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To all the GTA lotus owners. Where do you bring your lotus for service? I've been bringing it back to gentry lane for service all this time, but was wondering if there are any other shops out there that know how to work on the Elise/exige?
 

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Hey Nex,

I usually do most of my own stuff ... but when I do need a shop for stuff like alignments and installs that require special tools then I usually look for a specialist. I've used NVAuto in Hamilton for alignments as they have a high end Hunter system there and used my local mechanic here in Burlington (Simply Imports) for other stuff like S/C pulley installs. Typically I try to pick a shop that will let me observe on the floor while they are working on the car. I don't think there are many shops that have a lot of Lotus experience ... but with that said, the only unique thing about working on them is how to lift them. What do you need done anyways? If it's just an oil change then you should swing by some time and I'll show you how to do it on your own ... it's literally a 1 hour job max.

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Thanks for the offer! I'll have to give you a call next time I'm due for an oil change.
In terms of the scope of things I'm looking to have done, my steering column "clunk" has been getting more noticeable.(anyone else here?) I think I may be due for a new steering rack, but would want a shop to diagnose it first. I'm still hoping it's just some loose suspension component that can be tightened up.
Also, a new clutch may be in the near future as well. As you mentioned Zoomby_U, my main concern is the lifting of the car. From what I understand, the mechanicals are pretty straightforward so after the lifting part, I'm hoping a decent mechanic can pretty much do a lot of the stuff.
Would the shops you listed have experience in any of those things on a lotus?

Hey Nex,

I usually do most of my own stuff ... but when I do need a shop for stuff like alignments and installs that require special tools then I usually look for a specialist. I've used NVAuto in Hamilton for alignments as they have a high end Hunter system there and used my local mechanic here in Burlington (Simply Imports) for other stuff like S/C pulley installs. Typically I try to pick a shop that will let me observe on the floor while they are working on the car. I don't think there are many shops that have a lot of Lotus experience ... but with that said, the only unique thing about working on them is how to lift them. What do you need done anyways? If it's just an oil change then you should swing by some time and I'll show you how to do it on your own ... it's literally a 1 hour job max.

Cheers,
Zoomby_U
 

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Hey Nex,

NVAuto has the Hunter alignment rack that has a drive on lift ... so they can definintely lift the car properly. Simply Imports has experience lifting and working on my Exige ... and they are really cool guys to boot. Where abouts are you located? There may be some other good shops around you ... you just need a mechanic who will actually listen when you tell him that you have to jack the car up first and remove the diffuser panel before lifting ... or read the bloody instructions :) At the end of the day, it's going to be who you trust as like you mentioned, working on the 2ZZ is pretty straightforward.

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Thanks for everyone's recommendations!! Greatly appreciated.
I've taken the car to Speedstar Auto in Markham. Highly recommended!
Yes, they know how to properly lift the car. I didn't even have to mention it to them and they told me what was needed to lift the car.
 
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