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Is it a smart decision to buy a new body style Lotus

I was looking at some more pictures of the new body style Elise, and I must say that I really like the look of the 2011's. To me there is something about the design that looks nicely refined over the old bodystyle. Much is the same when we compare the S1 body style to the S2 body. So the questions start when I think that Lotus isn't going to make very many of them, and aftermarket support for the car is also likely to be not as extensive as it is for the older car. I'm not really worried about the mechanical bits, but I am worried about the exterior bits. It is already difficult to buy a clamshell or trunk lid for one of the old cars, so I am wondering how many spare parts is lotus going to make for the new car?

I may be thinking way too deeply about this, but I thought I would see what everyone else thought about it...

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Even when a vehicle model goes out of production, the manufacturer has to carry parts for that model for a minimum of 10 years. Whether some do or don't is a different matter however regarding the clam shells, since Lotus owns the moldings and given the fact that there's not many 2011 Elise models out there, I'm sure you won't have a problem getting the particular piece you need compared to the previous look.

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You are right, I forgot about the ten year rule.

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Is there some legality to this or is this just some self-regulated policy with Lotus?
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They're just not importing them to North America. The new body style clams will be available for a long time because the new Elise/Exige will go on internationally for a few more years at least.
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its the same car - so nothing changes (mechanicals and parts) except some minimal bodywork changes.

other than the styling (which i think is a step backwards - IMO) there is no reason to get one - its the same car as the '05 and on fed elise. (the S1 - S2 was a significant change. albeit, it stages..)

now getting an Evora... thats a different story

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Even when a vehicle model goes out of production, the manufacturer has to carry parts for that model for a minimum of 10 years. .
Urban Legend.

They don't even have to provide parts WHILE the vehicle is in production.
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Urban Legend.

They don't even have to provide parts WHILE the vehicle is in production.
I believe Jack is correct, although both GM and Toyota pledge to do this as part of their whole reliability thing. which means at least the 2zz parts will stay available.

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On a related note, has anyone published a link to the parts catalog for the new Elise?

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Urban Legend.

They don't even have to provide parts WHILE the vehicle is in production.
Well try telling that to Lotus as it came straight out of their mouth.

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I specifically went with the older style when I bought my car in april. I picked a 2009 as it was the last of the old four light mantis style which I love. Not crazy about the new look with the squared off single light upfront. To me, that is a major step backwards. The 2005 Triumph Daytona 600 sport bike had that look.

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I have worked for OEM suppliers for the past 15 years in air induction and fuel systems and I can tell you definitively that service parts are required well beyond production. It is always written into the original contract. In the current plant that I run, we have old molds that we are required to hold onto for service parts that have never run since the parts went out of production. I would love to get rid of them to clear up space but I am not allowed to do this.

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