Ok Darkness, I'll convince you - Don't buy an Exige !
By the looks of your post title & comments, you've been 'thinking about' buying for ages, but still manage to draw-up a list of -VE points longer than +VE, then ask LT members to help you....
Wake-up chief, it's not the car, it's you
You seem risk adverse, worried about usage, rear visability, will the AC work etc... The Exige S2 was launched 2004/5, 2006 in the North America - there's loads of car magazine articals, forum posts & videos out there explaining what it's like to drive, own & maintain. If after all this time you're still concerned, simply buy a Toyota Camry - no risk, you won't be disappointed, you can sell it on easy - your grandparents would love it!
I built my 1st Lotus 7 with a student loan that should have bought books - 20 years later I'm on my 6th Lotus, owning a Exige Cup 260 in Dubai, UAE & a S1 Elise 160 in Shropshire, England. In the UAE, there's no Lotus dealer, trusted specialist, parts supply - zip, I'm on my own. But benefits of owning/driving/tinkering with both my cars out-weigh any downside.
Lotus build special cars, they need special owners - you aren't one of them