I'm going to be in the market for an Esprit reasonably soon (at last) and am looking at the above three (SE, S4, S4s). As you can imagine, everybody is telling me the Esprit is totally unreliable etc.etc. but having done some research it would appear the S4 and S4s in particular are actually not bad on that front. Do you guys share that opinion?
I'm not too bothered about doing work on the car myself - my background is VW, where I've done various conversions including engines into cars that don't want to fit and two wheel to four wheel drive conversions. However, I'd be pretty scared of taking one of these later cars apart to do some major overhaul (and don't really have the time at the moment) and so reliability is my number one priority when buying an Esprit.
Couple of extra questions:
1. Is the SE markedly worse (reliability) than the S4 and S4s
2. Which of the three is "the most reliable"?
3. Can anybody give me any pointers to look out for and share their experiences of what has gone wrong for them (for all Esprits not just the three mentioned)?
4. I have heard the early V8s chew gearboxes, and that later V8s were better, but can someone quantify "better"?
I'm basically trying to get it straight in my mind with regards to the sorts of work I'll be needing to do for each model so I can make my decision based partly on that.
I realise this thread might be very similar to others in the past but would be very grateful if I could get all this info in one place, or get pointers to elsewhere as there is much conflicting information on the internet and other forums, but lotustalk seems to have users that actually know what they are talking about rather than just telling me not to bother, or that all Esprits are completely unreliable. I'm determined to get a car, use it often and make it work for me
Thanks in advance for your help,