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05-08-2019 06:46 PM
E.Murray
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Originally Posted by steelypip View Post
This raises a really valid point: The suitability of a particular car for your mundane use is as much about your expectations as is it about the car.

As I posted in another thread, if you've daily driven any factory high performance car of the 1960s, you have experienced a less polished vehicle than a Lotus built in this century. The only way in which an Elige is deficient relative to the assortment of 1960s sports and muscle cars I've dealt with over the decades is cargo capacity.

Another piece of expectations would have to be your environment. If you live in SoCal - what a shock, you can DD a Lotus 12 months out of the year pretty easily. Ditto most of Florida. If you live in the rust belt, it's a greater (and in my opinion rather unwise) commitment to not have a winter beater.
Very valid point. It's about the expectations. Every car came with a specific set of expectations. The Saab was hoot for completely different reasons than the MG or the Datsun. But for each of them, it's a matter of recalibrating what you expect to the reality of the car. I loved each of them for something different.

And I drove each for at least a year in every type of weather. 100+ degree summer sitting in traffic. Snowy trips back and forth to work. Driving rain. I had lots of story-worthy experiences in them (and other cars not on that particular list, but of similar ilk). The adventure of motoring is something too few experience.
05-08-2019 12:11 PM
steelypip
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Originally Posted by E.Murray View Post
I think the new Elise will be just fine as my daily!
This raises a really valid point: The suitability of a particular car for your mundane use is as much about your expectations as is it about the car.

As I posted in another thread, if you've daily driven any factory high performance car of the 1960s, you have experienced a less polished vehicle than a Lotus built in this century. The only way in which an Elige is deficient relative to the assortment of 1960s sports and muscle cars I've dealt with over the decades is cargo capacity.

Another piece of expectations would have to be your environment. If you live in SoCal - what a shock, you can DD a Lotus 12 months out of the year pretty easily. Ditto most of Florida. If you live in the rust belt, it's a greater (and in my opinion rather unwise) commitment to not have a winter beater.

Here in the Virginia piedmont, I park mine when there's salt on the road - typically 2-3 months starting in late December, and ending with the first heavy spring rain in early March. So I don't have to DD in snow. My car is garaged and I have covered parking at work, so I don't have to worry about how well the defroster copes with snow, for instance.

I drove mine to work yesterday and today, and am planning on doing it for most of the summer and fall - particularly because I'll be putting a new convertible top on the Celica.
05-08-2019 08:27 AM
E.Murray Cars I've used as sole source of transportation (sun, rain, snow).

1972 MGBGT
1972 Porsche 914
1972 Saab Sonnet
1974 Datsun 260Z (with Chevy 350. No pb, ps, heat, radio)
1968 Corvette convertible
Fiberfab Aztec kit car (VW based with turbo 1776cc engine)

I think the new Elise will be just fine as my daily!
05-06-2019 06:25 AM
David Craig Almost 10 years, over 230,000 km. Wash and waxed on the weekend.
12-23-2018 01:06 PM
BritInNY Upstate NY ... target purchase: Esprit. Do they make snow tyres to fit?

Apologies for the throwaway post (I think this is the last post to "unlock" PMs).

Steve.
11-15-2018 09:15 AM
David Craig On a recent road trip to Florida I passed 222,222 km. I could not get a decent picture of that as I was driving. So I took one at 222,822 km on Nov 6, 2018.

This trip added another 4,600 km to my total.

The car ran perfectly as usual. The trip was done on summer tires, but sadly I am back to winter tires for the winter here in Toronto.
10-01-2018 12:11 PM
David Craig My round trip is about 60 miles and I have also gone on quite a few road trips.

Happy to see you are enjoying the car.
09-30-2018 10:54 PM
Leslie Joy Dammer We are using our 2005 Elise as a daily driver....to work and back @6 miles and then to the gym and back @6 miles.....just 12 miles a day and it's a thrill on every drive!!!!
02-12-2018 04:37 PM
glb I will point out that getting in & out is one thing, but I'm extremely comfortable in the car, which I have driven 19 & 17 hrs at a stretch. (I'm 5'8")

Now have 82k miles, but always worked at home. Underwear commute....
02-12-2018 11:03 AM
CloudySkys
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Originally Posted by jaldeborgh View Post
I'm one of those folk who buy toys to use them not to keep them tucked away in a garage.
Same. The Elise is my daily (though I work from home so "daily" is more of once or twice a week) and it's certainly more practical than my CBR600RR
02-12-2018 06:27 AM
jaldeborgh The question I have is what makes a car not a DD? To me it's reliability and/or the roads won't allow it for some reason. In New England in the winter the snow build-up during and after a good sized storm would make it effectively impossible, even with winter tires. While I can't speak for anything but the Evora 400, it seems to prefer being driven on a daily basis. I also wouldn't buy any car that was so uncomfortable that I would only be willing to drive it occasionally or on only smooth roads, but then again I don't do track days. I'm one of those folk who buy toys to use them not to keep them tucked away in a garage.
02-11-2018 05:53 PM
CloudySkys Just took a trip from Orlando up to Atlanta and back in my new Elise. It was comfortable enough that I'll do it again, but certainly less so than my last car was (e92 M3)

Trying to move some stuff to my new apartment with it though... that I won't be doing again
12-07-2017 01:48 PM
VisualEchos Yeah, wow!
12-07-2017 12:16 PM
shay2nak wow
12-07-2017 10:43 AM
David Craig Passed 200,000 km last night (Dec 6, 2017) on my 2009 Lotus Elise.

I can now look forward to 250,000 km which should occur in about 2 years.
09-05-2017 09:32 AM
LotusCC
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Originally Posted by David Craig View Post
I'm now up to 8 years and 189,000 km on my 2009 Elise. Both the A/C and the ABS no longer work. I do miss the A/C from time to time but I definitely can live without it up here in Toronto.



Last fall my wife and I did a road trip from Toronto to St. Augustine Florida to visit some relatives and that was a lot of fun. We both feel the car is comfortable for long trips. You do need to carefully pick and choose what you pack though.



The car has been running extremely well which is nice for a car of this age. I'm very pleased about that.



The photo below was taken at Wasaga Beach, Ontario in August 2017.



Happy motoring!

Above photo is not actually David Craig.
David Craig looks like this.

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09-05-2017 08:58 AM
David Craig
8th Year Anniversary

I'm now up to 8 years and 189,000 km on my 2009 Elise. Both the A/C and the ABS no longer work. I do miss the A/C from time to time but I definitely can live without it up here in Toronto.

Last fall my wife and I did a road trip from Toronto to St. Augustine Florida to visit some relatives and that was a lot of fun. We both feel the car is comfortable for long trips. You do need to carefully pick and choose what you pack though.

The car has been running extremely well which is nice for a car of this age. I'm very pleased about that.

The photo below was taken at Wasaga Beach, Ontario in August 2017.

Happy motoring!
06-03-2017 06:29 AM
blaising
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Originally Posted by Dom426h View Post
Fun car?, Yes
DD?, No
Beg to differ. Totally DD this car. Difference between "eating" and "dining".
Pic is visiting a construction job site (architect)
06-03-2017 04:59 AM
Dom426h Fun car?, Yes
DD?, No
02-06-2017 02:12 PM
glb Most have protective film, like StarShield or Xpel.
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