For those following this thread I will have a '99 Red Esprit for sale in the near future. 20,000 miles, new paint job, new carpet. Both tops with bag and deflector, 2 key sets, tool kit, satellite radio, S/S Tubi muffler, new tires and brakes. New belts and fresh "C" service. Northern New Jersey. $45,000 firm. Finnerty won't want it because it's red but maybe someone else will! For espritfinalrun my advice is to get the following which should be included with every Lotus Esprit but is not always:
composite solid top
bag for top
2 keys, 2 key fob transmitters, and 2 touch keys (round alarm bypass)
2 keys for the wheel lock
spare tire, jack, lug wrench, hold-down
A CLEAN Title and service history
Too often a seller will remove some of these items and then you will see them appear on E-bay! The car was delivered new with all of this stuff, you should get it too! Other things to look for, the SIR light has to blink 7-9 times and then go out, the MIL light has to light during cranking and then stay off and not blink. The immobilisor locks about 2 minutes after shutting off the motor. You should not have to force the gearshift in or out of any gears, there should be NO looseness in the steering or the brakes or the clutch. No leaks and the motor should start up easily and fast. The brake and clutch fluid has to be changed EVERY year.