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Some different paints and new pedals, too.
 

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ProBax foam in the seats and redesigned shifter (replaced under recall on '05 models). Different rear side panels (slotted design and no reflectors).
 

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06 is definitely better ;)
 

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ProBax foam in the seats and redesigned shifter (replaced under recall on '05 models). Different rear side panels (slotted design and no reflectors).
Technically, the '05 models got the redesigned shifter - they changed it mid year, and recall the ones with the previous version.

The different rear panels was because they incorporated the reflectors into the '06's LED taillights, so they didn't need separate ones on the rear.
 

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There are a number of changes to the 06...

The 2006 got new lighter weight pedal box with forged steel pedal arms and extruded aluminium pads. This new unit, which is lighter then the previous extruded aluminium unit, has an electronic throttle for quicker and smoother engine response.

Reduced brake pedal ratio, braking effort have be reduced by 30 percent and improved pedal feel for the brake and throttle. All three pedals are better positioned for improved "heel and toe" brake and throttle control on downshifts. The cable-less throttle also ensures that emissions are managed more effectively and kept as low as possible under all operating conditions.

LED side and rear lights with integrated reflectors are fitted which are lighter and brighter. The brake lights illuminate 2 tenths of a second (0.2 seconds) quicker (or one Elise car length at 70km/h / 43 mph) and are 36% lighter (around 0.6 kg) than conventional filament bulbs

2006 models do not have reflectors build into the rear panel, since the LED are brighter.

Updated ECU on 2006

Drive by Wire, throttle body in place of last year's mechanical one.


Daytime running lights

ProBax seat padding was upgraded for increased comfort.

The instruments are more clear and easy to read than in the 2005 model. the Tach has 0 to 3000 RPM's grouped tighter.

2006 has a revised fuel tank and evap. loss system.



Eight new colors join the list of 20 available hues for the composite body panels

Base price was raised $3000

2006 option - switchable engine-managed Lotus Traction Control System (LTC)

2006 Option - Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) is available as an option for tight low speed, high acceleration driving.
 

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is there a way to tell if has had the recall done? any visual giveaways without having to dissasemble anything?
The shaft of the old one was hexagonal (feel inside the boot), the replacement is round.
 

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There are a number of changes to the 06...

The 2006 got new lighter weight pedal box with forged steel pedal arms and extruded aluminium pads. This new unit, which is lighter then the previous extruded aluminium unit, has an electronic throttle for quicker and smoother engine response.

Reduced brake pedal ratio, braking effort have be reduced by 30 percent and improved pedal feel for the brake and throttle. All three pedals are better positioned for improved "heel and toe" brake and throttle control on downshifts. The cable-less throttle also ensures that emissions are managed more effectively and kept as low as possible under all operating conditions.

LED side and rear lights with integrated reflectors are fitted which are lighter and brighter. The brake lights illuminate 2 tenths of a second (0.2 seconds) quicker (or one Elise car length at 70km/h / 43 mph) and are 36% lighter (around 0.6 kg) than conventional filament bulbs

2006 models do not have reflectors build into the rear panel, since the LED are brighter.

Updated ECU on 2006

Drive by Wire, throttle body in place of last year's mechanical one.


Daytime running lights

ProBax seat padding was upgraded for increased comfort.

The instruments are more clear and easy to read than in the 2005 model. the Tach has 0 to 3000 RPM's grouped tighter.

2006 has a revised fuel tank and evap. loss system.



Eight new colors join the list of 20 available hues for the composite body panels

Base price was raised $3000

2006 option - switchable engine-managed Lotus Traction Control System (LTC)

2006 Option - Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) is available as an option for tight low speed, high acceleration driving.
To the OP: Please keep in mind that several of the points made in this post are opinions, such as the '06 seating being more comfortable, the instrument cluster being easier to read, improved pedal feel, etc. Also, there are also many folks who dislike DBW. If you're one of them, the '06 is not the year to have.

If you're able, drive both years and then decide. Good luck!
 

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The non-DBW throttle is one of the reasons I was really interested in a 2005 specifically, way back when.

I've never sat in seats other than the 2005, but they feel great to me. :shrug:
 

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I'd have to say that I'm somewhat happy that I have an '05 with a traditional throttle body. Seemingly people seem to be having issues with the throttle by wire (I know of two personal friends who still have stall problems seemingly cause of this).

Too bad they never made Exiges' with traditional throttles (or did they?)
 

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...technically, the LSD and traction control were available on the very last '05s; important for autocross classing...
 

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There are a number of changes to the 06...

The 2006 got new lighter weight pedal box with forged steel pedal arms and extruded aluminium pads. This new unit, which is lighter then the previous extruded aluminium unit, has an electronic throttle for quicker and smoother engine response.

Reduced brake pedal ratio, braking effort have be reduced by 30 percent and improved pedal feel for the brake and throttle. All three pedals are better positioned for improved "heel and toe" brake and throttle control on downshifts. The cable-less throttle also ensures that emissions are managed more effectively and kept as low as possible under all operating conditions.

LED side and rear lights with integrated reflectors are fitted which are lighter and brighter. The brake lights illuminate 2 tenths of a second (0.2 seconds) quicker (or one Elise car length at 70km/h / 43 mph) and are 36% lighter (around 0.6 kg) than conventional filament bulbs

2006 models do not have reflectors build into the rear panel, since the LED are brighter.

Updated ECU on 2006

Drive by Wire, throttle body in place of last year's mechanical one.


Daytime running lights

ProBax seat padding was upgraded for increased comfort.

The instruments are more clear and easy to read than in the 2005 model. the Tach has 0 to 3000 RPM's grouped tighter.

2006 has a revised fuel tank and evap. loss system.



Eight new colors join the list of 20 available hues for the composite body panels

Base price was raised $3000

2006 option - switchable engine-managed Lotus Traction Control System (LTC)

2006 Option - Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) is available as an option for tight low speed, high acceleration driving.
Thanks Vampyre, I just learned something :p Didn't they improve the AC cause on my car after 20mns it just blows hot air...
 
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