What is the point of having a recall issued if it will not be repaired until AFTER it fails? Defeats the purpose.... More like, it puts Lotus on notice. They have been notified of the danger. If someone is injured, it will be negligence.I took my car in to Galpin in Van Nuys this morning and asked about the recall. As you all know, the recall notice is quite vague, therefore, according to the tech who worked on my car today, the intent was really to create awareness. So unless something actually happens (e.g., oil leak, busted line, etc.), they won't replace it. He checked my lines and saw that nothing was leaking, clamps were tight, etc., so my car seems to be unaffected...at this point in time.
Btw, aside from looking into the oil cooler issue, I took the car in to have an oil change, top off fluids, perform a brake flush, check the battery, etc. I really wanted to be on the shop floor to watch the tech work on my car so I'll know how to do this myself in the future, but I wasn't quite sure how to ask since most shops would never allow a customer to stand in the bay breathing down the tech's back. Well before I even tried to muster up the courage to entertain the idea verbally to the service consultant, John Alavazo (super stand up guy, btw), HE brought it up to ME! He told me that I'm more than welcome to watch while the tech worked on my car AND ask him questions so I'd know how to do these things myself in the future. My jaw dropped. How was he able to read my mind so effectively?? He followed up with, "You Lotus owners are always the same. For some reason, Lotus owners seem to be the only ones that know every single detail about their car AND want to watch the tech work on it. No other customers do that; only Lotus owners." I had to laugh. I told him I didn't think it was allowed for customers to stand there, watch, and ask questions during the entire service. He said it wasn't, but they've made an exception for Lotus owners who "always insist on going back there to watch and learn". Too funny.
With that said, if you live in the San Fernando Valley or thereabouts, I would highly recommend taking your car there to get serviced if you normally don't do it yourself OR if you want to learn how to do something but you're not quite confident tackling it on your own. Juan Manriquez was the tech that so patiently endured my questions and painstakingly answered them all in detail while I shadowed him around my car the entire day.
There was a gray exige in the bay next to me that had his/her oil cooler hose replaced, but I believe it was due to some hard track time. McDonald's cup sitting in the cup holder (!) and a crumpled McDonald's bag lodged in between the center console and passenger seat. Belong to anyone here?