Gear Box Problem

Even supercars have their flaws..
User avatar
HT67
Posts: 476
Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:56 pm
Location: Henley, Warwickshire

Gear Box Problem

Post by HT67 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:55 pm

Hi,
This is my 1st post and was hoping that it would have been a happier one!
Last Saturday I picked up my Exige S from Nick Whale Sports Cars with 590 miles on the clock. Prior to buying the car I test drove two other S's before opting for this one.
The first couple of hundred of miles were fine but gradually third gear starting 'catching' going into from both 2nd & 4th.
I reached the milestone 1000 miles and booked the car into Nick Whales for the 1st service which also coincided with a visit from the Lotus factory engineer - this was yesterday. When I left home to drop the car off, it took an alarming amount of effort to get into 2nd gear and third was met with a full crunch as if I had not engaged the clutch. Things improved by the time I had come off the M42 but the 3rd gear problem was still evedent when I dropped the car off.
I received the dreaded phone call in the afternoon saying that both the Lotus and Nick Whale's engineers could not fault the car! It was decided to leave the car over night so it could be driven from cold this morning and low and behold Nick Whale acknowledged the fault, saying that it is a sticking synchromesh on third.
John Willis from Nick Whale is pushing for an exchane gear box but Lotus are currently saying rebuild it - I await the outcome.

Can anyone advise me on the following;

Is this a common proble - Nick Whale say it is their first
Are the boxes baulky by nature and worse when cold
Is my potential fight with the Dealer or Lotus
Where do I stand legally if Lotus refuse to replace the box

Cheers
Harvey

Knievel77
Posts: 399
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: ALDERON, A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY!

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by Knievel77 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:04 pm

Hi Harvey,

Sorry to hear of your woes and although not 100% sure, I thought you could return any product bought within 14 days if it is found to be faulty?

Good luck!

Waverunner
Posts: 236
Joined: Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:09 pm
Location: Surrey, UK

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by Waverunner » Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:53 pm

I bought my Exige S from Plans last November (it was then 3 months old) and its always crunched 3rd when going from 2nd gear until the gearbox warms up. I did ask Plans to check it out when it was serviced back in May and it seemed to be a case of TADTS.

stevegreen

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by stevegreen » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:38 pm

I think if I was you I'd pick up on what Knievel77 has said and see if there is an opportunity to reject it; but you might have to pay for the mileage you have done - at anywhere from 40p to �1.00 plus per mile it would be quite expensive (note I'm guessimating here, I don't actually know).

I don't think you can insist on a new gearbox, only that the fault is remedied and that's for Lotus to decide. In any event, if it's partly a case of TADTS then a new g/box will not help, whilst a carefully rebuilt one may just do a better job?

User avatar
HT67
Posts: 476
Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:56 pm
Location: Henley, Warwickshire

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by HT67 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:08 am

Guys thanks for your replys.
The latest from Nick Whale is that they are 99% sure that from further discusions with Lotus that the box will be replaced - we'll see on Monday!
What is the general concensus on the Exige box - are they all as Nick Whale say - non problematic or are TADTS.

User avatar
HT67
Posts: 476
Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:56 pm
Location: Henley, Warwickshire

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by HT67 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:03 pm

Latest from Nick Whale is that the new gearbox is on order, just waiting for the delivery date.

Any guesses on what this one will be like!

User avatar
Mr Pesky
Posts: 13971
Joined: Mon May 05, 2003 11:00 am
Location: Gravy Trough

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by Mr Pesky » Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:53 pm

Any guesses on what this one will be like!
Aye, it'll be summat like this (only different)

[image]http://www.breakeryard.com/images/Gearbox_car_parts.jpg[/image]

User avatar
HT67
Posts: 476
Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:56 pm
Location: Henley, Warwickshire

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by HT67 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:25 pm

Thats what you get when you ask a vague question.

On a serious note, are the boxes baulky by nature or have I just been unlucky?

User avatar
Mr Pesky
Posts: 13971
Joined: Mon May 05, 2003 11:00 am
Location: Gravy Trough

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by Mr Pesky » Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:34 pm

Thats what you get when you ask a vague question.
Sorry dude, seems not many S2 owners are able/willing to answer

stevegreen

Re: Gear Box Problem

Post by stevegreen » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:10 pm

On a serious note, are the boxes baulky by nature or have I just been unlucky?
From previous postings, I would say that more than a few have had issues...

Post Reply