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Bane - I'm no lawyer but it clearly says something is going to be done about it. It just doesn't say when or what will be done, or if it will even be free. It clearly says we will be notified again of the remedy. If we don't like the remedy, we can complain to a federal agency (address given in letter).

Looks good to me - I'm optimistic!
Just more foot dragging by Lotus IMO. Lotus has known about this problem for a few years now and they were forced to do a recall from NHTSA and they do not have a solution to the problem oil cooler lines in place.
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Just got mine. I'm not holding my breath. My 2005 will be 8 years old this summer. I just realized this recall affects something like 40%? of all Elises produced for US. That's a lot of oil lines.

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We got two notices today. One on the Lotus and the other on my wife's Mazdaspeed 6. The Lotus notice was just that a notice of problem. Mazda not only gave notice but also included a plan for review and repair if necessary. It even gave an estimated time for repair and provided for replacement car if necessary.
Hopefully, Lotus will follow up soon.
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The last time I got a Recall notice was on a Mercury which had a battery cable routing issue. The notice of recall outlined a solution and I could take my car in immediately for resolution of the the problem free of charge.

Will Lotus fix our cars free of charge or will they charge us for parts/consumables? We have seen the recall was not carried out immediately for resolution.
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The oil cooler line can leak? Welcome to 2005, Lotus.

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Mazda not only gave notice but also included a plan for review and repair if necessary. It even gave an estimated time for repair and provided for replacement car if necessary.
Hopefully, Lotus will follow up soon.
Do you think they might give us all Evoras while we wait???

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I received my letter today as well. I did not expect my exige s to be included in the recall. We'll see what happens.

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I got my letter today as well. The dealership down in Newport beach CA. asked me if I wanted to volunteer for a experimental first 20 cars only LOTUS repair before the actual full blown recall started,no B.S. I told them sure and they hold full liablity of course,but its still kind scary but we will see. Lotus cars U.S.A. is sending repair reps all over the country to carry out the repair.

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Lotus cars U.S.A. is sending repair reps all over the country to carry out the repair.
oh good. i feel much better about it now.

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Got mine today, but for my old exige. But I have an 06, so it still applies.

Are they really coming to each owner to fix it? lol

That would be cool... I wouldn't have to drive 8 hours to seattle/portland.
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Dang, they must be serious because even I got the letter.
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Hello guys this happened to me on ‎May ‎04, ‎2011, I never posted it because I e-mailed Lotus and call the dealer. Lotus never e-mailed back and the dealer said he was aware of the problem but Lotus said F**k U unless it was under warranty. The dealer told me what to do but I had already made the repairs myself. The car dumped all the oil out in 5 sec when the line blew off. My wife shut it down in time not to lock it up thank god she was only doing 30 mph and near a turn in.
My question was to Lotus and the Dealer was so you all knew this was a problem but did nothing about it. This could have cost me my engine!!! I used Constant Pressure Clamps to do the repair. All the dealer was told by Lotus to do was cut the hoses and splice in a new end on both sides. I will try to post some pics!

One pick look closely at the U shape cooling line that was above the aluminum fitting it was so close to the fitting it had almost warn two holes in the U.
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Oil line

I dont know y the hell the pics are so big sorry! This is the pic of the line with two holes worn in it. I will repost pics smaller or try : )
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Wow you are lucky, I cant believe the hose pops off clean like that, almost no crimping force on it from the factory. How did you get the barbed male fitting on the sandwich plate, is this a screw on barb connector? I assume your fix is working ok now? I found the same wear on my u tube, had to put padded tape around it and reposition, plan on deleting it altogether soon. Can't believe it would be zip tied Aluminum to aluminum, but it was.

Will have to double check my mail for the Lotus letter...
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Now that I look more closely I guess that barbed fitting may be the original inner part of the oil line crimp connector...
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Got mine in the mail too, I am a second owner.

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I received my letter yesterday. A bit late. In February 2011, I had a castastrophic oil line failure (crimp on line by the oil cooler failed) losing all my oil in under a minute and by the time I could pull safely off the road, I had scored a cylinder. In the past 8 months, we replaced the short block and used Sector 111 ultralite oil lines as a replacement. I've saved all my receipts so it will be interesting to see if there is any reimbursement of costs.

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Wow you are lucky, I cant believe the hose pops off clean like that, almost no crimping force on it from the factory. How did you get the barbed male fitting on the sandwich plate, is this a screw on barb connector? I assume your fix is working ok now? I found the same wear on my u tube, had to put padded tape around it and reposition, plan on deleting it altogether soon. Can't believe it would be zip tied Aluminum to aluminum, but it was.
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You are correct I have been a mechanic for 30 years and the machine that was used to swedge the fitting on the hose was 1. Not calibrated to the proper presser. I have worked with these machines in the past.
The clamp is a machine crimp fitting. I removed the fitting and used a metal cutting blade on my dermal tool to cut off the outer clamp (without damaging the inter barb connector) I then went to a specialty hose shop and picked up two Constant Tension Hose Clamps. I used two clamps on the one line. Make sure to get clamps large enough that no screw groves touch the hose. It is a sure fix and at least you can look at it and be sure it will not come off. I want to switch all the swedge fittings to this but dam what a job. Pic of clamp that is needed. It uses 6 spring steel washers that are cone shaped and installed in reverse of one another thus creating Constant Tension.


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Mine came in today's mail. I will walk it out the shop and make sure the VIN matches tomorrow.
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Just received a Lotus recall notice for the oil cooler leakage problem

As many of us already know, Some 05-07 Elise and Exige have had oil line leakage problems near the front (wheel-brake) where the oil cooler(s) are located. In 2009, I had a small leak coming from the line connecting the oil cooler with only 1500 mainly soft driven miles. I got it fixed, and since the car was just out of warrenty, it cost me $90 parts-labor. Since this is now considered an official recall ( Took Lotus 5 years ! ) do I have any rights to a refund -rebate for this repair made two years ago ? ( I have all the repair documents on hand ) Now I will have to take the car in this Spring for this safety repair - My time waiting (hours) at the service center again so I might as well change the oil and coolant at the same time.
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