...and what the dealer will do?
Well if thats the case then one should not be charged for then the labor and materials for the oil change. It sounds like most of the additional service is for there own purposes.mikester said:From what I've heard, the first service is required for the warranty to be honored, because the dealer will send the engine diagnostics to Lotus, so that they can know that you have or haven't followed the breakin procedure.
No, I wouldn't go anywhere, I'd do my own work. I'm sure my local dealer (which isn't very local at all) will be charging premium rates. Even if it's just $200-300, it's annoying to be told to have service performed on my dime. Won't stop me from buying the car, however.zvezdah1 said:Don't know, think I'd rather go to a dealer I trust who has all the approved tools, diagnostic equipment, etc. to do the job right. The car doesn't have to be serviced that frequently that cost differential between non-lotus and lotus would be relatively insignificant. Aside from oil changes which I'll do between the regular service intervals myself. So say your car goes to the dealer MAYBE twice a year, you'd rather go somewhere else to save maybe $50-75, don't see it myself.
This sounds totally reasonable and fair.Nathan968 said:Admittedly I don't have my car yet, but in the UK, labor on your first service is free. You only pay for the oil and filter.
Chris, maybe you could confirm weather this is the case in the US.
The software is not proprietary to Lotus; Lotus uses an EFI Technologies ECU in the Elise.zvezdah1 said:smura,
how on earth can a non Lotus dealer service a car properly without the software etc to download the info on the engine performance etc. No way a non Lotus dealer will have the proprietary software to do that part of the service.
Guess I'm just odd, but why on earth would you want only part of a service done. Without the proper software diagnostic equipment how would the mechanice be able upload any changes to the ECU, etc.
As you can see by the listed services above. The only real set in stone service is the first after sales service, you'll note they no longer have the A, B, C etc services they used to have with the Esprit.