Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
I spent ten years doing a complete tear down/rebuild of a '69 Lotus Elan, during which time I had to fix many of the hidden design flaws. Water pump fixes, CV joints instead of rubber donuts, and numerous others were left by the folks at Lotus for future owners to figure out.
Years later, I find that my Elise has some design/execution problems as well. This isn't a big surprise to a seasoned Lotus owner, but I imagine that younger owners who cut their teeth on Hondas, Toyotas, and the like find it disconcerting. Stuff like this happens on low volume semi-exotics like Lotus, as the designs push the envelope more than the average high-volume grocery getter and don't get tested to the same extent before production.
Bottom line is that it's just part of the Lotus ownership experience. You either accept it for what it is or move on.
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