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What are the things/issues/recalls to look for in a 2007 Elise?
Suspension wise is there anything to replace?
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Not sure what your question is. Cars wear out bushings, etc at different rates, depending on how driven, quality of roads, etc.



Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:





1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.





2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.



Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.



Stock: “Excuse me”





Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”



Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.



(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.



Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.



Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )





3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k. As of this writing LEDs are not as good.





4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.



5. Transmission:



The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)



a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and



And, use:

Re-Enforcer long thru bolts that terminate under car and tie down the tower:

https://www.inokinetic.com/lotus/re-enforcer?category=Transmission



These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.





6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 20 -35 minutes aftercoolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.



For street cars, consider removing one or both oil coolers. Some cover them. Oil doesn’t get hot enough on street, leading to cam wiping.



I use Mobil 1 5W-40 Turbo Diesel oil. 85k miles and fine, but one is not a useful example.





7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s InoKinetic’s for two examples.



8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:




9. The stock radiators are prone to leaking where the end caps meet the metal part. Keep an eye on this. Most of us use single-pass all-aluminum radiators.



10. When your wheel well liner comes loose, skip the lame plastic rivet and use Well-Nuts instead.



11. Life will be better if you disable the auto-arming alarm function on the earlier cars. You won’t have to press a button to start the car. Instructions:



Remote Key Fob, Immobilizer & Misc Alarm Programming





12. These cars cannot be left off a Battery Tender for weeks at a time. Unless dead batteries are a particular joy of yours. Buy one right away. There are numerous threads here about which ppl use and like.



You NEED a digital multimeter (voltmeter) to work on modern cars. Handy around house too. Get one this week.



13, Some on this site are a bit obsessed with hockey pucks for lifting the car. Don’t use these. Too hard and slippery, generally, and too small a surface area. Use a piece of wood, as your hero does.



14. If you are fooling with sparkplugs, remember to slather those tubes in dielectric grease (prevents shorts).



15. Visit the Uber Thread



**Elise/Exige Uberpost READ THIS. Everything you need to know is in here**



16. Most parts on the car are made by Toyota and others, so buying things like a/c compressors, engine parts, etc. is wildly expensive when purchased thru Lotus.

Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.



17. The soft high-grip tires on most of our cars lose much of that grip when temperatures drop below 50 F. I know of too many ppl who spun their cars when not remembering this. I use hi-performance all-seasons.



Note that many summer tires cannot even be stored in temps below 20 F.



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Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:



How to Bleed Brakes





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Hello
What are the things/issues/recalls to look for in a 2007 Elise?
Suspension wise is there anything to replace?
Thanks
Suspension stuff is a miles-not-years thing on any car. Most of the suspension modding done by people here has been done to better optimize the car for some particular purpose, not because something was worn out. If your question is asking 'are there neat go-fast suspension bits available?' the answer is yes - quite a lot.
 

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I am looking at this 2008 yellow elise, its from an authorized dealer in birmingham, MI. The guy i spoke to said the front cluster
Was replaced and said the mileage was consistent with cars mileage.... Name of dealer is AUTO EUROPE SALES, in Birmingham, Michigan. Car has clear title.

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these are the dealers NOTES. this is an authorized lotus dealer: I am curious when i spoke to the salesguy he said the "CLUSTER" was REPLACED but odometer is consistent w/cars mileage.... Do I walk ???



"2008 Elise SC, Saffron Yellow, Hardtop and Touring. Carfax shows mileage discrepancy, we did the odometer change and have the paper trail to verify mileage. This is a 2 owner car despite the Carfax, note when you review it is the same owner going between Florida and Michigan. We have serviced this car since June of 2011 with over $14K spent on service and maintenance . No excuse car, no track time, mature ownership, no damage, great Lotus color. We have inspected this car prior to sale and it is ready to go. Leather Interior Surface, Carpeted Floor Mats, HID Headlamps, Premium Sound, Rear Spoiler, Rear Spoiler, Tire Pressure Monitor - "
 

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It is not uncommon for the cluster to be replaced, And is not a big deal. When the dealer replaces the cluster, they put a sticker on the driver door sill indicating the mileage at which it was replaced. Ask for a picture of that sticker.

I believe that typically the title does not need to be branded. when the cluster is replaced, the total mileage is the odometer reading plus the mileage at which the odometer was replaced and set to zero (mileage on the sticker). I wonder if in some cases it’s just because somebody didn’t know what they were doing, and and checked “ not actual mileage“ on a title application. My 2005 Elise has the same situation: a sticker indicating the odometer was replaced, and around the same time, Carfax shows it having a “ not actual mileage“ title brand. unfortunately, even though I have a high degree of confidence that I know the actual mileage, once you have a branded title, the DMV won’t let you switch it back (at least not in Indiana or Florida).
 
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