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I've been thinking about buying another car for a year or so, but until recently hadn't seriously considered a Lotus. However, I recently drove an Elise and am a convert! The car I drove is for sale, so if it passes its PPI with flying colors, and assuming a mutually satisfactory price is agreed on, I'll be an owner.

Reading the various threads posted here, I see that (as usual with low production cars) Lotus have their own set of issues, but I also see that they are all fixable relatively easily. I have some experience with a mid-engine car, so it's all kind of familiar, somewhat different solutions to the same problems.

I look forward to ownership and lots of fun drives!
 

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would find out from the seller if the oil recall has been completed, what mods have been done, if the toe links have been regularly checked, if the radiator has been replaced (weak point)
 

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Thanks for your suggestions! I know the radiator has not been replaced. The oil lines will have been done, I'll ask for special attention to be paid to the toe links and radiator during the PPI.
 

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Another helpful suggestion!

Thanks for that, I will be sure and check. I'm gong back to see the car again in a few days, and my list of "second look" items to check or ask about is growing steadily, thanks to this forum! :clap:
 

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Welcome. A ppi should tell you basic condition of the car. Pulling a carfax report should help tell if there are any outstanding accidents or issues to help give a total picture of the cars history.
 

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Got my Elise this morning!

Picked up my "new" 05 Elise this morning (first nice dry day in 1 1/2 weeks). I had a PPI done at Ron Tonkin (Lotus of Portland) and it got a very clean bill of health, so I had a complete service done, paid the owner, and drove it the hundred miles home. Magnetic blue, 20,500 miles, hard and soft tops, BWR supercharger, Larini cat delete and header, rear wing, Schott belts, and a bunch of other extras and addons. Went to the DMV and changed the title, so it's officially mine. Looks great sitting in my garage. :clap: Too bad it's going to rain until at least next Monday ... :(
 

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Picked up my "new" 05 Elise this morning (first nice dry day in 1 1/2 weeks). I had a PPI done at Ron Tonkin (Lotus of Portland) and it got a very clean bill of health, so I had a complete service done, paid the owner, and drove it the hundred miles home. Magnetic blue, 20,500 miles, hard and soft tops, BWR supercharger, Larini cat delete and header, rear wing, Schott belts, and a bunch of other extras and addons. Went to the DMV and changed the title, so it's officially mine. Looks great sitting in my garage. :clap: Too bad it's going to rain until at least next Monday ... :(
Grats. Drive it in the rain. I DD mine!
 
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