OK, my ears aren't really bleeding but the noise off the Elise has got a bit excessive recently. Sounds like I have a leak in the exhaust somewhere. I haven't had a chance to take a proper look yet but I'm pretty sure the downpipes dead again. I stuck a spare one on from when I had the MGF which has probably been sat in the shed for longer than it should have.
Its probably time to replace it with a new one. I've had around 6 months free out of the old spare part so its not all bad. I'm hoping to take a look at it Sunday to confirm its the downpipe but I'm assuming it has developed a hole/leak.
What to do...I can either stick another downpipe on it (cheapish) or maybe fork out a bit more and make an upgrade out of it. I'm thinking a 4-2-1 manifold and associated downpipe. If I buy the parts new it would be quite expensive but I might just patch the old one until I find a decent 2nd hand 4-2-1 and downpipe...should get a bit more low-end toque that way.
hmmm, decisions, decisions. I'll think more about it when I get the undertray off and see what's wrong and assess my cash flow.
On another note, it looks like I might be getting a new job with an increased commute...then we'll see how good an S1 Elise really is as an everyday motor. Worse case scenario I can either get an everyday motorway hack in addition to the S1 or, more likely, spend more cash on this (or a newer) Lotus.
Minor update - my boat is now SOLD