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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-21-2017, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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This week l will be purchasing a 2005 Elise. Test drive was great! Minor paint issues, two chips where the boot opens and hits the body. Seller said alarm system is sensitive and it randomly goes off in the middle of the night. Some mystery wires hanging down from the bottom side of the passengers side dash. The under side plates are in great condition no scratches.

Have been looking forward to this day since 2005. Just wanted to see if any one has some "new owner" constructive criticism, suggestions, or possible ideas on how to fix the alarm. I'm familiar with where it is located but is sensitivity really the issue or could it be malfunctioning for another reason? I'll be testing everything Monday so I'm sure I'll have an update then. Thanks
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Congratulations A Lo!

This is a good place to start:

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There's a thread in the Alarm/CDL sub-forum on how to adjust the sensitivity of the microwave sensor.

Here's the link...

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320...-motion-85715/

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Congratulations A Lo!

This is a good place to start:

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Thanks!
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There's a thread in the Alarm/CDL sub-forum on how to adjust the sensitivity of the microwave sensor.

Here's the link...

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320...-motion-85715/
Great! Thank you
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These are brilliant cars, loads of fun.


and now, this-

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.


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 for one example.


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. Visit the Uber Thread

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

13. Most parts on the car are made by Toyota and others, so buying things like a/c compressors, engine parts, etc. are wildly expense when purchased thru Lotus.

Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.


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I don't think the 2005 comes with the inside motion sensor. I could be wrong. Congrats on the new purchase and get your modification fund ready. Enjoy!!!
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The RLS multivex mirrors are terrible and a waste a money! i found myself squinting and seeing double vision. at night, i couldn't see anything with all the glare. good luck removing them without cracking them.

I have an 05 and once in a while the alarm goes off at weird moments.

Good luck and enjoy in good health
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I don't think the 2005 comes with the inside motion sensor. I could be wrong. Congrats on the new purchase and get your modification fund ready. Enjoy!!!
They do. I have to disable mine if I am cuaght out in the rain. The microwave thinks the rain is movent if it is pouring really hard out.

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The RLS multivex mirrors are terrible and a waste a money! i found myself squinting and seeing double vision. at night, i couldn't see anything with all the glare. good luck removing them without cracking them.

I have an 05 and once in a while the alarm goes off at weird moments.

Good luck and enjoy in good health
Really? I've never met anyone who didn't like them. I've had mine for 12 yrs and bought a 2nd set to ensure I'd never be w/o them.

Wonder if yours were misformed....

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Even have a set of RLS version.

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#11 in my list makes Lotus life much better.

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Congradulations on the purchase. Post some photos when you close the deal! I purchased my 05' Elise 3 weeks ago and can't wipe the smile off my face every time I drive it. This is the place for answers and lots of great info. Where are you located? I am in Melbourne, Florida.
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I'm also very pleased with the RLS mirrors. However, they have changed ownership recently and are quite hard to get a hold of.

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The RLS multivex mirrors are terrible and a waste a money! i found myself squinting and seeing double vision. at night, i couldn't see anything with all the glare. good luck removing them without cracking them.



I have an 05 and once in a while the alarm goes off at weird moments.



Good luck and enjoy in good health


Any good mirror solutions in 2017? Can’t seem to find anyone still making these anymore who’s still in business...


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I went to the local hardware store and bought 2 2" round convex mirrors and stuck them on. They work great and i can still see out of the regular mirrors.

I bought some slightly smaller adjustable ones for another car and i can't see anything out of those. It seems they are not all created equal.

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Any good mirror solutions in 2017? Can’t seem to find anyone still making these anymore who’s still in business...


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I went with these after a guardrail took my multivex:

https://www.inokinetic.com/lotus/rac...egory=Exterior

Well, technically I have the Sector111 ones who are now defunct and this is their replacement company. You lose some of the curvature, but I have mine adjusted just so, and they work great.

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Congrats, and welcome.

Here are my favorite upgrades I've done, which have made my owner experience much improved in the 9 years I've had the car.

- HID headlights <--- see better
- Shift reinforcer <--- shift easier
- Additional shifter mods to make the console not move as much <--- shift easier
- Jim Clayton heavy-ball shift knob <--- shift easier
- Manly motor mounts <--- shift easier
- Steering arms (more negative camber for the front) <--- more telepathic steering
- Larini dual-tip exhaust <--- fantastic sound
- Tune (thanks again BOE!) <--- buttery smooth power delivery with no dips or valleys
- Cup Car air box <--- better sound
- Cup Car Sparco steering wheel <--- better driving feel
- Nitron street series suspension <--- better handling AND comfort (wow!)

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I went with these after a guardrail took my multivex:

https://www.inokinetic.com/lotus/rac...egory=Exterior

Well, technically I have the Sector111 ones who are now defunct and this is their replacement company. You lose some of the curvature, but I have mine adjusted just so, and they work great.
Do these eliminate or just reduce blind spots? Thx.

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Do these eliminate or just reduce blind spots? Thx.
That's very, very sensitive to how you have the mirrors set up (true on any car as I am sure you know), but I can continuously track a passing car from my rearview to sideview to side window. At times it is only a small fraction of said car, but it is there. I found the RLS mirrors gave a taller view but not appreciably wider.

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