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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks -

I'm looking for a 2007 or 2008 Exige with traction control and LSD optioned; touring package would be a nice-to-have, but not required. My preference would be low miles (<20,000) with maintenance records and excellent condition (no floor damage, no clam cracks, paint that can be adequately detailed, interior bits in good order / no tears / cracks, no / minimal scrapes under splitter) to appease my OCD tendencies. That said, I'm planning to drive the car on weekends and the occasional track day, so not looking for a collectible.

Thanks in advance - I'll look forward to joining the community when the right car shows up!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 09:03 AM
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Nice Isotope Green 2008 S240 2008 Lotus Exige S 240

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Nice Isotope Green 2008 S240 2008 Lotus Exige S 240

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Thanks T.J.

I’d come across that one in my searching and have contacted via the website. I think I got a call back, but since I’m traveling overseas at the moment, I haven’t been able to follow-up.

Would you mind if I asked a few technical questions via email or PM (e.g. does it have an LSD? have the cams been inspected?). My email address is Bursey Bryan at gmail com.

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Couple things.

1. The traction control between 07 and 08 are different, not sure if that matters to you or not.
2. If you find this low mileage car in that condition do not track it. Once you hit the track you’ll end up with plenty of imperfections unless you wrap the car in layers of film/tape/bubble wrap. If you do really plan to put some miles on the car and track it I think you’ll enjoy it a bit more if it doesn’t start your ownership in mint condition. I know you said you’re not looking for a collectible, but at 12 years old that condition is borderline collectible for these cars, or at least commanding top dollar.
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Couple things.

1. The traction control between 07 and 08 are different, not sure if that matters to you or not.
2. If you find this low mileage car in that condition do not track it. Once you hit the track you’ll end up with plenty of imperfections unless you wrap the car in layers of film/tape/bubble wrap. If you do really plan to put some miles on the car and track it I think you’ll enjoy it a bit more if it doesn’t start your ownership in mint condition. I know you said you’re not looking for a collectible, but at 12 years old that condition is borderline collectible for these cars, or at least commanding top dollar.
Thanks for your feedback.

I didn’t appreciate the different in traction control - I’ll have to do more research. The years 2007 and 2008 mean it will be 15 years old when I expect to move back to Canada, and 15 years is the age at which a car like this can be imported.

On your second point, I recognize that it appears fairly contradictory and I’m having a hard time squaring myself what I really want. I’m tending towards lower mileage / better condition to satisfy my OCD and knowing I’ll enjoy washing / maintaining more in that case. I’d expect to track it just enjoy to get to know the car.

Thanks again for the feedback.

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You should do more research (seriously). Your lack of knowledge will make your purchase more costly. Research twice (or more) and purchase once.

Lower mileage doesn't mean a car is in better condition. Even the owner's manual encourages driving the car. Do your really want a car that's been mostly parked?

The vast majority of Exige models don't have the LSD option. It only became an option because autocrossers wanted it and Lotus making it availabe allowed the owners to race their car in certain classes. Unless you're autocrossing, there is some debate as to whether it's actually a benefit.
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/...2/#post4989090

Beware of ads stating LSD. Insist on a picture of the transmission from above. The third character will be "O" or "L" (open or limited slip).
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f25...0/#post5877582

Given the small number of Exige models, you're doing yourself a disservice by being particular. It's better to be open to the vehicles available and then adding what you deem is important. Again, you should do more research.

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You should do more research (seriously). Your lack of knowledge will make your purchase more costly. Research twice (or more) and purchase once.

Lower mileage doesn't mean a car is in better condition. Even the owner's manual encourages driving the car. Do your really want a car that's been mostly parked?

The vast majority of Exige models don't have the LSD option. It only became an option because autocrossers wanted it and Lotus making it availabe allowed the owners to race their car in certain classes. Unless you're autocrossing, there is some debate as to whether it's actually a benefit.
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/...2/#post4989090

Beware of ads stating LSD. Insist on a picture of the transmission from above. The third character will be "O" or "L" (open or limited slip).
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f25...0/#post5877582

Given the small number of Exige models, you're doing yourself a disservice by being particular. It's better to be open to the vehicles available and then adding what you deem is important. Again, you should do more research.

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Hi San -

I appreciate the constructive criticism and will attempt to curb my enthusiasm while continuing to come up the learning curve.

Cheers,
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Don't "curb your enthusiasm" man.

These cars are toys. They evoke passion. You can find EXACTLY what your looking for! Maybe it will take more work, or more money, or change your criteria, but anyway. Please don't let the tone deafness of others impact your mindset.
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Don't "curb your enthusiasm" man.

These cars are toys. They evoke passion. You can find EXACTLY what your looking for! Maybe it will take more work, or more money, or change your criteria, but anyway. Please don't let the tone deafness of others impact your mindset.
I agree, don't curb your enthusiasm. Just make sure you know the differences in the different Exige models so you get what you want.

I've been helping another member here with his search for an Exige and although he thought he knew the differences, he was quite surprised when we discussed it.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like to discuss it further.

As for the implication of being "tone deaf", I know Motard isn't a sound engineer or a doctor, as it would be on his resume (which I wrote for him). Don't tell anyone, but he's really one of the "Men in Black". His Jaguar is powered by alien technology and he hides all of the special blasters and ray guns under the ginourmous hood.

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I wish those special alien powers would magically fix my brakes on that Jaguar.

I have a future announcement on my Exige. I won't know either way for a few months....



Until that time, I will just continue to throw life essence (Money, Time) into that beautiful Black V12 moneypit...

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San / Motard - Thanks for the feedback gents! It'll be a journey to figure out what I want and then go find it.

Motard - Keep me in mind if / when you start to write a 'for sale' post for your car.

Cheers,
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