Exige 240S

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Fonzey
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3xige240S wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:26 am Thanks guys...I stretched my budget a bit to get it but think I made the right choice! It’s been very well looked after,one thing I’d like to ask is...the guy I bought it off was very into his cars but I do t think too knowledgable on mainetenance etc...he mentioned it was due an oil change which I’m more than competent to do however when I checked the service records and receipts itd actually had oil and filter less than a 1,000 miles back from the previous owner to him(in a lotus dealership) surely it doesn’t need another now?is there a service recommendation page somewhere for these cars
It's "just" a Toyota 2zz engine so pretty normal service intervals. Was the 1000 miles a year ago, or was it a decade ago? The latter not unheard of on a weekend car like an Exige!

Base it on time and mileage, whichever comes first.
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This is whatsImageImage confused him I think and is a bit stupid of the specialist centre?it’s been stamped in the service book as air filter but it’s had a lot more done!?
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Yes a standard service will always be oil and filter, the air filter is not done every service and so was listed as a "special operation". As it was Summer 2019, then yes technically you are overdue an oil change.

According to my service manual, Lotus recommend every 9000 miles OR 12 months, whichever comes first.
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Looks very nice.
You say 'stretched your budget' , but almost any other car you could have bought will have lost more money in the short period that you have owned it than the Exige cost you extra.



Man maths.........yeah



I used to change the oil and filter after every second track day!
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Congratulations, the car looks great! 😎👍

With regards to servicing, the supercharger belt will also need to be inspected/replaced. I can’t remember the service intervals on this but I’m sure someone else will advise 👍
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Thanks guys your replies are much apreciated...do many of you do oil changes yourselves?im happy to do it myself and nearest specialist to me is about 100 miles away but do people get really fussy with service history etc if or when I came to sell it
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3xige240S wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:14 pm Thanks guys your replies are much apreciated...do many of you do oil changes yourselves?im happy to do it myself and nearest specialist to me is about 100 miles away but do people get really fussy with service history etc if or when I came to sell it
In my experience DIY changes are not frowned upon, just keep records - receipt showing your oil/filter purchase etc. I do however go to a specialist at least once every couple of years, it's an excuse to have a brew and talk cars with someone for a bit and have my handywork overlooked by somebody who actually knows what they're doing.
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3xige240S wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:14 pm Thanks guys your replies are much apreciated...do many of you do oil changes yourselves?im happy to do it myself and nearest specialist to me is about 100 miles away but do people get really fussy with service history etc if or when I came to sell it
It depends, I always pay for a stamp from a specialist once a year just to get them to look over anything another set of eyes is useful, but service much more than that myself (as most do on these cars). If you are selling to a previous lotus owner, self service is not an issue.

Keep the invoices for everything though, buyers love a folder of paperwork
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Welcome Christian !! :)
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Just to give you an opposite view, oil does not go off quickly, certainly not in a year. It’s the winding up on the long chain polymers that eventually kills an oil and that’s caused primarily by total engine revolutions and cold starts. I expect your daily can do more than 20k miles on a change of oil and probably times out after 3 years or more. As you say, a 2zz is not a very highly stressed engine and is a modern design so will not fill the oil with soot or fuel. Even track days are not that harsh, you do more total engine revolutions per mile so the oil will wear out quicker. As a point of interest, passenger jet engines (remember them) just get topped up and they run massive distances, hours and very high temperatures, the turbines run above the melting point of the metals, that’s hot.

I have never had an issue of changing oil myself, as said by others, just keep receipts to prove it has been done.

I would say it’s really a waste of time/money/effort in your case. However, for some it will be important and do it if it feels better.
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