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My red 99 tt arrived today and I am sure I will have plenty of questions after I check it out. It has 46K on it and the previous owner said his mechanic suggest the timing belt be done. Aston-Martin in Boston gets $136 an hour and quoted me $3,000 to do the job (replacing pulleys, et. all). They said $1800 in parts and $1200 in labor.
I have access to many very good mechanics at low dollars - I am a new partner to a used car dealership and some of the mechanics are pretty good. Still is this the kind of job you would only allow the dealer to do? Are there any really great Lotus places in New Hampshire/Massachusetts that would save me money?
Should I just buy the parts myself and have one of the regular mechanics do the job?

Thanks for any help!
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I would not limit my options to a dealer, but I would want a mechanic with Lotus (and specifically V8) experience to do the job.
 

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I would not limit my options to a dealer, but I would want a mechanic with Lotus (and specifically V8) experience to do the job.
X2...

Don't screw around with cheap fixes right off the bat...

You're a new Lotus Esprit V8 TT owner...respect that, and respect the car...

Take it to someone who knows EXACTLY what they're doing with these cars...
 

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I agree, especially since there are some Lotus specific tools required to do the job that even the best non Lotus mechanic is not going to have. And a screwed up timing belt is going to cost a whole lot more than 3K...
 

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I agree, especially since there are some Lotus specific tools required to do the job that even the best non Lotus mechanic is not going to have. And a screwed up timing belt is going to cost a whole lot more than 3K...
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The job requires a Lotus specific tool to lock the cams in place. Without the tool there's a very HIGH likelihood that a cam will move which will lead to piston-valve interference = replacing many, if not all the valves = REALLY expensive.

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Ok - so there is only ONE lotus dealer within 100 miles of me 03109 - no one even advertises Lotus as one of the cars they service...So I have to pay the $136 per hour for 12 hours and $1800 in parts?
 

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Ok - so there is only ONE lotus dealer within 100 miles of me 03109 - no one even advertises Lotus as one of the cars they service...So I have to pay the $136 per hour for 12 hours and $1800 in parts?
You seem surprised. I don't know why - the Esprits are notoriously expensive to maintain. Wait for the transmission to fail.
 

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You seem surprised. I don't know why - the Esprits are notoriously expensive to maintain. Wait for the transmission to fail.
I am not surprised on the expense...I am surprised that there are so few alternatives to the dealer. The inability to find a Lotus trained mechanic in the $85 per hour range is a bit surprising. I believe in proper service and want to get the timing belt changed asap. I am bringing the car in for an eletrical problem to Precision Imports up here tomorrow and will see how they do with that end of it...
 

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3k for a timing belt job is retarded. I would either do it myself or find someone I trusted.

Or if your a little more financially able, then just do it.

Timing belts are something you really don't want to screw up (especially if this is an interference engine). With some older cars it isn't a big deal.
 

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If they do it wrong it's their problem.

Is the Esprit engine an interference engine? Meaning the valves occupy the same space as the pistons, so when out of time a collision is possible.
 

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In this economy I can't see anyone turning down work. Offer them $2400 and see what they come back with. Everything is negotiable. Or they can just go out of business like 3/4's of all the Lotus dealerships in the LA area
 

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My red 99 tt arrived today and I am sure I will have plenty of questions after I check it out. It has 46K on it and the previous owner said his mechanic suggest the timing belt be done. Aston-Martin in Boston gets $136 an hour and quoted me $3,000 to do the job (replacing pulleys, et. all). They said $1800 in parts and $1200 in labor.
I have access to many very good mechanics at low dollars - I am a new partner to a used car dealership and some of the mechanics are pretty good. Still is this the kind of job you would only allow the dealer to do? Are there any really great Lotus places in New Hampshire/Massachusetts that would save me money?
Should I just buy the parts myself and have one of the regular mechanics do the job?

Thanks for any help!
Jon

I had my 02 done by a Lotus dealer who put an Elise mechanic on it and promptly screwed it up. They ended up pulling the engine and rebuilding both heads after they started the car with the timing belts installed wrong! Get someone who has the tools and exoerience to get it right the first time and avoid the potiential for a disaster!!!
 

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Let me add, just because they are a Lotus dealer doesn't necessarily mean that they have experienced Lotus Esprit V8 mechanics on staff. Have you been able to question them about their techs experience levels?
 
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