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post #41 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-15-2016, 03:29 PM
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Bought my '05 in November 2004.

About ~50K miles on it now. I've thought about selling it a couple times because I was riding my Kawasaki everyday for awhile. Glad I didn't. The bike is gone. Keeping the Elise till I die.
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post #42 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-15-2016, 04:24 PM
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I am still original owner since Feb 2005.

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post #43 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-15-2016, 10:31 PM
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still have my '05. picked it up at manhattan motorcars and did a fun 1000 mile drive home. fun except for that bit driving down the westside hwy

Storm Titanium, LSS, touring, hard top. my other car is a ...oh yeah i remember the other car...a spyder. no, wait. some dumb bitch ran a light and destroyed the spyder. now it is a 4 runner trail edition
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post #44 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-16-2016, 12:12 AM
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I still have mine. Took delivery in Oct 04 and just turn 7,700 miles.

Pitiful, I know. With three kiddies I never drive my Elise anymore. But when I do get out, I love every minute of it.
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It's Delux son, Delux. It's not that hard.
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post #45 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-16-2016, 06:08 AM
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Went to Lotus HQ in Duluth Ga when I lived there and signed up. They tracked me down in San Diego and I got the car in Nov. 04 from Symbolic. 8400 miles later (sorry) and I put it up for sale to make room for a restoration of a 62 7. No takers yet but haven't tried too hard if you get what I mean.
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post #46 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-16-2016, 04:37 PM
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I still have mine. 2005. Put down a deposit and had to wait 16 months. That was pure torture.
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post #47 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-17-2016, 08:06 AM
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I bought my '08 about 5 years ago from the original owner. While I wasn't ready to buy a new one in '05, here's what I do have:

-A grainy image of a first year elise that I downloaded back in the earliest days of the internet (1996), still on my home computer's hard drive. It's my "man, if this thing ever comes to the US..." pic.

-A photo of me in an '05 elise at the NY auto show the first year it was there (I think it was actually '04). It was my "man, I definitely need this" pic.

I also still have my last 'fun' cars that I bought in 2001 and 1991. So, let's just say I think I'll be here a while. :-p
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If I didn't total my first car that I bought brand new I'd still own it. The one I bought to replace it, I still daily drive when I'm home to drive it. I've got over 80,000 miles combined with both cars.

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post #49 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-17-2016, 11:42 PM
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Still have mine original owner with 62k miles Car is being supercharged now
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post #50 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-18-2016, 02:40 PM
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Still have mine as well!
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post #51 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-27-2016, 11:54 AM
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Drove my Elise today.

Elise #2393 Bordeaux/Biscuit Interior/Touring and Sport Packs/HT/Sport ECU/GPan3/DSBrace/Quantum Black SA Dampers/Lowered, Corner Weighted/Radium Catch Can/HKS Special Edition Exhaust/New "3M" Starshield/WindowTinting. Purchased new 06/01/05.
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post #52 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-27-2016, 05:22 PM
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Delivered in december 2004 and I have 155k miles on it!
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05 Elise arrived 12/2/2004 (Laser Blue)
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That, Bob, is stellar!

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS. Past '72 Elan Sprint (I restored), Lotus 7 w/X-flow, TT Supra, Bugeye Sprite, BMW 2002 & 2002tii, '65 GTO.

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46k miles and still running like a champ. Keeping mine forever or when ever it dies.
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Delivered in december 2004 and I have 155k miles on it!

** save ~10 lbs gain 1 hp ** EQ: Y=(190*X) / (1984-X) where Y is (HP) and X is (lbs)

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It's great to see so many original, familiar faces (well, screen names) on this thread.

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  • hard top, touring pack, HIDs, SJ Racing 15x7/16x8 track wheels
  • RTD Brace, Nitron 46mm Race Pro 1-Way, BOE oil pan
  • orange/black Lotus Sport trim shop seats, 6-point Schroth belts, Safety Solutions R3 Head & Neck Restraint System
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post #57 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-01-2016, 07:11 PM
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Ordered mine, waited a year and took delivery November 2005 near Thanksgiving. Still have it, drive it almost every day.

Storm-Titanium, Sport & Touring, Hardtop.
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post #58 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-04-2016, 03:28 PM
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still have mine from Feb 2005. 24K miles on it.
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post #59 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-08-2016, 12:20 PM
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Bought my '05 new in late '06, and finally sold it with just over 30K miles on it in 2014. It was Storm Titanium and I supercharged it when it had 10K on it. I've had quite a variety of sports cars over my life, and I've never had one more fun to drive and own than the Elise. But I reached a point where I wanted something that was more comfortable to drive when it was very hot or cold outside. We all know the Elise heating and cooling system is pretty terrible, and even with the top off the radiator air coming in just cooked you when it was hot. So I ended up driving it only in the spring and fall, and a few times in the summer.

It was incredibly reliable and cheap to maintain, although I did go through back tires a LOT, especially after the supercharger. :-) And it was such an attention grabber, fun at times, and annoying at others.

Ended up buying a 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Also a very fun car to drive, but so, so different than the Elise. It's terrifying in the corners with power on, I miss the predictable grip and handling of the Elise. I wish I would have had the space and cash to keep both.
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post #60 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-08-2016, 01:02 PM
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Got my car March 3, 2005. I had to sell my Elan and Caterham to get it so I had to wait to order mine. Eventually bought my Caterham back. Elise is the best car I have ever owned. Will never sell it. Will go to my one son when I leave this earth. My other son already has one. That one came from my best friend after he passed.

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