Sunday 11 Jan and 586 miles done. Just 14 more and I can try out the cam change for the first time. That should be on the way home from work tomorrow.......
Its been very cold and slippery this week, so I was going very gingerly on Monday and Tuesday. If you just have to pootle along in cold weather limited to half revs, the Elise can feel heavy and uncomfortable with a very hard ride. However when you can push it a bit and take it by the scruff of the neck, it comes alive and just feels fantastic. It is just so involving and so much fun and all at legal speeds.
Even while runing in, its easily as quick to 60mph in real world driving as my old TT (56 plate 2.0 TFSI S Tronic). However in the Elise, you have to really drive the car and be in the right gear at the right time, whereas in the TT it was a couple of twiches on the paddle shift and go. The Elise is so different.
Had the roof off a few times, but it was just so bitterly cold. No such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing....I just have not found the right jacket yet even after a trip to Go Outdoors.
The traction control still is not fixed - the swtich is still on order from Lotus. The only other problem with the car is still the driver's door window, which does not seal properly and so there is a lot of wind noise from behind my right ear (its all quiet on the passenger side). All should be fixed when it goes into Stratstone for the TC switch......whenever that is.....?
The PDI on my new Elise last week showed that the traction control was not working - I am still waiting for a new TC switch from Hethel to activate it.
Anyway on a Sunday morning drive today, pulling out of a right turn junction, the Elise let go at the rear (which was fun), but a blue tell tale came on on the dashboard, which the handbook seems to show was the TC.
Did I catch the slide or is there TC lucking in the background even though it is not activated?
Anyway, back home with 300 miles on the clock and its first wash this afternoon.
Running in continues..
We had to go to Sainsburys, which is a mile away in Dunchurch....and we needed to go in the Elise.
So we went to Banbury Sainsburys via Witney, which was nice.
Top tip - do not put butter in the boot next to the engine.
Up to 260 miles now and only 340 to go until we can try out the cam change.
Picked up my new Elise R in red with touring pack, air con and traction control from Andy at Stratstone in Leicester, on New Year's Eve. Goodbye to my Audi TT, hello Lotus. Both Andy and Mark at Stratstone know their stuff.
One problem though, the traction control does not work....the car will have to go back to Leicester in a few days when a new switch arrives.
First impression.... it looks fabulous. But 600 miles of running in!! I need to get that out of the way ASAP.
Compared to the Audi, another fantastic car, but just too efficient to love, the Lotus is so totally different. It drives like a massively powerful kart and every journey is fun.
New Year's Day and 130 miles clocked up. The weather is very cold, so perhaps the bit of damp in the boot should be expected, especially as the boot is almost open to the elements. Quite a lot of wind noise from rear of the drivers window - I think either the door or the roof are not sealing properly.
I'm finding it really hard to keep to 4500rpm, but there is a lot of fun to be had even at low speeds.
Lucky me, Exige wont start! Same problem I had before that it turns over but wont fire, tried the obvious things but no luck. Last time it was a duff fuse and then the second time it happenned it just fixed itself. RAC here I come
Oh yeh and its got a misting of the oil/water so HGF in the future anyone? whole engine needs a good revamp really, better start saving some more £.
oops, been too long since i wrote here, i've had 3 different cars in that time...
end of nov 05 i got rid of the Focus RS and S2 Exige, got an Evo 8 MR FQ340 with some of the proceeds and put the rest down as deposit on a house, which i have since moved into
Evo 8 was mad, very fast, but as the driver you never really felt like part of the action. You could feel the computers altering your course if you were really pressing on. I imagine that going beyond the limit of the computers was a one way ticket to investigating the scenery, so never really pushed that hard. You would have to be doing stupid speeds to achieve that in any event...
March 06, finally tired of the evo doing the driving for me, and was going to get an exige cup240 from NW, although i had issues getting my deposit back from the house i was renting (which i was going to use for the deposit) so decided i would get an elise, was going to just get a 111r but john at NW talked me into the sports racer which is my current Lotus. Sods law played his hand 2 days later and the deposit came back from my rented house, which i wasnt expecting any time soon as my contract wasnt due to expire at the time!!! bugger, oh well theres always next year.
Currently would love to get a 240r or an S exige. the one thing ive missed about the Evo is the massive mid range torque. The NA yota engine in the elise/NA exige doesnt really lend itself to the public road at all with all the power at the top end. I'm sure i will be in a blown exige in the not too distant future, but im enjoying having the lid off at the moment.... also got some house costs coming up....
Also bought an 04 Alfa 147 2.0 as a cheap runaround for work. never owned an alfa before so thought i would give it a whirl, went for a selespeed version despite the bad press the system gets, red leather, bose stereo. It has i have to say has been superb for what i wanted it for. pottering about in city traffic with the odd motorway jaunt thrown in. If you know how to drive the selespeed box you can have some good fun on the backroads. It's no M3 SMG shiftwise, but its not bad, besides i wanted it for pottering about the city, where it is superb....
Just got back Wimbledon, my first long journey in my Elise 111R that I've had for just over a week now. Just over 800 miles on the clock now can not wait untill it's properly run in so I can really put my foot down.
I was disappointed on how much the roof leaked even with the hard top on
Who said these cars are not comfortable? I found it to be very comfortable.
Just worked out using Microsoft Money how much my Elise and Exige have cost me to run over the years. This is maintenance only (including tyres), not addons, petrol, insurance or anything else.Elise - 3 Years 55k miles I think I drove it for (might be slightly off)£7,715 / 3 years = £2,571 per year£7,715 / 55k miles = £0.1402 per mileExige - 2 years 40k miles £6,956 / 2 years = £3,478 per year£6,956 / 40k miles = £0.1739 per mileTotal of £14,671 for five years running costsElise had one years warranty and the Exige two, otherwise it would have been much higher!
New coolant cap fixed the hissing cap problem. Few weeks later and the top hose of the radiator has come off. Joy.......Thats both of them that have come off now, luckily I noticed right away both times. This time however it seems there is a misting of oil/water around the head gasket. :(Engine sounds like a bag of nails some days as well due to piston slap, warranty ended just the other day so give it a week til it all goes Pete Tong no doubt! So skint!!
Car wouldnt start the other day, similar problem to before. Engine had power but no spark, this time the fuse behind the seats hadnt gone. After ten minutes or so of playing around it starts but no obvious reason why it wouldnt start. Same thing last time and was fine for like 6 months afterwards until now, has been fine since!Coolant cap was hissing last night, had pressure this morning when I took the cap off when it was cold and the coolant is stable so far. Has been fine since then and no hissing at all, will keep an eye on it.MOT booked, more A048 rear "butter" tyres and general bits and bobs need sorting. Where is my overdraft again
Thinking of fitting the spray bar conversion to my car (as posted on SELOC), with the number of miles I do in my car I'm sick of never being able to see out of the windscreen, hopefully this will help! The washer jets are forever spraying more water over the roof than they do on the windscreen!All you need is:Citroen part no. N93780 bx washer jet spray barand a bit of tubing to connect it to the existing pipework. Worth a try for £10
Doh, seem to have a misfire at certain revs, need to investigate further as it only started this morning. Seems like the rev limiter is kicking in as its like the car hits a brick wall but only it low gears it seems. Quite happy on the motorway so far.
As some of you may know im also the proud owner of a 1983 Eclat Excel. Its 2.2 litre with Toyota running gear. I believe Lotus made 186 of this type. I wonder how many are still going ? Liz has nicknamed it Bob, which stands for big old beast. Any similarity in this name and the name of the previous owner is a pure coincidence Its also fantastic fun. It was first bought for £14000. It did 50000 miles up to the first MOT. It has now done about 87000, so it has done 37000 in the last 20 years. I have every MOT to prove it. The original 0 to 60 time was 7 secs with a top speed of 135 MPH. Ive been trying to find the original bhp figures but im unable to find the as yet. I think it was about 160 ish. At the recent rolling road day it gave out 144 bhp. It did blow a bit of crap out mind. I should imagine it had not been reved up to 6800 rpm very often though. Ive been know to drive my Elise the way it was meant to be driven The old beast is getting the respect it deserves in this department. Starting it is an art form as those of you old enough to remember cars with manual chokes will understand.
OK, tomtom 500 installed with the pocketgpsworld camera db seems great !bluetooth handsfree loud enough!Navigated to merry hill with the aid of Yoda which was hilarious :)Bought some new front wheels for the Focus RS this week off ebay from a fella in Aldershot who had sold his RS for an S2 Exige.... Enjoyed driving the Exige in the wet and the dark this week..... not quite as straightforward as the RS..... but it did the job, air con cleared the windows. worst thing was the lovely headlight glare, id forgotten about that since i got the RS as well.... im a wuss now ive got the RS....
ok, decided to add the L O T U S lettering to the back.... spent an hour or so making sure it was all lined up properly. Looks good.Is that a change on the 06 car, seems a real mix of them out there now. i was never really a fan of the little round badge on the rear TBH.Off work this week, so am expecting to go for a blast in the exige, also toying with the idea of getting a tomtom go 500, handsfree/camera warning/satnav combo !!!
took the little round lotus emblem off the back of my exige this week.... looks much better without.... i also have the silver L O T U S letters to add, but cant decide if i want to put them on.... i will leave time to deliberate over that !Focus RS is filthy...... covered in tree sap paintwork is really crap on it... marks so easily...
Started it up and I thought it weird that my battery light was staying on for longer than usual as it started.Looked again and I had no stack lights, no speedo (that was stuck at 60mph, no rev counter (stuck at 3000 rpm) , no other warning lights, mileage, fuel gauge the lot! Doh me thinks, as I'm driving along hoping the stack isnt bust!Drove home guessing my speed, after a quick check I find a fuse had blown to the stack, didnt have any spares in the box though so after a trip to Halfrauds its back up and running phew! I know have lots of random fuses and the fuse box diagram in my car to go with all the other bits and bobs you tend to need to carry along if you drive a Lotus