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I just inherited a 1986 Esprit Turbo and need some work on reinstalling the turbo. My local mechanic charges for $90/hour. Is this the going rate for qualified mechanics? Any in the RI area? Thanks

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I just inherited a 1986 Esprit Turbo and need some work on reinstalling the turbo. My local mechanic is aksing for $90/hour and I really don't feel like paying that much for him to scratch his head and eat up my dollars. I am wondering if there are any skilled Lotus mechanics in the area who can assist me? Thanks
I would suggest that $90 in not out of line for a quality mechanic. Our local Mercedes Benz dealership charges $105 and the independent MB shops charges $85 per hour.

Also, the Lotus dealer in Boston charges around $125/hour.

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It's one thing to pay $90/hr to work on your car and it's another to pay $90/hr for the mechanic to learn how to work on your car.

You might try Michael's Motorsports, I don't think he's too far from you depending on where you are in RI. I believe he's in Lexington, MA. 508 651-7867
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If you are handy and have some tools it shouldn't be *that* difficult to install the turbo. The hard part is getting it out! Maybe some local owners can even help. As for "learning", it shouldn't take the mechanic too long to do. The hardest part will be if any fasteners or parts are missing. The manual will also be of great help. If the turbo was pulled chances are there could be other problems but you won't know until you put it back together and try driving the car. Not only will you have to pay the labor, the mechanic isn't going to make house calls. You will have to have it transported to the shop. You don't have much to lose by at least trying to do this yourself. Maybe the local club can make it a "club event"? You would have to feed everyone but that can't cost *too* much!
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If you are handy and have some tools it shouldn't be *that* difficult to install the turbo. The hard part is getting it out! Maybe some local owners can even help. As for "learning", it shouldn't take the mechanic too long to do. The hardest part will be if any fasteners or parts are missing. The manual will also be of great help. If the turbo was pulled chances are there could be other problems but you won't know until you put it back together and try driving the car. Not only will you have to pay the labor, the mechanic isn't going to make house calls. You will have to have it transported to the shop. You don't have much to lose by at least trying to do this yourself. Maybe the local club can make it a "club event"? You would have to feed everyone but that can't cost *too* much!
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Ive had my ExigeS for a bit over a year. After some searching/ screening for a mechanic, I discovered Michael Fridmann in Millis, MA. Michaels Motrosports, tel 508-376-9500. I would estimate he's about 30 or so minutes form Providence (I drive approx that route often). He's helped me a lot, very knowledgeable, reasonable. I know 2 other Exige owners who also rely on Michael, and there are others. Why I mention him... he owns at least one Esprit and there are always several in his lot/ garage. He definately knows the model.... raced Esprits for years, etc. However you turn, good luck!
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