drop the belly pan and take a look up to the USPS side. there's not a whole bunch of what anyone would call room up there. it's very tight.I am not a handy guy and have replaced the alternator on an older car. I cannot imagine the Elise is too diferent. Really was just several bolts and then trying to get the stupid belt aligned properly. $1700 seems extremely over priced! That said, I have no clue how hard it is to work inside our tiny engine bay...
For a while, you could log onto the Toyota web site in Europe and for around $15 - 20 you could download the Celica Manuals similar to how we can do the Lotus Manuals.Tim - where/how did you get the engine manual for Toyota? Cost?
PS: When I rebuilt starters, the local shops always have the parts.