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Hi from Belgium ^_^ Lotus Esprit...maybe....


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Hi to the Lotus community :-)

I'm about to buy a lovely Lotus Esprit S2. I really had a crush on it when I saw it... but I'm wondering if it's an easy car to maintain ? I'm not a 'car guy' and I never had to worry about 'how to maintain a car'...LOL ... but there no chance to own/use a 1978 car without doing stuff on it I'm afraid :-S
Can I do by myself the basic stuff? (replacing oils, brakes,...) I'm a little worried about the accessibility of the motor in the Lotus Esprit S2 ? Do I have to remove all the chassis to access the motor by example ? 
Thanks for your advices :-)

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Welcome to TLF Bruno. :welcome:

I would hazard a guess that there will definitely be things you may want to do yourself, unless you wish to pay for everything to be done for you. As far as accessibility goes, you can't pull the chassis apart and body panels can't be removed individually. Engines can be removed from the car, but only if you needed to. Other guys will pop on and give you their opinions shortly.

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Hello Bruno, and welcome!

I find the Esprit a pretty easy car to work on, especially compared to most moderns. There is a great lot of info on this forum and many knowledgeable members to answer any questions. As you say, any old car will require a good amount of attention, a Lotus wont be an exception either way. And at least you don't have to worry about rust on the bodywork.

If you fancy an Esprit, don't be scared off, they are great cars and it's always better to get one sooner then later. ;-)

Anything I might be able to help with, just ask! I've done quite a lot on my Esprits over the last few years and would be happy to help out.

Filip

 

 

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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Welcome Bruno.

Whatever you want to do on your car there are plenty of other owners on here to guide you.

Also remember to use the search function as there are thousands of old topics and a wealth of information archived on there.

In the garage no-one can hear you scream 

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General servicing is as easy as any other 1970's car.  All fluids and front brake disks and pads are easy, with no access issues.   Rear pads easy, discs slightly more complex as they are 'inboard'.   You need to be pretty competent to do the cambelt, but its still done with the engine in situ - no special tools apart from tensioning.  The main problem with working on an older esprit, that may have been neglected, is generally seized fasteners or spinning 'rivnuts'.   The hardest 'normal' diy jobs are probably changing an exhaust manifold (much easier on a NA), changing the waterpump, or replacing certain suspension components.  (radiator is also a pain...) There is not much that cant be done at home with a little patience, however its not a car that likes to be worked on by a bodger, as there are plenty of delicate threads in aluminium castings.      

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:welcome:

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

Evora NA

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HI Bruno,

Great choice of car! I do all the work myself on my car. The S1 & S2 have possibly the best access to engine of all the Esprits because you can remove the whole engine cover. Some jobs are tricky though because of access but you'll find all the advice you need on this forum.

Enjoy the car!

Pete

Pete '79 S2

LEW Miss September 2009

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Many thanks for your nice welcome :-) 
Following your messages, I feel more confident now. Due to the very specific location of the motor (meaning no easy access to it apparently), I was a little bit afraid that every small intervention (even the basic ones) would require a 'professional' with special 'tools/skills'... but I'm very happy to see this Lotus community is ready to help newcomers :-)
Oh, and I've just bought the car today!!! =) Delivery is expected during January 2016... can't wait to got it at home!
Once I'll have it, I'll open my 'mandatory' car presentation topic in the right section! =)



 

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Congratulations :D

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

Evora NA

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well done Bruno,

Looking forward to see your S2

I own a S2.2, which is basicelly the same car as an S2, except from the bigger 2.2l engine and the galvanised chassis.

I do all the maintenance myself and acces to the engine is pretty forward and good.

I live in Oosterzele Belgium. Where are you from? Always nice to meet a fellow owner.

 

Geert

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On 25/12/2015 at 14:23, gvy said:

I live in Oosterzele Belgium. Where are you from? Always nice to meet a fellow owner.

 

Geert

I'm located in south Belgium, close to Luxembourg border.

Oh, while I'm here, although I do not have the car delivered  (and so the car owner manual) so far, I would like to have answers to few *basics* questions I already have, such 'why TWO fuel tanks? Are they communicating? Where is located the serial number (vin?) on the car? ... Maybe you can point me to a  'Turbo Esprit' FAQ link that covers basics questions? Thanks in advance.

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Bruno,

2 Tanks. Simply design/place /weight distribution. One tank sits directly behind the driver seat, the other behind the passenger seat.In the middle sits the engine.

And yes , they are communicating, But when filling up the car, you 'd better do it on both sides, because otherwise it is a slow process. The communicating is a small tube.

The serial number on the car sits in front under the hood on the left side. You have an alu plate with serial number / weights/engine number etc... For the mot in Belgium , this is not OK. The chassisnumber is also engraved in the chassis at the right side in front. If you turn the wheels completely to the right and look at the right side to the frame where the torsion bar is mounted, you should see it. This is what you have to show at the mot.

 

Is it an english RHD car or a LHD car ?

Greets

Geert

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So when are we going to see some more photos Bruno?

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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On 27/12/2015 at 22:30, gvy said:

The serial number on the car sits in front under the hood on the left side. You have an alu plate with serial number / weights/engine number etc... For the mot in Belgium , this is not OK. The chassisnumber is also engraved in the chassis at the right side in front. If you turn the wheels completely to the right and look at the right side to the frame where the torsion bar is mounted, you should see it. This is what you have to show at the mot.

still trying to find the engraved chassis number but can't find it? :ph34r:
Are you sure the Esprit S2 has the chassis number engraved around this area? ->

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According this website : http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/ETechnical/VinNumber.html

All they say about S1 & S2 is :

"Giugiaro S1 & S2 VIN Number
All cars are identified by a Chassis (Cor) Number, and this number will be found on the Identification Plate which is located in the front compartment on the rear bulkhead.

The engine number is duplicated on the right-hand rear of the cylinder block, above the starter motor"


They do not mention any engraved chassis number? 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Bazza 907 said:

Yes it is in that area. It is stamped on the chassis so you have to look through the wishbones etc

It's a little bit confused. What Am I supposed to find over there? A plate with the number on it or something engraved?  Damn I'm sure I checked everything in that area but cannot find anything? :( 
My Esprit S2 is a LHD (USA). Maybe it's located on the left of the car on my model (instead the right like showed in my picture)?

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Bruno,

I used some sandpaper and took some pictures for you: The first picture shows the exact location. The second is a highresolution picture ( click on it) showing the chassis number. Often the number is hidden under paint or other debris.

chassinummer_zpspjdcfrca.jpg

 

chassisnummer2_zpskflmua2j.jpg

 

Greets

Geert

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