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Old 10-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, I just joined the site in hopes of gathering information towards a future Lotus purchase. I've always been a big fan of the Esprit, however I am now leaning towards an Elise or an Exige (if the price is right) as it would be better suited for my needs. Hopefully I can find one here!

I currently drive a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 Tommi Makinen Edition RSII. How's that for a long car name? Those of you familiar with it know this was not imported or sold in North America. Illegal to import, I built the car from the ground up. I used a 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage chassis with parts I imported from around the world. It's now AWD and turbocharged with about 280whp. I have a small fortune invested in the build, however I am looking for another car to add to my collection. I'll share photos with anyone interested, but I'm here to talk Lotus.

Now I've been doing a fair bit of research and I am leaning most towards an Exige. I know they carry a hefty premium above the Elise, but I've always preferred the sort of raw look the Exige has. Budget wise I'm capping myself at $40,000 which may limit me a bit as far as used models go. I'm hoping a decent one turns up locally, under budget if possible!

I'm sure I'll begin to recognize some of the local members here and on the streets. Speaking of local, are there any regular meets in the Seattle/Bellevue area? I'd love to chat cars sometime and hear from some actual Elise/Exige owners (who have to drive in our wonderful weather).

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Hi everyone, I just joined the site in hopes of gathering information towards a future Lotus purchase. I've always been a big fan of the Esprit, however I am now leaning towards an Elise or an Exige (if the price is right) as it would be better suited for my needs. Hopefully I can find one here!

I currently drive a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 Tommi Makinen Edition RSII. How's that for a long car name? Those of you familiar with it know this was not imported or sold in North America. Illegal to import, I built the car from the ground up. I used a 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage chassis with parts I imported from around the world. It's now AWD and turbocharged with about 280whp. I have a small fortune invested in the build, however I am looking for another car to add to my collection. I'll share photos with anyone interested, but I'm here to talk Lotus.

Now I've been doing a fair bit of research and I am leaning most towards an Exige. I know they carry a hefty premium above the Elise, but I've always preferred the sort of raw look the Exige has. Budget wise I'm capping myself at $40,000 which may limit me a bit as far as used models go. I'm hoping a decent one turns up locally, under budget if possible!

I'm sure I'll begin to recognize some of the local members here and on the streets. Speaking of local, are there any regular meets in the Seattle/Bellevue area? I'd love to chat cars sometime and hear from some actual Elise/Exige owners (who have to drive in our wonderful weather).

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Old 10-27-2012, 03:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sweet, another one for Seattle!
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Welcome! Thre is a Magnetic blue Exige in Philadelphia with 10000 miles in the for sale section here for $40000.00. She looks fantastic!
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I just picked up a black '05 Elise in Kansas City, supercharged, and plan on daily driving it too. I'm currently hunting for a hardtop, a non-leaking battery solution, a better radar detector (has built in Passport 5000) and a nice solution for iPhone integration. This site has lots of great info to mine.

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I just picked up a black '05 Elise in Kansas City, supercharged, and plan on daily driving it too. I'm currently hunting for a hardtop, a non-leaking battery solution, a better radar detector (has built in Passport 5000) and a nice solution for iPhone integration. This site has lots of great info to mine.

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I currently drive a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 Tommi Makinen Edition RSII. How's that for a long car name? Those of you familiar with it know this was not imported or sold in North America. Illegal to import, I built the car from the ground up. I used a 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage chassis with parts I imported from around the world. It's now AWD and turbocharged with about 280whp. I have a small fortune invested in the build, however I am looking for another car to add to my collection. I'll share photos with anyone interested, but I'm here to talk Lotus.

I had the WTF reaction when I saw Evo6 TME until I read the rest of the post. Did you seam weld the frame? I'm assuming it's got the titanium turbine? There's a guy around here in Chicago with an Evo VII. That's the only street-legal evo (before the 8) that I've ever head of.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I removed the floor pan and installed one off an Evo 6. Spot welded it back in at the factory locations. About 300 welds IIRC. And yep, titanium turbine wheel.

Now as far as car buying goes, I'm having a hard time finding one local. All I really want to do is at least test drive one so I can get a feel for the car. Once that happens I can start looking for the perfect one, even if it's not in WA.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Having a difficult time finding one local, looks like I'll have to buy out of state.

Now this is a little bit of a crazy request, but would anyone be willing to take me out for a ride-along some time? I'd like to at least sit in one and hear from a real owner before I buy one over the internet
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Having a difficult time finding one local, looks like I'll have to buy out of state.

Now this is a little bit of a crazy request, but would anyone be willing to take me out for a ride-along some time? I'd like to at least sit in one and hear from a real owner before I buy one over the internet
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Welcome to the club! I'm in Snoqualmie myself, good to see another local perhaps coming on board. I still have yet to get out to any meets myself.
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Exotics at Redmond is a great way to meet owners and check out the cars, but I think they are done for the season until February.
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just sold mine to a guy from kent, so you guys we'll be seeing it around there..
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As soon as the weather clears up, I'll drag mine out for you. I work in Bellevue.
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Hi everyone, I just joined the site in hopes of gathering information towards a future Lotus purchase. I've always been a big fan of the Esprit, however I am now leaning towards an Elise or an Exige (if the price is right) as it would be better suited for my needs. Hopefully I can find one here!

I currently drive a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 Tommi Makinen Edition RSII. How's that for a long car name? Those of you familiar with it know this was not imported or sold in North America. Illegal to import, I built the car from the ground up. I used a 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage chassis with parts I imported from around the world. It's now AWD and turbocharged with about 280whp. I have a small fortune invested in the build, however I am looking for another car to add to my collection. I'll share photos with anyone interested, but I'm here to talk Lotus.

Now I've been doing a fair bit of research and I am leaning most towards an Exige. I know they carry a hefty premium above the Elise, but I've always preferred the sort of raw look the Exige has. Budget wise I'm capping myself at $40,000 which may limit me a bit as far as used models go. I'm hoping a decent one turns up locally, under budget if possible!

I'm sure I'll begin to recognize some of the local members here and on the streets. Speaking of local, are there any regular meets in the Seattle/Bellevue area? I'd love to chat cars sometime and hear from some actual Elise/Exige owners (who have to drive in our wonderful weather).

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Hi Brent, is it born yet? ( you said expectant) BTW driving the Lotus in wet weather is so much fun for me

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:16 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Nothing yet! I'm still looking around but in the meantime I've been saving up all that I can for a nice down payment.

@MotoGeek, if it wouldn't be too much trouble I'd love to see the car some time!
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Welcome. Yes, aside from the redmond event the only other one-ish i know of is the all british meet in july. It would be great to set up a Lotus meet somewhere. Maybe a sat or sun breakfast eastside and drive?
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similar situation!

I am in almost the same situation! Looking for an exige went and looked at one in south hill but it was primarily autocrossed and not really streetable and I will be daily driving it when I get it. I also would like to see more in person and get a ride to see how road/engine noise is. I currently have a nismo 370z that I love but I have always wanted a lotus and think I'm ready to pull the trigger when the right one comes available! Someone please post here or send out messages when the next meet will be or hit us up if you just want to show off your lotus!
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just sold mine to a guy from kent, so you guys we'll be seeing it around there..
I'm being relocated to Portland for work. Might sell 2010 exige s260 sport but they go for around 65k used.
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