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I requested to share this post lifted from FB because it's important, particularly to those of us who buy used older cars that have been modified by the DPO (damn previous owner). The original poster is Barry Spencer, proprietor of Spencer's Motorsports of Rohnert Park, CA. I've known and done business with Barry for more than 35 years. Barry is rebuilding my 67 Elan from the frame up for me, so I trust his ability and judgment. Barry is also known as "Dr. Lotus" particularly among Esprit owners here in Northern California. He has had a few scares over the years, particularly last month, but today he had a big one.....

From Barry Spencer:
"This is one of the most dangerous things i have ever seen on any car. I just removed this steering wheel by the center nut. It wasn't attached to the hub at all. The only thing that was preventing the steering wheel from spinning was the clamping force of the center nut. Which wasn't very tight. I nearly road tested this before replacing the column. I am seriously shaking sitting in my office."

"This new customer just told me he drove from the east coast to CA with the steering wheel like this. Unbelievable. "
"The hub adapter is there. But not the correct one for that style of wheel. "
"This car had 1/2" toe out in the front. I just don't understand why certain people work on cars. Now do you see why i have the new tee shirt in my office. :))))) "

From me, I'm not sure a pre-purchase inspection would have found this, but at minimum, questioning owner modifications and repairs is prudent....

I looked at an Elise in SoCal that had been advertised on CL about 6 months ago. One of the mods was a removable steering wheel adapter... I looked over all the other mods the previous owner had done and based on the workmanship, decided the car was not the one for me. Maybe I got lucky....

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Wow that is good to know about. I never would have thought of that as something to look for when checking out a used lotus.
 

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PPI is a minimum but as you said may not catch some things.
Nowhere near as scary as that but thankful my two PPI's before the 400 I bought discovered the ECU data had been erased. That and some other issues made me wonder if the reseller or DPO were trying to hide something. Before that a 993 I was looking at was found to have had significant front end work. BTW beware of a dealer that is definitely not a car club and definitely not in Beverly Hills!
Not just cars, 3 years ago bought a house that had every inspection you could think of only to find slab under new DPO's flooring was wet, not damp, puddles and yes mold.
VERY fortunate though, live in a newly rebuilt house with a nearly new 400 in the garage(y)(y)
 

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PPI is a minimum but as you said may not catch some things.
Nowhere near as scary as that but thankful my two PPI's before the 400 I bought discovered the ECU data had been erased. That and some other issues made me wonder if the reseller or DPO were trying to hide something. Before that a 993 I was looking at was found to have had significant front end work. BTW beware of a dealer that is definitely not a car club and definitely not in Beverly Hills!
Not just cars, 3 years ago bought a house that had every inspection you could think of only to find slab under new DPO's flooring was wet, not damp, puddles and yes mold.
VERY fortunate though, live in a newly rebuilt house with a nearly new 400 in the garage(y)(y)
Hmmm, I think I know of the "car club" of which you speak....
 

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It's funny, I've delayed selling a car now for over a week because EBC drilled the set screw hole for the rotors in the wrong place, and I am wanting for the corrected ones to come in. From everything I know, it is perfectly acceptable to run the rotors without the set screw, but I don't like selling a car with a known issue like that. And then there are people like in the original post...
 
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