Evora vs. Elise recommendations
New member here and long time reader, first time poster. I’ve been a huge fan of lotus for as long as I can remember and have always wanted a get my hands on an Exige S. The opportunity came up several years ago at a local dealership, but the car sold over a weekend I was on vacation so I missed the opportunity. However, recently I’ve been more serious about purchasing a lotus, so I was hoping to get a few recommendations on which model. Recently I’ve been considering the Evora over an Elise or Exige but I’m still a bit conflicted.
What I’m looking for:
2006-2008 Elise (or maybe exige)
-Not quite a daily driver, but to be driven fairly often: The Evora seems best here because I really love the interior and more comfort in the ride. Also not bad visibility. But reliability is definitely a must, this is a car I’d keep as long as I possibly can. It’s a dream car for me, so I’d buy it and ideally never let it go.
-Easy to work on: since I’d be buying this well out of warranty, I’d like to do as much of the maintenance as possible myself. From what I’ve read, the Elise and Exige are better here because of the engine access via the rear clamshell. Generally I’ve heard the Elise and exige are extremely easy to repair. Can anyone speak to how difficult it is to work on the Evora by comparison? It seems like maybe most engine work on the Evora happens from underneath the car, which doesn’t sound fun without a lift.
-I wouldn’t mod it too much: maybe new exhaust but really that’s it, I love the cars just the way they are. I might track the car very, very infrequently, if at all.
-Styling: generally, I like the exterior and smaller size of the Elise/exige but I really like the interior of the Evora.
Handling isn’t much of a concern because I feel like all three handle great. Performance also isn’t much of a concern because I’m more interested in the driving experience and feel more than anything. I’ve owned cars with powerful V8s and they’re fun, but they’re no Lotus.
Let me know your thoughts and thanks in advance!