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So today I take my 05 Elise out for a drive after it has been sitting for 7 days. It fires up just fine and I enjoy a nice 15 mile drive in the early morning breeze. I stop for a coffee and then 20 mins later get back in the car to drive home. The doors unlock and the red flashing light goes out. I hit the start engine button and nothing. No sound whatsoever. I repeat trying to start the car a dozen times or more. Nothing. I can lock and unlock the car and stop the flashing red light, nothing else. Finally I have to give up and take an Uber ride home. I drive back to the car with the second key FOB and it works just fine. I drive the Elise home, Uber back to get my daily driver and then come home.

As soon as I get home I try my original key FOB and it works just fine, first shot!

What the hell happened? Why did my car strand me? And then how did it start working again?

I'm pretty nervous about this because next time, I wont be so lucky being stranded close to home.

Any ideas what is going on here? There's a chance that I hit the small button on the FOB after I locked the car to go in for my coffee. Not sure how it is possible that such a small mistake could disable the car.

Thank you!
 

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I know this sounds elementary, but it happened to me a couple times. Are you sure you had the key turned all the way to the ON position? :shrug:

The ignition switch has two positions: 1) column unlock, and 2)ignition on. My ignition switch is a bit sticky and a few times I thought it was in position 2 when it was only in position 1. Sometimes it requires some wiggling to get it to go to position 2.
 

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I know this sounds elementary, but it happened to me a couple times. Are you sure you had the key turned all the way to the ON position? :shrug:

The ignition switch has two positions: 1) column unlock, and 2)ignition on. My ignition switch is a bit sticky and a few times I thought it was in position 2 when it was only in position 1. Sometimes it requires some wiggling to get it to go to position 2.

No, I am not sure! :confused:

Great comment. I may have gotten out of my "zone" and just had a major brain cramp. Your explanation does make a lot of sense. Last night I got home from a 5 day road trip with a giant Jeep Grand Cherokee and this morning's little drive was to try to washout the results of driving that tank and get back to normal. In other words, I was not 100% myself.

The one thing that seemed odd is that I did not notice the green turn signal laps flash as the immobilizer was deactivated. Maybe I just missed that.

Many thanks for your feedback. Very very helpful. I bet you may be right.
 

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I have had this same thing happened. Tried to start and nothing happened at all. took the key out and methodically made sure I was doing everything correctly, and it started right up. Turns out the key was almost but not quite in the right position.
 

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There has been moments where I don't turn the key all the way in when I think I did. Rarely, a last jiggle at the end to get it to turn all the way usually does the trick.You also mentioned, maybe you didn't actually turn off the immobilizer as you didn't see your lamps flash could be possible, too. If that was the case, and if you remember, the single light on your gauge cluster would still be on/blinking for the immobilizer. Anyways, glad you got it back up.
 

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Thanks everyone! I am 99.99999% certain that the key was not in the right position to start the car. A terrible brain cramp that cost me $45 in Uber fees but still way cheaper than a tow into the Lotus dealership, which I was close to starting. I'm glad it didnt get that far and now I know what to look for should this happen again.
 
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