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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 01:46 PM
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I didn't know either of these.

I looked up CR and their readers say the 2016 was terrible in terms of reliability.

No rating for 2015 or '17.

What year is yours?
Mine is a 2004... Known as the Beta testing year, the 2003 being the worst...

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04=luck
05=better
06=better still
07=perfect
08=my best so far
09=sounds better internally
10=sounds better externally
My Lotus is an '89... much more reliable. In 46k miles and 18 years
Only left me stranded a few times...
1)Lost 2 fuel injectors (my fault)
2)overheated on track, lost over a gallon of coolant ($2 pressure cap venting at 11psi rather than 15psi)
3)headgasket #2 (coolant system restriction, prob my fault)

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1)Stranded first time it got wet, requiring a computer reset with a laptop and rewiring the canbus wiring under the driver's carpet due to 6 bad factory splices with no waterproofing.
2)fuel pump died
3)radiator sprung a leak along with transmission cooler
4)stranded again while hiking, needed a laptop to get running again every time it started until I redid the wiring under the dash for the steering lock.
This is within 3k miles.

But I'm the 6th owner, and where else can you get 450hp and 450lb-ft, the ability to tow 7000lb, carry 5 people, go off road, and still be pretty sporty and luxurious.. all for $10k ;P

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post #22 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 02:35 PM
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They better make the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrofoglio its performance bogey! I waited so long I now own a regular Stelvio Ti Sport and it is a FABULOUS Sport vehicle with a utilitarian ability. BTW mechanically perfect thus far.
I'm jealous, you have to have a four-leaf clover to be so lucky.
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post #23 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-07-2018, 10:29 AM
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......Stelvio Ti Sport and it is a FABULOUS Sport vehicle with a utilitarian ability. BTW mechanically perfect thus far.
You jinxed yourself, now a wheel and exhaust hanger will fall off.

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This isn't Lotus' first foray into SUVs - https://www.japan-partner.com/Auto/8...-for-sale.html

Back in the GM/Isuzu/M100 Elan days, "Handling by Lotus" badges went on more Isuzus that just the Impulse/Piazza. It also went on the Isuzu Trooper, sold as the Bighorn in the rest of the world. The "Handling by Lotus" badge is on the spare tire cover on the one in the link above.

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I wonder if this is a actually a Lotus?

https://www.motor1.com/news/356257/l...uv-mule-spied/

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What do you guys think the MSRP will start out at? Macan money?

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post #27 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 01:59 AM
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Is this actualy a lotus developed vehicle, or are we looking at a volvo platform redeveloped into a sort of lotus.
Imo the new volvos are the dynamicaly worst vehicles you can currently buy,
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This shares no visual cues form the current sports car lineup..... even Maserati and Alfa Romeo got that right, for better or worse!

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As this is described as a mule, by definition you would not expect to see any, or perhaps just a very few, design cues. The point of a mule is to test chassis development, powertrain, etc., components. If possible, a manufacturer will use a similarly sized existing vehicle, but there is no requirement for it to look in any way like the expected vehicle. It's possible that the Lynk & Co vehicle is similarly sized, so the components might be made to fit with little to no modifications. Or it's possible that limited funds were spent on major modifications to make things fit, but that still might have been less expensive than a completely new vehicle.
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