I've just landed a truly nice '94 S4 with 24,700 miles on the clock. Timing belt was done at 10,800 miles in 2007. Period invoices indicate that the head was surfaced at the time (?) which tells me that the valve clearances had to be set upon reassembly.
I'm new to the Lotus 2.2L motor; is the valve 'clatter' normal for these engines? Despite the passage of 10 years, 12,000 miles seems like a short period of time for the clearances to be addressed.
I plan on doing a timing belt shortly along with a few other 'updates' as 10 years is too long for my taste, but the issue of clatter has me seeking the input from the group.