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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 11:24 AM
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As mentioned already don't worry as its worth the time to ensure you get a well sorted one.

It took me three years until I finally found one that worked for me.

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formerly 2004 Final Edition Esprit VIN 10585, 36 before the final VIN 10621.
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Just curious.. the purple Esprit went for 30K on ebay. How much is it to rebuild the transmission if it was indeed wonky?
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Just curious.. the purple Esprit went for 30K on ebay. How much is it to rebuild the transmission if it was indeed wonky?

As they say, YMMV. Depends on what specifically is wrong. A V8 has enough torque to twist the axle shafts!!!!



We have a club member who spent 4 - 5 K $$ JUST ON PARTS. IIRC he replaced the clutch and synchronizers. Not too extensive a rebuild either.

I think the uprated Derek Bell trans mods for the Renault 'box will run about $15K with exchange...

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Oh my an '01 for 30k. Either the seller
was really desparate or they knew it had
some major issues. There is a '98 azure blue
one Like mine on fire sale for 26 k this one
scares me b/c the seller did not provide
vin. Again either desparate or really bad off.
Moral of the story is better to be patient and get the right one for you. Keep looking
I think in the end you will really enjoy the
Esprit
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Just curious.. the purple Esprit went for 30K on ebay. How much is it to rebuild the transmission if it was indeed wonky?
~5k for parts and labor to get it back to how it came from the factory. And that's assuming you can find the parts, which are increasingly rare. Seals are not a problem, but gearsets are getting tough to find.

That said, you can get one of the aftermarket strengthened gearsets (and input shaft) for around 5-10k. The more expensive ones come with a 6th gear and other goodies.

Call it ~5-12k for a more or less bomb proof 'box, depending how you do it. (Which does get one into used Xtrac and Hewland territory, but the UN1 is considerably more streetable than a race box)
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Agree with the above... Ralph at RS said the same.

The thing is, right now the market is very soft. Ralph has a customer with an 04, low mileage, black, in mint condition that he has personally maintained and the guy would probably let it go for $44k.

So its a tough proposition to take these somewhat rough ones and fix them. Like $30k from ebay but then prob $40k once sorted (plus who knows what else may be lurking)

The red one I was looking at sold, but again, prob $40k once that one is sorted.

Add a few grand more and I know of at least two that dont need sorting at all and are newer (the 04 and an 02 in CA).

After thinking long and hard on the driving experience I did decide to go back to the NSX though. Ill always love the Esprit, but I seem to always end up comparing the driving experience of anything else to the NSX, so I realized that car was just "right" for me and went back (third one!).

I still plan to lurk around here and possibly show up at a NE event or two
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After thinking long and hard on the driving experience I did decide to go back to the NSX though. Ill always love the Esprit, but I seem to always end up comparing the driving experience of anything else to the NSX, so I realized that car was just "right" for me and went back (third one!).

I still plan to lurk around here and possibly show up at a NE event or two
Hope you show up, 'cause I'll take a drive in your NSX.

From what I hear, comparing an NSX to an Esprit is like comparing chocolate to salsa...both delicious but definitely different flavors. We have had several owners over the years who have owned both...

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As an opinion, when the car of your dreams' failings are limited to shocks, rubber, and interior work and has otherwise passed mechanical scrutiny, you've got a good candidate; money can cure these limitations and your only problem is price. Sometimes if you tell an overpriced seller that you have the credit and real interest and then let him stew for a month or so you can get better terms.

We all know that bargaining for a used car is a male thing -- a rite of passage -- not getting the very best deal is an open admission of stupidity. Humiliating. But don't let ego get the better of you.

Personally, I believe good condition Esprit pricing is close to hitting the bottom and these classics with their F-1 heritage will begin to appreciate. There aren't that many of them and knowledgable motor buffs know their story. Perhaps by paying a full fair price, a little more than the "experts" suggest, you can be an early reverser of the trend and be lucky enough to buy at the bottom.
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