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It is my belief that they will do nothing and see if they get away with it.
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It is my belief that they will do nothing and see if they get away with it.
What can we do to not let them "get away with it" - call a lawyer?
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oil cooler info/recall

Have just received confirmation - [I had a hose/fitting failure] 3wks ago - its been at dealership since-they are waiting for a [brand new] engine [long block] to be delivered in 3wks,then replacing all oil hoses,fittings and the oil cooler-apparently this was determined from doing a oil analysis- I believe I will also receive a new 3yr warranty on engine [3yr-36000mi ?] quite pleased
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Have just received confirmation - [I had a hose/fitting failure] 3wks ago - its been at dealership since-they are waiting for a [brand new] engine [long block] to be delivered in 3wks,then replacing all oil hoses,fittings and the oil cooler-apparently this was determined from doing a oil analysis- I believe I will also receive a new 3yr warranty on engine [3yr-36000mi ?] quite pleased
Wow, I wonder where Lotus got the money to cover all of that.

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Wow, I wonder where Lotus got the money to cover all of that.
Offering that type of service to those that DO incur the problem is far cheaper than replacing every Lotus owners lines...
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If your car was built before Nov 06, your car will need to be taken in.
It's on the sticker inside the door next to the air intake.

I just called the dealer and I was told Lotus hasn't quite yet instructed dealers on how to solve the issue and that parts haven't been delivered yet. Affected customers will be notified when the fix is ready to be performed.
I got a recall notice for my Elise but not my Exige.

My Exige build date is Nov 06. Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. I wonder if there's a more specific VIN cutoff.


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Had oil line fail back in March. Got line fixed and a new engine from Lotus, arranged by dealer.

About 700+ miles into the new engine and line blew again. Clearly a lousy repair job. Little doubt there is engine damage altho it is still being examined at the dealer. They did pay for long distance towing and promise to "make things right." I can see this now as a major hassle.

If anyone starts hearing of class action, do let me know. I am not the suing type, but. . .
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may want to consider a new oil cooling setup. BOE did mine - $640.($400 kit, $240 labor) Sleep at night and lose 20lbs of weight. ( And gain a few pounds of oil pressure, and be changing ALL your oil when you do your changes. No more 12-13 quarts of partially contaminated lubricants orbiting your car. Waiting to fail. Just 5 quarts +/-. Really nice lines & CLAMPS/FITTINGS. No more worrying about this time bomb.)
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Ok has anyone in North America had their Elise fixed for this under the recall notice yet? Got my letter after constant emails to lotus after the New york times article and the dealer has all my info but no word from lotus ona fix yet.
Given the news of late I believe the company is not too long of this world sorry to say.

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I believe the second week in Jan is when the letters are scheduled to go out.

Apexes are a lot like relationships. So tough to get right, so easy to see where they went wrong.

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I believe the second week in Jan is when the letters are scheduled to go out.

Two questions:

1. What if you are not the original owner?
2. If you are non-factory supercharged, will they still replace the engine if there is a failure?

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Two questions:

1. What if you are not the original owner?
2. If you are non-factory supercharged, will they still replace the engine if there is a failure?


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Two questions:

1. What if you are not the original owner?
2. If you are non-factory supercharged, will they still replace the engine if there is a failure?

I am not the original owner of my car, purchased 3 years ago, and they notified me.

if the failure is caused by the oil line, i would assume, yes. but you will probably have a more challenging time. YMMV

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Two questions:

1. What if you are not the original owner?
2. If you are non-factory supercharged, will they still replace the engine if there is a failure?
It makes no difference to the recall laws if you are the orginal owner. Tell the Feds (or Lotus) your contact info and your VIN and they will put you on the list for all notifications. Everyone should do this for all their cars so that they don't miss any important notifications.

Dunno about replacing modified-car engines, but if the affected parts (in this case, oil-lne parts) are still stock, they must do the recall at no charge.

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may want to consider a new oil cooling setup. BOE did mine - $640.($400 kit, $240 labor) Sleep at night and lose 20lbs of weight. ( And gain a few pounds of oil pressure, and be changing ALL your oil when you do your changes. No more 12-13 quarts of partially contaminated lubricants orbiting your car. Waiting to fail. Just 5 quarts +/-. Really nice lines & CLAMPS/FITTINGS. No more worrying about this time bomb.)
Losing 20 pounds is nice, but moving weight to the heavy end of the car makes more sense for a drag-racer than for an autocrosser.

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I'm the recent 2nd owner of the car where can I check to see if the oil line recall repair has been done to the car? If I give the lotus dealer my VIN can they tell me if it was done?
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I'm the recent 2nd owner of the car where can I check to see if the oil line recall repair has been done to the car? If I give the lotus dealer my VIN can they tell me if it was done?
Lotus dealer can run the VIN.

Did the PO not convey service records when you bought your car?

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Thanks for the info I'll contact a local dealer. Unfortunately the late owner's estate did not have all records in hand so I'm trying to reconstruct the car's history.
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