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On 01/11/2016 at 08:03, Colin P said:

I was wondering what the current position is on this (ie how many are actually being fixed), so summary from what I can get on here. Would be interesting if we could keep this updated:

DJW - Both seats fixed  at Silverstone 

@CocoPops - awaiting seat frames

@mcx - awaiting seat frame

@Colin P - 1 failed fix awaiting seat frames (so that's 3 for Hofmanns)

@JayEmm - he's special! (multitude of fixes, but still creaking)

@waofner - ? 

@Andrew C - ?

@booboo93 - ?

Colin G - Fixed 

Neal H - both seats fixed at Silverstone 

@Alfo86 - awaiing frames

@fesuvious - ?

@blindside - ?

@IanPops - ?

@Big Ed - ?

@Peegee355 - ?

@Evora54 - ?

 

 

 

Updated. 

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And out of interest @DJW what was the fix applied to yours to get the "fixed" status?

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New seat frames at bottom. Old ones only have 1 strut between the runners, at one end.   New ones have struts at each end , making it much more rigid.  Not one creak in over 1k miles so far :)

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On 01/11/2016 at 08:03, Colin P said:

I was wondering what the current position is on this (ie how many are actually being fixed), so summary from what I can get on here. Would be interesting if we could keep this updated:

DJW - Both seats fixed  at Silverstone 

@CocoPops - awaiting seat frames

@mcx - awaiting seat frame

@Colin P - 1 failed fix awaiting seat frames (so that's 3 for Hofmanns)

@JayEmm - he's special! (multitude of fixes, but still creaking)

@waofner - ? 

@Andrew C - ?

@booboo93 - ?

Colin G - Fixed 

Neal H - both seats fixed at Silverstone 

@Alfo86 - awaiing frames

@fesuvious - ?

@blindside - ?

@IanPops - ?

@Big Ed - ?

Peegee355 - fixed at Silverstone 

@Evora54 - ?

 

 

 

Updated. 

Edited 3 hours ago by DJW
 

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The official reason I understood it was also the ability to have airbags in the sides, to comply with federal regulations.

I would love to try Sparco's own version of the seat and see how different it is. You would not be happy with these seats at two grand each

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Be interesting to try the 410 seats.  Ultimately I would like to sit lower in the car ; just doesn't feel right being sat so high in a sports car. 

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The 410 you do sit much lower, there's simply less seat to go around.

The Sparcos have a little space underneath them for passenger feet, which the recaros didn't. I feel this is an issue, because it means the cushion is less - so less comfy, and the seat is effectively a shade higher.

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Have to disagree re space under sparcos.   Just been out to car and if I put hand flat on carpet behind the seat, I can only just squeeze my fingers under the seat, so approx 15mm space...its that tight to the plastic seat base. 

Only other option is to look to raise the front of seat.  Not only will that support legs better,  but means you need to move seat slightly closer to pedals because of bent legs, which in turn means leaning upright part of seat backwards , to get right arm length to steering wheel; which in turn makes your eyeline lower in the car. 

Comcept was used in the Elise / Exige http://www.sector111.com/parts/track/interior/downlow_seat_rails.cfm 

I know the front of seat has height adjustment , so will have a play with that later next week and report back. 

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James - I have to say that in my experience Lotus is in a different league of customer service. I appreciate their volumes and buying likely cause delays, but I'd stick with it. You've previously mentioned Neil and I do believe he does everything he possibly can within the realms of the possible based on my experience with him. 

I off-loaded my F-Type after having an experience with JLR that could only be described as a story you couldn't make up. I reached a point of no return where any passion for the brand just died. Take a look at their Forums, and you'll see it not a small minority, but a sizeable majority. I was glad to see that LR came absolute bottom in the JD Power results - no surprise to me.  And in my experience, Porsche was only moderately better, BMW has got steadily worse as their volumes have increased and Audi dealers define the word 'arrogant.' 

Its tough to be looked after by any brand properly today. Lotus is definitely better than most IMOP and they do understand the enthusiast customer and their expectations. I can't actually think of another brand that does? Morgan? McLaren? Tesla?

 

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Neil is one of my favourite people in the world and without his tireless efforts my enthusiasm would have waned long, long ago.

I've not previously owned a new car but I've had mixed experiences with different dealerships when it comes to big brands. The problem with Lotus I guess is that if I don't like how my local BMW dealer is treating me, there's always another one about 30 minutes away from them.

Also, call me old fashioned but I think a totally FOC courtesy car should be a pre-requisite of being a main dealer...

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Update from my side as well now: car has been moved to my Lotus Service Partner (actually the only one in Austria). 

They will re-check the warranty coverage with Lotus (I hope that this will be a non-event) and will then hopefully exchange the seat frames as well... 

will give an update as soon as I will get back the car after the Winter season!

cheers, Hymo

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On 11/28/2016 at 08:02, JayEmm said:

Also, call me old fashioned but I think a totally FOC courtesy car should be a pre-requisite of being a main dealer...

I used to work at one of two main Holden dealers here where I live. No FOC courtesy cars there. You wanted one while your car was being serviced? You paid for it like a hire car.

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Perhaps I have been spoiled but if I take my POS Van to be serviced I get one to drive around in for free if I need it.

As someone who has normally bought older cars, I usually see a courtesy car as one of the few benefits of going to a main dealer.

Anyway, I am glad to see the seat issue is being solved for most people

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I was wondering what the current position is on this (ie how many are actually being fixed), so summary from what I can get on here. Would be interesting if we could keep this updated:

DJW - Both seats fixed  at Silverstone 

CocoPops - awaiting seat frames

mcx - awaiting seat frame

Colin P - Fixed at Hofmanns 2 new seat frames

JayEmm - he's special! (multitude of fixes, but still creaking)

waofner - awaiting seat frames

Andrew C - ?

booboo93 - ?

Colin G - Fixed 

Neal H - both seats fixed at Silverstone 

Alfo86 - awaiting frames

fesuvious - Fixed

blindside - ?

IanPops - ?

Big Ed - ?

Peegee355 - fixed at Silverstone 

Evora54 - ?

 

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Mine has been fixed, and has had few other bits done.

HVAC panel, seal, couple other bits.

 

An unfortunate fascination with Lotus, and proper drivers cars.

All caused by S75 LCF back in 2002, a mustard yellow GT3, and someone on here's got her.....

 

 

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