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Hi everyone, not been able to drive the Evora for the past 8 days as I've been away, god I miss it :)

 

Doesn't stop me thinking about it though.  I know a few people on here had some work done on their trim, and in a few instances, a full re-trim. I was looking for owners who had done this and then "sold on" their re-trimmed Evora. What were the consequences to the price you got for the car? Did it put anyone off? 

 

I have a 2010 2+0 NA with the charcoal interior. It needs livening up as it's a bit of a dull place to be, so, have been talking to "dave the trimmer" re some ideas and will be going down to see him, hopefully next month. So just interested in peoples experiences.

 

Also, when the re-trim was done, did it all go back to together OK or did you get plagued with squeaks and rattles.

 

I'm sure you get the gist of what I'm asking for. Thanks in advance and happy motoring.

 

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Whilst I've not had work done, thus no first hand experience.

 

I've never seen it as a negative point for re-sale. Unless of course, you go for some "off the wall" bright pink leopard print etc :D

 

DtT has a great reputation, and is often seen as a plus point on sale ads.

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Thanks Lee and agree, done well it should be OK. I take it DTT shared my Pink Panther theme with you then  :harhar:

 

Durum, durum.....

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The "durum, durum, leopard print concept might not be so bad, but I'm not sure that Lee meant that actual pink concept, more a slightly obscure feminine one? Difficult to now get an image out of my head as it can't be undone.

 

Anyway to get back on thread the whole of my car's interior is done in a one off material more robust than leather.  Lets call it pleather but I'm not sure it is. It is an Audi type material.  The exception was the Recaro's which were left black leather but I've subsequently changed them for the Sports racer seats with red pinstripe anyway.  Admittedly the interior was done by Lotus trim department themselves so maybe less risk.  Anyway it didn't put me off a bit.  Only concern is trying to match the material again in the future if damaged, but as I've never had that happen to any one of my dozens of cars over last 40 years (touching wood) it is not that big a risk.  

 

As far it going back together I've had trim fall off all 4 of my Evoras in roughly the same places so not sure it makes any difference. ;)

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Al, I'm looking forward to meeting you and your Evora at some point in the near future....

Out of interest, why did you choose Lotus to retrim it rather than anyone else?

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I didn't!  Sorry that wasn't clear.  It came that way to me as they had used my car as a guinea pig for a number of different things.  It had been a trial to see if they wanted to offer it as a material option but - Iso 'm told - it worked out more expensive than leather so no more produced.

 

One of the attractions of the car was although a 2/2011 car it came with brand new oily bits aft of the bulkhead comprising engine, gearbox, exhaust, tyres and more in Jan 13.  There had been a number of updates in that 2 years which I benefitted from.

 

My point was that different interiors didn't put me off.  I'm sure it would with most manufacturers, but not with Lotus where it almost seems de-riggeur to tamper/play with the car.  :ice: and put your own stamp on it.  I know one of my earlier Evoras was retired in Edinburgh somewhere by next owner.  I did see it when later for sale again briefly at MMC and it looked good.  Seat was cross stitched or diamond stitched from memory.  Craig would be your man for that info.  (he is on holiday this week so no point in phoning!) It was the 2nd Aquamarine one that Flying Scot on here had I think.

 

As far as meeting up is concerned I'll not be at June Breakfast Club but will be at July Alford.  I'm not home from offshore until the 10th June if you wanted to meet up some evening.  You are missing your car after 8 days!  Think of me with usually 29 or 30 with travel days abroad.  :thumbdown:

 

Cheers,

Al.

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Thanks Bravo73. I had seen these on another thread and was intersted. So I did my research and sent off a nice email to Transcal with all the details, including numerous pictures of what I wanted, and asked for a contact back and a quote.

 

I waited two weeks and nothing. Yadder.  So I phoned them. Spoke to someone who I explained the situation too and she said I would get contacted by the right person. Waited two weeks and yup you guessed it, yadder - nothing - no interest.

 

So decided that if this company could not be bothered to respond I'd take my business elsewhere so approached "DaveTheTrimmer" with the exact same email and attachments as the one to Transcal and got a very professional response and price estimates too.

 

Guess who will be getting my business? Those seats above do look very nice, but with service like that, I don;t think I'll bother :(

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Fair enough. I'd feel the same way. I am about to contact them to get a quote to get a steering wheel retrimmed. I'll see how I get on!

re the seats, have you been in contact with Paul (brusselsangel) yet? He had his seats retrimmed by 'Dave':

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Nice picture. I think the retrim there really lifts the Evora into another league and is very impressive.  As mine is a 2010 it will look great once done, like new again :)

 

Spoken to a couple of people on here and on Piston Heads and DTT has a  very good rep though he is booked up 3-4 months ahead.

 

Good luck with Transcal, I'd have preferred to use them as local, the idea of an 800 mile round trip was not ideal but I am sure the end result will be worth it.

 

Also will probably go and see Brian Swankie in Fife as he has been recommended by a couple of people on here too.

 

Thanks.

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