Well, I have been a lurker around these parts for around three and a half years now and finally pulled the damn trigger. I was originally interested in an Elise but switched my desires to the Evora S. After doing a PPI on four vehicles and being the runner up buyer on one, I finally found exactly what I wanted. This car was listed on Autotrader by a private seller (second owner) out of upstate NY with 6,150 miles. It is a 2013 Evora S and from the factory it was Aspen White with black mirrors but the second owner added vinyl wraps to imitate the classic black pack (lip is carbon fiber wrap). He also added stone guards and side scoops (with CF wrap). He added this carbon fiber look to match his carbon fiber wing/spoiler but I did not want the CF wing with the car. I LOVE the stock spoiler. The interior is black leather with red pipping and even includes the suede trim pack for the door panel and emergency brake. Pretty much everything with this car is perfect outside of a cracked A-Pillar which I knew of during the PPI and the cracked sail-fin/engine cover that I think I cracked on my second day owning the car (already emailed Charles HK about replacing both of these with carbon fiber).
I got the car on Friday and had originally been in talks with my local Benz dealership but they were hesitant to do the oil change but said they would give it a shot (no guarantees) if I supplied the filter and oil. So I called my local Toyota dealership to get the filter and next thing I knew they were setting me up with an appointment for the next day and 100% guaranteed they could do it without a problem. Once it was all said and done they only charged me around $58 in labor and took about an hour. I was extremely happy
I have an appointment scheduled this Friday with the Lotus service center in Dallas. I am going to have them change all fluids, filters, have them check both the ECU and TCU for updates and then perform a diagnostics test. Is there anything else I should have them look at? I also noticed my driver's headlight has a slight rock and after searching the forums this seems like it can be fixed by removing the wheel, a cover and adjusting two bolts.
***Deleted the part about dealership in Albuquerque New Mexico doing the extended warranty. Just got off the phone with them and they now do not want to do it since I am out of state and they no longer sell Lotus vehicles. Contacting my local Dallas and Austin dealerships now for the extended warranty. Will update later when I get more information.***
My initial plans for the car are to tint it with 3M Crystalline and replace the A-Pillars and sail-fin/engine cover with Charles HK's CF. One concern I have is that I want to do a 3M Crystalline tint on the windshield (and entire car) immediately to fight off this Texas sun from the dash/airbag BUT I am worried replacing the A-Pillars in a few weeks could mess up the tint job. Anyone with experience have an opinion on this? After this I want to weigh my options on replacing the Star Shield. It really has not began to yellow yet but it might be smart to just replace it with Xpel or SunTek before I apply a fresh black pack wrap to the car.
As the pictures show, I am currently living at an apartment with covered parking. I am sure this will bring out some haters but I bought this car to DRIVE. I doubt there will ever been a 4th owner
If it helps the haters sleep at night, I also bought a California Car Cover Superweave all weather washable and a Covercraft sun blocker LOL
Mostly want to thank everyone that has ever contributed to this forum. It has proven time and time again to be a priceless resource in the Lotus community. Thank you all for being apart of this great community!
Also hoping to get my Lotus Carbon License this year in August but need to work out the logistics first. Anyone here attending in August?
Lastly, sorry for the photo quality as I had to resize them in MS Paint.