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maxshuty 05-06-2019 10:46 AM

2007 Lotus Exige S - 28k miles - Phantom Black - Track Pack - Touring Pack & MORE
 
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Hi all, I am listing my Exige S up for sale...

This 2007 Lotus Exige S has ~28,100 miles. Miles may go up slightly if I take it out on a nice day. The color is Phantom Black. It's got star shield, traction control, track pack, and the touring pack! I'm a full believer in including full disclosure and as much details as possible when selling a car so this will be a lengthy post... :)

This car is supercharged from the factory, and if you drive an Elise or a non-supercharged Exige, and then drive this, the difference is truly night and day. Having owned an Elise for a couple years I got a taste of what it was like to drive a supercharged Lotus Exige and had to put the Elise for sale to pick up an Exige S. I have owned this Exige S for a little over a year. It's an absolute blast to drive, and gets tons of comments everywhere you go. People really enjoy the black color too.

I have a certificate of provenance from Andy Graham at Lotus for this Exige. I will provide a copy of this to the new owner (I like to keep the originals of the cars I own). The certificate will show that this car is #9 of 13 total that have the same options and color, so it's a decently rare car. Check out the photos for the full write-up from Andy Graham.

To my knowledge this car has a clean history and has never been in any accidents. I can provide a copy of the CarFax that I ran when I first purchased the car, however, I always recommend the buyer spend the $50 to purchase it and see for themselves.

I have two different friends who own dealerships and are willing to run this car through their dealership if the buyer wants (basically they buy the car from me and immediately sell it to you). There are lots of benefits to doing the sale this way, but I'm just as happy to do the sale myself too. I just like to throw that out there as an option.

This car has very desirable upgrades that many Lotus owners do (or want to do) to their cars including the carbon fiber center console and the very desirable rear tail light upgrade (the stock LED tail lights have issues where they burn out easily).

This car has brand new rear tires!

UPGRADES:
The full list of upgrades (that I'm aware of):
-Larini SC sport exhaust (sounds absolutely phenomenal)
-Sector 111 DSbrace
-GRP rear tail lights (the highly demanded version 2)
-GRP carbon fiber center console
-Carbon fiber steer wheel insert
-GRP red front tow hook (not installed in any photos, but will be included)
-Rear camera (non-functioning, I believe the previous owner must have had a different head unit installed that had a display)
-32 Pin iPod adapter (non-functioning, see above)
-Easy battery tender hook up (just plug and play to hook the car up to a battery tender

EXTERIOR:
The car has normal wear you would expect from a 12 year old car, but overall it's in excellent condition. I would say it's a 9/10... The car has the star shield option so the front clam, rear clam, and rocker panels all have clear bra, though I would say that if you wanted the cars paint to be a 9.5/10 then I would recommend having those replaced. The rims are all in great condition. When I purchased the car every single taillight had at least 1 LED light out, so I took those out and replaced them with the GRP tail lights which look better, and work better. They really modernize the rear end of these cars and I highly recommend them to anyone out there. I put weatherstripping around every taillight to ensure that it would not let any water into the trunk which can be a common problem with aftermarket light options, and sometimes even the stock ones. This prevents that from happening at all.

I hand wash and detail the car myself. I'm no expert at detailing, but at least I know I'm getting the job done the way I would want it done.

Besides normal wear that you would expect from a car with 28k miles, the only cosmetic issue is something you can't even see - I scraped the bottom of the front splitter one time. I have no excuses for this other than I the fact I just misjudged an incline, which I'm always very cautious about. This is not visible what-so-ever unless you lift the car up and look under it. It hasn't bothered me enough to get repainted, but it should be a pretty cheap repair if it really bothered you.

INTERIOR:
The interior is super clean and in great condition, and has an almost brand new carbon fiber center console installed. I would say it's an 8.5/10 It's also got the carbon fiber steering wheel insert. The only fault I have noticed on the interior is that one of the previous owners must have done what so many other people make the mistake of doing and that's using a certain cleaning agent on the steering wheel - it removes the fine finish. At least that's what I believe happens, it might be something to do with the sun, but my old Elise never had this problem and I never used bad cleaning products on the steering wheel. Arguably you'll find just as many cars for sale that have this issue than you will find that don't. The plastic side sills on the car have normal minor scratches that 99.99% of all Eliges have from people getting in and out, but I pride myself on years of Elige ownership in that I try not to ever scrape my feet on those things. I get by not hitting it most of the time.

ENGINE: The engine, as far as I know, is totally stock and in excellent condition. I do oil changes twice per year and definitely don't drive it anywhere near the 10k recommended changing interval.

Mechanically I've never had any issues with this car. I bought it in New Jersey and my wife and I drove it 1200 miles back to Minnesota. I would highly recommend the next buyer to do the same - we've done it for both the Elise and Exige and it makes for some great memories. I have full faith that the car would not have any issues going on a 2,000 mile road trip tomorrow. The only thing I've noticed with this car is something that is common for many Elise/Exige's in that before the gear oil get's warmed some times it shifts a little rough. Once the oil is warm is shifts very smooth.

At 21k miles (before I owned the car) it had new suspension bushings, oil/filter change, brake fluid flush, coolant flush, and transmission flush from Gator Motorsport.

HISTORY:
I purchased this car from a dealership in New Jersey. If I'm honest, the dealership really didn't know what they were selling. When I called them I asked what the car had done to it and I was told it was 100% totally stock. They were selling the car on consignment for a gentleman who I guess collects exotics and supercars. I did some more research on the VIN and realized that it probably was not a 100% stock vehicle like the dealership alluded to. After I got to the dealership and did some inspections I noticed that it was not stock and did in fact have some (very desirable) modifications. It had the Larini SC sport exhaust, Sector 111 DSbrace, and all of the previously mentioned maintenance performed. I also took note that the car has lots of options like the star shield, traction control, track pack, and touring pack... so I was pretty pleased when I found that out and confirmed when I looked at the car in person.

If you want to view that original for sale add from Gator Motorsport that link is here and also includes pictures from their sale ad: https://www.gatormotorsport.com/sale...iles-thank-you

I believe the person that when I purchased the car the person who owned it before me put something like 300 miles on it. The bulk of the mileage would be from the first original owner of the vehicle who I do not have any information on, unfortunately.


INSPECTIONS:
There are plenty of Lotus gurus in Minnesota who are on many of the online forums like this one who I'm sure would be more than happy to do an honest review of the car. There is also a couple different shops in the area who have Lotus specialists who are fair and honest if you wanted to have the car inspected prior to making a potential trip to look at it for yourself.

WHY I AM SELLING:
I absolutely love owning Lotus vehicles, but we picked up a Tesla Model S for my wife and every time I drive that car my jealousy grows more and more, and quite honestly it ruins the experience of other cars. A buddy of mine sold his Lamborghini for the same reason... call us crazy I guess! At the end of the day I've fought tooth and nail to get my wife to let me buy a Tesla for myself and keep the Exige, but she claims I can only have as many cars as I can fit in the garage, and I've got sentimental attachment to my other cars, and unfortunately I've yet to solve how I can fit a lift in my garage to support another car.

I know I will probably regret it the second I see the Exige rolling away, but for now the Exige has to go so I can get my own Tesla. I'm sure I will be back in another Exige once I solve the garage space issue.

EXTRAS:
I will email all professional photos that I have of this car. It's been featured on Lotus Official facebook page, and even at the Minnesota Auto Show. The only other extra I have is the stock center console.

TRACK:
I've never had the car on a track. This is truly a shame. I can't speak to the previous owners and whether or not they had tracked this, but I can say I have not. I know some people look for cars that have not been tracked, so I can say with certainty that I have not tracked it, but I wish I had.

TITLE:
The title does have a lien on it, Minnesota is a title holding state. That means I have the title in my possession. This is a super easy and hassle free process that I've done with many cars I've sold in the past, it really doesn't add anything additional other than a trip to my bank either by myself or more preferably the buyer and I so we could do the title hand-over and everything right there. The title is otherwise clean as you can see when pulling the AutoCheck or CarFax.

STORAGE:
I have always stored the car in our heated garage.

IN SUMMARY:
I love this car, I'm going to be sad to see it go, but it's just one of those things... whoever picks this up will be getting a well maintained and solid car that's got pretty much all of the desirable things that many people look for in their hunt for an Elige.

I would be more than happy to do a skype/facetime video call with anyone who is interested and show you the actual car in real time and answer any questions. If you want to come look at the car in person I am available pretty much any weekend. During the week I'm usually able to be slightly flexible but it really depends on how many meetings I've got going on.

I'm probably forgetting something, and if I think of anything else I will update this post accordingly. Please message me for my contact info or reply here and we can get in touch.

Almost all of the mileage on the car during my ownership is from our drive back from New Jersey to Minnesota, and then from random day trips to my parents house (200 mile round trip).

LOCATION:
Near Plymouth, Minnesota 55447 (suburbs of Minneapolis / MSP). I can pick you up from the airport if you fly in. If you choose to have it trailered I can accommodate that as well (I don't recommend simply because the experience of driving it home will be amazing).

ASKING PRICE:
$49,990. For now I am firm on the price as I'm really in no rush to get rid of the car and can still enjoy it for the summer.
(Previously) $51k obo

maxshuty 05-06-2019 10:50 AM

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Some more pictures (interior shot does not include the carbon fiber center console as that was just installed over the winter)

maxshuty 05-06-2019 10:53 AM

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Interior shot with the carbon fiber center console. I will edit this post later after I get some more interior shots.

maxshuty 05-06-2019 03:30 PM

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I just ran out to the garage and took some current pictures of the car...

maxshuty 05-06-2019 03:30 PM

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More interior pics I just snapped

maxshuty 05-11-2019 11:48 AM

Price drop, $49,990 and I've also got brand new rear tires in the mail for the car. I am firm at this price as this is a very clean, well optioned car and worst case scenario is I can enjoy the car for the Summer.

pakova 05-12-2019 06:51 AM

Honestly presented car by an enthusiast owner - this car will find a new home quickly. Have you ever had the cams inspected?

ID2F 05-12-2019 07:54 AM

What a stunning looking car! Your write-up is well done and aligns with the attention to detail as your car.

maxshuty 05-12-2019 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by pakova (Post 5946678)
Honestly presented car by an enthusiast owner - this car will find a new home quickly. Have you ever had the cams inspected?

I have not had the cams inspected, but I really have no reason to believe that there are any issues with them.

Thanks every one for the kind words! :smile2: I'm sure I'll be in an Exige again once I get the whole space issue solved :scratchhead:

maxshuty 06-01-2019 02:32 AM

Update I had the new rear tires installed last weekend. I forgot to mention in the original ad that I also have the lug nut key and other odds and ends for the car that many owners will realize they don't have until it's too late. It's got the lug nut key, front tow hook from GRP, a bluetooth adapter to play music from your phone wirelessly, and perhaps some other things I'm just forgetting. Either way the new owner will get all of those items that I have for the car.

jcdeng 06-01-2019 06:20 AM

love your videos max!

maxshuty 06-03-2019 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by jcdeng (Post 5952190)
love your videos max!

Haha thanks! Fun little thing to do when I go to car shows and what not.

Speaking of car shows, I was at Cars & Coffee last Saturday, so here is a fresh picture of the car taken a couple days ago (photo credit Alex Bellus Photography Alex Bellus Photography)

smokin orange 06-03-2019 06:57 PM

Beautiful car, cannot believe you are giving it up for a Tesla

maxshuty 06-04-2019 12:41 PM

I'm sure I'll regret it :|

gray 06-04-2019 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by maxshuty (Post 5953126)
I'm sure I'll regret it :|

You might very seriously regret it when something goes wrong with the Model S. This is coming from a early, disillusioned Tesla owner.

maxshuty 06-05-2019 02:26 PM

We've already got one (my wifes car), but every time I drive it I really enjoy it. Plus the Exige doesn't get driven like it should by me anymore, I've been too busy so it's been a garage queen aside from the occasional Saturday cars and coffee whereas the Tesla at least I could use as my DD - not that I can't with the Exige, but I don't want that to be my car that sits in stop and go traffic... that would suck in a Lotus!! Haha

Also if I figure out how to make a lift work in my garage before someone buys this then I'm getting the lift, keeping the Lotus, and getting a Tesla

Gunpilot 06-05-2019 03:55 PM

Not a bad price and car looks sound. Reminds me of what my 07 looked like before I molested it. After 6 years on the track she's showing it!

Snypr18 06-10-2019 12:04 PM

Beautiful car. Its such a shame we will likely never see cars like this again in the US.

maxshuty 06-20-2019 12:50 PM

Another bump, it's got a fresh oil change now :D

jlj3394 06-21-2019 09:39 AM

I'm shocked this hasn't sold yet


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