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ragtop

904 posts

183 months

Tuesday 26th December 2006
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LOL SWorks - 'Blue Angel'....I'd forgotten about that bad-boy! (thankfully).

S Works

10,162 posts

188 months

Thursday 11th January 2007
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Link to SELOC Wiki list of Lotus Specialists:

http://wiki.seloc.org/index.php/Lotus

Edited by S Works on Friday 19th January 12:40

Hollywood Wheels

3,689 posts

168 months

Monday 5th February 2007
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driving

S works

10,162 posts

188 months

Tuesday 20th February 2007
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tumbleweed

Hollywood Wheels

3,689 posts

168 months

Friday 9th March 2007
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Once more....read
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mg_dot

49 posts

181 months

Monday 19th March 2007
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lawrence5 said:
If we're playing that game I think I may win.......


Nope, you loose: www.hazelnet.org/carlinks.htm & www.hazelnet.org/insurance.htm

... and thats just the links I've got around to "organising" from my (huge) bookmarks list

Although that maybe slightly OT as the request was for buying advice links.

Sir Jonny

630 posts

148 months

Thursday 22nd March 2007
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Does not seem to be mentioned but worth a look for a project idea is

www.prototyperacing.com

and if you were to do a similar conversion

www.jgenginedynamics.com

could help to make a completely undriveable but good fun finished product.

Also I got mine serviced at

www.racecar.co.uk/kelvedonlotus

and the service was first rate. It was a few years ago but if it has not changed hands then I really recommend them.

Paul RN

1,146 posts

152 months

Friday 6th April 2007
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*bump*

Grinzzz

566 posts

155 months

Saturday 21st April 2007
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btt

ferrisbueller

Original Poster:

22,243 posts

165 months

Sunday 22nd April 2007
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Sir Jonny said:

www.racecar.co.uk/kelvedonlotus

and the service was first rate. It was a few years ago but if it has not changed hands then I really recommend them.


yes

jonbrydges

199 posts

149 months

Thursday 17th May 2007
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Things to remember when buying an Elise:

Slow down for amber lights, and wait on red. The acceleration off the line is more fun than pressing on.

Don't be alarmed if steam comes off the front and fogs the windscreen if it's been raining, you've just washed the car, or it's presently raining. It's just the water hitting the radiator.

Be careful in the wet, and don't lift off when cornering quickly, even in the dry.

Secure the roof properly as can lift up if not on right.

Drive with the lights on as much as you can, so others can see you - think of it like a motorbike.

Do the www.carlimits.com course.

Don't get scared by every little sound and rattle - they all do that.

Get decent tyres.

Keep checking the levels - especially coolant. Don't be alarmed if it goes below the minimum line, so long as it settles.

It's worth checking your engine fan works - either use the method on the elise wiki, or just leave it running at home on a hot day. When it gets to between 97 and about 104 degrees on the display, it should kick in.

Check for the red brake hose in the front (on S1's).

Learn how to get in the passenger side as well as the drivers - it can get embarassing if you don't know.

Put it in gear when parking on slopes.

If you get tired of the impracticality and consider selling it, go for a drive on your own on a good road. You wont sell it.


And lastly.....have fun.

Boggy

4,580 posts

173 months

Friday 6th July 2007
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jonbrydges said:
Things to remember when buying an Elise:

Slow down for amber lights, and wait on red. The acceleration off the line is more fun than pressing on.

Don't be alarmed if steam comes off the front and fogs the windscreen if it's been raining, you've just washed the car, or it's presently raining. It's just the water hitting the radiator.

Be careful in the wet, and don't lift off when cornering quickly, even in the dry.

Secure the roof properly as can lift up if not on right.

Drive with the lights on as much as you can, so others can see you - think of it like a motorbike.

Do the www.carlimits.com course.

Don't get scared by every little sound and rattle - they all do that.

Get decent tyres.

Keep checking the levels - especially coolant. Don't be alarmed if it goes below the minimum line, so long as it settles.

It's worth checking your engine fan works - either use the method on the elise wiki, or just leave it running at home on a hot day. When it gets to between 97 and about 104 degrees on the display, it should kick in.

Check for the red brake hose in the front (on S1's).

Learn how to get in the passenger side as well as the drivers - it can get embarassing if you don't know.

Put it in gear when parking on slopes.

If you get tired of the impracticality and consider selling it, go for a drive on your own on a good road. You wont sell it.


And lastly.....have fun.
Very sensible advice!

& to add if your unsure post! their will always be someone who can help or knows someone that can

Boggy

AaronD

34 posts

139 months

Thursday 12th July 2007
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what are peoples opinions on vehicle inspection services? ie RAC... worth the money?


Paul RN

1,146 posts

152 months

Thursday 12th July 2007
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AaronD said:
what are peoples opinions on vehicle inspection services? ie RAC... worth the money?
Not on an Elise as I understand they don't take the undertrays off. Get it taken to a specialist to check it over.

S Works

10,162 posts

188 months

Friday 20th July 2007
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Paul RN said:
AaronD said:
what are peoples opinions on vehicle inspection services? ie RAC... worth the money?
Not on an Elise as I understand they don't take the undertrays off. Get it taken to a specialist to check it over.
Exactly what Paul says. Total waste of time and money. You'll pay the same, or less, to get it done by someone who knows the cars inside out.

Boggy

4,580 posts

173 months

Wednesday 22nd August 2007
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S Works said:
Paul RN said:
AaronD said:
what are peoples opinions on vehicle inspection services? ie RAC... worth the money?
Not on an Elise as I understand they don't take the undertrays off. Get it taken to a specialist to check it over.
Exactly what Paul says. Total waste of time and money. You'll pay the same, or less, to get it done by someone who knows the cars inside out.
I'd always either buy from a dealer (Warranty) or insist that it's been inspected

Boggy

Edited by Boggy on Wednesday 22 August 13:26

NIIKME

562 posts

159 months

Friday 2nd November 2007
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Useful guides! I am looking into one to track for a year. What can I expect cost wise to stick this around a track like maybe 6 times over the summer? 2 helmets, special insurance, and tyres? Brakes? Any help much appreciated!! thanks Kristian edit to add most likely a toyota engined 111R

Edited by NIIKME on Friday 2nd November 12:33

Capt Cave Man

65 posts

143 months

Tuesday 25th March 2008
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Doesn't this need updating????

S Works said:
Link to SELOC Wiki list of Lotus Specialists:

http://wiki.seloc.org/index.php/Lotus_specialists

Edited by S Works on Friday 19th January 12:40

daveknott5

670 posts

157 months

Monday 14th April 2008
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Would also be great to know what people's experiences are with the various engine configurations....are the toyota engined cars more reliable?

And9s

159 posts

136 months

Wednesday 16th April 2008
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Ive done 24K miles in 2 years with a Toyota engined 111R sports racer 06, no problems at all from new, just 9k services, sweet as a nut.

Tracked, remapped ecu, stage 1 exhaust and hurricaine induction kit.... go buy one now...