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swede
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9070 posts since 21/3/09

16 Jul 2020 20:30
yeah seriously Ubercool
anvais
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468 posts since 15/12/12

posted 17 Jul 2020 06:54, edited 17 Jul 2020 06:54
Just got the R, took a bit longer than expected. So far quite happy with the car, but just needs a few modifications to get it where I'd like it to be. Currently only at Stage 1, but looking to get Stage 3 put on the car early September.

swede
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17 Jul 2020 07:11
Cool

use imgur to upload photos btw. photobucket is for boomers
anvais
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468 posts since 15/12/12

17 Jul 2020 07:49
swede wrote: Cool

use imgur to upload photos btw. photobucket is for boomers

Cheers, sorted! Looked fine on the phone..
swede
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9070 posts since 21/3/09

17 Jul 2020 10:41
my mrs is in the midst of buying a kia picanto (not exciting). Found one somewhat locally for a good deal - but it has £2k outstanding finance on it. The seller has now told us he has paid it off and sent forward some proof of that (scanned receipt of payment to Kia). My mrs has just called the Kia finance team to confirm this and all they can say is "we cannot say whether there is no finance outstanding on the vehicle - but can say that we have no interest in that vehicle"…. wtf does that mean? is it paid off then? are we being overly cautious? guy seemed a very straight up normal bloke - full service history etc.

i know we could get an HPI check but apparently that can take a little while to update…

any ideas?
Kadafi39
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1775 posts since 30/10/09

17 Jul 2020 11:30
Thats normal since gdpr, had it myself once. If they have confirmed they have no interest in the car it means there is no outstanding finance with them. But doesn't mean that a private lender or anyone else doesnt have finance over the car.

Having a receipt and the phone call is usually good enough, but if you want to double check run a hpi check, only costs about £10.
Kadafi39
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1775 posts since 30/10/09

posted 17 Jul 2020 11:39, edited 17 Jul 2020 11:39
oldgregg wrote:
Kadafi39 wrote:
oldgregg wrote:

How do you find the exige? Had it long? What engine and power does that have? I dont know much about lotus but I have wanted something small for a long time! A 911 with anything near 400bhp is 60k+ so out of the question, I looked at a 4C, which I do love but just cant get over the 1.7 litre engine, especially as it would replace a a 4 litre V8.

Scura edition of 25, think it was 925kg/260hp stock, closer to 900 now and around 300hp with no cat and custom exhaust. It’s great fun on track and swirly mountain roads and sounds mad.

Downside is speeds over 130km/h are not pleasant, ie highway driving and has ”lotus solutions” like you have to top off battery every other week, once the battery goes out the remote wont work and you can not open the doors with the regular key but have to screw off the hood and hookup an external battery, no storage for the hard top so once it comes off you have to deal with rain etc, once drowe to switzserland sans roof, you just have to drive fast once it starts raining.

If you can live with the quirks it’s great fun although if you want one of the new gens exiges or even something komo-tec I think it will run you as much as a porche, completely different cars though. Have driven a gt3 back to back on track and even as the gt3 is faster around a track a lotus will be way more fun, a porsche is a proper car where a lotus is a giant go cart where you can test the limits of the grip constantly and even loons forward to spinning off the track into the grass, would be shit scared in a porshe doing that.

I see, does sound like a lot of fun, had a look on AT and found the newer shape ones (2015 onwards) with 30k odd miles for around 35k and they have a 3.5 litre engine with 350 bhp, so the performance you get is much better than porsche, youd be lucky to get 350 bhp in a car that weighs 50%+ more from porsche for that sort of money.

However the quirks as you put it wouldnt be ideal for a car that does less than 3k miles a year, just seems like you have to plan in advance to use it and make sure everything is ready which would result in me using it even less!

When you say top off the battery do you mean with de-ionised water? like the old batterys before AGM and lithium? Can you not use a C-tek to stop it going dead?
oldgregg
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6370 posts since 13/4/02

17 Jul 2020 12:05
Yeah sorry, by topping off I mean connecting it to a c-tek or similar power source, the immobilizer and/or the alarm drains the battery like crazy when not in use, problem with all old elise/exiges but maybe they fixed that with the new gen (doubt it Smiling)
MrW
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2785 posts since 1/8/11

17 Jul 2020 13:06
anvais Cool What you looking to get from a stage 3? Around 450-500 bhp?
swede
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9070 posts since 21/3/09

17 Jul 2020 13:09
Kadafi39 wrote: Thats normal since gdpr, had it myself once. If they have confirmed they have no interest in the car it means there is no outstanding finance with them. But doesn't mean that a private lender or anyone else doesnt have finance over the car.

Having a receipt and the phone call is usually good enough, but if you want to double check run a hpi check, only costs about £10.

cheeers mate - thought as much Ubercool
anvais
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posted 17 Jul 2020 13:49, edited 17 Jul 2020 13:49
MrW wrote: anvais Cool What you looking to get from a stage 3? Around 450-500 bhp?

Yeah around those figures, Racingline OEM+ Stage 3 is limited to around 480bhp/650nm for example if you want a reliable daily driver. It's all about the turbo and how much lag you can stand, it's pretty much the only weak point of the car.

One thing I'm also considering is just to rebuild the OEM turbo with stronger internals, a sort of Stage 2+ thing. Should be very reliable and be around 420-430bhp and 600nm. Should also be way cheaper and more than enough for a daily driver and cruising to the cabin over the weekends. Brakes and springs need to be updated as well, regardless if I go for the 2+ or 3 build.

Just really want to build the ultimate family sleeper without going through the insanely expensive RS4/RS6 route. Nothing's going to be done to the exterior except for the lowering.
swiftus
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1239 posts since 1/7/09

17 Jul 2020 14:19
I've always wondered what the point of fast estates was…petrolhead dads?
anvais
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468 posts since 15/12/12

17 Jul 2020 14:48
Dunno, just like a car that's capable and I want to have one car that fits the family easily and is comfortable. I've had a tts, r8 & gtr in the past and for now am more than happy to scale down and build an estate.
swede
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9070 posts since 21/3/09

17 Jul 2020 14:56
swiftus wrote: I've always wondered what the point of fast estates was…petrolhead dads?

estates (and hatches) are more than just cars - they are tools. can be used for many things
Kadafi39
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1775 posts since 30/10/09

17 Jul 2020 15:01
oldgregg wrote: Yeah sorry, by topping off I mean connecting it to a c-tek or similar power source, the immobilizer and/or the alarm drains the battery like crazy when not in use, problem with all old elise/exiges but maybe they fixed that with the new gen (doubt it Smiling)

Ahh I was genuinely confused wondering what sort of battery from the 80s lotus were using and then convincing myself it might be something to do with weight saving Laughing out loud
Kadafi39
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posted 17 Jul 2020 15:03, edited 17 Jul 2020 15:03
anvais wrote: Dunno, just like a car that's capable and I want to have one car that fits the family easily and is comfortable. I've had a tts, r8 & gtr in the past and for now am more than happy to scale down and build an estate.

1st gen r8? v8 or 10? How did it compare to the gtr?

Congrats on the R also, looks lovely in that blue, Lapiz is it?
anvais
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468 posts since 15/12/12

17 Jul 2020 15:30
Kadafi39 wrote:
anvais wrote: Dunno, just like a car that's capable and I want to have one car that fits the family easily and is comfortable. I've had a tts, r8 & gtr in the past and for now am more than happy to scale down and build an estate.

1st gen r8? v8 or 10? How did it compare to the gtr?

Congrats on the R also, looks lovely in that blue, Lapiz is it?

2009 V8 manual. It was a great car but V10 is really the way to got with R8 imo, just wasn't able to spend that much on car and never got over of the fact that I wanted the V10. Gtr is a great car and the performance is amazing, but the interior is definitely lacking. Never driven the newer R8, but based on the two cars I've had I'd go with the gtr all day long.

Thanks! Yeah it's called lapiz, very deep weird blue. Laughing out loud
Razorlight123
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4673 posts since 13/1/10

posted 18 Jul 2020 08:38, edited 18 Jul 2020 08:38
I'm in the market for a new (used) car, looking at a 1 series mainly. Hence why I'm seeing car ads in every fucking comment box atm.

I was going to go for a Volvo V40 but their interior is wack, why have the screen so small.

Anyway for anything around 10k, is it too risky to purchase privately in your opinion, better to go with dealer?
ismvil
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1393 posts since 16/9/11

18 Jul 2020 08:39
If you do your research buying privately is better at that price point imho. Especially in the current climate where people may be a bit keen to offload liabilities
Razorlight123
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posted 18 Jul 2020 08:44, edited 18 Jul 2020 08:44
I think risk of buying a potential dud is my only concern, how do I mitigate it. I'd categorise myself as a kick the wheels - thumbs up guy when it comes to cars.


Best indicators: Service history, low mileage, year and basic intuition?