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  1. I always thought Ethanol was an octane booster and did not have the type of cleaning additives V-Power is supposed to have.
  2. Some of the earlier Japanese cars did not have the ability to adjust to the lower octane fuel hence my comment about the cars not running very well at all, but Optimax/V-Power was just the right octane which I believe was readily available in Japan at the time. Apart from the higher octane which benefits high performance/compression engines (something to do with being able to adjust advance/retard) You'll have to excuse my poor knowledge on this one, I did have it explained to me by the guy who re-mapped but i lost the will to live after 10 minutes. I've always been of the opinion that the cleaning additives in V-Power is what I paid the extra for. It's a personal choice decision I think, although my mind is now made up for buying Tesco Momentum from here in and enjoy saving 12p a litre, every little bit helps as they say.
  3. Yes like you I'm convinced it's a good fuel and have been buying V-power since it's release when it was called Optimax as my grey import Japanese cars just didn't run on regular 4 star very well. With the price gap locally for me of 12p a litre between Tesco Momentum and V-Power (not sure about BP as there is not one local) it is becoming more and more obvious that the saving has to take priority. I just needed to convince myself that the cleaning agents could be left out. Having said that I ran my diesel vans on three tanks of cheap supermarket diesel then one tank of V-Power diesel with one of them now on 130K miles and never a problem it seems to work. So I may just use Momentum in my RCF then every 10th fill buy V-Pwer seems a reasonable compromise.
  4. I seem to remember on the Savage-geese video on the RCF he mentioned that the carbon build-up wouldn't occur like on Audi's etc but it didn't go into much technical detail. As he is very knowledgable about cars I assumed he was correct, just need to have a bit more info, although a 12p a litre difference is swaying me more.
  5. Yesterday I went to fill the RCF up with fuel, popped into my local Shell garage and V-Power was £1.21 per litre, I thought that's a bit steep so I only put £10 worth in. Just down the road is a Tesco where they had 99 Momentum for £1.09 per litre so I filled it up there. I don't want to start the inevitable debate about the use of V-Power as from experience all of my grey import Japanese cars from way back when all ran like s**t on anything else, plus when my RX7 was set up on the rolling road it was done on the early version of V-Power called Optimax. I have also bought V-Power as much for it's cleaning additives as anything else. What made me think about this was, do the two combustion cycles the engine on the RCF does it mean that the engine is capable of cleaning itself from the type of build-up I previously bought V-Power to do? if so I can save a few bob from here on in. I know I'm being tight but to me it seems a bit OTT the price difference of 12p a litre.
  6. There were some really good secondhand bargains to be had, like I say SLS's went down to £80-100K these cars were just a couple of years old too. I did try the NSX but bought a late Lotus V8 Esprit instead because it felt a lot faster. Inside the NSX reminded me of my girlfriend's later wife's Prelude inside. Plus I just didn't like the sound of the engine in the NSX having said that the Lotus had a flat plane crank so sounded a bit crap too. It was obviously a big mistake because the Lotus fell to bits and cost a fortune to keep up together whereas the NSX was made and built by fanatics not a load of blokes from Norfolk ing good.
  7. That's right it was camshaft lifter but they sorted it out on the engine that went into the SLS which was basically the same engine. I missed a great opportunity to buy an SLS when they were £80K, I'll always kick myself for not buying it but I thought they might have gone even lower what a plonker one can be at times eh.
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  9. I had the M156 in my SL63, it was a lovely sounding engine and of course the N/A loved to be revved and was it's trump card. As you say there were problems with the head-bolts which they sorted after 2010. Although my car was pre 2010 I had no headbolt issue although some people had hydro-locked wrecked engines due to bolt failure. I understand the valve gear was also subject to an issue as well.
  10. Let's hope you manage to keep clear of it, it's always been part of my routine for many years to ask my circle of friends if they have any symptoms of flu as I have to avoid them, but of course that's a bit of a waste in supermarkets and just about everywhere else.
  11. And petrol at £1 a litre why not. For some reason Shell seem to think they can charge more, thank goodness for Tesco super
  12. Totally agree, having owned and tried the others I settled on the RCF because it was different. In all honesty when I bought the RCF there wasn't anything else I liked or fancied buying, I thought it was a bargain at £43K at just over a year old with 5000 miles on the clock plus being a gadget freak had the AVS and TVD so i had to buy it. With the benefit of hindsight I would have probably still have bought it if I'd have known then what I know now. I'm not going to drop my trousers and trade it in because there isn't anything on the market that I consider to be decent value for money anyway. I expect in three years time it will still be a low mileage decent example and I'll probably decide then to keep it because it will be immaculate and low mileage, plus the market for them secondhand probably won't change so it may be for life not Christmas and if all goes well will have saved up enough for the Corvette.
  13. Spot on there old boy, like the RSPCA slogan about a puppy being for life not just Christmas perhaps Lexus should adopt this because it seems an RCF is for life not just Christmas. Having come to my senses and changing a car just because I can or I'm bored I'm quite happy to slum it for the next few years. Plus my plan is to save up the money to buy the new C8 Corvette, I won't buy the first lot as I don't want the bother of potential teething problems so in about three years time my RCF will probably be a bit easier to sell. That is of course if the current situation doesn't turn into a Black Swan event I hear tale of.
  14. Indeed, one of my customers a very wealthy chap who ran an engineering company had one, he also had a four post lift in his garage. I took my Esprit over one day and we put our cars on the ramps for a good look. The NSX had lovely aluminium wishbones and everything as you would expect from Honda was engineered to the highest standard. My Esprit on the other hand was cheap pressed parts, underneath the Lotus looked like a kit car (I have fallen out with a lot of Lotus fan-boys because I have always said the Esprit and many other models of that era are just a nano hair away from a kit -car) From a cost point of view my customer friend couldn't see how Honda could make any money on them. The same was true with my Honda Rune motorbike they were reported to have cost Honda USA $120K each to make and they retailed them for $30K just to prove they could make such a thing and I guess to a certain degree the NSX was very similar.