn't white :) If it was me buying the car, I would send it off to get checked no matter what has been done.

 

I have just bought a "G" reg Excel SE that had only done 3000 miles since 2001. There was an MOT gap 2007-2011. I sent it straight to GST to ensure that it was mechanically right, as although the engine ran, there didn't seem to have been any engine work done recently (since 2001?), and it was better safe than sorry. I have driven 800 miles in the two weeks since getting it back from GST and I am using this Excel as my daily driver, and will be selling my mondeo equivalent to do so. So I have faith in the make.

 

 

 

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Good man Chris - loving the faith

Have stuck about 800 on mine as well since getting it in feb....it gets better by the day..... And more gremlins become clear.

None of the gremlins are serious and it's simply lack of use and/or routine upgrading and improvement - which does come with old classic cars anyhow

is the cam belt interval because of the heat in the engine bay? Most modern units are longer than that these days. If it's 2 years - then it will be getting replaced at 23 months of age regardless

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Every Two years. Someone else can tell you why :)

 

The service intervals are every six months, A B A C, with the cam belt being changed on the C service. I've had my Esprit since 1987 and until I went abroad in 1994 I followed this schedule. Since putting it back on the road in Dec 2012, I've done about 7000 miles and have serviced it in Dec each year, with the cam belt being done last year.

 

Lack of use is definitely bad news - I have a couple of loops I use with the Esprit, both about 50-60 miles  I try to do one of them weekly if I can. I also don't take the car off the road over the winter, but on dry days, get out and use it - my avatar is from new years day 2013.

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