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    Default Not really a joke, just a funny comment...

    I was at a cars and coffee this last weekend and someone started asking about my 7 and his first question was "is it really a Lotus because I see the Honda badge on the hood". I explained it wasn't and another bystander said "You can tell it's not really a Lotus because it's actually running and not on fire" and then commented "Lotus stand for`Lot Of Trouble Usually Expensive' ". We all had a good laugh and he explained he had bought a pretty beat high mileabe Elan from a used car dealer many years back and although he loved it it did not run most of the time and cost more in two years of repairs than he had paid for it. Even with that he admitted he was sorry when he parted with it.
    Jim Rankin
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimrankin View Post
    ..... "Lotus stand for`Lot Of Trouble Usually Expensive' ".......
    ....Lots of Trouble Usually Serious!
    Just saying...
    2007 Caterham 7 SV

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    That is pretty funny, but I always considered the Lotus to be a lightweight car, maybe to the point of some fragility, so maintenance was to be expected. They were supposed to be a labor of love.

    I do swear by the Honda drivetrain in my Ultralite, The engine only had a few thousand miles on it when I acquired it, and with only about 15,000 miles on my Ultralite, it still has the original plugs, and NO engine/transmission problems or repairs.
    Jerry

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    Yep, My Bad, I really blew that quote!! Then again, "serious" usually is "expensive". LOL.
    As to the comment about Honda power I really do agree. I hate to jinks myself but I have been seriously beating the motor in my S2K for about 5 years of multiple track days and so far it has only needed oil changes and a throttle position sensor. Had quite a few miles (68K?)when it was puled out of a wrecked S2000 and no idea of what kind of treatment it had before then. Before I tracked down the intermittent problem with the throttle position sensor I used a replacement ECU that it turned out was from a 2.0 motor and I went to the rev limiter several times on track before I realized I was way over the limit for my 2.2 and it didn't seem to have damaged it, probably just lucky or Honda was being cautious.
    Jim Rankin
    WCM S2K
    '04 MINI Cooper S
    '07 BMW3 Sportwagon
    '67 Camaro SS-RS
    '58 Jaguar XK150
    Silverado & trailer to haul it all.

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