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I brought my 2014 Evora S new 15 months ago. It had some issues with 'limp mode' requiring the engine wiring harness to be switched out. But that aside, when i test drove it, in neutral there was chain like noise in low revs that disappeared when you slipped into gear. The salesman said, all evora's have this noise and at the time, believed him. I was test driving a lotus and my judgment was clouded. But is this true? does anyone else hear this noise?

Because last week, the noise escalated to something akin to a roulette wheel ball on its final spin. Its nasty. lotus have recommended a 30 hour take down to diagnose the problem, which they have told me i may have to pay for. I have never tracked the car or driven it the way my friends think i should. It is babied although i have driven it for 6000 miles in its 15 month life. If this noise i first heard is usual, then its unrelated but I am convinced this has been a problem from day one, and hope the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty is actually worth something. 


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26 minutes ago, wads11 said:

But is this true?

They pretty much all do it to some extent.

With regards to offering you a bill for the work to diagnose the 2nd issue, unless there's something we don't know here, this should I'm sure all be covered by the warranty.

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My car is also a 2014 S. I  have heard a noise like you are talking about. I have only heard it when putting the car in reverse and its not been fully engaged.

Done just over 10k miles, driven it as Lotus intended and it only now feels like its run in. 

If there's a defect its a warranty job.


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post up a sound clip?


If its the clutch release bearing, which you should have read about widely, then a non issue. 

Possible its a rattly exhaust shield or tips hitting the trim. Anyway suggesting 30hr/engine out sort of time frame to investigate is nonsense. Leave it with a decent tech for a day is what you should be hearing..

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