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I've my 111r for 2.000 miles and 2 month now, and have never experienced any problem with the car.
On the contrary, it makes me happy every time I sit behind the wheel, and make all other fast car owners wonder :D
So far, so good for me and my 111R:).

Pls, don't stress yourself. The car itself isn't brand new. It has some changes in suspension and other areas, but basically its the S2 (chassis wise) we knew, so major production faults won't occur. The biggest chage of course is the Toyota engine, which makes it a completely different car, in terms of reliabilty, performance, etc.

I believe that since Lotus made the 111R only to further open her wings over the US market via the Federal Elise edition, the company made huge investments in order to deliver a proper car to US customers that either want a decent value for their $$$, or don't want to bother with fixing it themselves, as EU fans (myself included :) ) tend to do sometimes :D...

It'd be shame to be prejudiced with a car that haven't even landed on your soil...You'll see that the new 111R is far more reliable that any other Lotus, and equally reliable as any well built, still handmade, car...
 

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I don't know if you've herad that rumour from older S2 or S1 Elises. These cars used to have problems with their roof tops. Lotus has solved the windowsleakage issues, and the car remains perfectly dry even under storm conditions (EU storms, I don't kn wo about yours which used to be much wilder... :D :D ) and I think that you won't have any problem with the hardtop too.

However you can always order the hardtop later, just before winter comes to the States. Till then enjoy your car as an open roadster as much as possible, and use either the soft (touring pack pls...) top or the sun/shower cape to protect either you or the car from the rain...
 
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