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2006 Elise vs 2008 Cayman vs 2008 TT coupe vs 2008 335i Coupe

The TT and Cayman are both brand new and the Elise is used with a few thousand miles on it. Keep in mind the car will primarily be used as a daily driver and will be driven in Los Angeles.

Important factors are:

1) Price
2) Safety
3) Practicality
4) Performance
5) Styling

I already made my choice and got my car and I am wondering if I made a good choice. I realize this is LotusTalk but please try to be as objective as possible when making your choice.
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Sounds like you got the Elise... Congrats!

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Practicality? you didn't get the elise.
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haha miata.

I love audis, but not a huge fan of the TT and i don't think it is much more practical then the elise, so that's out. Unless the cayman is an "S", that's out too, not enough performance for the price.

Soooo... elise vs. the 335i. You get more performance and style for the buck with the elise, since i'm pretty sure a new 335i will run you more than an '06 elise.

I love my elise, but it is a weekend car for me, don't know that i would necessarily use it as a daily driver.

The new 335 is almost as good as the outgoing M3 in my opinion. It hits all the points of price/safety/practicality/performance/styling that you mentioned which I would look for in a daily driver.

Am I right?

ps- how about the new audi S5? that thing is sick? giving bmw a run for the money in the sport luxury coupe!
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If those are factors in order of importance, I know one thing for sure...you didn't get an Elise. If you did get an Elise, which I suspect you may have since you are posting on this board maybe the experience will change your mind on the order of that list.
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Sounds like you got the Elise... Congrats!
Actually I got the TT mainly due to practicality and safety.

Here are the reasons why I chose the TT over the Elise:

The TT is pretty much an automatic and that makes it easier for my other family members to drive who can't drive manual (disability).

The Elise would not be practical to use as a daily driver because it would be spending most of the day in the college parking lot. I already park my car in the back of the lot. If I drove the Elise I would just take the bus.

The interior of the Elise and the paint job make it look like a $20k car.

The Audi is safer than the Elise.

Reasons why I chose the TT over the 335i Coupe:

There are several 328i and 335i coupes in my school parking lot already and a lot on the streets. I wanted a car that would stand out and be recognized as being unique. That's why I was leaning more towards the Elise and TT than the Cayman and 335i.

Reasons why I chose the TT over the Cayman:

The price. The TT was being advertised at an appealing lease price and that allowed me to get more options than I would have got if I had chosen the Cayman for the same money.
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enjoy your slushbox New Beetle!

you made the right choice in not getting the lotus
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I love audis, but not a huge fan of the TT and i don't think it is much more practical then the elise, so that's out.
Hmmm not sure I agree with this point about not being much more practical. I had a TT for a couple of years before switching to the Elise. I used it as a daily driver and found it much more practical.....
- has a back seat for small kids
- was easy to get in/out of
- had an almost decent sized trunk
- had 4WD and traction control so it worked in the rain
- could hear the stereo over the exhaust
- had a dealership within 30mins
- didn't get stopped everywhere I went to ask questions about it

...all of which my Elise does not!

Would I swap back? NEVER!

Did I buy another car to drive everyday? YES!

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I think the Lotus paint looks nice. What don't you like about it?

I agree that bmw's are everywhere, but the 335i is a pretty fast effin car. Its about time bmw gave a non-M 3-series some balls. Isn't it quite a bit faster than the TT? I tend to give more weight to performance though.

Have any pics of the new ride?
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enjoy your slushbox New Beetle!

Not even close.

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Here are some pictures of my car.



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Gotcha, I guess I thought they were smaller. The bmw coupes are def big enough to be pretty practical. is the tt trunk big enough for a couple sets of golf clubs, even with the top down?
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Looks nice. I just realized the "coupe" part of the first post.
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What engine comes in that, is it the 2.0T from the base A4?
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I think the Lotus paint looks nice. What don't you like about it?

I agree that bmw's are everywhere, but the 335i is a pretty fast effin car. Its about time bmw gave a non-M 3-series some balls. Isn't it quite a bit faster than the TT? I tend to give more weight to performance though.

Have any pics of the new ride?
I went to Beverly Hills Lotus over the summer and didn't like what I saw in regards to the glossy paint.

This is my first car so I didn't want to get something I couldn't handle. The 335i is a fast car but the whole BMW 328i, 335i style is everywhere and it really ruins the car's image IMO.
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Gotcha, I guess I thought they were smaller. The bmw coupes are def big enough to be pretty practical. is the tt trunk big enough for a couple sets of golf clubs, even with the top down?
No, but they fit if you fold the back seats down.

The top doesn't come down.

Anyway I thought that the passenger seat was meant for golf clubs? What else would you put there?

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The interior of the Elise and the paint job make it look like a $20k car.

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allowed me to get more options than I would have got if I had chosen the Cayman for the same money.
Eh, you related to emarce01?
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So, your car is nice, but what exactly are you trying to accomplish if you already have an opinion?
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Passenger seat = hot skinny chicks?

I let my friend borrow the elise one time to take his wife out to dinner, she is a bit of a bigger girl, he said she complained the entire time how small the car was. I got a kick out of that. No fat chix...
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