Elise S1 Millennium Edition, 1 owner from new...

Elise S1 Millennium Edition, 1 owner from new...

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moribund

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3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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I've been running a Smart Roadster-Coupe for 5 years now. I love it and even wrote a Carpool article, but I've had a hankering for an Elise for a while now and finally decided to act.

This came up for sale on Autotrader on Sunday night, literally hours after I looked over another nice S1 near York on my first weekend of serious Elise hunting:



It's a 57k mile, one-owner-from-new Elise Millennium advertised for £8300. This special edition is based on the standard 118bhp car with added alcantara trim and some 111S bits. Except for the exhaust the car is completely original spec down to having the plastic window winders.

It looked great in the pics and plenty of other people thought so too as the seller said he had 7 people waiting to view it and a dealer had offered £7500 unseen!

I was the first to call, and got the chance to see it first. It was owned by a very nice guy and I had a good drive and long look around it.

I really had to think carefully. It's lived outside it's entire life and has been loved but only maintained when things came up at MOT or service time - just the minimum to keep it roadworthy. It's also got more than it's fair share of stonechips and paint blisters and I could see daylight through the roof seams. It drives straight enough but obviously is a bit worn unlike the lovely tight car I'd driven earlier.

In the end I was won over by the colour, wheels and clean interior as well as the hope that it'll hold value better than the other cars I was considering in my price range. I managed to seal the deal at £8100 and now have a summer of expensive fettling to look forward too smile

With this along with my ZT 260 I don't think I'm going to be short of things to fix...




iaincb1

1,281 posts

118 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Looks good thumbup but need more pics...

moribund

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3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Cheers! It was a bit dark last night but will take loads of pics tomorrow smile

chevronb37

6,466 posts

155 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Awesome work, mate! Looks great I'm around Wakey a lot with work at the moment so I'll keep an eye open for you. Next step will be the S1 Exige wink

Oh and don't forget the good guys at NYLOC: nyloc.org

PaulG40

2,381 posts

194 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Lovely Elise! smile

Tiger Tim

1,765 posts

191 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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I'm stationed at Leeming and have an s2 so if you guys ever want to go for a blast then I'm in.

Great looking car! Mine was in need of a bit of tlc when I bought it but now it's sorted it's a fantastic car.

Paul

james_gt3rs

4,816 posts

160 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Didn't fancy a VX220 instead?

stu1984

779 posts

149 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Looks like you got a good deal there. I love my VX220 and they, like your S1 Elise will hold their price very well. Look forward to seeing more pics smile

SammyW

733 posts

189 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Lovely looking Elise, and a great buy. Can't see it losing much, if anything, over the next few years. Enjoy!

moribund

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183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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chevronb37 said:
Awesome work, mate! Looks great I'm around Wakey a lot with work at the moment so I'll keep an eye open for you. Next step will be the S1 Exige wink

Oh and don't forget the good guys at NYLOC: nyloc.org
I don't think an Exige is on the cards any time soon. This is extreme enough for now. God it's bloody loud inside!

Good call re NYLOC.


moribund

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3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Tiger Tim said:
I'm stationed at Leeming and have an s2 so if you guys ever want to go for a blast then I'm in.

Great looking car! Mine was in need of a bit of tlc when I bought it but now it's sorted it's a fantastic car.

Paul
That's what I wanted to hear. It's pretty decent now to be honest but I know it could be better.

If you fancy a hoon... http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

moribund

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3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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james_gt3rs said:
Didn't fancy a VX220 instead?
I did think a lot about the VX but the Elise is soooo pretty...

wevster

571 posts

126 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Glad you finally managed to get an Elise, they're quite a performance jump from the Roadster.

Nice colour.

You should join the SELOC sprint series, it's great fun!

More pictures please!

Edited by wevster on Friday 26th April 22:20

moribund

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3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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Thanks everyone for the positive words! I've been amazed by reactions at work today, took loads of people out for laps.

The Smart went to it's new home tonight - I will miss that car but I can't have both!

chevronb37

6,466 posts

155 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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moribund said:
chevronb37 said:
Awesome work, mate! Looks great I'm around Wakey a lot with work at the moment so I'll keep an eye open for you. Next step will be the S1 Exige wink

Oh and don't forget the good guys at NYLOC: nyloc.org
I don't think an Exige is on the cards any time soon. This is extreme enough for now. God it's bloody loud inside!

Good call re NYLOC.
I took mine to Donington last weekend. God it's hot and noisy in there! Hateful old rattlebox. I'm off to Silverstone tomorrow and will be in the Polo listening to Radio 6 Music and averaging 55mpg laugh

Really chuffed you've made the jump and that you're enjoying it. I'll give you a nod before the next NYLOC meet and we'll convoy up. I'm based in Cas with work at the moment so not far from you.

moribund

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3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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wevster said:
Glad you finally managed to get an Elise, they're quite a performance jump from the Roadster.

Nice colour.

You should join the SELOC sprint series, it's great fun!

More pictures please!

Edited by wevster on Friday 26th April 22:20
Cheers! I don't know about sprints but I intend doing some more Autosolos for sure. And it's about time I did another track day too.

moribund

Original Poster:

3,633 posts

183 months

Friday 26th April 2013
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chevronb37 said:
I took mine to Donington last weekend. God it's hot and noisy in there! Hateful old rattlebox. I'm off to Silverstone tomorrow and will be in the Polo listening to Radio 6 Music and averaging 55mpg laugh

Really chuffed you've made the jump and that you're enjoying it. I'll give you a nod before the next NYLOC meet and we'll convoy up. I'm based in Cas with work at the moment so not far from you.
Go on Andy, I'll take you up on that!

Chunkychucky

4,526 posts

138 months

Saturday 27th April 2013
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Lovely car, that and the ZT are a very nice duo indeed!

moribund

Original Poster:

3,633 posts

183 months

Saturday 27th April 2013
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Thanks, can't beat a bit of retro British flakyness biggrin

Took this tonight before the Smart was picked up by it's new owner. Promise to take more pics over the weekend.

Before and after:

W195TFP by giveitfish, on Flickr

wevster

571 posts

126 months

Saturday 27th April 2013
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Is yours the 118 bhp version or the 143bhp type? Does it have MMC brakes or steel discs?

Having gone through what your about to go through with the Elise, I would say the only thing you need to do is get the Geo checked and then get some decent tyres on it. If it's on standard suspension you might want to look at a new set, this can get quite expensive though.

Also check for rubber mats in the footwells, if it has those rip them out as they can cause corrosion.

If you want to read about my experiences with the Elise I have a garage thread on SELOC

http://forums.seloc.org/viewthread.php?tid=317921