Sorry, I don't know if I can change the thread name, but really appreciate the replies and interest...
Thanks for the replies. Very helpful. Will have to check for the wind deflector; is it a separate piece? The roof panel is the glass type; no solid panel or storage bag with the car now. I didn't notice wheel/rim security keys; rims are stock. How do I check for the HTU? Understand the car may have been chipped and custom waste gate installed, so need to get details, hopefully without disassembling things.
Soooo, the update is I bought the car!
I test drove the car the day before we got about a foot of snow, will hopefully pick it up later this week. I have storage lined up only a few blocks from the service shop. Lynn really liked the car's style and features, and is OK with the carbon wing and interior room, although minor concern on where her purse goes.
Agreement is I will have to sell my M6 but can retain my Plus 2.
Hoping she can get comfortable with a manual transmission on my Plus 2 at some point.
Plan is to attend the May All British Field Meet in Vancouver and the July West Coast Lotus Meet in Seattle, but a few things to sort first.
Pre-purchase inspection indicates front shocks are due; hoping to get replaced in Vancouver at Richard's shop in May. He is recommending the upgraded Lotus/Bilstein adjustables; thoughts welcome.
The front radiator has been replaced and does not leak. However, the car is still throwing a low coolant warning light, which the service shop will address prior to pick-up. Hoping it's just a bleeding issue. Have received advice this may
be the Ali pipes from the engine bay to the rad? Is there a way I can easily check this? Is it a job I can take on myself as I can't tour the car with a dodgy cooling system, and I am assuming access limitations may make
pipe replacement a big job?
Tires appear to have say 30% left; have found Netto's available locally or considering Falkens from Discount or Sumitomo HTR Z II from Tire Rack. Tire cost in the 'States is significantly better than the Great White North, so dealer recommendations in the Seattle area most welcome.
Have got the PO contact information through the forum, which is great. Have not met yet, but all looks good and he is a well respected local car guy. Understand C service c/w cam belts was done 2010, but need to confirm details and decide on service requirements for this spring. Clutch take-up, driveabilty, brakes, and ride/handling was very good, although we didn't press the car on our winter road conditions. Have seen the shifter being described as notchy, but this one feels fine if perhaps a bit slow. Frankly it is better than my M6 with a short shift kit, so no complaints or issues.
Stereo with trunk mounted amp sounds excellent with a CD, but the FM reception is pretty poor, which seems to be a Lotus feature. May replace the Alpine head unit with an iPod & Sat Radio ready Kenwood I have; it didn't fit in my Plus 2 so is presently available.
Apparently one of the window squirters is not working correctly. I have not fiddled with it yet; assuming I can figure this one out.
Front bumper has been touched up and rear valence painted body colour, but no evidence of body/frame damage. Thinking of getting Starshield 3M equivalent installed prior to touring with the car as the paint looks really good.
Last excited newbie question (for now). What workshop service manuals and parts lists would cover the car? I have bought reprint manuals from here for my Plus 2, but not sure what I need for the Esprit V8. I see CD type stuff on eBay, but not sure if they cover the V8 and if they are the Lotus manuals? Is the V8 WSM complete or do I need manuals for several models to have the car covered?
Thanks for the help and encouragement; looking forward to spring with this wonderful car!