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post #21 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-13-2016, 05:44 PM
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I was 14 years old when the Elise was first sold in the US. If the Elise was new today, I would buy one brand new.

I doubt the 2020 Lotus thats rumored to return to the US will make me happy.

I am very very happy with my current Elise which I bought from the original owner.
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ditto - and never thought of it that way?!

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Hell I was in my 30's... now I've just entered my 50's... Holy Crap!
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I put my deposit down in May 2005 and picked it up on September 23rd. Use it as a daily driver during from April to November. Have 75K on her now. Lots of autocross, HPDEs and TTs in these 10 years. Has been reasonably reliable and easy to work on. Over the winter there did an engine rebuild and a new LSD transmission. Love the car, expect to be still driving it for another decade.

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I still got mine, 2005 original owner 😀.
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I still got mine, 2005 original owner 😀.
Me too.

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Hi Jon - havent seen you at a GGLC event in ages

06 owner since new (Dec 05) with 91k miles. The Elise spent 9 years as a daily with a lot of track days in the first few years and now hope to start doing more in it this year.

Had a Seven for a few years as the track car and now have an Evora S as the daily.

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For what it's worth, this is the longest I've owned any car -- and I just finally passed the 35,000 mile mark. I can't imagine selling it. Yet, somehow, either through selling or crashing, it's clear that many other people have gotten out of the Elise game.
Man, I don't know how you were able to put so few miles on it having it that long! They are just so much fun to drive, I want to drive mine any chance I get. Wish I could have been an original owner though, I was a little too young when they came out.
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Hi Jon - havent seen you at a GGLC event in ages

06 owner since new (Dec 05) with 91k miles. The Elise spent 9 years as a daily with a lot of track days in the first few years and now hope to start doing more in it this year.

Had a Seven for a few years as the track car and now have an Evora S as the daily.
I know... it's been ages! I took a six year hiatus from any kind of driving events, but now I'm getting back in the swing of things. I'll be signing up with HOD, NCRC and GGLC. Just poking around for the best dates on the schedule. Hope to see you again!

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Man, I don't know how you were able to put so few miles on it having it that long! They are just so much fun to drive, I want to drive mine any chance I get. Wish I could have been an original owner though, I was a little too young when they came out.
Haha... well, see my above response to rnr: I stopped doing track events for six years, and drove the car very, very infrequently during that time.

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I'm the original owner of mine -- took delivery in July 2005. Unfortunately, I've only driven it 18,000 miles, but every one has been a blast. I wouldn't dream of selling it.

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I cut the line at the dealer in Jan '05 and still have my '05 (built Nov '04). 46k mi. I have not found a group to go Sunday drives with here in SLO, but I do have HWY 1 and Nacimiento Rd to play on.
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I fell in love with it at first sight at the Chicago Auto Show🏎
I'm revamping the interior and don't care about the resale value because I plan to pass it down to my boys one day 👶🏻👶🏻
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Haven't logged in quite a while, surprised to read this thread and thought to chime in! One of the first '05s to arrive stateside, my only car now @ ~73k, still love it! I'll upgrade to a 400 convertible if that really happens, was impressed by the 400 a few months back. I'd miss that 8.5k redline, though

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This is radical. It's rare to see them with over 40-50k miles. How has the car held up?
For an 11 year old car with 125,000 miles, I think it has held up pretty well. I am good about doing the maintenance on time, and only using good parts and fluids. I recently checked my engine compression and did a leak down test, and it was reasonably good.
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Purchased my '05 in Sept 2004 and still drive and enjoy it. No plans to sell.

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Picked it up in feb/2005 in Atlanta and drove it to Dallas. Still driving it, approx. 75K miles. Never going to sell it.
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This is a great question, Jon! I don't think it's been posted before, that's surprising.

I'm second owner of my '06. PO put 9k miles on, I've done 32k.
I had planned to keep it about five years then build something, but I'm never selling.
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Bought my 2nd Elise as new on 4th June 2006, picked up from the show-room and drove to my brothers wedding in it. Definately out-did the bride (imho :-))

So, 10year anniversary in < 2 months... What to do... A ring would be traditional - not sure I can get a pass-out to go to "the" ring...
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I took delivery of one of the first Elises to arrive in the northeast, and loved every minute of it until it was submerged in water while sitting in a shop located a little too close to the Conneticut River.

Now I'm older and in a much more comfortable Evora

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This is a great question, Jon! I don't think it's been posted before, that's surprising.

I'm second owner of my '06. PO put 9k miles on, I've done 32k.
I had planned to keep it about five years then build something, but I'm never selling.
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f259...-buyer-102961/

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