Review: Lotus Evora (2009)

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Powered by Toyota 3.5-litre V6 with 280bhp. Handles superbly.

Expensive compared to a Porsche Cayman S. Can develop faults that leave it off the road for 11 months. Low star rating due to potential for trouble.

Lotus Evora (2009): At A Glance

Originally launched in October 2008 with a 3.5 litre mid-mounted Toyota V6, the Lotus Evora was almost completely revised for 2015, gaining a new supercharger and up to 400PS, giving it a 0-60 of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 186mph.

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What does a Lotus Evora (2009) cost?

Real MPG average for a Lotus Evora (2009)

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20–33 mpg

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Goodwill payment after car takes year to be fixed

My 2011 Lotus Evora S has been in the main dealer now for over 11 months to fix a poor running problem. They have misdiagnosed the fault several times and the bill has now grown to £5000. The dealer now believes that the fault is due to a faulty wiring loom. Lotus have refused to offer any goodwill contribution, despite the car having a full main dealer service history and only 20,000 miles on the clock. The car was 6 months out of warranty when given to the dealership. When responding, the garage are evasive and generally fail to inspire confidence. They have blamed much of the delay on internal problems at Lotus, but I am stuck in the middle not knowing who exactly is at fault and who I should blame. I am also unsure as to any options that I have in reducing my costs and whether I can claim against the garage for depreciation.
If you originally bought the car from a dealer then there is a clear chain of liability and you could try county court action against them. Not small claims because the amount in question must be a lot more than £10,000. You will need to engage a solicitor. Law here:
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