here’s your answer.
No, don’t have the stock exhaust, do have the stock CAT. But I imagine in CA all they can do to verify swapped exhaust is a visual. The Evora has a solid panel underneath so even if they inspect the bottom they cant see anything unless they remove a ton of bolts to take the panel off. If they look from the top you cant see the headers nor the exhaust either. So unless you tell them it should pass smog in CA. It defaults to normal when starting so it sounds stock.
I cant really tell if any of the chips got through the bra, it doesn’t look like it. The lower front lip spoiler is wrapped in a black vinyl, so its protected. If you rub your hand underneath the spoiler you feel the vinyl where it bunches up a little as its tries to conform to the radius. But there’s little black plastic pucks underneath the front that act like frame sliders so the aluminum tray underneath is untouched. The car isn’t that low, you really don’t have to worry about scraping a lot of stuff unless the approach angle on a steep driveway is extreme. But the front of the car is in really good shape considering its been daily driven for 4 years. But I stay pretty far back from cars in front me most days. Sadly the front of the car was spotless and perfect up until last year when in October I went on a drive through northern CA with some friends from Santa Rossa and their damn Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s had a bad trait of spitting small pebbles back 100 yards or so. All marks in the front of the car came from that one trip.
The wiring harness issue was as you stated, cold start issues, random idle, misfire codes. They replaced the first one and about a week after getting it back it started to do the same as before but worse, so Lotus figured they must have replaced a bad harness with a worse harness
so they replaced it again with the updated version. Haven’t had a problem since.
No track days nor autocross, its too much wear and tear on a daily driver.
A/C works great. No problem keeping up with our 100+ deg heat days.
Actually have a friend here in town that sells Lotus parts online, Gregs Race Parts...
Greg has the factory Lotus laptop, if he’s available we could have him run that report.
The only other things I can think of: recently had the windshield replaced and in the process of putting in the new windshield the plastic trim piece that fits from the bottom of the glass to underneath the bonnet cracked at one of the fastener locations. Those trim panels are terribly cheap thin plastic, like the stock A-pillar trims are, and are known to crack. Im surprised it hadn’t happened before now. I just noticed it two days ago.
The airbag cover on the psgr side dash has popped up at the back, Not bad, but I assume the clips that hold it down broke. Its another common occurrence with these cars. Its not so bad that it bugged me so I never bothered to fix it. Its a dash out job which can be done at home but needs two people to do it safely without screwing up the finish on anything, so I never attempted it. You can see it in some of the photos.
The car is actually in really good condition for a daily driver, much better than your average vehicle. There are no scratches in the paint.
The only place that has some sand pitting is behind the doors in front of the rear wheels. You’ll notice the newer Evora’s now have a black vinyl decal like old 911’s used to have to mitigate that. I had the bottom side sills wrapped in black vinyl when I bought it, but I didn’t think to cover those areas. But they’re not bad at all, you have to get really close to see anything.
The Lotus badge on the front has a small nick in it too buts its not bad.
The clutch is totally fine, Im not a drag racer / launcher, and I’m a rev matcher when shifting down so it’s life has been pretty easy.
The engine is perfect, burns absolutely zero oil. If I were to keep it the only thing it really needs is a custom tune. Evora’s run too rich from the factory and it robs engine response and power but rich is safe as far as longevity goes.
It actually runs way better at sea level than it does up here at altitude, I love driving it in California.
But I have the car priced lower than most because of the few flaws.
Last edited by Dus10; 08-24-2019 at 11:10 PM.