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Hi everyone. Just purchased an 05 Saffron Yellow Elise out of northern California. She has 40k on the odometer and appears to be in excellent shape. Has the Touring and Sport packs and is unmolested and original. One owner and no accidents. Body is free of chips and nicks and the mechanicals appear to be in very good shape. Purchased it from the estate of a Lotus collector in NorCal. The only flaw is a worn bolster on the drivers seat so I have to decide whether to repair or replace the seat. I'd ideally like to find a more comfortable seat setup. Any ideas?

Price was 24k which I think is fair given the relatively high mileage. I think the color suits the Elise very well and I couldn't be happier.

I've learned so much by reading this forum over the past few months and I hope to give back over the coming years. Thanks to all who contribute.
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Yes, congrats! The black wheels are a nice compliment to the yellow. And I always like to see unmodified cars. Sounds like you got a clean one. Enjoy it!
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Well bought and looks clean. You've been reading on the forum for months, which is exactly what I did before purchasing my Lotus. This truly is a great forum with a lot of very knowledgeable people.


I'd probably just repair the bolster. Seat options are very limited, especially if you're looking for comfort. I changed my seats, but I doubt you'd like these, although they're a lot more comfortable than they look.



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Welcome! I'm over on the Kitsap peninsula and have worked on these quite extensively. If you need any help, give me a PM. Judging from your screen name, I'm betting you already know the good roads, but if you haven't done it yet, drive the Elise on the Hood canal loop. It's amazing with the Elise.

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Welcome from Vancouver B.C. We should all do a NW meet this summer.
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Welcome, looks great! Lots of good info and help in here. Yes, we need a meet soon.....

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Sweet! Congrats on the car. Pretty good price!
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Congrats on the purchase! Sos I agree we should do a NW meet.
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Congratulations! Looks terrific.


And....

Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:


1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

Sector 111 long thru bolt that terminates under car: re-ENFORCER - Shift reinforcement for the Lotus Elise and Exige - Sector111

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 10 (or 20) minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s for one example.


8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
Cooling Ticking Timebomb, how is your Cooling U-tube?


9. Visit the Uber Thread

**Elise/Exige Uberpost READ THIS. Everything you need to know is in here**
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Plus:

How to Bleed Brakes


How to Search:

For future reference: Don't use the search on this site. Simply use Google and end the search text with "site:lotustalk.com". E.g.
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Safely Piercing Wires-http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f129...esting-106438/
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Congrats on the car!

Another Seattle area owner here! Would be down for a drive!
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Welcome!

40k isn't really high, you got an awesome deal on your Elise. Yes, there are actually quite a few PNW Elige owners scattered around. A lot of them are seasonal (myself included, sadly).
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Mine has been sitting in the garage since November :/ and too damn cold in Seattle to install the clam hinge!
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Hi everyone. Just purchased an 05 Saffron Yellow Elise out of northern California. She has 40k on the odometer and appears to be in excellent shape. Has the Touring and Sport packs and is unmolested and original. One owner and no accidents. Body is free of chips and nicks and the mechanicals appear to be in very good shape. Purchased it from the estate of a Lotus collector in NorCal. The only flaw is a worn bolster on the drivers seat so I have to decide whether to repair or replace the seat. I'd ideally like to find a more comfortable seat setup. Any ideas?



Price was 24k which I think is fair given the relatively high mileage. I think the color suits the Elise very well and I couldn't be happier.



I've learned so much by reading this forum over the past few months and I hope to give back over the coming years. Thanks to all who contribute.

Whooo hoo! Yellow looks great. Don't pull up too close behind cars at a light, they back into you since you are invisible to their rear view mirrors.
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Wow, you got a great deal! Congratulations and welcome to Elise ownership in Seattle.
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Thanks to all for the welcoming words and thoughtful advice.
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holy crap, 24k for an unmodified car with sport and touring?! that seems like a crazy deal!

maybe just the time of year?

regardless, welcome

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Are the wheels painted or powder coated? There's a legitimate reason to be concerned about powder coating forged wheels.
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Are the wheels painted or powder coated? There's a legitimate reason to be concerned about powder coating forged wheels.
I can't tell for sure but it doesn't look like paint. It's a real fine satin finish. I think that the early LSS silver wheels were anodized. Was a black LSS wheel an option in 05 and was it anodized also? I remember reading a thread on history of different sizes and finishes on that wheel but I can't find it now. I've also read the threads about the dangers if high temp powder coating forged wheels
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Lotus did offer black LSS wheels and I am pretty positive those are painted, if you remove the wheel and look at the back of the hub, you will see it's silver. You can also try to remove the center cap as well and look at the ridge. I have a set of base silver rims in my garage and those are horribly painted from the factory. You can see the black underneath the silver in between the spokes.

There were some cast anodized wheels that made it over to the US, they were off the Euro Exige and have a different spoke pattern. Those made it over because Lotus ran out of the LSS wheels in 2005 so they put the Euro Exige rims on some US Elises when the LSS package was ordered.

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My LSS wheels are a satin black and appear to be painted as I have a couple of small chips on a couple of the wheels and they look like regular old paint chips.

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