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Good price and miles... Are you going to buy it?
 

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Im considering it but I do not want to get stuck with a car where its entire 1300 miles have accrued on track days. The car in question spent most of its life in the Atlanta area, I was hoping someone here might know its provenance
 

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God.. is has to be yellow doesnt it. uhh.

Great deal though.. if you are willing to drive around in a color like that.
:no: Yellow is a very "Lotus" colour! (That said when my wife agreed I could get an Elise it was on the condition that it was not yellow!)
Im considering it but I do not want to get stuck with a car where its entire 1300 miles have accrued on track days. The car in question spent most of its life in the Atlanta area, I was hoping someone here might know its provenance
You could find this out with an ECU dump - but equally if the car checks out well in all other respects I wouldn't be worried about it having been on a track. Condition is the most important thing with a Lotus - a good condition car that has ben tracked is a better buy than a poor condition one that has never seen a track.

As an example I just found out that my Elise had seen significant track work under its first owner when I bought new tyres for the first time - the tyre dealer knew the car well! (I bought it from an out of state dealer and never met the original owner). Despite that it has been faultless for the nearly three years I've owned it!
 

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:no: Yellow is a very "Lotus" colour! (That said when my wife agreed I could get an Elise it was on the condition that it was not yellow!)

You could find this out with an ECU dump - but equally if the car checks out well in all other respects I wouldn't be worried about it having been on a track. Condition is the most important thing with a Lotus - a good condition car that has ben tracked is a better buy than a poor condition one that has never seen a track.

As an example I just found out that my Elise had seen significant track work under its first owner when I bought new tyres for the first time - the tyre dealer knew the car well! (I bought it from an out of state dealer and never met the original owner). Despite that it has been faultless for the nearly three years I've owned it!

So what would the ECU tell you? can any car dealer look though the ECU? I trying to do the samething. Buy a car. Thanks for your time.
 

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So what would the ECU tell you? can any car dealer look though the ECU? I trying to do the samething. Buy a car. Thanks for your time.
Not any car dealer - you can get an ECU dump at a Lotus dealer though. It basically shows you how the car has been treated in terms of standing starts and high speed runs plus %time at the various rev ranges. Essentially the ECU dump is an additional tool in an inspection.

All the best finding a car you like and getting into it as soon as possible :wave:
 

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Not any car dealer - you can get an ECU dump at a Lotus dealer though. It basically shows you how the car has been treated in terms of standing starts and high speed runs plus %time at the various rev ranges. Essentially the ECU dump is an additional tool in an inspection.

All the best finding a car you like and getting into it as soon as possible :wave:


WoW!! Thank you... Thats really good info... I just hope a Lotus dealer is in the area or any dealer that can read the ECU. Do you have anyother great ideas???? :bow:
 

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Well, looks like the buyer for my car fell through and they dodn't wan't my trade in. So I guess I can tell everything about this car.
Like I said before, the cluster was changed and the odo shows 300 mi. They said it was changed at 900 mi. Car is like new condition. The only flaw I could find is one rock chip in the starshield. Not the paint, just the shield. The undertray looks flawless, interior looks flawless, could eat off the engine. I didn't have time to drive it, but car cranked right up and idled smoothly.
All and all it looks like an amazing deal. If the timing was a little better, it would be in my garage.
 

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The carfax looks a bit suspicious. The car appears to have spent much of its life in Louisiana but was serviced once in Atlanta and then returned to Louisiana. Figuring in the round trip miles makes the Carfax dates look suspicious.
 

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(That said when my wife agreed I could get an Elise it was on the condition that it was not yellow!)
That's too funny. This is exactly what my wife said to me about the Exige.

Sorry to the PO that the deal fell through. Sell your current ride and then join the rest of us, the Lotus fools, uh, I mean, enthusiasts.

-Brad
 

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The carfax looks a bit suspicious. The car appears to have spent much of its life in Louisiana but was serviced once in Atlanta and then returned to Louisiana. Figuring in the round trip miles makes the Carfax dates look suspicious.
I'll buy it if you can explain this ;)
 
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