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10-21-2004, 08:15 AM
First of all I'd like to say WOW, what a FANTASTIC group this is!! I
joined the group yesterday and have been reading as many
of the archived and new posts as I can. I didn't want to introduce
myself to any of the great Lotus groups UNTIL I had actually received
the '84 TE that I bought from a
great guy in Pennsylvania. Well, the car arrived on Oct. 13th around
8 PM and so here goes. My name is Jim and I live in San Diego,
CA (yep, there's actually TWO San Diegos - the other one's in
Texas:o) I have always been more of a MOPAR muscle car fanatic, but I
developed a fondness for the Europa after first seeing one way back
in 1969. I owned a '71 Europa about 12 years ago and thought it was a
great, fun little car (amazing cornering ability). I also owned an
Austin Mini Cooper which cornered pretty darn nice too! But, being a
muscle car guy, I owned mainly 'Cudas, Challengers, Road Runners,
GTXs, and other MOPARs like the 1958 Christine Clone that I sold
around 2 years ago (my first car in High School was a 1959 318
Plymouth Fury and my second car was a real 1958 Sport Fury with the
FX 350 engine and 2 AFBs). Since I was born in Indiana and lived
there until I joined the Navy and moved to San Diego in 1968, the
love of MOPARS just came naturally (MOPARS were and have always been
heavy favorites in the mid-west). I currently own a 1 of 92 built
1969 Dodge 4 speed Hemi SuperBee, along with the TE that I just
bought 2 weeks ago. My wife wanted me to buy a NEW car, but I told
her that there weren't any that I liked that were in my price range
(Lamborghinni's, and Viper's, and Ferrari's.... oh my!!) So I started
searching for something older that I could buy outright and
remembered The Spy Who Loved Me film with the Esprit and also
recalled how much I liked that car. Well, one thing led to another
and she agreed to let me buy the '84 TE that I now own (and without
too much whinning and pouting on my part:o) When it arrived Wednesday
night, the battery was dead and the car wouldn't start, so we pushed
it into the garage. Yesterday I charged the battery for about an hour
and the car started right up and sounded fine (34.5K mileage car). I
took it out and drove it around our 1/2 mile block 3 times very
gingerly since I didn't want to attract too much attention without
plates and registration. SURE got a LOT of stares and looks from
everyone who was out, especially the kids:o) It is bright red with a
tan interior and was originally purchased in the Philedelphia area
where it has spent all its life until now (garaged and covered). The
car seems to be in great shape and is more awesome in person than any
picture can show. I am looking forward to having a lot of fun driving
HER:o) Just hope the Bee doesn't get jealous. I know I'll have many
questions to post as I become more and more involved with the whole
Lotus scene/family. THANKS!!!

Jim '84 TE, '69 Hemi Bee

10-21-2004, 09:20 AM
Most of those archived posts you are reading is a yahoo mailing list. If you like mailing lists then join! Also take a look into Lotus Ltd.

I just joined Lotus Ltd myself and I'm looking foward to upcoming site improvements. I'm in the market for a 2000+ Esprit and can't wait to pick one up!

10-21-2004, 09:25 AM
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10-23-2004, 11:14 PM
Nice to here that another Mopar collector has a Lotus. I have a 73 Cuda and a 70 Charger, but have always wanted an Esprit and this year I got a 1989 1/2 SE. Now I dont feel like the only one.

Jon in Seattle.

10-25-2004, 10:51 AM
Well, after starting the registration process on Wednesday and
getting a temporary sticker so I can actually drive my TE around (and
after taking Thursday and Friday "off" to be with my oldest daughter
in Whittier, CA when she gave birth to our first grand-daughter), I
FINALLY got to drive the car farther than just around the block. On
Saturday I drove her about 15 miles. I first went to the gas station
and put $15.00 of gas in. Sure got a LOT of stares while there and
one real nice compliment from a young man who said "you sure don't
see many of those around." I then drove her down the freeway for a
few miles at around 70-80MPH and was absolutely elated at how well
the car ran and handled!! On Sunday I drove the car to Coronado and
back (around 35 miles). Sure was great to NOT have to slow down
getting on the Coronado bridge (BIG sweeping onramp... I can already
see that these onramps are going to be more fun that a barrel of
monkeys:o) I stayed around 70-75 MPH most of the time and eased her
up to 100 for a few seconds once on the way home (seeing as how this
is such a HIGH VISABILITY car, I certainly didn't want to attract too
much attention and irritate any CHPs:o) I did have several other
drivers actually speed up to catch me and get a good look at her. I
was beeming with pride the whole time and she ran like a sewing
machine (although a little faster than any Singer that I know of). I
am very happy with the car so far. I think as long as I take good
care of her and LOVE her, she won't let me down (knock on wood:o) I
always let her idle for a few minutes before I shut her down and I
pop the hatch as soon as I have her back in the garage and don't put
the cover on for at least 15-20 minutes after I've turned her off
(following tips I read on this great forum). Just wanted to share my
first impressions of the car. BTW: I see that 3200 RPM equates to
around 75MPH in 5th. That sound about right to you folks?? THANKS!!

Jim '84TE & '69 Hemi Bee

10-25-2004, 11:12 AM
Yeah, it revs pretty high even at highway speeds in 5th gear. The car would really benefit from a 6-speed (yes I already know all the reasons it doesn't have one...doesn't mean I still wouldn't like one).

I'm glad you are getting a chance to start enjoying it!

10-25-2004, 05:29 PM
Of the Bee too!


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