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Wrote my first post in 2008, and was reading posts for a year before that. In that post I said I was almost ready to buy an 05 Elise. Well, had some family stuff take precedence. But I've been reading and watching the 05 cars since 08.

I may be ready to purchase in the winter or early spring and wanted everyone to know I'm not a newbie to the site and I've been reading in the background for some time.

Thanks for all the great information. I'm sure it will help be buy the right 05.

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Mike Shipulski
 

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Hey Mike, I know what it's like to have family stuff overrun your plans. OTOH, I've never regretted my Lotus purchase. If you buy right, maintain the car, and keep good insurance, I don't see the investment on a used Lotus (2005 thru 2008 or so) losing much if any value.

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I did not have to ride in one to know I wanted one.:D
 

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All - Thanks for the support.

@sturgeongeneral - yes I have great self control. Mae West said "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." but I don't think that applies to self control. Maybe I need less.

Just had my well run dry (literally - no water in my well). Hydrofrac and new well pump -- $3850.00. 2.5 gallons per minute and functioning toilets.

Just a bump in the road. I will have an Elise.
 

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Well good luck in the search. The good thing is that over the winter prices will drop (should make up for that well cost). There will also be a larger inventory for sale also as they do not sell as quickly as in the summer months.
 

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What Sturgeon said. Winter prices are usually above 10% less. What are you looking for in an Elise?
 

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Looking for 05/06 with 30,000 miles, or so. Chrome orange, storm Ti, laser blue - $30k range, but likely won't have to pay that much. I shouldn't have a problem finding one if I'm flexible on color.

I live on a dirt road (well maintained by the town), so I'm torn between getting 100% perfect vs. one with signs of normal driving (pre-chipped?). I hope to take it on the track, but it will be my daily driver (4 mile commute) late spring (post mud season) to first snow.
 

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With a dirt road, your enjoyment of a flawless paintjob will be brief. You may find that paying a premium for a "chipless" car may not be a great investment. Starshield on a flawless paint job will likely help.
 
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