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Hello there! I just purchased a 2005 Elise and I am flying to LA tomorrow morning to pick it up. This will be the 3rd Lotus I currently own.

I recently retired after 35 years in IT and the Elise is my retirement gift to myself! You're damn right I deserve it!!! :grin2:

Brian

1971 Lotus Europa S2
1971 Lotus Europa S2 (parts car)
1994 Caterham HPC
2005 Lotus Elise (Soon!)
 

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I am flying to LA tomorrow morning to pick up a 2005 Elise I just purchased. This will be the 3rd Lotus I currently own.

I recently retired after 35 years in IT and this is my retirement gift to myself! You're damn right I deserve it!!! :grin2:

Brian
1971 Lotus Europa S2
1971 Lotus Europa S2 (parts car)
1994 Caterham HPC
2005 Lotus Elise (soon!)
 

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Awesome retirement present. Well deserved. Congrats, enjoy, and be safe! Be sure to post some pics when you get it.

Gabe
 

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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.


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. 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.


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.


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. The Elise is a modern icon.

We are restoring a '73 Europa TC Special. See details: HERE Looks like you have some experience with Europa. Call me if you have any questions about the Elise and I can pick your brain for Europa tid bits.
 

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Congratulations! We've got a great group of Lotus owners in Utah. Look up the "Lotus Cars Utah" group on Facebook or PM me. Can't wait to see you out on the roads.
 

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I apologize it took me so long to get back to reply to all the welcome messages I received. Thank you for the warm welcome!

Shinoo, I will be happy to help in any way that I can. My two Europas are both the S2 models so they have the Renault motor and those are the ones I am most familiar with. If you are interested I would recommend joining the Lotus Europa list on Yahoo Groups. There are a number of people there who know the cars inside out and everyone is very friendly!

glb, thank you for the informative post!

Turbopun, WAY better than a gold watch! I think all I got was a boot out the door!

Themadknight, have you made your way to the ULOCO (Utah Lotus Owner's Coalition) meetings yet? I am the Treasurer for ULOCO. If you have made your way we are certainly acquainted! The next ULOCO meeting will be at British Field Days in Liberty Park on June 15. Unfortunately I have not made the required 5 posts yet or I would PM you. I expect I will be at the 5 limit shortly!

Here are some pics:
 

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