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2005 Ardent Red Lotus Elise

2005 Lotus Elise
Sports package
VIN SCCPC11185HL32505
Ardent red with black interior
Hard and soft tops.
California car

I purchased this car in 2014 from a customer of Rob Dietch of Dietschwerks. The car had 30,000 miles when purchased. Rob recommended a number of modifications for both safe and predictable track performance and roadability. These included:

Nitron singles shock absorbers.
BOE rear toe link upgrade (stock toe links are known to fail).
Stainless steel brake lines.
Forged aluminum radiator.
Sector 111 Syspak seat secure system. Harness bar. (rear panel delete.)
Schroth red 6 point seatbelts. Original 3 point belts retained.
BOE baffled oil pan.
Baffled fuel tank.
Lighter flywheel
Heavy duty clutch.
Taller 6th gear for lower RPM and fuel consumption when cruising.
Alcantara leather headliner.
BOE Fastwerks 200 tune.
Rota 16X7 and 17X8 wheels with Lotus center caps.
Current tires are Yokoyama Advan Sport V105s.

I drove the car 4 times on the track and decided that track driving was not for me. I drove it as a daily driver most of the time I owned it.

In addition to the work done at Dietschwerks, I have made the following improvements:

Sector 111 headlight upgrade.
Sector 111 trunk booty bag.
Battery charger.
Car cover.
Sunbrella car cover.
Sector 111 NiftyLifty
Carbon fiber dash to prevent offgassing onto the interior of the windshield.
V6 mirror plinths.
Passenger side Extendview mirror.
NuKey X2
HINT pad
Chrome carpet buttons.
Gregs race parts trunk lid strut.
The car did not come with Star Shield. I had all the stone chips removed and Xpel Ultimate film applied. All bodywork done by Julio at Mulholland Motorworks.
Windshield replaced because of stone chips.
Sun visors removed.
Sir Lotus polycarbonate clam protector plates.
Fuel door and diffuser powdercoated black.
Innova diagnostics OBD reader.
Portable electric air pump,
Ctek battery charger.
Complete factory shop manual printed.
Spare gas caps.

In 2015, Allen Senna at VSA replaced the camshaft, installed new Lotus brake rotors and Ferodo DS2500 brake pads. He also installed the Sector 111 headlamps.

Oil, transmission and brake fluid changed 8/30/18 at 51,533 miles.
I have not driven the car much since I retired 2 years ago. My wife developed an orthopedic problem that makes it difficult for her to get in and out of the car. I have spent most of the last year getting the car ready for sale. The Fastwerks tune was creating problems with the California smog inspection. It took me months to figure out and to have the tune reinstalled. It now passes SMOG. Paint correction performed with a dual action polisher followed by multiple coats of Zaino. The car is free of squeaks and rattles. Hard top does not leak. Current odometer reading is 52,657 miles. At this point, there should be nothing left to do on the car other than drive it.

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Hi, is your Elise still available? I’m interested.
I don’t have enough comments on lotus talk to private message.
Shoot me a text at (541) 890-7002

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Man, if this was closer to the midwest I would buy it....

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Thanks for the correction, Oldman. The car also had the touring pack. I also deleted one of the oil coolers because of the theory that low oil temps were contributing to cam failures.
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Still for sale? Would appreciate interior photos.

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