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Noticed the airbag cover seems a little high and note the dipoles by the vents.

I'm always using a sun shade when it's in the sun and crack the windows open.
 

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Stupid Andriod phone uploads pictures upside down.
 

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That car sticks like glue thru corners.:scratchhead::D

Almost all my cars eventually get that slightly softer relief (if you will) around sharp corners/openings etc. Keep it well moisturized. Both my Evoras looked and look they way Allan. Even my Jags get that look ever so slightly and my X% too. Don't open a can of worms on this relatively minor niggle IMHO.
 

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Yes, that is exactly like mine, lifting around vents, lotus appoved under warranty, part in just waiting for time to leave it with them for replacement.
my airbag cover is a little high in the lower left corner also, clip is good so I am not to worried about it.
 

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I'm hanging from the ceiling while I read this thread. :bow:
 

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I'd say, yes. Not too bad on the a/b panels yet tho. Mine is same and getting replaced (well, parts ordered anyway) under warranty right now. Was same on my 2011 and was replaced under warranty too. (2011 was WAY worse).

I see some "bridging" on the side of the vents in the radius. Mine doing same on piece that holds the little tweeters. Either bad adhesive or shrinkage or both. Cook it good in the sun and then take it in. Not sure on yours but my stitching thread in the front center has bleached out too.

Another place to check is the top edge of the door cards. My leather was slightly too short and coming up on the edge so you can just see it from the outside of the door. That is getting replaced too.
 

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Corrected for those that suffer from Vertigo. I had a similar issue with my air bag cover on my old 2011 Evora which is the only reason I noticed it this time.


Poor fitting passenger airbag lid

The clips which hold down the passenger side airbag lid can sometimes fail, causing the lid to no longer sit flush over the airbag module. These clips are designed to break when the airbag is deployed, and so the failure should not a safety issue and should not affect the operation of the airbag.[3]

These clips can be replaced to remedy the issue, however doing so involves removing some parts of the dash and given the implications of working around the airbag are best carried out by an approved Lotus Service Centre.
Known Issues - Evora - TechWiki

So, I'll just have to wait until Brighton Motorsport becomes an official Lotus dealer. I doubt TJ from Gator is going to be able to send me a whole new dash board. rotfl
 

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This issue has always struck me as odd. What is so difficult about engineering a dashboard that doesn't disintegrate from heat?
 

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It's not really a design issue but a vendor issue. At least that's what I was told by the former Scottsdale Lotus last year while waiting for a new headliner. The 5 month delay was due to Lotus actually changing the vendor for the headliner due to that same warping issue.

Incidentally, this is my 2nd summer with this Evora and it's much, much easier on the car than last year. I work from home almost everyday and when I do go out, 90% of the time it's with my family car. And, when I am out, it's sun shade on with both windows down about 1/4 of an inch. I even open the trunk when I get home to help facilitate engine cooling. This is just when the temps are around 105+ outside. :drool:
 

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At least your airbag cover is flushed to the dashboard. Mine lifted a quarter inch on bottom right corner. Waiting for more things to undo themselves before calling in the warranty work.
 

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My airbag started to lift several months back very similar to your photo. I also had very minor lifting around the vents. When I mentioned the airbag to my dealer, he suggest we wait to have it replaced as he expected the dash to lift much more and since the airbag is a dash out replacement, he figured we could do both at the same time. He marked it on my paperwork for future warranty replacement.

However, my airbags' one corner is now totally lifted. I'm still waiting to see if the dash gets worse before I asked to have them both changed. Luckily, I still have a few months on my warranty to fix the little issues.
 

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Good luck with your issues, Allan. We'll see what happens with mine, which was in the process of being replaced when I made the buying decision. Sun shades help and so does a light film on the windshield, which is what I did. Protection for when I'm driving.
 

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I've gone through three summers of 110+ heat in Dubai and thankfully I've not had any of the warping problems inside or out. But I'm typically able to park under shade structures or in garages. But because of these threads I cringe every time I do have to park out in the open. :eek:
 

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lol.. why even bother to comment then
Because Dubai heat is different that Arizona heat? rotfl

So, out of curiosity, I checked the temps. It's 96 degrees here (11 pm) and 16% humidity while in Dubai, it's 10 am and 95 degrees but 53% humidity. There humidity is consistently higher. So, I wonder if it's the dry air here that's having an effect.
 

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lol.. why even bother to comment then
Because I'm not a confrontational jerk.

If I was, I would say fine, replace the dash and the exterior trim pieces, keep parking it outside in oven-like temperatures and direct sunlight, wash, rinse and repeat the cycle.

Instead, I tried to share my experience living in a place that makes Arizona seem like paradise with two different Evoras without having these troubles . . . without resorting to being a jerk about it.

I went to school in Tucson for four years. My friend had a VW. Whenever we went somewhere and parked outside the rubber lining gasket surrounding the interior of his windshield would detach and flop onto his dashboard. I'd get in the car and mash it back into place. Those are brutal conditions for any car. I do anything possible to avoid the worst of them knowing what can happen.
 

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Because I'm not a confrontational jerk.

If I was, I would say fine, replace the dash and the exterior trim pieces, keep parking it outside in oven-like temperatures and direct sunlight, wash, rinse and repeat the cycle.

Instead, I tried to share my experience living in a place that makes Arizona seem like paradise with two different Evoras without having these troubles . . . without resorting to being a jerk about it.

I went to school in Tucson for four years....
I appreciate your input, and am in the midst of acquiring an Evora myself.
 

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Funny, I see peoples posts about that look and, to me, it makes it look like real leather, not the plastic stuff. I would never waste my time claiming something like that. So they pull out dash, scratch something else inadvertantly, etc. Guess the driving is more important to me than that .1% issue. Not a Type A compulsive. I love working on the car as much (probably a lot more) than most folks, and I just don't let the miniscule things bother me. Now are they replacing my left door leather because its an inch short?___> YES!, my chrome bevels around taillights because the chrome is half gone-->YES! Just sayin...don't expect Rolls Royce fit and finish from a Lotus, pick your battles for when you really need it.
 

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Funny, I see peoples posts about that look and, to me, it makes it look like real leather, not the plastic stuff. I would never waste my time claiming something like that. So they pull out dash, scratch something else inadvertantly, etc. Guess the driving is more important to me than that .1% issue. Not a Type A compulsive. I love working on the car as much (probably a lot more) than most folks, and I just don't let the miniscule things bother me. Now are they replacing my left door leather because its an inch short?___> YES!, my chrome bevels around taillights because the chrome is half gone-->YES! Just sayin...don't expect Rolls Royce fit and finish from a Lotus, pick your battles for when you really need it.
I also love working on cars. And, although I'm by far an expert on sports cars (actually, I'm still a newbie and don't know that much about them :D) I've done my share of work on classics and antiques in the past, including full frame off restorations/modifications in a 4 car garage. I still work on my classics regularly. However, I'm less inclined to tear apart a new car I have a warranty on to fix myself. No real reason for that.

With that said, I find my airbag cover being popped up 3/4 of an inch unacceptable. The dash is barely noticeable at this point, but since its a dash out fix for the airbag cover, I might as well have the dash replaced at the same time. I'm guessing the dash will only get worse until the inevitable full separation (maybe weeks, months or years from now :shrug: ).

I'm lucky that my S has been extremely reliable. But, I don't look at fixing the little things as a battle. I paid a lot of money for my car (I've never complained about my purchase price- I got exactly what I wanted/ordered), I maintain it perfectly, and I expect that Lotus will fix the little things that THEY got wrong during the build/assembly. I'm not looking for anything more or anything less.
 
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