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  1. Well, i've had a crack in my windscreen for a while now, and finally getting it sorted on the insurance. The underwriters seem keen to only use their own guys, Auto Windscreens, who seem to be owned by the same group as MarkerStudy so i suppose that makes sense. Several hits on the various forums about glass replacement places cocking up the clam removal, or not even doing it and making a mess of the bodywork. Kind of nervous! I'm getting them to do it at Central Lotus, so hopefully under Andy's watchful eye nothing too bad will happen... Anyone else experienced similar?
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    Got married!

    Thanks chaps. Sounds like i'm going to have to get fatter, and/or develop a new knob gripping technique
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    Got married!

    I got married A related question: how do you lot drive with a wedding ring on your left hand? It's grinding against the metal gear knob and they're both going to get scratched at this rate. Do you take them off? Or do i just have a weird way of gripping it?
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    Yeah it's absolutely the right decision and direction for Lotus as a company, i'm just a little worried that their cars won't appeal to me personally as much. But we'll see!
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    While i'm a fan of tech in general, i can't help feeling a little uneasy about it. If this is to replace the elise/exige then it's going to be odd to be in a cabin that's not bare-bones, we've been so used to the current design for quite literally decades now. One of the things that's kind of "special" about getting into one at the moment is the sparse interior, you get that feeling that you're sitting in a machine that's been designed to do a specific thing very well, to be focused on one thing only. The lack of sound isolation and damping really adds to that experience, too, in my opinion
  6. I also wear headphones if i'm doing a long journey. With the speakers you have to turn the music up so loud to really appreciate it over the top of the road and wind noise that it feels like it's making an already dangerous situation worse. I already get that "it's 3am and the club has closed" feeling after a long journey, without the added sound pressure from a stereo boosted to overcome it. On top of that, even if you replace the speakers they're still tiny little things and there's no bass response at all. When I had my VX I remember meeting someone at an event who had put one of t
  7. Yeah night driving is awful, i do avoid going out after dark. pretty sure at the factory Lotus have a test area where they turn the lights on, and if they're too effective they go and find a more feeble bulb to put in. Totally agree about not using it every day to keep it special though. I intentionally have a crap second car (an old and quite rusty SLK in fact!) so that i appreciate my Lotus more The difference is pretty extreme
  8. They're absolutely fine in all weather (except maybe snow? i've never tried, seemed like asking for trouble!). You'll probably find you have a tiny leak somewhere, usually around the window seals, as mentioned, but it's normally just a few drips on the door sills when you get in. Parking it flat is important, in my experience, if it's at a angle then you're more likely to get leaks around the front of the windows. Windows are easy enough to adjust to make them fit properly if you do have a leak, and very worst case is that you need to replace the rubber seals around the doors, but every
  9. that's really nice! i've had a go at doing vector images of stuff before, and i'm impressed by the detail on the front grilles, that's a lot of effort there
  10. You are implying I keep my car shiny enough to see reflections
  11. i've never tried a lotus with anything other than the standard factory seats, perhaps once covid is more over i need to have a sit in other people's
  12. i've got that problem too, i've tried my motorbike helmet but there's no a chance i can wear it with the roof on. Are open-face race helmets any slimmer? didn't really want to buy one if it still wasn't going to fit
  13. i think it must depend on proportions a lot too, i'm 6'4 and i've never had any trouble in my vx220 or any of the lotuses i've owned. It's cozy, and yeah my knees hit the steering column, but i've adopted a kind of john wayne style of driving. my biggest problem is if i'm at the front of a queue at the traffic lights, i can't see the damned things
  14. i live in a village with a couple of stables, there's constantly skittish in-training horses along my road. Most of the time i pull over and turn the engine off, i can only imagine the carnage they could do to fibreglass!
  15. A few weeks ago i drove past an elderly chap walking his dog, fairly wide country road and he was on the other side, nothing else around. slowed right down anyhow, and he shook his fist in the air and yelled something that sounded like "hooooooligan!!" No idea what i'd done to offend him. Perhaps he was disappointed i didn't go past him flat out?
  16. I would like a replacement cup holder that's sized to a 250ml energy drink can
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    i'm pretty excited about it! just not sure what to say since there's so few actual facts out yet. looking forward to the reveal. I've never bought a new car before, but if it can deliver the same drive that my exige does, and look awesome at the same time...
  18. The last couple of weeks have been really bad for this, i think it might just be dust settling out of the air due to lack of rain for a while. I've noticed my washing line is the same, hung all my washing up and when i came to get it back in realised everything had a dusty mark on it where it touched the line
  19. 50km is amazing! I think i'd find 50km on a bike hard enough, let alone with just my legs. Great cause too. I had cancer a few years ago (that's why i had to sell my previous exige and abandon fun for a year or so) and Cancer Research do a stellar job.
  20. Haha yeah it's a bit of a twist to get under there isn't it. My problem is i can't figure out a way to get both arms in, one always seems to get stuck somewhere so i have to do it all one handed! Possibly just because i'm so tall. Glad it's resolved anyhow, it's nice when a problem can be solved in 5 minutes and with £0 expenditure
  21. I had to do the brake pedal switch thing this morning, as chance would have it! I bet you anything it's what you've got happening too (my previous two exiges suffered exactly the same thing, as well )
  22. you've just got to wait until the seats form your body into the correct shape
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    welcome aboard you know, every time i see a newcomer i get a little stab of envy for that sensation of driving your first ever lotus. that feeling of being so absurdly low to the ground compared to whatever it was you used to have, and the rawness of everything about it. i remember it being a very special and overwhelming feeling, and while i've still got a thrill from collecting each of my subsequent ones it was never quite like the first time
  24. Welcome I've got a celica as my normal daily, lovely little things, had it for 13 years now
  25. The purple... sorry "metallic plum"... looks awesome. Really unique colour. I'd have it if i had a spare £30k hanging around to p/x mine
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