I think if you walked in ready to buy, you would get an awesome deal - to be fair the numbers we were talking right off the bat were great for a brand new car. After a lot of deliberation, I decided I really want an 18 with the carbon pack when I eventually decide to change. Saying that, I also really like the GT but at msrp itís out of my budget - for now...... The big issue (as mentioned in another post) is that the number of new 17s and 18s are dwindling fast so I think the deals will be gone soon.
While I somewhat agree with your concerns on a leftover (which was the topic of my other thread), everyone I talked to said to do it. My S and Elise were leftovers. The Elise had a lot of cosmetic issues due to sitting out but was fine mechanically. I canít think of anything on my Evora that needed immediate attention. A few of the known issues popped up but were not really that bad but I had them replaced right before the warranty ran out. They really werenít as bad as some cars (like the airbag cover and rear sail panel) but Lotus still changed them; if they hadnít, it really wouldnít have mattered. That was on an S and the 400 is better. The only big ticket item that went on my S was the AC compressor. I was luckily it was still under warranty but most people that had that issue were not, so it really wasnít something that driving or time would effect.
The 400s at Baker looked to be in good shape and there is enough warranty to get any minor stuff from sitting done. I really donít think thereís a lot longer term to worry about, except maybe the front seat separating issue which seems like a wear thing. Again if the color went over better at home it may have been a sale but ultimately I want the carbon one and had it been one I may have put up a bigger fight on he color....
My recommendation would be to check them out since you havenít even driven one. I think you need to drive one to make sure you like it (although that will most likely confirm you need one!). If you like it , you should be able to get a brand new car for the price of a used one. Again I understand why youíre worried as I had the same question a few weeks ago, but after thinking about it, any new or slightly car can have issues so if you get the known stuff taken care of it should be fine.
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2013 Evora S IPS