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I've spent a long time looking.
Eventually found the right one for me. To those out there looking don't give up.
Lots of smiles lots of thumbs up and one "Hello Officer" and that's just over one week of ownership.
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congrats!!! great looking car!
 

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lovely color
 

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Looks terrific. Good for you.



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 minutes after coolant 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.


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:
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311/cooling-ticking-timebomb-how-your-cooling-u-tube-47232/

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:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320/remote-key-fob-immobilizer-misc-alarm-programming-70940/


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. Visit the Uber Thread

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/elise-exige-uberpost-read-everything-you-need-know-here-25131/

15. 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.

16. 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”:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101/how-bleed-brakes-241138/


How to Search:

For future reference: Don't use the search on this site. Simply use Google and end the search text with "site:lotustalk.com". E.g.
Transmission Fluid change what bolt site:lotustalk.com no space betw site:lotustalk.com
 

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Congrats!!! I can still distinctly remember the first time I brought mine home. Definitely can feel that vibe coming from you. Enjoy and drive safe!
 

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Thanks for the good vibes. I belong to the Lotus Club Canada (Greater Metropolitan Toronto Area) and those guys have been absolutely fantastic. At the first meeting I attended one of the members brought me out in his Elise, after a few min in the car I looked at him and said "I'm in trouble" cause i knew then I had to have one.:grin2:
 

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Congrats! Looks great. It’s my favorite color! I’m located in Toronto/North York, wondering if there is a GTA forum/meets. I’ve owned my 2007 Elise for almost a year. Haven’t seen any Elises around. Thanks, Yuda
 

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congrats!
 

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Congratulations! I also have a 2008 Elise with the supercharger. I've driven naturally aspirated and supercharged, and for me the supercharger makes a big difference coming from other cars with more torque and horsepower. Plus I'm not skilled enough to drive the Elise consistently at the higher RPMs necessary to make the N/A car sing. I thought my Honda S2000 drove like a go-cart, but even it pales in comparison. You made a great choice with this car. And you're right that waiting for the right one is usually the way to go. I spent 9 months looking before I found one with all the right check options. It's not easy because every year there are less of these puppies to choose from, but there are still enough out there that the odds are high that eventually the one you want will go on the market.

Are you planning any modifications? You can really go crazy once you go down that road. I've added aftermarket Sonic Fury exhaust, two-piece Girodisk rotors, Racetech struts, new radiator, new Inokinetics ShiftR and cables, new Inokinetics sway bar, new engine mounts, tow hooks (front and rear), racing harness with Shroth 4-piece belts, and a bunch of aesthetic improvements. I kind of went nuts, but that's because this is the most fun I've ever had driving a sports car. So enjoy!
 
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