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Not to quibble, but I would consider Symbolic to be a Los Angeles County dealer as they fill orders from their Beverly Hills list. As someone else pointed out, a guy on Roadfly, who claims to have been first on the original list (but slipped several spots as Symbolic skimmed some cars off the top) has received his car at MSRP.

My car has been built (confirmed by Lotus) and the ship carrying it is due to arrive Sunday. Probably still 3-4 weeks away from delivery. VIN in the low 700s.

So there still is hope.
 

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Sownman said:

JML...

I quibble with your quibble. No address equates to no dealer. Try and put a deposit down at Symbolic Bev Hills, or pick your car up there.

Steve
Well it's your game, so I guess you can make the rules.

Rather than driving 40 miles into BH to pick up my car, I will be taking the train to San Diego to pick up my car in La Jolla (my wife does not seem interested in a 400 mile roundtrip to drop me off to get the car). Fortunately, servicing is available 3 miles away at Silver Star.

I know that Lotus was extremely upset when Symbolic closed the BH showroom. I would love to know where things stand now. You would think that Lotus would give them a deadline to open in a new location or lose their franchise. Perhaps that was part of the Galpin deal.

So Steve, is one of your deposits with Symbolic and do you have any estimate of when you might get a car??
 

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Let's not forget that Steve didn't even place a deposit until September 2003. He has earned the right to gripe a little bit, but hardly deserves to join the fine whine club just yet. :D

I will have waited almost 22 months by the time my car arrives in a few weeks. At one time, I projected that I would get my car in August, July if I was lucky. Hah!
 

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zvezdah1 said:
jml,
surprisingly your criticising other people for complaining when that's all you been doing for the last months and months...... funny how your perspective seems to have changed since confirm of your car arriving.


But then I'm just a "Lotus cheerleader" so doesn't mean much anyway:D

Chris
I don't think that my perspective has changed all that much yet, Chris. Perhaps after I actually drive my car for the first time that feeling of nirvana will overcome my usual cynicism.

I'm just giving Steve a hard time. Been there, done that.

Given that he arrived at the party a bit late, I find it amusing that he already has sunk so far into despair. Guys like Shinoo and Mikester, who also placed deposits in January 03, are still waiting for their cars. People who placed late deposits should not be surprised that they are still waiting for their cars. And if you can't wait, several reasonable opportunities to grab a car now are presenting themselves.

Plus, the absence of an LA dealer is only partly true. Symbolic now is delivering cars to LA deposit holders at MSRP. So the fact that they are not physically located in Los Angeles hardly seems all that significant. I'm not totally pleased with how Symbolic handled everything, but they were pretty upfront about most things. And at least their attitude towards the car has been a lot better than the bozos at Silver Star, who sold their so-called demo in September for $11,000 over MSRP (unverified rumor).
 
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