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I drive in socal where it has reached pretty high temps, but nothing that bad. I know when I open my boot, I get a nice blast of hot air coming out. The carpeting seems fine.

The plastic protectant wouldn't help. It's the top layer that came off, as in like little paint chips, rather than scuffs. The original finish is dull and the bottom is shiny.
 

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I've driven it in a medium rainfall and had only a few streaks of water run down the inside front part of both windows.
You sir are a proper Lotus driver! :D

I drive in socal where it has reached pretty high temps, but nothing that bad. I know when I open my boot, I get a nice blast of hot air coming out. The carpeting seems fine.

The plastic protectant wouldn't help. It's the top layer that came off, as in like little paint chips, rather than scuffs. The original finish is dull and the bottom is shiny.
Same here. It's that "soft touch" 08+ interior... And you should never get in it with sunscreen on your legs...

9 months of ownership, 12.5k miles :shift:
 

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You sir are a proper Lotus driver! :D



Same here. It's that "soft touch" 08+ interior... And you should never get in it with sunscreen on your legs...

9 months of ownership, 12.5k miles :shift:
Ahh you have that fuzzy painted plastic. Makes more sense now. I was trying to figure out how injection molded PVC somehow delaminated. I don't have the fuzzy stuff and now I kind of feel glad I don't.
 

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My boot doesn't get that hot ever.
Mine was the same until we started getting 100F-105F daily highs every day in Texas since June. The day time temperature in the boot would reach at least 140F, maybe 150F-- the breaker bar I keep in would get so hot that I couldn't hold it for more than about a second.

I used to have to raise the engine bay lid to vacate the heat in the boot after a drive. Now that we're back down the 90s, I don't feel as if I have to keep doing that.
 

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Crazy to think I've only owned my Elise only 6 months now and I've put over 11,000 miles on her. Drive it every chance I get, so far it's seen both rain and snow (ice too!) and did perfect in all conditions. Still cleans up good as ever every weekend after 300 miles of work commutes :).


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My spin on this car as a DD.

Lotus Elise SC with sports pack.

Noise, I don't believe it's that noisy. I had a Audi S3 with sunroof previously and with the windows down and sunroof open, just as noisy. Also had a Mini convertible some years back. just as noisy with the roof down. Soft tops are always going to be noisier. unless you are doing significant speed >65-70mph it's quite livable.

Ride, I was disappointed with the ride of the sport pack or LSS suspension, very harsh and wouldn't recommend it for DD. The standard suspension is suposed to be OK but most change to Nitrons, Quantum or Ohlins. The ride improves dramatically on coarse surfaces.

Space, this can be limiting, but planning is needed here which is obvious, but comparing this with the Audi, damage to the interior nappa leather and soft trim was always a problem. You don't worry about this with the Elise.

A/C works fine in my car, in fact I would say better than some big cars as the cabin is very small and cools quickly. (I live in Oz and it gets very hot here) I have heard some people in Florida struggle, I believe this may be due to the high humidity and the A/C freezes up.

Smoothness, You do feel like you are driving a car that maybe built 30 years ago, you feel the car every second you are driving it. It does not float along the road like a SUV. But this is why you buy it, the car does exactly what you tell it and the cornering speeds are just so much higher than many other so called sporty cars. It can be driven very smooth especially with the SC fitted due to the torque available, throttle response is amazing even with low RPM in sixth gear. Fuel ecomony is just amazing with a car of this performance.

Leaks, I have experienced some leaks with the soft top which have been adjusted by the dealer, as it is our summer here, I haven't had a heavy downpour to confirm it is leak proof. This can be fixed by fitting a hardtop which may be a future purchase for me.

Reliability,
Haven't had it that long but I have to admit I have had a number of failures occuring which have been fixed by the dealer. Maybe I got a friday car but now seems to be fine.

Body damage,
Any nice sports car you don't want to bang. My Audi S3 was the same hieight as the front of the Elise (std) and you need to be careful with kerbs etc. This would be the same with any performance car. So you just need to be that little more careful.

Vision to other driver.
Be aware of other cars mirrors, don't get to close behind high hipped cars. Always ensure you can see their rear mirror, otherwise they can't see you.

Blind spot
I really can't see what others are talking about. This car has fantastic vision. Just turn your head to the sides and there is only the seat and the rollbar. Very little blind spots. Most modern high hipped sedans are much worse. (unless they are talking about the Exige)

Entry/exit, yes you get good at it but passengers no, can be a thumbs down for some people.

Electronic gadgets which are now std on most modern models are in short supply with the Elise. Seats need to be manually/modified adjusted (mine was for rake)

interior lighting
boot and interior is poor

Wet weather driving (no snow here EVER)
I find it drives like any rear wheel drive car in wet conditions, better than a ute or pickup. just don't be stupid with it. (have Yokos AD07s fitted)

Seats
firm but comfortable, I fitted sheepskins as the grip material on the side of the Probaxs can destroy your jeans. It grips and rips studs off. Especially if you swivel in the seat. Plus the sheepskins quiet the cab and reallly improve the seat comfort.

The bottom line is once you are in and the car is moving it does feel good. something direct about this car that is just nice. You feel your driving it whilst many other cars you feel your steering it. Hard to explain but something just nice.
 

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Excellent writeup :up:

Very much reflects my experience (16k miles in a year, also Elise SC).

Amen to Nitrons over the LSS. Much, much better on the street (and the track ;-)

I found the AO48s too scary in the rain, especially when it's somewhat cold. Changed them for Dunlop Star Specs at the first chance I got. A bit less grip in the dry but much less scary in the wet.
 

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My spin on this car as a DD.

Lotus Elise SC with sports pack.

Noise, I don't believe it's that noisy. I had a Audi S3 with sunroof previously and with the windows down and sunroof open, just as noisy. Also had a Mini convertible some years back. just as noisy with the roof down. Soft tops are always going to be noisier. unless you are doing significant speed >65-70mph it's quite livable.

Ride, I was disappointed with the ride of the sport pack or LSS suspension, very harsh and wouldn't recommend it for DD. The standard suspension is suposed to be OK but most change to Nitrons, Quantum or Ohlins. The ride improves dramatically on coarse surfaces.

Space, this can be limiting, but planning is needed here which is obvious, but comparing this with the Audi, damage to the interior nappa leather and soft trim was always a problem. You don't worry about this with the Elise.

A/C works fine in my car, in fact I would say better than some big cars as the cabin is very small and cools quickly. (I live in Oz and it gets very hot here) I have heard some people in Florida struggle, I believe this may be due to the high humidity and the A/C freezes up.

Smoothness, You do feel like you are driving a car that maybe built 30 years ago, you feel the car every second you are driving it. It does not float along the road like a SUV. But this is why you buy it, the car does exactly what you tell it and the cornering speeds are just so much higher than many other so called sporty cars. It can be driven very smooth especially with the SC fitted due to the torque available, throttle response is amazing even with low RPM in sixth gear. Fuel ecomony is just amazing with a car of this performance.

Leaks, I have experienced some leaks with the soft top which have been adjusted by the dealer, as it is our summer here, I haven't had a heavy downpour to confirm it is leak proof. This can be fixed by fitting a hardtop which may be a future purchase for me.

Reliability,
Haven't had it that long but I have to admit I have had a number of failures occuring which have been fixed by the dealer. Maybe I got a friday car but now seems to be fine.

Body damage,
Any nice sports car you don't want to bang. My Audi S3 was the same hieight as the front of the Elise (std) and you need to be careful with kerbs etc. This would be the same with any performance car. So you just need to be that little more careful.

Vision to other driver.
Be aware of other cars mirrors, don't get to close behind high hipped cars. Always ensure you can see their rear mirror, otherwise they can't see you.

Blind spot
I really can't see what others are talking about. This car has fantastic vision. Just turn your head to the sides and there is only the seat and the rollbar. Very little blind spots. Most modern high hipped sedans are much worse. (unless they are talking about the Exige)

Entry/exit, yes you get good at it but passengers no, can be a thumbs down for some people.

Electronic gadgets which are now std on most modern models are in short supply with the Elise. Seats need to be manually/modified adjusted (mine was for rake)

interior lighting
boot and interior is poor

Wet weather driving (no snow here EVER)
I find it drives like any rear wheel drive car in wet conditions, better than a ute or pickup. just don't be stupid with it.

Seats
firm but comfortable, I fitted sheepskins as the grip material on the side of the Probaxs can destroy your jeans. It grips and rips studs off. Especially if you swivel in the seat. Plus the sheepskins quiet the cab and reallly improve the seat comfort.

The bottom line is once you are in and the car is moving it does feel good. something direct about this car that is just nice. You feel your driving it whilst many other cars you feel your steering it. Hard to explain but something just nice.
+1. Good write up.

The only other thing I'd add is that if you drive it every day you get addicted to all the smiles and thumbs up the car generates. You almost feel like a celebrity.
 

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+1. Good write up.

The only other thing I'd add is that if you drive it every day you get addicted to all the smiles and thumbs up the car generates. You almost feel like a celebrity.
In LA, you feel like a target too. Kinda hinky driving through certain neighborhoods.
 

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Regarding the S1, there is an Australian guy currently touring the USA/Canada in an S1. He has been driving for a few months in his S1.

Try "Giles Cooper Lotus" on google. That should convince you it can be a daily driver.
 

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okay so... that answered just about all of my questions. but is anyone 6'2" or taller? I'm wondering about my overall comfort getting into and out of the car. do you think that will be a torments challenge? or something i could get over?

i currently drive an h1 and i hated getting into that at first. but now i do it like second nature. any feedback would be nice.
 

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I am 6'3" and drove my Elise as a DD for just under a year. I enjoyed every bit of the 20k miles I put on the car in that time. Other than being limited if you stop off at the store I had no issues. I miss the thumbs up and comments on a daily basis, now I only get those on the weekends.
 
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