I bought my Elise exactly 9 years ago and it has been my daily ride for some years now. Took the car on many trips, some in excess of 2,000 miles at a time. Never had an issue while traveling - not even a flat. Yes, the car sits low and tends to scrape driveway entries and curbs, but you know that. Would be nice to follow-up with a quick report and a few pics here once you have reached your destination. Just enjoy the trip.
Definitely will have to post some pictures! I'd love to do a documentary style video, because it seems the elise doesn't really have many, in the past few years. Not sure if I'll get time to do that. 2000 Miles is nuts!
Originally Posted by sturgeongeneral
First off congratulations! Where are you picking up the car and how much time are you allowing? Highway 1 is a blast to drive but can get very monotonous in some areas. Also some areas get very congested and is extremely slow. There are some areas that are heavily patrolled. If you want to send me a pm or email at [email protected]
I can pass on that info. If you plan enough time you can really have a blast!
Hey, I am picking up the car on Friday from San Luis Obispo and plan to be back by Sunday. I might take Monday off as well. I am planning on going on 156th (if i recall- it was recommended redwoods). Any info would be great! Thanks!
+1 on sunscreen.
Also a couple not mentioned:
- Take time to carefully adjust your side mirrors. These cars are really low and have big blind spots in the passing areas, and the mirrors are hard to adjust once you are moving.
- If you are totally unfamiliar with the Elise, do a little reading on the dos and don'ts, like don't put too much weight on the windshield frame when climbing in and out.
- Make sure everything you bring will fit in the car! If you are getting a soft top and hard top with the car you are going to be strapped for space. I assume you will not have a passenger, but still keep in mind that a small suitcase or duffel is about all you can fit in the trunk.
Drive it like you stole it!
Good tips, I'll have to familiarize myself with the blindspots. I have heard stories of the frame and the steering column can cause problems during enter/exit, I'll be careful about that!
Pack light and have fun. If the tires have a keyed lug nut make sure you have that with you. I donít think it happens often but if the key fob doesnít work there is a 4 digit code youíll need to know to start the car. Donít worry too much and enjoy the drive.
Some people will not see your car at all and you need to know this to avoid them. Other people will do everything they can to take pictures of your car; they will speed up to you, pace you and slow in front of you to get a better look. I havenít driven long distance with a passenger; it might be fine with some and horrible with others. Make sure the person going with you is prepared for a long drive in a car with few creature comforts.
I'm guessing the picture taking won't be as bad in California, but we'll see! The seller says it comes with all the original toolsets, so hopefully that includes the lugs as well-thanks!
I can't believe no one else has said this: DON'T LIFT!!!!!!
This has been a message from the "You don't want the back end to pass the front end" council...
Hah, anytime a crash thread was posted on the S2000 forums, the first post was "Did you lift?", I am familiar with this, but I think it's almost more critical with the increased rear weight distribution.
- ENJOY THE TRIP. It's not Iowa to Omaha. You'll drive through beautiful scenery. If your passenger is a spouse or significant other, make a nice couple of days of it - some scenic spots, a nice lunch, whatever.
Go to Crater Lake. You can cut inland NE from Crescent City California. As you leave Crater Lake, you can angle NW through Roseburg Oregon back to the coast road.
You can ship the soft top to save space.
Drive with the lights on.
Never parallel park.
I might have to hit Crater up! that sounds awesome. Definitely a vacation
So many great roads and so little time!
Make sure tire pressures are correct for an Elise, not a truck. This can make ride a lot harsher. If you have adjustable shocks set them on full soft.
Nice soft ear plugs and sunscreen for your left arm.
I'll make sure to check that, don't want it to be rougher than it has to be! I'm not sure if the LSS is easily adjusted, I heard there are two settings?