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To all current and ex-Lotus owners. #591812
26/08/19 07:25 AM
26/08/19 07:25 AM
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Alistair Offline OP
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I could look on Lotus forums and probably will however I know there are a number of you on TM who have owned and run Lotus.

I was looking at An Evora on the way home last week and it looked very good, I have always had an eye for the later Exige as well. I may be doing a higher mileage again soon with a new enterprise I am part of and so the ML63 becomes a bit of a lump. Lovely and comfy but 18mpg is a bit of a liability. There are lots of sensible cars but we know where that conversation is heading.

So can anyone with experience of an Aero of most generations give me a steer on the logic of running either a reasonable Evora or Exige S3 as a daily ? Fragile, Servicing, Tyres, Comfort. I am happy to put up with a degree of effort as I ran a 968CS for years but am no longer as flexible and la la as I was then!

All feedback welcome. Or other suggestions to make work drives around the UK fun again.


Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591822
26/08/19 08:18 AM
26/08/19 08:18 AM
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Alistair, I have only driven an Exige on Silverstone so track experience only.
Bloody awesome!
Car felt like I was wearing it, drove superbly with feel, grip and SOUND!
Only drawback was getting out of it in the pits! ooo
The very wide inner chassis sill and the low seats meant biting the bullet and “falling” out onto all fours! Caused a few smiles from onlookers!
As a road car for every day? Do test drives and check out getting in and out. To me the only drawback to a superb car. The hard top restricts your access like a trad with roof up.
swmbo wouldn’t manage it so a no-go for me.


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Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591832
26/08/19 09:03 AM
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You will miss the Ml! So comfortable and high driving position.why not buy a smaller engine version?

Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591841
26/08/19 10:16 AM
26/08/19 10:16 AM
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I had a launch edition Evora many years ago, at the time, all the forum blabbermouths were sceptical about them, “ too heavy, too expensive, dull engine”.

All nonsense, the car was brilliant in every way, held it’s money, handled with pin-sharp precision and yet, was soft and comfortable. I had a sporty exhaust for a bit of burble and although the numbers aren’t impressive on the N/A, it always felt very fast. Good MPG was a bonus and it looked a million dollars, mine was red with cream interior and forged alloy wheels in silver.

Previous to that, I had a Boxster, 911 and Elise, an Evora is better than any of those by miles. I didn’t have any bother at all with mine, but some did and, like anything which has a degree of rarity, they can be expensive to fix.

You wouldn’t be disappointed with an Evora, today however, at the same money, I’d buy the plus six, it’s worth the compromises.

If it has to be an ordinary car I don’t see the point in a powerful mainstream car, just buy the cheapest golf they make and run it to death, it’s the same quality as all the others.

Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591853
26/08/19 12:18 PM
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I ran an Elise R for 7 years and it was the most reliable car I have ever owned - Toyota mechanicals not Rover ones. I might have contemplated t as a daily driver when I was 19 but not now. Is too noisy, a PITA on the M way and in traffic. Its designed for B road blasts at which it is superb.

It averaged 30 mpg. I home serviced it since all that was was an oil and filter change with occasional pads etc.

I suspect that an Evora would be much the same. Toyota mechanicals and fibreglass / ally construction is a good recipe. Still wouldnt see it as a daily driver though.
, any more than I would see a Morgan in that way.

Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591868
26/08/19 01:51 PM
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Hi Alistair!

I have owned many 'modern' Lotus, Elise S1, S2 and Exige S1 and S2. All brilliant in their own right (especially my S1 Exige!)

Decided to get an Evora last year. It was a 2014 Evora 'Sports Racer'... the last of the 'series 1' Evora's before the Evora 400 Arrived.

Opinion. Best Lotus I have ever owned (age nearing 60 now a consideration!). Fast. Handled like an Elise. Lotus 'DNA'. Great build quality. Superb interior (better than the newer 400/410/430 IMHO). Mine was the N/A version, which had less BHP, but was lighter... so almost the same 'real world' performance as a Evora 'S'. It could easily be used as a daily driver. In the same was as a Porsche Boxster/911 is today. It had good MPG, low tax and insurance. Basically a brilliant car!

I only sold it to get into Morgan ownership... as my wife was never into Lotus's but liked the idea of a Morgan! So 'happy wife, happy life' kicked in. And I also had my Daily driver BMW diesel! That however sadly let me down, so I was then forced to buy another D/D! IF... I had kept the Evora, that would have been a great 'all in one car'... but then I would not have had the joy of a Morgan!

So i summary, if you want an Evora, get one! Any one! The early 'launch Editions had a very 'tall' gearbox from a toyota diesel engine that was good (in theory!) for over 230 mph! But a big gap between 2nd and 3rd. The later close ratio gearboxes are much better. Very few mechanical issues, have a good browse on 'TheLotusForums... (TLF.com) Prices now down into the early ÂŁ20k's... a huge amount of car for the money.

So! There you go. Please PM if you need any more info!

Cheers, Pete.


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Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591880
26/08/19 03:24 PM
26/08/19 03:24 PM
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The Evora is a car which, had I a use for it, I could have been so seriously tempted. I like it a lot, especially the newer shape, but a closed 2+2 doesn't fill any of our niches, which is a pity!!


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Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591889
26/08/19 04:00 PM
26/08/19 04:00 PM
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It’s also worth mentioning, the fibreglass body panel are vacuum formed in some way, the finish is perfect and it doesn’t smell like a cat’s litter tray, they’re nothing like the lumpy kit car stuff and it doesn’t ding like a metal panelled car.

Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591908
26/08/19 04:53 PM
26/08/19 04:53 PM
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Alistair Offline OP
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Thanks peeps.

Can anyone compare owning an Evora (say Sports Racer or 400) with owning an Aero.

Servicing costs
Driving long distances
Can you hear the radio
Low sump/clearance issues

I am happy doing good mileage in a day in the S2 or Coupe (300-400 is not an issue) and the ride is surprisingly good. I expect the Lotus has a better ride-handling in truth.


Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: To all current and ex-Lotus owners. [Re: Alistair] #591919
26/08/19 05:42 PM
26/08/19 05:42 PM
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The cabin was quiet, no problem hearing conversation or the radio. The ventilation and wipers were perfect, rear visibility, obviously not great, but mine had a camera which solved that.

The whole underside is dead flat and the overhangs are short, country roads and speed bumps aren’t an issue although, some of those newer ones have chin spoilers which might be a problem.

I did 10k miles in mine in a year, front tyres were like new, rears nearly done.

Never had it serviced, I barrel rolled it into a field and completely destroyed it before it needed doing. Not the most sensible thing I’ve ever done.

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