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Hi everyone,

I have been in love with the Lotus elise ever since I first saw it in the UK a few years ago and am currently in a position to buy one, I am a little concerned about the air conditioning, I live in Miami and decent A/C is a necesity not a luxury. I have read very little on the subject but havent been able to get a clear picture in order to make a dessicion.

can anyone tell me if the cars A/C is up to the task in the Miami summer?

...BTW this would be my daly driver.
 

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Viper:

what was the problem with yours, BTW how expensive is it to maintain the car here in South Fla?
 

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Hi everyone,

I have been in love with the Lotus elise ever since I first saw it in the UK a few years ago and am currently in a position to buy one, I am a little concerned about the air conditioning, I live in Miami and decent A/C is a necesity not a luxury. I have read very little on the subject but havent been able to get a clear picture in order to make a dessicion.

can anyone tell me if the cars A/C is up to the task in the Miami summer?

...BTW this would be my daly driver.
I lived in Houston and A/C really isn't a necessity (at least not to me). The Elise AC is sub par compared to most cars, but just enough to barely do its job. Then again, I prefer slightly warmer temperatures than most people. In the end it comes down to personal preference. If you like it cold inside the car, then you will probably not like the A/C. Since you are in Miami, wouldn't driving around with the top down be ideal?
 

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There is a lot wrong with the A/C and I had to make many mods. If you are unwilling to work on the car, you may have regrets. I am certainly willing to share my experience if you understand that you probably won't be happy with the stock A/C. My Elise has not had any problems during my ownership.
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Viper:

what was the problem with yours, BTW how expensive is it to maintain the car here in South Fla?
 

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I am not unwilling to do some work, but I know pretty much nothing about auto mechanics, so I wouldnt want to srew up such a nice car.

RCW: the top down in the summer is not ideal since it's so damm hot and humid, the rest of the year its OK, but the other day that I when to the dealership to get a test drive, the moment that I was in the car without the engine on, I was sweating like crazy.
 

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These are not really mechanical modifications, I will PM you my phone number, call me if you wish.
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I am not unwilling to do some work, but I know pretty much nothing about auto mechanics, so I wouldnt want to srew up such a nice car.

RCW: the top down in the summer is not ideal since it's so damm hot and humid, the rest of the year its OK, but the other day that I when to the dealership to get a test drive, the moment that I was in the car without the engine on, I was sweating like crazy.
 

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My AC works well on fan setting 2, even the past few days -- 90+F and sticky humid. 1 is too little and at 3, I believe, the compressor can't keep up with the fan speed and the whole thing loses coolness. (I don't know if that even makes sense, but I like it as an explanation).

Bottom line for mine (stock without any modifications) is works well, now that I figured out 2 is more than 3.
 

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on mine, even when the switch was set to recirculate, too much fresh air came in.
after i covered over the intakes behind the front center grille it was great.
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There is a lot wrong with the A/C and I had to make many mods. If you are unwilling to work on the car, you may have regrets. I am certainly willing to share my experience if you understand that you probably won't be happy with the stock A/C. My Elise has not had any problems during my ownership.
Michael
can you point me towards some threads regarding ac modification?
 

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Let's just say I garage my car for the summer here in AZ...

I put it on a battery tender, over inflate the tires, put in a full tank of gas, and generally treat it like most people do in snowy areas during the winter time rotfl

I think I've put less then 100 miles on the car since summer began here. It's simply unbearable (my car is black) once it's been out in the sun for longer then an hour.

If you're tougher then me and don't mind arriving to meetings drenched in sweat then it's definitely possible to drive it year round :)
 

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I have a 2007 Elise and live in Houston. Texas where sitting in stop-n-go trafffic in mid-summer where the ground temps exceed 100 degrees. Surprisingly, my A/C has performed rather well without any mods.
 

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Hey everyone,

I'm currently in the pursuit of purchasing a Lotus Elise SC , after "slobbering" over my friends 07' Elise. (Sorry to steal this thread, but I think it would be pointless to start another one, as I noticed you posed a similar question afterwards).

I just had a question regarding the overall reliability of the car (I know this Elise SC was just released this year, but I'm sure it will follow the same trend as previous years regarding maintenance/issues - if any are present at all). I plan to DD this vehicle and will be putting a lot of highway miles on it, along with a few track days (not very many). The closest dealership to me is ~1500 miles away and that's why I'm so concerned about the reliability of the car, as I am not very mechanically inclined myself. Is there anything I should keep an eye on after the purchase or "common occurrence" issues I should be aware of?

(I know I'll have to get the 1000miles done asap after delivery for the first maintenance interval, but it should be fun! :D).

Thanks in advance,

Bill
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Read the Uberpost from start to finish. Do an advanced search for "Daily Driver." Overall powertrain reliability = Toyota. Overall reliability = Lotus. No matter what goes wrong with the car, ever, always keep in mind that all of the parts falling off are of the highest British quality.
 

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1) Tint all glass with “only” 3M Crystalline - Greatly reduced solar heat
2) Insulate side sills & front firewall on inside of the cockpit - Reduces convected heat from coolant, heater & oil pipes
3) Block the air inlets in the nose - Only use cooler re-circulated air
4) Open up the driver’s side foot well recirculation inlet - Increases air intake air volume & results in substantial increase in air flow through vents into cockpit.
5) Replace the evaporator, capillary tube thermostat with an electronic version - prevents evaporator freezing

can you point me towards some threads regarding ac modification?
 
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