Welcome to our community
I lived in PR
until 2006 and was a great place to live and enjoy the life for 10 years
Now getting back to the car.
I know that "Tito Lugo" (The Owner of multiple car dealerships in PR
) has a base 05 Lotus Elise in Kripton green. And that was my 1st encounter with the lotus elise.
Now from living in PR
all these years here is my feedback to you in regards of this car to be used in Puerto Rico:
1st: you know that in PR
it rains every day (or almost) and many times the street get flooded, this in not all that great for a car that is not really happy with getting rain on (there are many people that complaint about the car not being fully water proof) I now my car leaks a bit with hard rain or pressure washing. If you drive it through water (like in many streets after a rain) there is a possibility of problems with the car like getting in the chassis or near the main electrical block (which is about 10-12 inches from the floor near the engine)
2nd: Consider were do you live San Juan? (or the metro area?) Mayaguez?
It doesnít really matter but this car is delicate, and you know people in PR
donít care about slamming their door open and chipping part of your composite door!!! (that will cost you a couple of $$$$ to fix), How about there are multiple hazards on the roads; Road kill, rocks, constant dips in the road and entrances and exits to malls etc..(which the dips are so pronounced that the car will scrape all the time) oh and many many potholes (and this car is not that high of the ground to avoid many of these)
3rd: Do you want to get the car new or pre owned?
Lets do some math:
New Base car ~ $42,000 + Island taxes (40%) = $58,000
Nice set up car ~ $48,000 + Island taxes (40%) = $63,000
Pre Owned car ~ $35,000 + Island Taxes (40% of the cars cost when new) ~ $16,800 = $51,000
(Hey how about that new tax? 6.6% does it also apply to the cars? = 46.6% taxes!!!)
Transportation to PR
it cost me ~ $800 to ship the car from PR
4th: Comfort as my experience with other sports cars that I had back then, and comparing the Lotus I can tell you that the AC on this car is not to the Standards for the climate in PR
, you will find the AC suffering to cool down the car those days at 99F with 85% humidity (which is almost all the time)
5th: Service, Until a dealer in PR
opens you are pretty much having to do the maintenance your self or pay a very skilled mechanic to take care of all the basic things, Oil change + Suspension adjustments and all the miscellaneous items that are part of every service.
Note; The car some times gets a ECU software updates while in service.
For the engine you wont have to worry very much as it is a Toyota Power plant and there are plenty of skilled mechanics for this engine, the problem would be everything else.
My real and honest advice coming from an fellow adopted Puerto Rican, get an Honda S-2000, which runs for about the same price in PR
and your life will be so much easier.
Now If you really want a Lotus, read allot about the car and be well informed on the hurtles you will have to jump by owning this little car out there.
I would have owned a car like this back in PR
but Iím honest and I donít think I would have enjoyed as much If This car was my daily driver I would have being in the constant look out and worried to damage the car or worse someone else crashing or hitting my doors etcÖ.
Any way good luck with your decision
Hope that this information helps
PM if you want to discuss further more
M.A. (Better know in PR
as the Mexican)
Originally Posted by RoyalNick
Well first let me tell you what i have... a 2004 Mini Cooper S.
Love the car, love small cars, love sport cars, and love anything that does not look ordinary.....
First of all i would like to know if there is anyone that has that car in Puerto Rico, if so, where they bought it, if it was new o used, and where do they go to take care of it,
As for the car perce... i got a couple of questions, some kinda dumb, but please beare with me.
- why have i seen some pics with no power window.. kinda strange to have a super hot car with manual windows. or was it just that pic maybe.
- does anyone use it for everyday use.. city and downtown kinda trafic
or any info i can get... it would be nice to hear it.