Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Southeast Michigan
Is it being sold by someone who will let you take it for a 30 minute drive? You can tell an awful lot from that alone. The cars are actually pretty simple mechanically, and often the value comes down to cosmetics and faith backed by receipts or other proof that there were regular fluid changes done on the car.
That having been said, if you have never driven another one for comparison, it does get tough to know whether the one you're thinking of buying shifts, brakes and steers right.
I'm in the Midwest and as it happens will be in Houston on Thursday on other business, but will only have a couple hours free. If the car is near downtown I'd be happy to try and help you look it over in the morning. At least I'm pretty sure I could tell you how it drives compared to a well-sorted NA '05.
The color is relatively rare BTW and looks great. Mileage is a bit high but nothing to get wound up about.
[SOLD] 2005 Lotus Elise, NFB with orange trim N/A+ Nitron DA's+gPan+little tiny Odyssey battery++ Lotus Sport seats+ DBA 5000's/Stainless++Lotus Sport wheels ++ V2 stuff like gas tank, arms ++Track pack harness bar/6pt++2Bular GT3 and sport cat++ quick release and a few steering wheels++ custom rear delete++ Magical Racing mirrors with custom mounts ++ RTD brace ++ toe link upgrade++ other little stuff