I'm from Bloomfield Hills and have had my '05 since 2013. For my first two years my car had a dual role: track day fun car and also fair weather toy. Since then it has transformed into a dedicated race car. Call me biased, but I love the platform. There is nothing else that can duplicate the incredible man and machine union for the price. I've instructed for NASA for many years and the only cars that have put the same grin on my face are the S2000 and Porsche GT3.
While you can see I am enthusiastic about the car, you really do need a place to play with it if you're not going to participate in track events. Yes, the car is pretty
fast in a straight line, but nothing like the brute force experienced with many of the V8 pony cars out there on the market. HOWEVER, the other side of me says that you should buy one. V8 pony cars are everywhere and there really is nothing special about them. Whoop dee doo, there's another Mustang, Cayman, Corvette... WHO CARES?!
One of my favorite parts about owning the Elise early on, was that it really gets people talking. These days, a lot of people don't know what the hell it is. Attracts A LOT of attention, and it's a really great opportunity to make some new friends. Being different is a good thing
Living in southeast Michigan, everyone knows the roads are boring and I don't think you'd get as much enjoyment compared to someone that lived on the west side of the state or up in the Traverse City area.
Of course, the solution to all of this is to move and relocate to somewhere around the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee.