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Old 02-17-2013, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Elise model year changes

I've been researching a lot and having a hard time finding any detailed info of all variations between model years (used search function, sorry if I missed a thread like this). I'm looking at 2005 to 2008ish Elises. Was the engine always the same 1.8L? Electronic throttle control came in 2008? What else is reasonably significant that I would want to keep in mind while looking for my first Elise?
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They went to electric throttle in 2006. The 2006 seats are probax seats which are more comfortable than the 2005.
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Don't forget the "coffee thong" I think that was 2006 too...
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05's were the quickest ( Especially the Orange ones )
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05's were the quickest ( Especially the Orange ones )
Chrome orange is definitely the fastest color.
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Other than supercharging in later years, most significant was that from 2006, a limited slip diff and traction control became an available option.
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Don't forget the "coffee thong" I think that was 2006 too...
But only as an option.

And I can't remember when the bumperettes were added. Was that in 2007 or 2008? And the head lights changed in 2007. LED tail lights were added in 2006.
The standard non sport pack cars came with single oil coolers except for a few early '05 which had dual coolers without the sport pack. And then there was the change from anodized to painted wheels when you had LSS between 2005 and 2006, and there was also a rim width change of the LSS wheels from 6,5" to 6" but I can't remember when that happened. And at some point Lotus ran out of the LSS wheels and installed Euro style wheels on some of the cars.
I'm sure there are a few more...







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Ok, good information, thank you. (I don't have a favorite color yet... just can't decide but calling Chrome Orange a shiny fruit made me laugh)
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^ IMO... don't get too caught up with color. Find one that has everything you want in the condition you are looking for, and go for it. You can always do a vinyl wrap later to change the color...
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Not significant, but

white to black gauges
short wheel caps versus tall wheel caps
Sensosoft rubberized matte-finish interior panels versus glossy
pre-wired/not pre-wired for driving lights (which is not exactly what it sounds like).
up-shift lights
Blaupunkt to Alpine
Probably others
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white to black gauges
short wheel caps versus tall wheel caps
Sensosoft rubberized matte-finish interior panels versus glossy
pre-wired/not pre-wired for driving lights (which is not exactly what it sounds like).
up-shift lights
Blaupunkt to Alpine
Probably others
Do you know what years these changes took place? It sounds like the biggest changes were the addition of TCS and limited slip dif in 06....
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TCS and LSD were *available*, but not on every car, especially the LSD. Most people will tell you they drive with the TCS off.
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TCS and LSD were *available*, but not on every car, especially the LSD. Most people will tell you they drive with the TCS off.
Right, I misspoke (mistyped?). Thanks for the clarification. I think I'd drive with TCS off if I ended up getting one with it.. I just like to know whats out there! I'm an engineer, I over analyze everything
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