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Little Bastard said:
LoL... I like the part about the multi-millionaire or a movie star...

F#ck, I really thought Chris was a movie star?!
Cool article. :clap:

Neil
I would have thought Lotus could have got George Clooney or Brad Pitt for the PR photo...I guess Chris works cheaper;)
 

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mact3333 said:
Obnoxious bore???..are you frggin kidding me?..:no: :no: :no:

Many of us here have stopped working today just to get a look at your car/thoughts and youre going to hold out on us because you will bore us???...start typing or we will hunt you down!...:D
Don't worry. I live in Washington DC. After I read his post I went looking for people that knew people that knew people tha... well you know. Anyway he can not hide. Some guy just called and said...

"Ve have our Vays. He will talk."

working another angle to get shots... Does he have indoor parking?
 

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_JD_ said:
Couple of questions for you Chris-

How many miles did it have when to took delivery?

It had 12 miles

How many miles do you have now?

I think close to 200 now


Does any of the glue show at the joints now?

The glue on the chassis is extremely precise with no runs that I could see, some pics of the chassis inside in the thread listed in my post up above.


How would you rate the overall finish on the int/ext compared to the show cars?

The fit and finish and textures of the different surface are so far ahead of the show cars, absolutely no real comparison. Plus the dash is finished off with the perforated facings which look very good against the perfed door panels and seats.


Did LOA recommend the two finger shift method to break in the box?

TIA
They didn't specify two finger shifting, but they did say be very gentle through the breakin until the bushings etc, loosen up. I'm really pleased with the way the gearbox feels, not as tight as an esprit box but very positive throw for me.

Don't want to get greedy- I guess that's it for now:D
 

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Ground Loop said:
When you feel like fielding some mundane quesitons --

How many keys & alarm fobs were included?

Car came with two main keys and two key pad/fob, also has an emergency access key which is just a bare key with no handle and a scan tag on it. The alarm has several different modes, with the top off, it has intrusion sensors if someone stick arm inside alarm activates. Also, the keys control central locking, hold the large button down, doors lock alarm armed, car imobilized. This is a COBRA alarm, it's quite loud (don't ask!)


From the picture of the gas cap, it appears to be non-locking.
True?

No locking gas cap, but I think enough space to put one in their, think I'll check with UK folks see if it's the same diameter port, failing that, might go to a parts store and try different ones. I would like a locking cap.


How's the owner's manual? Does it have the same break-in instructions as the Aussie cars? Any threats of warranty-voiding for high revs?
Manual is quite good, 190 pages, has lots of specs details also torque specs for wheels etc. I think it's the same text as the 111R, I've posted pic below. An interesting aside, they don't recommend using child care seats but they do tell you how to attach one to the passenger seat, also CAN"T deactivate the passenger air bag.

Hope this helps.
Chris
 

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ravana said:
Ok, I have been watching this thread all day from work since I saw it on the something awful forums
Ahh... that explains the peak numbers. Not as bad as being /.'ed, but we have been SA'ed. Welcome to the forum!
 

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That first picture had me worried.

The emblem on the steering wheel looked green on my monitor.
When I saw the other picture further down it looked normal.

Is the car prewired for driving lights, and is there a separate switch to turn them on, or do you think they just stay on all of the time when the hi-beams are on.

Whats the little thing where the speaker used to be on the passenger side on the Euro models, a glove box? Or maybe a flip down cupholder:confused:
 

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Chris, at dusk, please take pics of the front and back with just the running lights on.
 

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Randy Chase said:
Chris, at dusk, please take pics of the front and back with just the running lights on.
Better yet stick a live web cam on it and we'll "monitor" it. You know incase somebody tries to steal it, yeah that's it. :p
 

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I think BrokenR1 might be on to something. A few webcams on the car, webcam in the garage. And then make people pay for access to your site. You could take car porn to a whole new level! :p
 

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The open-top intrusion alarm is an unexpected bonus. Cool!

Thanks for posting all the info! The break-in paragraphs will get a lot of scrutiny and interpretation in the coming months, I'm sure.

I asked about the gas-cap because someone once mentioned that the US DOT requires a locking gas cap. Maybe the requirement is just for a gas-cap door?
 

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600mi for break-in? Cool, that'll be at most 2 days for me. Hopefully I'll get my car on the weekend so I won't have to call in sick to work (which I am willing to do, unlike some people ;)).
 

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xxx,

The colors in some shots are not great as I had to lighten up some of the pics with photoshop., The logo on the steering wheel is pretty close match in color to the nose badge.

To be honest I don't know if it's pre wired for running lights. Not sure what the little panel is, I'd thought it was a fuze box, but I've yet to finish the manual.

Ground,

As I understand it dot doesn't require a locking cap, they require the gas cap to be covered by a flap. The pic didn't do the gas cap cover justice, it's got a brushed surface and I think it's laquered, looks really cool.

Randy,

I'll try to get pics this evening.

Chris
 

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Maintenance schedule:


After sales service 1000-1500 miles or 12 months.

Oil and filter at 4,000 mile interval or as required.

Inspect air cleaner at 7,500 miles or as required.

Inspect brake pads/discs @4,000 mile intervals.

Check transmission fluid at 22,500 miles.

New spark plugs/air cleaner at 30,000 miles.

Change transmission fluid at 45,000 miles.

New coolant at 4 year intervals.

New alarm battery at 1 year intervals (this is the actual alarm battery the powes the alarm should power be cut to the car)

Chris
 

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Soooo much bad information on SA. Some amusing stuff too. :)
Most of those people on those forums seem like retarded rich people though. One guy is mad because he has to wait for his elise to arrive, and all he has to drive until then is a "shitty boxter s"
Wait, we aren't rich!


Man, jelousy ++ going on over here.

Yes. Chris better not sleep at night. Seriously, it's not jealousy as much as it's the fact that a lot of people have been waiting and with the delays...we all have this big delayed gratification. What sounds more like jealousy is the first quote above. :)

if someone could clear up the difference between an American Elise and a British Exige (like the one reviewed in Top Gear)


^^^ Short Version: US version use a tuned Celica GT-S engine and tranny. It comes with A/C and US crashworthy bumpers.
The Exige is the racing version of the elise and removes comfort items such as door handles. Its also a hardtop with a suped up rover engine.
No. There is so much wrong there, and you had a deposit down? The US does not have crash bumpers. It has an exemption paper. The Exige as tested by Top Gear has exactly the same engine, and the same suspension as the Sport Pack US Elise. Bzzzt.

Only annoying thing about that board is the folks calling it the 'liz.'
lol

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That's 435-W an exit in front of Mecalf. Welcome to Overland Park, land of the pseudo rich and yuppy wannabees. I make that drive everyday. =(
Good thing we seem jealous. :) But seriously.... this is Kansas.

I saw an eclat pull up at the petrol station while I was filling up. I didn't even know that made an eclat, nor did I know there was one in my shitty shitty city.

It looked very cool. Very 80s
:up:

I've heard some bashing on the Elise interior, but the pictures that guy posted in another thread actually make it look pretty nice.
Yes. It's not too shabby. Some other good comments in the SA thread.
 
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