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ollie

Outdoor Winter Cover For Exige

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Hi.

I'm debating if to get an outdoor cover or not this year for my exige as its left out all year round.

I've been having a good look around and it seems you can get tailored one's to suit your car.

Can anyone tell me if there is any difference between the £120 ones eBay and say the £250 one's from certain other retailers. As far as I can tell they sound exactly the same and probably get made at the same factory.

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Cant help with the cover but here's my thoughts on covers.

 

Scratch the body work, especially on a dirty car.

Its raining and you need to use the car, standing in the rain removing the cover, then storing it somewhere, what a faff. Its easier just to get in the car and you wont get as wet!

You would need to store the cover somewhere to let it dry and not on the floor collecting grit etc.

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Cant help with the cover but here's my thoughts on covers.

 

Scratch the body work, especially on a dirty car.

Its raining and you need to use the car, standing in the rain removing the cover, then storing it somewhere, what a faff. Its easier just to get in the car and you wont get as wet!

You would need to store the cover somewhere to let it dry and not on the floor collecting grit etc.

I have a genuine lotus cover which is waterproof and breathable. However I don't use it that often as the car needs to be clean other wise Fish is right and it will scratch the car. A better alternative might be a council garage/lock up?

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Cant help with the cover but here's my thoughts on covers.

 

Scratch the body work, especially on a dirty car.

Its raining and you need to use the car, standing in the rain removing the cover, then storing it somewhere, what a faff. Its easier just to get in the car and you wont get as wet!

You would need to store the cover somewhere to let it dry and not on the floor collecting grit etc.

I have a genuine lotus cover which is waterproof and breathable. However I don't use it that often as the car needs to be clean other wise Fish is right and it will scratch the car. A better alternative might be a council garage/lock up?

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The car will get a full wash before the cover goes on and will only come of if we get a nice day. As I'll be using the run around car in the wet etc. It's basically to go on over winter. I don't have a garage or it would be in there. Don't fancy using a council garage or lockup as I like to keep my eye On it.

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I've got a genuine silver lotus outdoor cover (with bag) from my now sold exige, only probably used half a dozen times. £30 and it's your's! Either pick up from mine in derby, or I could get it to my sister Thorpe Astley very easily.

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Well I did think of selling up John but I'm still not to sure about that idea yet.

Chris is that a proper outdoor cover made for the shape of the exige. Fully waterproof and breathable. If so I'm very interested.

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Your welcome to come and have a look at it (with no pressure to buy). It's a proper shaped lotus exige outdoor one which is waterproof. It was bought from lotus as the outdoor one when I bought my car.

 

Didn't have a garage for the first few years of exige ownership. I expected not to use the car through winter, but I used it a lot more than expected, so only used the cover a few times.

 

(I've got a few other things I should sell - central locking module, original ecu, steering wheel spacer and this cover)

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Yes I wouldn't mind looking at it. How easy would you be able to get it to Thorpe Astley. I used mine alot last year through the winter. This year I think I'll tuck it up though. Does the cover have the retaining clips or straps to hold it in place so it can't blow away also.

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In my opinion anything that touches the paintwork is going to end up doing more damage than good, unless you remove every spec or dirt/grit before putting it on each time.

 

So you need a 'cover' that doesn't make contact with the paint, something like this:

 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=perambulator+garage&safe=off&rlz=1C1OPRB_enGB555GB555&es_sm=122&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VHTOUsHzMc-ShQfhlYBY&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=774

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I'd give it a full wash each time before it went on. I think it would still need to have a soft inner lining though or it would still cause damage. That cover looks good but could see that easily blowing away

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i understand they come with (optional) U-Clamps to fix them to the ground?

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When i had my VX it was getting some pretty bad blistering, and a grp specialist i took it to said it's generally a bad idea to leave them under covers in the winter as it creates a little pocket of moist air trapped near the skin, and that creates the bubbling. I guess that's the point of it being breathable, but even so it's going to create a microclimate of some sorts.

 

You can get these inflatable bubble things that you drive your car into and then blow up and seal, they're meant to be very good as they don't touch the paintwork and they have a little teeny heater in them which keeps it above freezing and drives moisture out of the air. Downside is you look a little bit of a tit with your car in a big bubble and they'll add a tiny bit to your electric bill :)

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Mine doesn't have a particularly soft lining. It has ties/clips that go under the car.

 

I'll get it out, but if i remember correctly its a woven cotton type material that is coated on the outside in a rubbery/plastic silver finish. It has a storage bag made out of the same.

 

my sister lives in Thorpe astly but works in derby with me everyday. I'll get it out at the weekend to make sure the condition is ok and can give it to my sister next week if you want.

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