2012 Lotus Evora IPS Observations
I've had my 2012 Lotus Evora IPS (20k miles) for a little while now (7 months) so I thought I'd list my observations.
1.) The stereo: I have the tech package with the upgraded Pioneer system. Growing up, Alpine was always the better system.
But for Lotus that is the stock system? I find the Pioneer system:
- interface difficult to use
- the navigation screen has a lot of icons that don't seem to be much help
- the map upgrade price is something like $120+
- I found it confusing as to what software version and updating should be performed. The website states
if you have one version, do this. If another do this, etc. And don't do it unless you have an iPhone..
I use an Android phone.
- the sound volume dial is almost useless, it's so small that when you try to grab it and hit a bump you shut it off or select another input
- there are no back speakers! just a sub-woofer. It's such a small cabin, it needs rear speaker to balance the sound out, and those could be used for what bass is needed
- the phone blue tooth integration is almost useless, callers say they can't hear me or there is too much distortion. I couldn't figure out how to dial a number and then type in a code (i.e. conference calling, etc.) painful
2.) Wiper motor makes noise. I can't tell if too loud, or normal. I've heard it goes out early. I have purchased a replacement but before I swap them out I wish I knew what was too noisy
3.) Door sensor: It was delivered with the passenger door sensor not working. So I couldn't lock the car.
That required a sensor replacement
4.) A/C: It was delivered with warm air only from the A/C. I found out that the software version affects the rotation of the compressor motor.
So when it was flashed and updated, I had cooled air!
5.) Oil change: That was nice and easy. I think it had more than 6.1 quarts of oil in it though. After heating the oil and added more till in spec.
6.) Engine air filter: That was hard, to get the air box cover off, removing the center connector piece and get it back on was difficult. A lot of good posts out there that help.
7.) Pollen air filter: That was easy. A little pricey as I had to order from over seas. $39
8.) Front end alignment: I'm getting steering wheel vibration around 80 mph. It's pretty noticeable. Do I need balancing and alignment?
Below 70 the car drive straight and I can let go of the wheel and it drive straight.
9.) Wing/Tail: I've added a new wing, that was easy to replace. Swapping out the CHMSL.
10.) Side scoops: I've added carbon fiber air intake scoops on the side. That was hard. I glued them on, and since my car is yellow, the black glue compound required tedious work to make sure it looked good.
I'm now looking at changing out the front bumper to the GTE style, and also change the Side A panels to GT4 style.
My Evora is yellow with black vinyl.
Last edited by chrislynn5; 04-22-2019 at 02:08 PM.