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I picked up my first ever Lotus last week. I've had many Corvette's Porsche's BMW's etc... But this! Driving a Lotus is unlike anything I have ever experienced, far different than even the GT3. It lets you "feel" the road, you become part of the car! Anyways I just wanted to thank everyone here. I have been a lurker for years. I was skeptical of the "low hp" but over time I got more and more curious. I'm SO glad I kept reading posts and finally decided on a test drive. Bought it on the spot. THANK YOU LOTUS TALK! :D
 

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I don't know about underrated. Every magazine who reviewed the Elise gushed over it, they have a stellar reputation for handling and owners mostly plan to keep them. But yup. 2000 pounds is truly unique these days and no modern "sports car" (They're all really GTs) can provide the same experience.
 

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I don't know about underrated. Every magazine who reviewed the Elise gushed over it, they have a stellar reputation for handling and owners mostly plan to keep them. But yup. 2000 pounds is truly unique these days and no modern "sports car" (They're all really GTs) can provide the same experience.
So true, I can't believe how stuck to the road it is. You can only appreciate it by driving one. Mine does not have the oil line recall done. Is it a hard job if I pay a independent to do it? I'd prefer not to take it to SF for service, I work almost every day.
 

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I foresee lots of fun in your future.
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.

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 -35 minutes aftercoolant 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.



I use Mobil 1 5W-40 Turbo Diesel oil. 85k miles and fine, but one is not a useful example.



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:




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:



Remote Key Fob, Immobilizer & Misc Alarm Programming



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. If you are fooling with sparkplugs, remember to slather those tubes in dielectric grease (prevents shorts).



15. Visit the Uber Thread



**Elise/Exige Uberpost READ THIS. Everything you need...



16. 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.



17. 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”:



How to Bleed Brakes


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 betweensite:lotustalk.com
 

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So true, I can't believe how stuck to the road it is. You can only appreciate it by driving one. Mine does not have the oil line recall done. Is it a hard job if I pay a independent to do it? I'd prefer not to take it to SF for service, I work almost every day.
Before Lotus did the recall, some folks did upgrades to the fittings on their own. It's doable, but I'd first reach out to Lotus and tell them the situation to see if they can work something out with your indie. I've found Lotus to be responsive to emails.
 

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Here's an aftermarket kit

 

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Yeah, I'd try to go through Lotus somehow. If anything goes wrong, it could easily mean a motor replacement or worse, and I'd want the insurance.
 

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You should really have a Lotus Dealer do the oil line recall. It is free (warranty) and it’s guaranteed by Lotus.

Lotus will not let an independent shop do the work as there are very special and expensive tools that must be used to insure the oil line hose clamps are installed at the proper tightness. (I tried, they said no).

Nothing drives like a Lotus. Glad to hear you now have religion :cool:
 
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Congrats and welcome! I agree on the "underrated" only because the public has been conditioned to look at hp numbers... not vehicle weights when it comes to performance. Find a twisty mountain or canyon road and you will be hard pressed to find ANY car that feels more like it was "built" for that road!

Enjoy!
 

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1. GLB is a genius.
2. What GLB said about using a diesel engine's oil in your gas engine may seem strange... but GLB is correct.
3. Now that you understand 'underrated' I hope you realize it's more important to learn from those that have the knowledge of how to DRIVE the car, instead of hanging around people who instead TALK about the parts/mods they're going to do to their cars so as to later maybe, repeat maybe, be faster after they "improved" the car. The expression is: speed will come.

....but only if you learn to drive it.. . and there's no substitute for seat time.....but for what you've owned before, to give you a little credit, you may already know this

EYERACE.com
 

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Congrats! Low HP is only temporary. lol

I always tell people, don't drive it, because you will want to buy it. ;)
 

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Welcome Mitch,

Hope you continue to enjoy your new Lotus. It's only been a near 60 year obsession with me. Glad to you found how connected to the road a Lotus can be.

To steal shamelessly and rip off a quote from Peter Egan, "Lotusing makes a heroin addiction seem like a vague wish for something salty."

Regards,
Dan
 

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Guess I'll take a day off and have Lotus do the recall. :) I'm taking it in Monday to get a new stereo with a 4 way amp and focal's front and back. Should fix the radio issue for good. :D
 

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I have Sony DSX-GS80 45 watt per channel head end, Focal PC100 front speakers and Focal PC130 rear speakers.

You still need a sub so run the wiring for future use.

Just saying......
 

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By now I hope you've twice printed off the 17 points GLB posted and left one in the car for occasional reference and the other is under your pillow for when you sleep
 

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Guess I'll take a day off and have Lotus do the recall. :) I'm taking it in Monday to get a new stereo with a 4 way amp and focal's front and back. Should fix the radio issue for good. :D
Look into fitting larger speakers before you take it in there. You can size up front and back, but it requires some modding.
 

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Does Stan's Mod serve the same purpose a the Re-Enforcer kit from Inokinetic? Meaning, would one do either of the mod, but not both?
Thanks,
They are quite similar. I don't recall the Stan mod requiring drilling, just making use of what's already there, and adding a bolt. The Re-inforcer does need you to drill.
 
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