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. 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.
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.)
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.
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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