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ive finally taken the leap and bought an esprit s4, it was from john walsh and the car has had few owners on the forum apparently.

 

it only arrived yesterday but I already have a list of things to get sorted, here's a list and if anyone has any comments on the common issues any info is much appreciated

 

the front end goes a bit wayward under hard acceleration - my first thoughts are shocks not keeping it under control.

 

car pulls to the left under heavy braking and tbh the brakes all round are awful - I will check each calliper over clean, and grease where needed and check the pistons are moving ok and not corroded.will also bleed the system just incase

 

interior leather needs a refresh - this bits easy as I am an upholsterer who specialises in leather work. I would like to get a carpet if there is a known supplier as it quite faded.

 

drivers door does not seal at the top of the window and there is some movement - will read up on this

 

the alarm does not always disengage when unlocking - im guessing the locks are the same as Vauxhall and there is a switch on the back that is no longer following the key's position so still thinks its locked.

 

mirror adjuster switch is faulty - replace

 

speedo stops reading above 70 - not sure on this one

 

fuel gauge twitches all over the place - will read up see if this is common or not

 

on the paintwork front the front bumper, rear bumper, rear valance and passenger door all need some repairs and paintwork for some cracks and crazing.

 

the passenger door handle is no longer fixed at the bottom (the whole handle shroud not just the actual handle) it pushes inwards.

 

the a/c does not work so need to get it checked and re filled

 

there is a button under the centre console arm rest to the right of the fuel filler cap button that has pushed through cant really see whats on it but it does click when pressed - anyone know what this is ??

 

abs light comes on but does go back out again once its re started

 

 

so I think that's about it lots to do none of it to daunting but I got the car for a good price and expected to have some work and expenditure to bring the level back up from good condition to excellent.

 

I will get some pics up when ive taken some but it will be at beaulieu this weekend on the Wessex car club stand if anyone is going please come and say hello and feel free to instil any knowledge my way

 

si 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to TLF and congrats on the new S4!

 

Sounds like the suspension bushings and or alignment need fixing. 

 

check for a brake fluid leak potentially causing the car to veer under braking, but that could also be alignment, bushings, or as you said a piston sticking.

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Welcome to TLF. None of those problems sound like hard work, plenty of into on here to help you out :)

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Welcome to TLF Simon. :welcome:

 

Most of the answers you are after are on here. The search function should help you around the place.

 

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Makes no sense to me.

I bought mine with a list of jobs - but the purchase price reflected this.......

Sometimes it luck of the draw - sometimes it's looking at the car with rose tinted specs - and getting bit later.

Mine so far has proved to be a fun reliable car - with the creases ironing out simply and cheaply ( touches wood nervously )

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Why do Esprits for sale have issues when they are sold???

I have an S4 that I have for sale with no issues at all that is for sale on here.

Not fuessd at selling it though and only to an entheuast.

 

Hi are you in Weston? If so I did see your car for sale but I am a tinkerer and wanted one to fix up a bit Not one ready :).

 

I did text you yesterday about your rear balance as well.

 

 

Cheers to everyone else for the welcome. The search button is getting quite a lot of use so far. Is there an actually guide,how to section anywhere that I haven't spotted?

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Speedo will need refurbing,I went sent to www.jdo1.com/Speedometers.html.


NO text as of yet.I will check my number.


It seems to me I'd be better off putting all the old stuff back on and selling it for the same price and advertising it as a barn find??

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Hi Simon,

  I'm in Swanage if you want to pop over some time i may be able to help sort a few problems out or at least advise,have you checked your tyre pressures these cars are very sensitive to pressures (well at least mine is).

 

Does the abs light come on after each brake application? 

 

The aircon is an easy fix so long as you have no horrendous leaks you can even do it yourself via the halfords kit ,i do mine myself .

 

  Get some pics up !

    Cheers

       Nick

Simplest things first.

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hi nick

 

the a/c is sorted it just needed to be checked and re filled so thats working spot on already.

 

the abs light does not come on when braking it has come on under heavy acceleration a couple of times but often goes out of its own accord and can easily be reset. i will prob look into this more a little later but its not high on the list at the mo.

 

after driving it again today i am 100% sure the nearside front shock absorber is knackered its nor controlling bounce at all, took a friend out in iot today whos a mechanic and he thought the same thing so i will replace the 2 front shocks before i touch anything else and then go over the brakes and go from there.

 

any standard aftermarket shocks get the thumbs up?? i see gaz ones arent that pricey.

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I'm not the right person to ask about shocks but have scoot over to the Stevens Tech Forum there is a lot on there about suspension set up and various opinions about what to use. I used a place in Blandford to set the car up laser alignment they were very good and the car felt like a different animal when they had played with it,it was a little out but not by miles but the difference was palpable.

 

Abs could be a wheel sensor pretty easy to clean and or replace.

Simplest things first.

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Welcome Simon. 

 

It'll be nice to see another esprit down this end off the world, there's not many about! I'm Weymouth born & bred although now live just outside Dorchester

 

Regarding the carpets, no one yet makes sets for the Steven's Cars.  I bought some carpet from a company called coverdale and made them up with assistance from my mother. There is a thread on here from when I did it, can't remember if it's posted in esprit chat or the V8 section though ! 

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Maybe they haven't got the templates for the later dash cars.  I renewed mine about 4yrs ago, but March on here recently tried to get some for his V8 and they were unable to help 

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Welcome Simon. 

 

It'll be nice to see another esprit down this end off the world, there's not many about! I'm Weymouth born & bred although now live just outside Dorchester

 

Regarding the carpets, no one yet makes sets for the Steven's Cars.  I bought some carpet from a company called coverdale and made them up with assistance from my mother. There is a thread on here from when I did it, can't remember if it's posted in esprit chat or the V8 section though ! 

 

 

Ahh cool. I'm Dorchester born and bred but now live in Preston Weymouth :)

 

Are there any club meets or anything down this way? I do some with Wessex car club and took the lotus onto the club stand at beaulieu on Sunday.

 

 

Wow another Simon Mitchell I came across another one last week through work as well. At least there aren't many of us meaning we are still special (and not in a needs kind of a way). :)

 

As far as the carpet is concerned I thought it was listed for my year on sj website when I looked, mind you I do have and industrial walking foot sewing machine I use for leather so could template them and ale some up, would need to get a decent carpet supplier tho.

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On another note I had to get some stock ordered today so got a litre of colour pigment ordered for the interior ready for the renovations got a base colour but I normally mix by eye anyway so will do a final tint to match the orig finish :)

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Welcome to the forum Simon. Enjoy your purchase. Now hows about some pictures chap?

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how funny !  I'm working on the new houses on littlemoor currently & my parents live in upwey, chances are I might spot you at some point.

 

There is a white s3 that lives in preston area own by a chap called steve! , I've also noticed a stevens under a car cover just off louviers rd

 

Other than Wessex events I don't think there's much activity down our end of the world.  Time/diary permitting I'm hoping to attend classics at the castle (sherborne castle)

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how funny !  I'm working on the new houses on littlemoor currently & my parents live in upwey, chances are I might spot you at some point.

 

There is a white s3 that lives in preston area own by a chap called steve! , I've also noticed a stevens under a car cover just off louviers rd

 

Other than Wessex events I don't think there's much activity down our end of the world.  Time/diary permitting I'm hoping to attend classics at the castle (sherborne castle)

 

 

Ahh ok. A mate if mine Nick was a chippy on that site. I live down the road, if you go from the site towards Preston past the school entrance then just as the new road cuts back into the old road I'm on the left just there the car is on the drive with the 2 rx7,s I have as well :)

 

Do you go to any of the breakfast runs at Haynes or wilton house?

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Yes I remember Nick: a good chippy & a good laugh :D

 

I'll keep an eye out next time I'm going that direction,  not sure how close he is to you (can't visualize) but I've got a friend down by you from my Porsche days, called Nick he has an immaculate guards red 996

 

Since buying a boat, I've not been attending as many car events as I used to.  I need to strike a balance and attend a few more car events

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There is a white s3 that lives in preston area own by a chap called steve! , I've also noticed a stevens under a car cover just off louviers rd

That'll be PilotSteve, just arranged a day over there on 18th June to have a good gander over his car and help out with carb balancing...

You guys could definitely form a good Sunday run club :)

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Hi Simon. Just to let you know if it's 848 I was one of the owners from January 2010 until July 2012. I also spent a lot of hours and money on her and buried in my shed somewhere is a passenger door as I felt the one on the car was to badly repaired to be re done. If you are interested I'll fish it out and send you some more details, if not no worries.

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Hi Simon. Just to let you know if it's 848 I was one of the owners from January 2010 until July 2012. I also spent a lot of hours and money on her and buried in my shed somewhere is a passenger door as I felt the one on the car was to badly repaired to be re done. If you are interested I'll fish it out and send you some more details, if not no worries.

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Yes it is 848 I'm really interested in the door for it the one on there is not good at all. How much do you want for it if you are happy to sell it on to me? 

 

Would be good to have a chat sometime as well just get some history of the car and what u did.

 

Si

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