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Offline albo_calbo

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ok, so i'm probly playing with myself here but anyone one know one for sale etc?



Offline mondi

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Nick,

there are a few things that you seriously need to look at here. Read this comment very carefully for a start:

With any esprit, regardless of what year it is, you can instantly sink $50k in it if needs work. So, some models, even if they are given to you for free, they would not be worth repairing.

There really isn't much on the market at the moment and if you did find one that was in reasonable condition, you will need a bit more than $20k. And also, unless you can do 95% of the work yourself - it's gunna cost you a lot more than the purchase price to get it up to scratch.

I'm sorry mate and I don't want to sound like a complete bastard but in this case you are dreaming.   :(



Offline dkabab

one thing worth remembering, service costs are usually related to the original cost of the car.... (few hundred k in this case)

just because the 2nd hand sale price has come down to commodore prices, doesnt mean it will cost commodore service money.



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one thing worth remembering, service costs are usually related to the original cost of the car.... (few hundred k in this case)

just because the 2nd hand sale price has come down to commodore prices, doesnt mean it will cost commodore service money.

Yes - parts and servicing can be equal to if not greater than Ferrari money.......



This one is still on the market:

http://aussieexotics.com/forum/lotus-for-sale/1985-lotus-esprit-turbo-white-wa-for-sale-t3468.0.html



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Offline S4Simon

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First year of Esprit ownership cost me around Au$12000.

On the other hand the last 5 years of ownership (including repairs and servicing)  have cost me around $1500.
I've been rich & I've been poor...

Rich is better



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First year of Esprit ownership cost me around Au$12000.



Geez - that's not bad. My first 9 months has cost about $11610 so far.   :p


What did you spend most of your budget on????



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Geez - that's not bad. My first 9 months has cost about $11610 so far.   :p



PLUS all the time you've spent on it that you could have sold out at whatever your rate is....

how many man hours have you sunk into it so far?..... just to help guide those that have to pay for their labour...



Offline S4Simon

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The car was 8 years old when I bought it.

First 12 months replacements (which were all P.O. problems)

ABS Accumulator - dead
ECU (entire unit) - dead
Exhaust manifold (engine out) - cracked
All new brake discs - dead
Exhaust - changed over to sports system - sounds better
Cam tower leaks (standard problem) - constant oil drip onto exhaust
New seat frame - welds cracked by previous lard ass
new gear box mount - cracked

All major work done by my local fellas at Bell & Collvill (Lotus) in the UK.

I've been rich & I've been poor...

Rich is better



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PLUS all the time you've spent on it that you could have sold out at whatever your rate is....



Hmmmm, don't have an exact number - but as it stands:
At least 60 hours in body work. Paint was included in the $11k mentioned above.
10 hours making new interior soft trim and 4 hours fitting.
18 hours interior strip out and refit - everything made of leather.
A few weekends spent doing bits and pieces which included some of the service items. So lets say 30 hours there. 

Still has to have the A,B,C services which is about 40 hours I think by the book. But I have done a few of the items already, like brake fluid flush, front wheel bearing, gearbox oil, fuel filter.

That adds up to around 120hours(not including the rest of the Service items) which I am sure there was more here and there.   :scared:



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