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post #141 of 1102 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 03:55 PM
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I took my car in to Galpin in Van Nuys this morning and asked about the recall. As you all know, the recall notice is quite vague, therefore, according to the tech who worked on my car today, the intent was really to create awareness. So unless something actually happens (e.g., oil leak, busted line, etc.), they won't replace it. He checked my lines and saw that nothing was leaking, clamps were tight, etc., so my car seems to be unaffected...at this point in time.

Btw, aside from looking into the oil cooler issue, I took the car in to have an oil change, top off fluids, perform a brake flush, check the battery, etc. I really wanted to be on the shop floor to watch the tech work on my car so I'll know how to do this myself in the future, but I wasn't quite sure how to ask since most shops would never allow a customer to stand in the bay breathing down the tech's back. Well before I even tried to muster up the courage to entertain the idea verbally to the service consultant, John Alavazo (super stand up guy, btw), HE brought it up to ME! He told me that I'm more than welcome to watch while the tech worked on my car AND ask him questions so I'd know how to do these things myself in the future. My jaw dropped. How was he able to read my mind so effectively?? He followed up with, "You Lotus owners are always the same. For some reason, Lotus owners seem to be the only ones that know every single detail about their car AND want to watch the tech work on it. No other customers do that; only Lotus owners." I had to laugh. I told him I didn't think it was allowed for customers to stand there, watch, and ask questions during the entire service. He said it wasn't, but they've made an exception for Lotus owners who "always insist on going back there to watch and learn". Too funny.

With that said, if you live in the San Fernando Valley or thereabouts, I would highly recommend taking your car there to get serviced if you normally don't do it yourself OR if you want to learn how to do something but you're not quite confident tackling it on your own. Juan Manriquez was the tech that so patiently endured my questions and painstakingly answered them all in detail while I shadowed him around my car the entire day.

There was a gray exige in the bay next to me that had his/her oil cooler hose replaced, but I believe it was due to some hard track time. McDonald's cup sitting in the cup holder (!) and a crumpled McDonald's bag lodged in between the center console and passenger seat. Belong to anyone here?
What is the point of having a recall issued if it will not be repaired until AFTER it fails? Defeats the purpose.... More like, it puts Lotus on notice. They have been notified of the danger. If someone is injured, it will be negligence.

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post #142 of 1102 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 05:52 PM
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Next one that needs to be addressed are all the failing oil sandwich plates.
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What is the point of having a recall issued if it will not be repaired until AFTER it fails? Defeats the purpose.... More like, it puts Lotus on notice. They have been notified of the danger. If someone is injured, it will be negligence.
I totally agree.
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Next one that needs to be addressed are all the failing oil sandwich plates.
Wait... what? I haven't seen any threads about the plate being a widespread problem?
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never heard of the sandwhich plates being an issue but the damn stock radiators are a piece of s**t...

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In case no one has posted it, the recall was updated Nov 7th to include 2007 models manufactured through Nov 30, 2006. If your car has a manufacture date after this, then it is not currently in this recall.

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573.6(c)(2)(i) Identification of Vehicles

Make: Lotus
Line: Elise/Exige
Model Year: 2005 - 2007
Month/Year of
Manufacture: 1 June 2004 to 30 November 2006
Affected VIN: See Annexe C

573.6(c)(3) Number of Vehicles Potentially Containing the Defect

5047 vehicles in the United States are affected by this recall:

2005MY Elise 3255
2006MY Elise 1086
2006MY Exige 340
2007MY Elise 172
2007MY Exige 194

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Has anyone gotten a local dealer to actually install the new lines to fix the problem under the recall yet?

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I don't expect to even take my car in for the recall unless they do something drastic like eliminating the air to air coolers and installing a Laminova type solution (which I'm hoping for... but don't expect).
This.

My car is right in the middle of the production recall lineage but I don't want to effect a change to my system myself... just in case they do something "cooler" (no pun intended).

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Has anyone gotten a local dealer to actually install the new lines to fix the problem under the recall yet?
The dealers are still giving the same generic answer.

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I know Lotus corporate folks read the board, hopefully they'll give us some feedback soon.

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I know Lotus corporate folks read the board, hopefully they'll give us some feedback soon.
Don't hold your breath...

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They never called me back when I left a VM on their 'Lotus Cars USA Customer Service' line about my oil cooler line failure and subsequent repair bill.
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Well, I'm not really sure why they have left us in the dark considering Lotus voluntarily issued the recall.

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Called Sports & Specialist Cars, Hopewell, nj today.
Was told to call Lotus, 770-476-6564.

Left msg and got a msg in return to email my contact info and vin, etc.

Will find the email address I got shortly (sorry)

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Lotus customer service USA told me they added me to "their recall list" in an email and have not heard anything else.
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I had the oil line of my '05 Elise "explode" about two weeks ago. It went straight to San Diego European. After 1.5 weeks, i have it back in my possession...completely fixed under the recall. The dealer still hasn't worked out the details with Lotus USA but they knew they'd get reimbursed so they completed the work and gave me the keys and said have a nice day.

I guess I'm the first person to successfully get my car fixed under this so called "recall."

Thoughts?!
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so what are the dealers replacing? The entire line or just the fastener portion to the oil cooler?

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+1. How did they fix it? And just the one line or all?

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