My spin on this car as a DD.
Lotus Elise SC with sports pack.
Noise, I don't believe it's that noisy. I had a Audi S3 with sunroof previously and with the windows down and sunroof open, just as noisy. Also had a Mini convertible some years back. just as noisy with the roof down. Soft tops are always going to be noisier. unless you are doing significant speed >65-70mph it's quite livable.
Ride, I was disappointed with the ride of the sport pack or LSS suspension, very harsh and wouldn't recommend it for DD. The standard suspension is suposed to be OK but most change to Nitrons, Quantum or Ohlins. The ride improves dramatically on coarse surfaces.
Space, this can be limiting, but planning is needed here which is obvious, but comparing this with the Audi, damage to the interior nappa leather and soft trim was always a problem. You don't worry about this with the Elise.
A/C works fine in my car, in fact I would say better than some big cars as the cabin is very small and cools quickly. (I live in Oz and it gets very hot here) I have heard some people in Florida struggle, I believe this may be due to the high humidity and the A/C freezes up.
Smoothness, You do feel like you are driving a car that maybe built 30 years ago, you feel the car every second you are driving it. It does not float along the road like a SUV. But this is why you buy it, the car does exactly what you tell it and the cornering speeds are just so much higher than many other so called sporty cars. It can be driven very smooth especially with the SC fitted due to the torque available, throttle response is amazing even with low RPM in sixth gear. Fuel ecomony is just amazing with a car of this performance.
Leaks, I have experienced some leaks with the soft top which have been adjusted by the dealer, as it is our summer here, I haven't had a heavy downpour to confirm it is leak proof. This can be fixed by fitting a hardtop which may be a future purchase for me.
Haven't had it that long but I have to admit I have had a number of failures occuring which have been fixed by the dealer. Maybe I got a friday car but now seems to be fine.
Any nice sports car you don't want to bang. My Audi S3 was the same hieight as the front of the Elise (std) and you need to be careful with kerbs etc. This would be the same with any performance car. So you just need to be that little more careful.
Vision to other driver.
Be aware of other cars mirrors, don't get to close behind high hipped cars. Always ensure you can see their rear mirror, otherwise they can't see you.
I really can't see what others are talking about. This car has fantastic vision. Just turn your head to the sides and there is only the seat and the rollbar. Very little blind spots. Most modern high hipped sedans are much worse. (unless they are talking about the Exige)
Entry/exit, yes you get good at it but passengers no, can be a thumbs down for some people.
Electronic gadgets which are now std on most modern models are in short supply with the Elise. Seats need to be manually/modified adjusted (mine was for rake)
boot and interior is poor
Wet weather driving (no snow here EVER)
I find it drives like any rear wheel drive car in wet conditions, better than a ute or pickup. just don't be stupid with it. (have Yokos AD07s fitted)
firm but comfortable, I fitted sheepskins as the grip material on the side of the Probaxs can destroy your jeans. It grips and rips studs off. Especially if you swivel in the seat. Plus the sheepskins quiet the cab and reallly improve the seat comfort.
The bottom line is once you are in and the car is moving it does feel good. something direct about this car that is just nice. You feel your driving it whilst many other cars you feel your steering it. Hard to explain but something just nice.
Last edited by West oz loti; 02-26-2012 at 10:03 PM.