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Question to owners since new, I'm considering ordering a Emira how has the ownership experience been for new owners? My closest dealer is 3hr drive away how reliable has the later evora been like in initial quality? I really prefer the idea of a Emira over a Gt4. But porsche are normally rock solid, is the Lotus pretty well solid as well?
 

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For the GT, yes pretty solid at this point.
 

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Lots of Trouble Usually Stupid

You will have various annoyances, I'm sure the car will need a couple of trips for warranty work for most likely dumb things. My car is out of warranty and I don't have a local dealer, but between my skills and the local specialist for any bigger jobs, it isn't scary to own.
 

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One of the reasons I'm looking for an Evora owned by someone who's cared for it is that they've already gone through this process. I bet Lotus does a better job assembling cars than some leading manufacturers. For example, my commuter car is a Tesla (which I do love) and I had over 20 things they needed to fix after delivery. And they left a second carbon trunk spoiler in the back seat for some reason.
 

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I've had 4 of them (Lotus) and none ever made a flatbed trip to the dealer. Minimals nuances , the LOTUS acronym is highly undeserved at this point. Porsche are far less rock solid than you think.....IMS, grenading motors several of them.....the germans are just very cagey at hiding their faults. and that goes for all brands
 

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I've had 4 of them (Lotus) and none ever made a flatbed trip to the dealer. Minimals nuances , the LOTUS acronym is highly undeserved at this point. Porsche are far less rock solid than you think.....IMS, grenading motors several of them.....the germans are just very cagey at hiding their faults. and that goes for all brands
I did change the last word in LOTUS in my post. I think its fitting.
 

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I've had 4 of them (Lotus) and none ever made a flatbed trip to the dealer. Minimals nuances , the LOTUS acronym is highly undeserved at this point. Porsche are far less rock solid than you think.....IMS, grenading motors several of them.....the germans are just very cagey at hiding their faults. and that goes for all brands
2nd the German brands have their faults as well, seems they just categorize them as "known issues". I've got a 07 911 Turbo and some of those have popped up like the rear spoiler failure, others like the leaking coolant pipes, I'm just keeping an eye on for now. I think the forums and internet in general also make things seem a bit worse, less likely to hear from people who haven't had problems.
 

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2nd the German brands have their faults as well, seems they just categorize them as "known issues". I've got a 07 911 Turbo and some of those have popped up like the rear spoiler failure, others like the leaking coolant pipes, I'm just keeping an eye on for now. I think the forums and internet in general also make things seem a bit worse, less likely to hear from people who haven't had problems.
Germans call "known issues" "preventative maintenance."
 

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Maturity of the product improves overtime and complicated projects like cars are no different. All vehicles at the end of the lifecycle tend to be more reliable than the early samples.

For example, Porsche finally fixed the IMS issues in 997.2 after 10 years. Even reliable sports cars like s2000 has some minor issues in early years too. Lotus changes lots of things since Evora/Evora S and people love all the updates added in the later models, I just wished the price stayed at the Evora/S level.

I would love to get cars in their late production run as you can get 1) improve reliability; 2) factory performance upgrades and 3) discounts. I have only had my GT for less than 6 month so I can't speak of long-term reliability, but it's been issue-free til now.
 

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I had some initial problems straight out of the box that got resolved quickly. Window regulator failure and leaking left rear axle seal. Window issue was potentially the most annoying in that the window was stuck down so not safe to park outside. Doesn't sound good but . . .

Since then I've done 16 track days with no problems at all. Gone through several tires and pads. That tells me it's a durable car. Interior build quality is great. I pack luggage and tools in the car and simply drive to the track location. It's a great hwy cruiser. Approaching 10k miles.
 

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I had some initial problems straight out of the box that got resolved quickly. Window regulator failure and leaking left rear axle seal. Window issue was potentially the most annoying in that the window was stuck down so not safe to park outside. Doesn't sound good but . . .

Since then I've done 16 track days with no problems at all. Gone through several tires and pads. That tells me it's a durable car. Interior build quality is great. I pack luggage and tools in the car and simply drive to the track location. It's a great hwy cruiser. Approaching 10k miles.
There ya go, ride 'r hardn put r away wet...she likes it that way.
 
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My car has been to the dealer several times for small issues which have generally not prevented driving but are annoying. Trunk sometimes not opening, minor trim issues, etc. Car died 3rd day of ownership from dead battery. All pretty common gremlins in these cars.

It's annoying but I agree that it seems these cars are pretty reliable once some initial things are sorted. Sorting out those initial things with far away dealer would be a lot more annoying than with one close by however.
 

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Yeah that's what I was worried about a bunch of small issues back to the dealer. I am running a zl1 1le that's had zero issues. Other question about warranty if you do self servicing since the dealer is hours away. Just in case of catastrophic failure?
 

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me: bought new GT

Car is pretty bullet proof. I bought new for the warranty, but I'm not afraid of doing minor stuff. Just between kids and life, try to reserve wrenching for the Exige (not bought new, no warranty, lot's of mods, and hard track and AutoX driving).

Nothing so far (knock on wood) has made the car undrive-able. But I'll say it all depends on your dealer. I am lucky enough to live in the bay, and have had pretty positive experiences thus far.

The main thing you'll want to find out, somehow, is if your dealer will pre-order parts, or they "need to see the car." That can be the difference between a quick visit, and time in a loaner/rental/other.
 

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Didn't buy my 400 new but still under warranty almost a year ago. Made one trip to dealer while still under warranty. As @stroem said, stupid stuff, nothing major but it did take 4 weeks to get through the approval and parts ordering. No issues since.
My Cayman was $2k any time I went the dealer. Small carbon option piece was a few hundred bucks to replace and warped again in 6 months. When I complained they said it wasn't a Porsche part - really?
 

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As the prices go thru the roof, Porsche is positioning itself against some much more expensive hardware. There will always be that Porsche fan club , not unlike many of us, that consider any other choice illogical.If Porsche just showed a few cahones and gave us a FRESH design, not something with 50-60 yrs of continous reheating, might change my mind,but then again, nah, its German and even 80yrs later, I don't trust them!
 
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