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lance_mn 03-20-2019 09:30 AM

After 10 years, finally bought one!
 
Hey gang!

I finally bought one. I was in love with these cars in college and flew to Chicago after College to buy one... The interior and drive-ability scared me away. Well, over the next decade, literally every time I shopped cars again, I'd search Elises first and dream of owning one. I decided that if I spent a decade vacillating over them, then I should probably just buy one let myself enjoy its quirks.

I purchased one in Denver couple days ago and drove it to Minnesota. The drive was intense. I suspect it may have aftermarket exhaust, as the noise drove me to stop at a walgreens for earplugs. Also it either has a loose ball bearing or else this thing "tramlines" more sporadically than I thought possible.

Overall I'm extremely excited. However, I've found about a half dozen things wrong with it since buying it, which has put a damper on things. Yesterday I typed up a separate post to hopefully get help figuring some of that out. If you're feeling helpful, give a look? https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f25...issues-467214/

Looking forward to getting to know the community :) I feel like this was a longgg time coming
Lance

lt1_fd3s 03-20-2019 09:48 AM

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congratulations...

LostPawn 03-20-2019 09:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lance_mn (Post 5932288)
I purchased one in Denver and drove it to Minnesota. The drive was intense. I suspect it may have aftermarket exhaust, as the noise drove me to stop at a walgreens for earplugs. Also it either has a loose ball bearing or else this thing "tramlines" more sporadically than I thought possible.

Curious what Elise in Denver you purchased? Maybe some pics?

glb 03-20-2019 10:04 AM

Good for you.



Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:


1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

Re-Enforcer long thru bolts that terminate under car and tie down the tower:
https://www.inokinetic.com/lotus/re-...y=Transmission

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 20 minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.

For street cars, consider removing one or both oil coolers. Some cover them.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s InoKinetic’s for two examples.


8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311...-u-tube-47232/

9. The stock radiators are prone to leaking where the end caps meet the metal part. Keep an eye on this. Most of us use single-pass all-aluminum radiators.

10. When your wheel well liner comes loose, skip the lame plastic rivet and use Well-Nuts instead.

11. Life will be better if you disable the auto-arming alarm function on the earlier cars. You won’t have to press a button to start the car. Instructions:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320...ramming-70940/


12. These cars cannot be left off a Battery Tender for weeks at a time. Unless dead batteries are a particular joy of yours. Buy one right away. There are numerous threads here about which ppl use and like.


13, Some on this site are a bit obsessed with hockey pucks for lifting the car. Don’t use these. Too hard and slippery, generally, and too small a surface area. Use a piece of wood, as your hero does.

14. Visit the Uber Thread

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/e...ow-here-25131/

15. Most parts on the car are made by Toyota and others, so buying things like a/c compressors, engine parts, etc. is wildly expensive when purchased thru Lotus.
Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.

16. The soft high-grip tires on most of our cars lose much of that grip when temperatures drop below 50 F. I know of too many ppl who spun their cars when not remembering this. I use hi-performance all-seasons.

Note that many summer tires cannot even be stored in temps below 20 F.

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Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101...brakes-241138/


How to Search:

For future reference: Don't use the search on this site. Simply use Google and end the search text with "site:lotustalk.com". E.g.
Transmission Fluid change what bolt site:lotustalk.com no space betw site:lotustalk.com

shay2nak 03-20-2019 11:57 AM

congrats!

AwesomeJoe 03-20-2019 11:58 AM

Pics or GTFO.... lol

lance_mn 03-20-2019 05:11 PM

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Haha thanks guys! I've been too busy to really take pics, but I'll give you what I got!

Quote:

Originally Posted by LostPawn (Post 5932316)
Curious what Elise in Denver you purchased? Maybe some pics?

I bought it from AutoNation Chrysler Jeep in Littleton. Carfax says I'm owner #4. 24k miles. I think it'd been in Colorado for ~ 7 years according to carfax?

ALSO: If you'd like to test your elise knowledge or be a good samaritan, I haven't had any responses yet to my troubleshooting thread. I'm still a bit panicked about my red flashing light scenario.

Thanks!


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