Originally posted by Ground Loop
Post some details on them service manuals.. what did they set you back?
I've heard that there is a smorgasbord of manuals to choose from, and you have to pick the ones that are useful to you. Is there a "Complete Set" affordable by mortals?
What format did the manuals come in? 3-hole punch, bound, or PDF?
I normally buy the whole set of manuals, but they've gotten so freekin expensive I might buy them as I go.
I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday.
The manuals are 4 punch hole A4 paper of course
but they come with a nice Elise binder.
After a little investigation, the proper method to obtain the manual (Service notes) is to buy it through your dealership. Mine cost $226.76 before tax. The manual is : Elise 111R Service Notes Manual A120T0327J
I actually emailed Hethel and got a response from Mr. Massey! (He is the Senior Technical Author for Lotus), he told me to contact LCUSA and they in turn said order it through the dealership.
This manual covers the Elise 111R, Elise North America and the S2 Exige, i.e. all the Toyota powered models. This manual provides space for the engine and transmission sections but they ARE NOT included, they cost more.
Anyway if you order this document it will come with 4 update packages:
Make sure you put them in in this order
These are the best place to start I think. You can buy the other additions if you want. The only problem is that I think they will send you updates but you need to know when they are available
Anyway, having a good dealership relationship helps as they can give you a call when they get an update.
It is pretty obvious from the updates that the original version did not have that much content but each update adds more contents to the numerous sections.
BTW Each update contains the following passage from the Author:
"In the interests of both Lotus Cars and the dealer network, please take all reasonable precautions to protect Lotus copyright and discourage illegal copying and electronic conversion."
I hope everyone here will respect their IP, I know I will. I think the cost is fairly reasonable given the amount of work that is involved in producing it and the content makes for very interesting reading. Yes there are fairly large sections of text explaining design and function in various sections.
Sorry Ridge, I didn't check for coolant info last night. I'll try an ddo that tonight if someone hasn't responded by then.