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Options adn the CD player for the federal elise

Obviously I can't vouche for the accuracy, but The flyer (produced by the local lotus dealer) they were handing out at the seattle car show had a bunch of specs:
The key ones:
Cd player Blaupunkt CD52 Heidelberg Blaupunkts page
Alarm with immobiliser
Starter button
Driver & Passenger Airbag
Wheels: Six spoke Cast Aluminum in High Powered Silver
Tires:
F: Yokohama 175/55 R16 Advan Neova AD07
R: Yokohama 225/45 R17 Advan Neova AD07
options:
- Touring Pack
- Sports Pack
- Hardtop

The rep told me they had over 60 deposits at this point and they would be getting 7 a month.
 

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Hmmm.... no mention of A/C as standard yet.
 

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Prolene said:
Hmmm.... no mention of A/C as standard yet.
True, but it also doesn't say anything about the power windows, which we at least know for sure we are getting.

I won't get upset unless they actually say it isn't standard.
 

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I think it's still wait and see. The e-mail that many of us received from Symbolic Motors indicated that the items mentioned in the flyer were confirmed, but subject to change (!). It also mentioned a Touring Package option, which includes electric windows and full leather interior. So, who knows?
 

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Also, in error on that listing. The car will come with the eight spoke wheels as fitted to the 111S.
Chris
Thanks Chris, I was wondering about that!
 

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I have that same flyer - it actually does say 8 spoke - the writing is really small and the copy is really poor - the 8 kinda looks like a six...
 

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sorry about the 6 spoke vs 8 mistake. I guess it's time to give in and go to the eye doctor.
 

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I have found that CD players in the Elise that aren't MP3 compatible can have problems palying normal music CD's due to the stiffness of the suspension when goin over bumps.

An MP3 head unit has no problems.

Tigga!

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I'm just totally hyped that the Elise will have a cd player at all. This will be my first car with a cd player! It will be a distraction when fumbling for a cd though, but will be a blast!
 

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I'm just bummed that they're including a CD player but not including support fort MP3 CD-ROMs. It's not like MP3-capable CD players are all that expensive. 200 bucks from Crutchfield...I guess I'll just have to do it myself. Can I get a credit from Lotus if I bring their CD player back? If they want to save costs by reducing unnecessary items, I'd be just as happy if the standard head unit were a cheap AM/FM radio with no CD or tape...
 

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well at the least you can sell the head unit fairly easily. It's a good quality uint. I'm going to wait to see the interior before I decide to sell or keep. I'd like a head that plays WMA.
 

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I'd heard that an MP3 compatible deck may be an option, if it's not standard. Clyde was looking for feedback about MP3 playback a while ago...so, until the official specs are published, I wouldn't assume that it doesn't have one already (regardless of what various dealers may have already told you).
 

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My dealer was passing out fliers with the specific model on it. Certainly that could be wrong, but I think it's pretty likely to have one. I wish it just came wired for amp and separates with no head.
 

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Matt, I saw the MP3 compatible player listed as part of the Grand Touring package, which I am not the slightest bit interested in. It would be cheaper to just slap in a Panasonic head unit and stash the Blaupunkt in a drawer.

How much more does MP3 decoding really cost? It's around $200 for an MP3/CD player...how much cheaper can a head unit be and still retain reasonable quality?
 

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Matt, I saw the MP3 compatible player listed as part of the Grand Touring package, which I am not the slightest bit interested in.
Ah, ok, thanks. That would make sense.

How much more does MP3 decoding really cost? It's around $200 for an MP3/CD player...how much cheaper can a head unit be and still retain reasonable quality?
I don't think mp3 should add any significant cost to a head unit.
 
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