I think it looks very clean. It hasn't been high sided on a curb or anything. Overall looks like a nice car. When the PPI was done was there a checklist of all the times checked for function? I would have them run the engine till fully warmed, turn on the heater to the warmest setting and turn on the fan to hear for any unusual noise or odors from critters that may have made a home in the HVAC.Thanks! What do you think of the condition of this chassis, etc?
The AC freezing up is fixable. Lots of info with a search in the forum, plus there is a TSB from Lotus on the solution.Wow! 97k that's why I drive a Lexus, which is nothing but a fancy Toyota. A ppi hasn't been done,but among the pics, are copies of the fairly extensive work the dealer did to get the car back in condition after storage. Another potential bidder (Toretto2) says he asked the seller about ppi and hasn't gotten reply. I just don't know who is qualified to do one in Vegas, even if the seller were willing. The car looks like a low mileage car, but what do I know. The seller also showed a vid of the AC blowing very cold air, and while I know that the ac (condensor?) freezes up and stops blowing cold after a while, I thought that was a good sign.
Rattles are normal, these are hand built cars that have their quarks. When I'm driving and roll up next to a SUV, I cant see inside the window. It's the nature of these cars. It's a street legal track car so keep that in mind, mirrors are there for convenience, not to really let you see well. If you plan on fixing every rattle....well let's just say you might go crazy. When you are driving a lotus elise, you are playing a chess game, moving your pieces and always anticipating the other players move. Hope you enjoyed the short drive!Yes if I buy it, I'll replace radiator, fluids and toe links asap.
Was not able to get an inspection but did do a test drive. My first time in an Elise and it drove every bit as nice as expected. No evidence of mice or weird smells, was also looking for musty smell indicating wetness in the interior.
That said, there are lots of rattles and thumps. Nothing alarming, I have seat time in GTRs and those got me used to cars with no sound insulation. But there was a constant loud and annoying rattle just by my left shoulder, it was a short drive so I couldn't find the cause.
Is that normal? I think it would drive me nuts, if I buy I'll need to find and eliminate the source.
My only concern is visibility, both mine and others'. I tried to adjust the mirrors but found I could not see much from rear quarters or even directly behind. Driving next to SUVs my roof seemed lower than their windows, no way they would see me. I do have experience riding sport bikes but that was stressful, more like constant planning and threat assessment than fun...until I got out to the country.
Thanks everyone for your help and advice!
That’s a nice kind of problem to have. I have only driven a different Elise once briefly, but it is in many ways like a sportbike experience.You have to be careful in the Elise, I daily a 2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback 6 speed. This thing is the slowest car I have ever driven in my life, and I like it because it gets good gas mileage. Its horrible at passing people and Ive gotten caught a few times with having to pull back and get back behind the car because I just do NOT have enough power to pass someone, especially on a hill where im usually doing my passing. Yesterday out in the Lotus I went to pass a truck on my scenic route and before I knew it I was over 100 MPH and was like oh ****, this thing can actually move!
I get this too - the only other things in the stable that are as quick and nimble as the Elise are bikes. What I tend to see, though, is the reverse problem: I'll drive the Elise for a while, then will get into something else and find myself scuffing the tires in turns, fighting the understeer, and winding the engine harder than I usually do just trying to get it to go somewhere. Then I remind myself that I'm driving a car that weighs probably 1/4 more and has 60 HP less (in the case of the indestructable old Toyota I daily in bad weather).Yesterday out in the Lotus I went to pass a truck on my scenic route and before I knew it I was over 100 MPH and was like oh ****, this thing can actually move!
I've heard the Elise described as "a motorcycle with four wheels".I get this too - the only other things in the stable that are as quick and nimble as the Elise are bikes.