regarding the question whether or not to preemptively fix the problem, sure if its an easy cheap fix, I would've done it months ago.
It is not, you need to remove the clam to get it done. Why should I spend my own hard earned money when this is something that should be fixed? Yes I check it to make sure nothing leaks, but I'm not about to pull off the clam to "fix" something that is not obviously broken yet.
If I pay to get it fixed when nothing is leaking, what are the chances of me getting that money compensated from Lotus? A big fat zero.
I guess you're repsonding to me?
The clam has to come off, huh? Wow.
Well, you've told me something I didn't know. I'm still trying to figure out what needs to be done, so that's helpful. Thanks.
Why should you pay for it? I don't think you should. Clearly, Lotus should pay for it. I thought I said something to that effect.
I guess what it comes down to is, take responsibility or take a risk. Each of us has to make up our own mind. And yeah, there's probably not much chance we'd get compensated later if we paid for a fix before Lotus steps up to the plate particularly if the fix involves aftermarket parts. But, realistically there's probably not much chance Lotus will step up. I hope I'm wrong, but I've been down this rat hole before with another vehicle, a Toyota FJ Cruiser, without satisfactory results.
The only thing I remember Jimmy Carter say that made any sense to me was something like "there are things in life that are not fair." I know that's the fact and so I just deal with it when necessary. This may be one of those times.
I bought my car to enjoy it, not worry about it. If I decide there's a sufficient risk and if I can prevent the problem for a price I consider reasonable, I think a preventive fix would probably make more sense to me than taking my chances, whether I get compensated by Lotus later or not. But that's just me and what's reasonable to me might not be reasonable to you.