Good post Chris. Not sure Lotus has the funds to pay so much detail to all these nit-picky problems. Rather have the money go into high quality materials and engineering. Now that I am thinking about it, I honestly never use the A/C, radio, or power locks. I do like the power windows though (because I use them).
If Lotus wants to move upmarket with the other models, I thought the M250 concept interior looked great. Minimalistic yet well finished. Basically you use more costly materials for what you already have...
'05 Lotus Elise: RS134 Monolites, Nitron Singles, Monoballs, V2 arms, RTD2 brace, Innovative motor mounts, V2 tank, GPan, Larini 8", TransCables, LumosHID, GiroDisc, Ferodo DS2500, etc.
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