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I have a 06 Lotus Elise, recently the car has been choking around 3200-4000 RPM. It only happen when the engine is warm around 187degree+, morning and night are usually okay. Once it start to chock, the RPM needle will drop and it's hard to bring it back up, but once it pass 4000, the car drives okay.

has anyone ever have this type of experience before? Not sure what the problem is. Brought to the Dealer, the tech say it's the electronic throttle body needs to be replace ($2500). I just want to see if anyone else has the similar issue and fixed.


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I have a 06 Lotus Elise, recently the car has been choking around 3200-4000 RPM. It only happen when the engine is warm around 187degree+, morning and night are usually okay. Once it start to chock, the RPM needle will drop and it's hard to bring it back up, but once it pass 4000, the car drives okay.

has anyone ever have this type of experience before? Not sure what the problem is. Brought to the Dealer, the tech say it's the electronic throttle body needs to be replace ($2500). I just want to see if anyone else has the similar issue and fixed.


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Could also be the AC relay. Do a search. I'm having mine replace tomorrow as mine cuts out at WOT around 7000 rpm.
 

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Check for recalls. I had my throttle body replaced on my 2006 Elise due to a similar experience. It fixed it right up. Any codes thrown? I would think it would be covered due to the recall. It's bulletin 2006/10 from 4/21/2006.
 

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AC Relay (If AC was on at times of issue).. Change your air-filter, clean your MAF. Make sure throttle body isn't sticking.
yeah, when I turn on the AC, the problem happen sooner. I clean the air-filter, but how to clean the MAF? and how do I know if the throttle body is sticking?
 

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Could also be the AC relay. Do a search. I'm having mine replace tomorrow as mine cuts out at WOT around 7000 rpm.
where are you getting yours from? I live in LA, wonder if there are any other dealer around.....
 

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Check for recalls. I had my throttle body replaced on my 2006 Elise due to a similar experience. It fixed it right up. Any codes thrown? I would think it would be covered due to the recall. It's bulletin 2006/10 from 4/21/2006.
there is a recall? no code, the engine light didn't even show. I hope there is a recall because when I brought to the dealer, they just say it's $2500...:crazyeyes
 

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I have had some sillyness due to dirty MAF. I clean mine with every oil change (I use MAF cleaner). BTW, you will need a tiny, short phillips screwdriver....... don't drop the screw.
The first time it happened to me the engine would cut out at about 4K rpm. Until I figured out what was happening, it seemed like the car would only act-up during a entire drive cycle. After turning the car off it may or may not do it after the next restart.
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let me try to clean it then. hope that's the issue causing the problem. Thank you guys, I'll post reply for the result :)
 

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I have a 06 Lotus Elise, recently the car has been choking around 3200-4000 RPM. It only happen when the engine is warm around 187degree+, morning and night are usually okay. Once it start to chock, the RPM needle will drop and it's hard to bring it back up, but once it pass 4000, the car drives okay.

has anyone ever have this type of experience before? Not sure what the problem is. Brought to the Dealer, the tech say it's the electronic throttle body needs to be replace ($2500). I just want to see if anyone else has the similar issue and fixed.


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Yes exact same problem. It was the throttle body. And, it should only cost a few hundred dollars. And, they knew it right away, they said it was happening a lot. Obvious manufacturing defect. Lotus should cover it.
 

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Yes exact same problem. It was the throttle body. And, it should only cost a few hundred dollars. And, they knew it right away, they said it was happening a lot. Obvious manufacturing defect. Lotus should cover it.

I won't mind pay a couple of hundred for the problem, but Lotus service center want to charge me $2300 for the fix, I walked away.

Notice one thing recently, the choking issue only happen when the temperature of the car goes up to 190+. Usually happen when I stuck in LA traffic for too long or when the car isn't moving from light to light during hot summer days, or Using AC and the temp goes up faster. Or else the car runs fine. Do you guys think it's the throttle still? because if the temp is low, the throttle react fine. Does that mean sensor or anything else?
 

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Yes exact same problem. It was the throttle body. And, it should only cost a few hundred dollars. And, they knew it right away, they said it was happening a lot. Obvious manufacturing defect. Lotus should cover it.

Hi JoshS, where or which service center did you go? I would like to visit there if it's not too far, thank you :)
 

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also I have a Fujita intake installed for like a good three years now. the choke just happened like three month ago.....:shrug:
 

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just clean the MAF last night, let's see if the choke still happen.... Also ordering the AC rely just in case
 
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