Just finished recharging my system with AC pro. I removed the right front tire for easier access. The pressure was pretty low in the system so I may have some other issue to contend with. But for now the air blows cold. I attached a few photos to help anyone who may have a similar issue in the future.
Sorry to drag up an old post, but were you able to find a substitute condenser from someone other than Lotus?
I bought my new condenser for 220 GBP ($280 + ~$35 international shipping) almost two years ago exactly, from an eBay seller, "coolingsolutions2013." That's half the price of Lotus Parts Online, which wants $431 + shipping.
Found out that mine was broke again over the holiday. Took a 6hr roundtrip drive to our place in Lake Chelan (Eastern WA where it gets really hot) for the 4th. I just had the thing repaired last summer due to a leak at an elbow joint at the condenser. It was an out of pocket $800 fix. Previous year's issue was the compressor went kaput but was covered under warranty, repair was listed at $5k on my paperwork. Think I'll survive without it for now unfortunately. I've never owned a car before that had so many AC issues. Lucky living in the Seattle area it doesn't get too hot and a rolled down window will suffice.
2005 Elise- Katana II Supercharged and other fun bits
2011 Evora - Daily Driver
On a positive note, I used AC Pro with leak fix and have had A/C now for three summers. There will be some naysayers that say that I clogged my system or ruined something but itís ICE cold and is perfect. If there was a pin hole or bad oring somewhere, the product fixed it and that beats riding with the windows down in my book