My Elise has 94k miles on it and for the past year the throwout bearing has been quietly complaining that it's getting old and just wants to die. I really didn't want to deal with it, since it's a big labor job and the clutch was still fine. But a couple of weeks ago, the throwout bearing started screaming every time I started the car and wouldn't shut up, so I started exploring my options.
Dealers and a few popular reputable shops here in So Cal all wanted a minimum of $1200 labor for a new clutch and I just couldn't swallow that on a job that I could suffer through and do myself. But then a Harix/A1 thread popped up here on Lotustalk and I couldn't find a sour note about him anywhere. Even the Yelp reviews were fantastic, so I went down and introduced myself, got a quote and made an appointment. He agreed to do the job for $600 labor! and was able to supply a stock clutch for $290. No way was I going to spill any of my own blood at that price!
I brought it in the next week and it was done in two days. The original clutch was in fine condition and the flywheel didn't even need to be machined, let alone replaced. Just a surface clean up in place. Harix sent me photos on my phone of the progress, including a rear engine mount that was completely shagged. He was able to source a used mount for me from another lotustalk member in my neighborhood and I purchased that and ran it down to his shop (the job would have actually been done the next day from drop off, had the engine mount issue not come up). He also installed my Manley inserts since he had them apart.
The car was returned, but the next morning my garage smelled of gear oil. Sure enough there was a substantial puddle under the car, and I suspected that one of the axle shaft seals had been galled in the disassemble/reassembly process. I called Harix, he sent a flatbed and confirmed that was indeed the case. No bitter feelings on my part since I knew the part had 94K miles on it, 8 years of heat cycling and saturation and contraction/expansion - it was probably ready to disintegrate. He installed a new seal at no charge, topped off the gearbox fluid and did a nice job detailing the engine pan and diffuser and even dropped the car off for me!
The professionalism/level of service/speed/quality of work/price was unmatched in my 29 years of car ownership.
Harix is on this forum, owns a Lotus and doesn't waste your money or his business with a gratuitous exotic upcharge.
I now have a place to take ALL of my out-of-warranty cars (and actually feel a lot better about keeping a car out of warranty, which I rarely do).