Keeping an Evora outside

Keeping an Evora outside

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NSC79

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20 posts

33 months

Sunday 5th July
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Evening all

We’ve been entertaining the idea of leaving London for a little while now, and my next fun car has consequently been on hold. With the current issues we may be delayed by another year or so, and I may well snap (in many potential ways!) before then. My question is whether an Evora can live outside or whether it’s going to result in issues? Me Elise (S1) always leaked so could never Have been kept outside for any length of time, but I’m assuming things have moved on?

MattyB_

1,844 posts

213 months

Sunday 5th July
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Always kept mine outside, never any issues. They're far more watertight than my old Elise's ever were! Few minor points:

1. They can be prone to a bad seal causing a leak, especially into the boot or by a blocked A/C pipe - always worth checking when purchasing. Most cars should have been fixed now unless they've lived in the garage and the owner hasn't noticed.
2. They also like to collect muck/dirt/moss on top of the radiator which can block cooling (again, rare).
3. And don't park it on too much of a hill or angle (nose down, at least) as the water can build up in the sill and trickle over into the cabin.


NSC79

Original Poster:

20 posts

33 months

Sunday 5th July
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Thanks, Matty - very helpful...

Inkyfingers

2,502 posts

185 months

Monday 6th July
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Mine has spent quite a lot of time outside while the garage was in use for other things. Not an issue so long as you check it occasionally to check for any signs of water ingress etc.. The only issues I've had were:

1. A minor door leak close to the mirror on the passenger side.
2. Both headlights covers have required refurbishment as the UV eats whatever coating Lotus put on them.

I gather others have had leaks into the front footwells, I believe caused by a blocked drain hole at the base of the windscreen.

gareth h

2,327 posts

186 months

Monday 6th July
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Brakes stick on if unused for some time, not an issue unless you have a gravel drive!

blueg33

24,018 posts

180 months

Tuesday 7th July
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My first one lived outside, my current one does some of the time.

There are 3 issues that I can directly align with living outside:
1. Leather dash shrinking and splitting at the seam in the middle (doesn't seem to affect later cars, eg my 2014 car is fine)
2. Passenger airbag cover clip failure
3. External A pillar trims warping

1 and 2 can be prevented by protecting the interior from bright sunlight - I use a Covercraft tailored sun shade, expensive but much cheaper than dash out. and a perfect fit. (its also the best made sunscreen I have seen)



3. I sort of treat these as consumables as they are not expensive and DIY fitting is simple, but if you can park the car so that the sun at the hottest part of the day is not on the front of the car this will help.

Other issues - door seals, some cars have weepy seals some don't mine have both been fine.

Obviously an outdoor cover will fix all these issues, however I think that the risk of paint damage is too high.

Aside from the above IMO they are no different from any other car when kept outside. I treat mine the same as my other cars, ceramic paint protection and removing bird droppings etc swiftly, and using it. Like all cars they work better if used.




NSC79

Original Poster:

20 posts

33 months

Thursday 9th July
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Thanks for the responses - encouraging...

alex_gray255

6,234 posts

161 months

Thursday 9th July
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My one lived outside for 4 years. No issues.

Sumsion

272 posts

128 months

Saturday 11th July
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All my 3 Evoras lived outside 2009 onwards . No problems . In winter make sure you scrape the ice from the headlights as just turning them on does not melt the ice .

blueg33

24,018 posts

180 months

Saturday 11th July
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Sumsion said:
All my 3 Evoras lived outside 2009 onwards . No problems . In winter make sure you scrape the ice from the headlights as just turning them on does not melt the ice .
The above is a good point.

Warm water is better as the lacquer is easily scratched.

The Wookie

12,121 posts

184 months

Tuesday 21st July
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Both of mine lived outside for more or less their entire lives with me.

The only issue I had was on the S (which was an MY11) where the black trim ahead of the engine cover deteriorated and cracked, but I believe they improved the part on newer cars.

Oh, and I once had the sticking brakes on my parents gravel drive. Managed to free one off by rocking it backwards and forwards but the other side wasn't having it. The old man wasn't impressed when he came home to find a 50 foot groove in the drive, but it let go with a bang as soon as it touched tarmac hehe