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T350 or S1 Exige?

  

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  1. 1. T350 or S1 Exige?

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I think that's the one matty! It looks great in white and a great spec, I am a little suprised they don't have an LSD as standard? I know you have a large budget however is it really worth £5k more than this one? after all 5k is 5k !!!!

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/2217018.htm

ah looks like all my buying plans are on hold till spring. I am buying a little run around for the girl friend this weekend and got to pick up a new bike so will have two cars to use, bank account emptied :) On the plus side I have sorted the hardtop on my car which was driving me insane. It has never been this quiet. I also sorted the strange handling, I need to go back for a full geo set up, the problem was the Toe was miles out on the rear so when I hit a bump it steered the back round. I thought it was due to the stiffer anti roll bar on the front so had this removed.

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Its worth paying the extra for one with the 06 revisions (LED lights, revised pedal box) plus I need a Sports Pack equipped one, or I'll be forking out for seats with harness holes and something to mount them on. This one:

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/2131416.htm

Is probably a better bet. Newer, lower mileage, and has Sports Pack. Reckon I could get that for £20k. But then my thinking it, for £3.5k extra I'm getting WAY more with the white one??? I'm concerned over residuals for the N/A ones too, as I reckon they're going to take a tumble now the "S" models are getting close in terms of price.

What car are you buying for the other half? Geometry settings are vital - you don't realise how far they're out until you get them adjusted, they slowly get worse so you don't notice! Remember getting my old Elise done and it felt like a totally different car!!

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If I was buying I would be sticking to around the 20k mark and looking for a minter with low miles. The black one has hardly any miles on it. I would rather a low mint car than a modded 25000 miler. You will be more than happy with it! It's a great great car out the box! I doubt you will lose much on it. when you say tumble! How can one of these tumble when it's only £20k. Thats not big money for people interested in these.

Yes the geo was dangerously out. I had no tread on the back tires and hit some water at 95 on the motorway... the side to side motion all most had me in the crash barriers. It was only then I had a look at the rear tyres and although evenly worn had no tread left... I replaced them 5 months ago.

I have a 5k limit, so looking at Seat Ibiza 1.4, Pug 207, fiesta etc.... I want low miles cheap to run.

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Minor update...

I bought an S1 Exige. I'll put some more info up when it arrives in a couple of weeks.

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Great news matty.... I look forward to seeing it... I am guessing its black?

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Great news matty.... I look forward to seeing it... I am guessing its black?

Couldn't find a black one, they're very, very rare. Its "Quartz", which is basically silver. Not my first choice, but when these cars sell within a few days of going on sale, you can't be picky. Suppose I could always wrap it. Quick picture:

exige%20s1%20silver%20002.jpg

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From Paul Matty's? Looks like his yard.

Very nice.

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Looks great... actually thats a really nice angle of the car.... so whats the spec then?

thumbs up on the colour

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It is Paul Matty's, been there before I take it?

Its pretty standard, running the 192bhp spec as most are, unfortunately its only got the leather seats, rather than the Motorsport ones (as they're £1900 from Lotus) and the previous owner fitted a reversing camera, which is handy as rear visibility is poo. Its also got air-con, but the systems is heavy, and crap when it works (which isn't often). Most owners remove it.

There was absolutely no good reason to buy an S1 over an S2, but mine was parked next to the S2 Exige they had in the showroom, and the S2 just dissapeared - the S1 just looks so right in terms of proportion, aggression and purpose that you can't help but overlook its lack of practicality. Love looking through the glass to see the engine ... even if it is just K-series ;)

Will be great to get back into RWD again - I managed to get insurance that covers trackdays, so that should be fun...

Edit - the wheels on all Exiges are black, but the previous owner had them refurbed in Silver, looks better than I thought it would.

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Wheel wise i would have went for something inbetween the silver and black, but what a stunning car , major jealous thumbs up.

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So what are the plans for it then matty? does it have any seat belt harnesses?

I like the silver wheels.

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Its got harnesses already. Anything other than maintenence will be spent on driver training and trackdays, certainly initially. Mods wise, I'd like to get some S1/S2 Exige Sports seats (to maintain the OEM look), get an Emerald/DVA remap (improved drivability, more power) and a set of Nitrons to replace what will now be fairly worn suspension.

Problem is that each of those comes in at £1000-1500, so none of them will be done anytime soon!

It'll be a second car, problem is that its currently on A048's, which are basically cut slicks. Great in the summer, when its dry, a little bit tricky in the wet winter (and downright dangerous with standing water). Might look at fitting some winter tyres...

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It'll be a second car, problem is that its currently on A048's, which are basically cut slicks. Great in the summer, when its dry, a little bit tricky in the wet winter (and downright dangerous with standing water). Might look at fitting some winter tyres...

Drop me a pm if you decide to change tyres and ill see if i can sort you a deal out ;)

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A048's are poo on anything other than a dry road, especially if they are a couple of years old.

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It is Paul Matty's, been there before I take it?

Been a few times yes, Dad knows him quite well.

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Awesome car Matty, looks in superb condition too from the photos. I prefer the wheels in silver myself, though I don't like black wheels on any car.

I bet it will be such an occasion to drive, you are in for some good times.

Edit to add:

I also prefer the quartz silver to the new aluminium colour. My first choice would be titanium but when the cars sell as quickly as they do you have to 'grab' the first good one you come accross. The larger black diffuser on the new aluminium car looks nice, the diffusers look more purposeful in black I think.

Edited by LINCOLNSHIRESLUPOGTI

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What a shit day to collect! I pick it up on the first day of the year we have snow!

No driving impressions, as I drove home like a granny, A038's in the snow = twitchy. This car is about as subtle as a punch to the face, so it generated alot of attention when I pulled onto the forecourt for fuel....which was also a bad time to stall it. :blush: Plenty of (expensive) jobs on the to do list, and a few cheapo ones too. Shame the weathers crap for the next couple of weeks, I doubt it'll move much till it clears up.

Its loud. And brash.

Oh, and as long as the weather isn't TOO bad, I'll be bring it to the Midland Breakfast club in a couple of weeks if you're going Darren?

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The only thing I'm not sure on is the silver windscreen visor... Other than that it looks great

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Stunning mate, bet you're well chuffed! Absolute nightmare pickin it up at this time of year, prob be a while before you can really give it some stick!

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Pretty much the worst weather of the year to be driving an Exige on A048's...and it is too cold to even spend time cleaning it and doing a few small jobs.

Next breakfast club is the 12th December, I will be up in Yorkshire that weekend so wont make breakfast. Pretty sure if you go in the Exige you will be surrounded all morning and have plenty of company to chat to though, I think the S1 Exige draws a crowd like a few other ledgendary Lotus, the Cortina, the 340R, the late Esprit's and the Carlton.

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That Silver visor is coming off, I don't like it either, being replaced.

Darren, its certainly not a subtle car, as I found out when I pulled onto the petrol station - if they don't see it first they hear it. Currently looking at getting some better tyres, winter ones are hard to get hold of, so I might track down some all-season tyres, can get T1R's for £280.

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