I just wanted to introduce myself as a new member and ask a few newbie questions.
I've been lusting after the Elise ever since it came out in England, and this weekend I think I've made up my mind to get one. I was on vacation in the CA central coast with my gf and we just happened to run into a swarm of Elises in the Hearst Castle parking lot. Apparently, it was a Lotus club event. My girlfriend said it must be a sign because I've been telling her how much I love those cars a couple of days earlier.
I'm currently driving an modestly modfied (mostly suspension mods) '01 Mustang Cobra 'vert. While I love the power and the sound of the DOHC V8, I'm growing tired of the outdated chassis and the cluncky driveline. The new job I'll be starting next week will be 2 miles from my house, and I'll be biking to work. So any car I own will be garaged most of the time and be used only for entertainment/running errands. I'm looking for either a Graphite or silver car with sport pack.... all other options I dont really care either way.
I've just started to read though the forum posts, so just ignore me if any of my questions have been already been answered repeatedly.
1. I'm in the San Jose area, how good are the dealerships/service department here? I understand there are 3 nearby: (Boardwalk in RWC, Los Gatos, and SF)
2. Will I get a better deal if I buy the car in SoCal and drive it back up. (PCH baby!)
3.what are new Elises going for these days? MSRP?
4. I'm open to buying a used Elise, provided that its been broken in properly and well taken care of. Any advice on what to look for in a used Elise?
5. I noticed that there are forum members in CA with Turbo Kits, are they Smog legal?
thanks in advance