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  1. Tell the truth, occasionally take it to work in a covered air conditioned trailer.
  2. This advert is COMPLETED!

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    I know the market is slow but I thought I'd try this. I have and S1 and an S2 Exige and one of them has to go to make space for a Caterham in the garage. The S2 will be off to a dealer in a few weeks but I really like them both so I'm torn about which to keep. You probably know all about S1 Exiges but to me there a few things that are must haves when buying one. 1. The engine must be running smoothly and like clockwork, they are simple but diagnostics can be painful. This one runs splendidly, pulls 30mph in 4th, no kangaroos or other oddities. It was not like that until I fitted verniers, a new lambda probe and spark plug leads. It's now a total pussy cat but has the fantastic VHPD sound. 2. It must have all the good options. Sports seats, harnesses (I have belts as well), 190 upgrade, carbon airbox, aircon. They aircon does not work (none do) but the extra vents are a big improvement on the standard Elise. 3. It needs to be bright - they are small and fast projectiles on the road, better to be seen and look good. 4. It needs to be original - is still a VHPD (I have a spare engine which can be available separately), it's running Nitrons but I have the originals. It has never been resprayed or had panels replaced. It does have some stone chips and a couple of star crazes. I would not dream of repainting it. 5. It needs to be a car you can use - it drives smoothly, starts hot or cold, passes the MoT, gleams fantastically but is not a garage queen, you can use it without worry, but it does draw crowds. Sadly, I have only been using it for Lotus in the Peak and charity dream rides for children. I've set a price 2k less than a dealer offered me last year, reflecting the slow market for everything (not just Lotus cars). Ping me for more information or any questions.


    Belper, Derbyshire - GB

  3. If your car is not extra low it should not have a problem with any of the passes. TBH, whilst the roads are steep modern cars don’t really have any trouble, even my old mini 1000 could tackle them (30 years ago). Almost everywhere is stunning in the Lakes. If I could do one walk on a sunny day it would be from Buttermere up Haystacks. It’s not difficult but it stunning, it was Wainwright’s favourite, his ashes are there. We did our first hike there in over 20 years a few weeks ago, Fairfield Horseshoe. Not the greatest of views but a good 12 miles with lots of climbs. Managed it as we both push 60 in about 6 hours but needed a beer on returning. As for drives, any of the passes are great, Tarn Hows early in the morning or evening, take a trip to the Langdales..almost anywhere is a great drive. If you come back through the Peaks head for Buxton and from there go in the direction of Bakewell, and Chatsworth, then the a6 south, to Cromford, climb the Via Gelia and go to Carsington. If sunny, you can’t go wrong. Keith

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    I have two Exige indoor fleecy car covers that fit an S1 or S2 Exige, they would also fit an Elise with a spoiler of Exige size. Both are in excellent condition, one has the original Lotus bag, the other has a cotton bag. These are the ones from Lotus, black with white piping along the side joins and “lotus” sewn into to front with white thread. Understated and classy! They have only been used in my clean dry garage to protect my cars when I used it as a gym. I’m away at the moment so I’m putting them on mloc as I don’t have pictures to hand. Trying a local sale before Seloc. Looking at pricing on Seloc there is the same cover for a 2-11 at £265 so I’m asking £200 plus postage for the Exige ones. Collection is possible from just north of Derby and I’ll be at Donington for the two Bookatrack days in August. Thanks Keith


  5. This works, done it myself. Big square shaft screwdriver jams the best. You will need to fit a new rivnut which is easy if you have the tools. Tbh, get a garage to do it, much easier on ramps. Don’t let them remove the spinning bolt with a hammer and cold chisel, it could damage the subframe. The old rivnut base comes out with a drill.
  6. Keep the originals to aid resale! To me the S1 is an old car and the originals fit the look better.
  7. I’m a member of the RAC and they will send their transporter and move it, it was quite reasonable as a member, obscene if I went to the break down company directly. I used it to get a car from Dony (drive shaft gaiter) and then to send it to be fixed. There are also companies who rent car transporters, truck and flatbed, to drive yourself. £100/day. Never used them but looked useful Don’t drive it with a split gaiter, it can catch fire (mine did as did a 340r at Dony) and it could wreck the internal. http://transporterhire.co.uk/locations/car_transporter_hire_Nottingham.php?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0JCphu-W4wIV7ZTtCh3jnwPHEAAYAiAAEgLUMvD_BwE
  8. It’s not really a hotel area. There is a double tree or similar at the Ricoh. Ansty hall hotel is good value and like faulty towers for service, good for a giggle. Combe Abbey, is posh and good fun. Neither are very close. There is also a holiday inn at ansty. Keith
  9. I doubt this will effect most of us, a V6 Exige or S Audi is not quiet but passes the noise tests when new. Even with an after market exhaust it’s probably only a problem if you gun it. However, my neighbour has a Harley bike. When he starts it my dog runs for cover and shakes, on a Sunday morning it’s a rude awakening. I’d be quite pleased if he had to put the baffles back in his exhaust. Bigger worry is all the lane tracking and collision avoidance that is to be mandated. It always worries me that the “easier” it is to drive a car the less attention the driver is paying. Mandating these will encourage people like the muppet beside me in a Telsa a few weeks ago, clearly on driver assist and doing email on his laptop, on his lap.
  10. I used superglue, as that was what I had in the workshop.
  11. My improvement is pretty poor, have no chance of even getting into an Exige. I have had to cancel two track days as well. I’ll set next Sunday 16th as a mental deadline but it’s not looking good for attending let alone leading. Must accept my age and stop chucking myself down hills on a bike. Side note: NHS and Derby hospital have been brilliant. They keep calling me back for more tests and prodding so they certainly are being thorough. If you work in the nhs, thanks. Keith
  12. I MAY be able to help. On crutches as the moment from a mountain biking accident, if I am able to get in my Exige in advance I’ll help. Mark me down to “ask if you are desperate”. I have booked Ashbourne/medium.

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    My S2 needs to have the front clam removed to fix a minor oil cooler leak (recall done). When the clam is off it’s easy to remove the big brakes and put it back to standard. I believe brakes can be fitted without removing the clam if banjo adapters are used, I don’t know this for sure and did not use them myself. The brakes are Lotus AP kit with adaptors, refurbished less than 10k miles ago, ap discs, newly fitted Brembo sport pads and stainless braided hoses. TBH, they could do with a repaint if you have an immaculate car. I’ve got to get a price that makes it worth swapping than and buying new pads. My car is off to Gavin on the 1st of June so the brakes can be removed then. I can deliver them to a Ltip if required. A new set is over £2k. £1k? Keith


    Derby, Derbyshire

  14. I had some years ago. Very good if you are slim but tight otherwise. You sit a bit higher in them as well. Comfortable.
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