Sorry Steve, I should have dotted a few more smilies around my first post… Or perhaps not posted at all? But hey, life would be dull if we all though the same mate!!
(I can be a little black and white at times, just ignore me folks).
Fuel comsumption was not something I even considered when I purchased the car tbh, it was soley bought for w/e use and t/d’s with the aim of having fun (when the fuel gauge reads empty - put some more in). Obviuosly if it was guzzling it down like nobodies business for no apparent reason then I would look into it, but to scrutinize it down to the last drop every time you go out for a drive would take the edge of it for me somewhat. That is not what the car is about (in my mind anyway). Now the company van on the other hand…
For 4yrs I ran the old V6 twin turbo Audi RS4 as a daily runner, but as much of a fantastic car as it was, in all fairness it cost a small fortune just to keep the bloody thing on the road with a never ending list of bills…
If you think owning a lotus is expensive try -
tyres ï¿½1000 a set (every 10 -15k miles depending on what brand you had on)
Front brakes ï¿½1000
rear brakes ï¿½500
10k intrim service ï¿½280-ï¿½400
40k cam belt service ï¿½1000
average mpg 18 -19 (if you were lucky)
extended warranty costs ï¿½1200 per yr (5k for new turbos you want warranty)
And on, and on, and on (for 93,000 miles on)…
I’m not crying over it now though mind (or then for that matter) as I was fully aware of the costs involved and just paid the bills as and when they were needed, That is all part and parcel of owning that type of car, which is exactly same with the Lotus.
Then I start to read posts on forums dedicated to high performance vechicles (Lotus, Audi, whatever) which go along the lines of -
Is it supppose to use so much feul? Im only getting so many miles form a set of tyres? cost of insurance, brake pads, a light bulb…
Well der, youv’e got yourself a [fill in expensive car name here] but for the sake of this argument - a ï¿½50,000, 2 tonne german uber-barge that churns out 400 bhp to all 4 wheels which you will eventually want to bring to a halt again at some point (not to mention the small refinery also needed to service it).
What on earth did you think it was going to do?? Open sail to catch a wind and ride down the road floating on a bed of air? Then throw out anchor to catch a rock when you want to stop?
No- it going to use petrol brakes and tyres…It just amazes me how many people seem to go into it totally blind…
Sorry Ill shut up now before i dig my hole any deeper