When I first heard the Elise was coming to the US, I decided pretty quickly that it was probably something I'd be really interested in. However, we all know the bullet-proof build quality Lotus has been famous for. (Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious.) This made me quite cautious. It became clear quickly that many, many nice used Elises hit the market fast, and I decided early on that if going the used route, it would be best to buy a later build 2005. As you can guess, it didn't work out that way. I ended up the third owner of chassis #307. Here's the thing though: I haven't had a single problem with it. It's been as reliable as my Honda Civic. Now, do you think this is because owners 1 & 2 had the pleasure of sorting out the Lotus gremlins, or did I just get really lucky? Does anyone else have an early (<1500) 2005 that has been trouble-free? I am interested in what others' experiences have been. Thanks.