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Hawkeye.

mine needed 2 new gearboxes, 4 clutches, 12 catalytic converters, new bonnet clips, and a new glass roof. Never mind the exhaust heat shield needing rewelding every visit to the dealer. All in its first 2 years ... luckily all under warranty.

It's because of the fight i had with chris knight (then ceo) that the engine liner recall was initiated!

If you find a 1996-1998 with non of the above fixed or replaced, expect big $$$$ bills.

Good luck

I'm guessing you had the first of the V8's right? Does anyone know if the above stuff was sorted with the introduction of the V8 GT version in 98?




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I'm guessing you had the first of the V8's right? Does anyone know if the above stuff was sorted with the introduction of the V8 GT version in 98?

My understanding is the clutch and gearbox were.

The original geatbox was from a renault 21 and couldn't cope with the V8 torque ... twice it shredded 2nd gear and 5th gear.  They replaced it with a Renault 25 Turbo gearbox from memory.  I couldn't tell you who made the exact box ... too long ago.

The clutch originally was a single plate (can't remember the manufacturer), they started install twin plate AP racing clutches from 98 onwards is my understanding.

Also, the bonnet clips were so badly adjusted that the bonnet lifted (due to the fibreglass bending) at 145mph.  They put new clips on mine.

If I had kept the car, I would have replaced the original cats with different model high flow cats (stupidly expensive though), and the heat shield I think was just shit welding by London Lotus who dealt with the car at the time.  How hard can it be really!!

I think a late 98/99/00 should be ok, but you really need to know what's under the skin.




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