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Hey fellas! I just wanted to write a little about my recent positive experience with Park Ave.

First thing after getting my Exige I knew I had to determine what recalls were/weren't performed prior to my ownership.

I called Park Ave and dealt with Tommy - he informed me none of my 3 recalls had been performed. It was an easy process scheduling a day that worked for me to drop the car off. They even offered a loaner car which I gladly accepted.

Everything went very smoothly and I feel much better knowing she's squared away for the summer. Nothing bad to say about them here!
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Good idea calling the dealer.

Some of this now won't apply:

Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:

1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

Sector 111 long thru bolt that terminates under car: re-ENFORCER - Shift reinforcement for the Lotus Elise and Exige - Sector111

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 10 minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s for one example.


8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311...-u-tube-47232/


9. Visit the Uber Thread

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I was at park ave lotus for my oil cooler recall
didnt interact much, but they did put the slats in wrong, easy fix, but it was a little sloppy in that sense.

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Installed my Exige hatch badly (poorly aligned) and they managed to rub through the clearcoat and paint where it meets the clam near the scoop.
They also took my car to the mall for almost 2 hours (GPSInsight device with geofencing, it alerted me to it leaving a pre-defined area). The mechanic took it to lunch, while not that big of a deal, I did have to reassemble quite a few things to get everything done properly. Light years better than HRM, but it was still my last time letting anyone aside from me touch the car.
This was a few years back, but no idea if the same people are there or not. Their parts guy was always great.


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They also took my car to the mall for almost 2 hours (GPSInsight device with geofencing, it alerted me to it leaving a pre-defined area). The mechanic took it to lunch, while not that big of a deal, I did have to reassemble quite a few things to get everything done properly......
I have two trackers on my Lotus for that reason. A few years back, a shop was doing an oil change on a DD that I dropped off. I swung by earlier than they anticipated to pick it up and found out that they took it on a parts run for another vehicle. But, the parts depot was about 25 miles away. I did not give them permission to drive my car and never signed a work order. Needless to say, there was quite a scene and it did not go well for them (I actually received a written apology from the shop owner in the mail a week later).

Aside from a legitimate test drive there is NO reason for them to drive your car anywhere. And, certainly no reason to park your car anywhere else. My cars are not their rental for the day to run their errands.
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They also took my car to the mall for almost 2 hours (GPSInsight device with geofencing, it alerted me to it leaving a pre-defined area). The mechanic took it to lunch...
This is so beyond anything that would be even remotely acceptable to me, I can hardly fathom the thought processes involved here, or how I would have reacted to such a thing. It would have been ugly, I'm afraid.
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It's too bad we don't seem to hear more from these folks. There are certainly Lotus owners in NJ, and with the loss of S&SC, there's a north/north-central Jersey market that's untapped. The early comments weren't always positive (see above and years ago), but things can change. I contacted them a couple of times - alsoyears ago - and they didn't seem very price flexible, but again, times change.
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Geez. I helped run a high-end repair shop in the 80s.

We would never consider putting any unnecessary miles on a customer's car.

It's a breach of trust and very bad business.

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Moss Emergency Line-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f10...cy-line-36631/
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I got my current Evora from them and shipped to Seattle. Zero price negotiating and wouldn't even toss in a hat. Pretty slow too and lost my title for a long while.

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Good idea calling the dealer.

Some of this now won't apply:

Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:

1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

Sector 111 long thru bolt that terminates under car: re-ENFORCER - Shift reinforcement for the Lotus Elise and Exige - Sector111

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 10 minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s for one example.


8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311...-u-tube-47232/


9. Visit the Uber Thread

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/e...ow-here-25131/


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Great info for new owners!

I purchased my 08 240 from park place and also had a positive transaction.

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