2005 Lotus Elise User Reviews

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    2005 Lotus Elise Roadster Review
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    Lotus Elise Is An Awesome Car — The car looks great, it runs great, its easy to work on, its very reliable. Its fast, only has two seats and small trunk space enough for one suitcase or some milk and eggs. Everyone should own a Lotus at some point in their life :)

    Pros: Attention getting, amazing super car for ridiculously cheap price, looks like a 100,000 dollar car. Fast and great on gas mileage high 20's MPG.

    Cons: Not much as long as you realize it is small and only has 2 seats. But for a fun sports car, its perfect.

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    My Dream Car — Pros: Performance, Handling, Exotic Looks, Reliable powerplant, FUN Cons: Cost, Expensive and difficult maintenance, Loud interior (Pro for me), Spartan interior, no cup holders! Lotus Elise 2005 - 1.9 Liter I4 Engine Federal Elise/ 111R 2ZZ-GE Toyota Engine: 189 HP 0-60: 4.9 Seconds Top Speed: 148 MPH Options: Touring Pack, LSS Sport Wheels, SONY CDX GT700HD stereo Bought with 54xx Miles. Currently at 62xx at time of update Still haven't reached close to the limits in this car, but it corners 15MPH Faster than my jetta with no additional drama. The VVTL-i lift at 6000+ RPM's feels like a massive boost kicking in, while the normal powerband is still quite excellent due to the low weight. The "bad": I am starting to feel the advantages of my other cars having a backseat when I want to drive more than 1 person anywhere. Took it on a 2.5 Hour trip on the highway, and after 1.5 hours, the seat became a little uncomfortable. Getting in and out will never be graceful, and finally, I am paranoid about people damaging my car.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Best looking driver's car for the money

    Cons: I could really use a cupholder for a single bottle of drink.

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    2005 Lotus Elise Roadster Review
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    If You Like Go-karting, Get A Lotus — The 2005 Lotus Elise is a niche vehicle to the extreme. Imagine driving a go-kart with more power and surrounded by a fiberglass shell. The car will go where you point it, but the drag-strip is an enemy... While the car will move from a standstill to sixty miles per hour quickly, anything beyond eighty becomes noticeably taxing on the low torque of the engine. The look of the car is based on the Ferrari Dino, and while beautiful it doesn't allow it to slip through the air, instead generating downforce and parasitic drag in the process.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Novelty, handling, "exotic" for 1/4th the price.

    Cons: All parts falling off this vehicle are of the finest British craftsmanship

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    2005 Lotus Elise Roadster Review
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    ..... — Excellent brakes and acceleration. expensive service but cheap fuel running cost Great handling at all speed Excellent and fun weekend drive with convertible Sound great with stage 2 exhaust and pipercross air filter Good seating and layout of steering wheel and gear lever

    Pros: Low to ground

    Cons: High speed pull

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    2005 Lotus Elise Roadster Review
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    Brilliant Car, Puts The Fun Into Driving — yes it really is that good, fast and frightening on the corners. straightlie speed is very good indeed. breaks rip your face off, handling is like no other, well except maybe and exige lol. no repairs as such just and upgraded exhaust system from stock. its a stunner and small as hell. cost a wad and has only done 20,000 miles. she does roughly about 45 to the gallon which is not bad for something with its performance.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: handling

    Cons: none

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    Favorite Car I've Owned. I Miss It. — This was the the first Federal version and mine was one of the first here (after 2.5 years on the waiting list, I got it 6 weeks after the first customer car was delivered in the U.S.) so the power was less than the current supercharged models, but the acceleration was pretty quick, especially once it got on the cam in the upper end of the rev range. Handling was go-cart-like. I used this car as a daily driver running a 100-mile round-trip to work every day, which is probably not the best way to own it, but I put over 34k miles on it in 16 months of ownership, so I certainly got to know it. It is fun having that level of performance on a commute (can put a smile on your face every day). It's small and quick, so you can fit into the smallest openings on the freeway to squeeze in front of those left-lane-phone-talkers then shoot away before they have time to drop the phone and flip you the bird. I don't recall too many unscheduled maintenance problems, but scheduled maintenance was surprizingly expensive for a 4-cyl Toyota engine (I guess the Lotus sign at the dealer gives them that right). Having drove it so many miles, I hit all the scheduled maintanance intervals much quicker than the average weekend Elise driver would. I had a touring model (no, that does not make it "comfortable") so it had the slightly-harder tire compound. They were good for between 10k and 20k miles. I went through a few sets, plus brake pads and a set of front rotors (they're pretty thin - light weight - and must be replaced when they get below a certain thickness), Appearance-wise, it is a reall head turner - even in black as mine was. You could hardly make a trip to work without seeing a couple mobile phone cameras come out - and that was in 2005 when every 13-yar-old did not have a mobile phone camera. One of those cars you could just stand in your garage and stare at. I took a couple long drives in it (e.g. Atlanta to Kansas City) and while I enjoyed it, it's probably not the car's forte. Youe left leg rests against the fraim rail, and for me (~6'3") it cut right into my left calf. Even going to work every day, this was an issue. And believe the warning in the owner's manual that the A/C is not going to keep you cool on a really hot day. I'd seriously consider the A/C delete offered on the Exige (for weight savings) if I got another. Better to just take the top off (a pretty quick operation to do and toss in the trunk), take off your tie (if you're stupid enough to drive it to work) and enjoy the 95 degreee heat (Atlanta summers). But fun fun fun to drive. Don't get it because it's an inexpensive exotic unless you really like performance cars. It's not as good for taking the wife to dinner in a skirt unless she's a bit of an exibitionist. Getting in and out with the opt on is an exercise for contortionists (it's hard to look graceful) and I even had to take the top off to get my dad out.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Track-day performance for the street

    Cons: If you cannot sacrifice comfort for sport

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    2005 Lotus Elise Roadster Review
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    The Best Drive For Under £50k — LOve it, if you can get in it and have another car for general use buy one! WIth the roof off on a good road in the dry nothing for the money will beat it and there is no other proper car for the money that is faster.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Fast

    Cons: Difficult to get into

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    A Super-fun Girl With Tattoos And Piercings That Likes To Party. — The good: Handling: Nothing beats a Lotus in handling. Perfect for canyon roads, very predictable and easy to drive. Steering: The best in the world. Never driven a car with such a precise feeling. Transmission: Feels very solid, very rare to miss a gear, excellent transmission and clutch feeling. The bad: Minimal storage capacity. Not good for long journeys, will get you tired faster. If you have broad shoulders. You will be rubbing them with your companion. Could use more power. Maybe the Exige S240 is the cure.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Amazing track/canyons machine.

    Cons: Not for everyone, not for every day.

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    Its Cool — its good its actually my dads car because im not old enough to own one but its cool and really fast which is always good its good at cornering and my dad takes it to trak days and for a quick spin it is good fun.

    Pros: fast and you can fit almost everything in the boot for a little car

    Cons: i cant drive it

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    Fun Ride — Fun to drive, great to be seen in, fast, super-cool. Engine and drive train are by Toyota, clutch is easy to use, but the engine is only really happy at higher revs. It's noisy inside, even with the touring package, the stock stereo is really bad, and the trunk is big enough for a couple small duffel bags.

    Pros: Exotic looks, performance, handling.

    Cons: Interior noise, lack of space.

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    2011 Lotus Elise Reviews

    The Real Ultimate Driving Experience By uranazo

    Driving this car is about as close to driving an indy or formula one car on the street and for anything near this price range as well. The models with the superchargers (SC) really make a huge impact ... Read More

    Hard On Gas, Yes..but, It Is My Toy.. And I Rate It A 5 Star... By Kevin

    for those whom know about it. and only a few of you do, it is in my Townhouse garage. Never will I drive my baby ever in the bad rain again..rear wheel slippage... Best 100 I spent in a home lottery t... Read More

    2009 Lotus Elise Reviews

    The Gears By Andreas

    it isn't very fast and if you push it a lot the engine will break an it is very expensive to fix it about the gears they are very fast to change them the top speed is 260km per hour Read More

    Performance Through Lightweight By Karel

    performance: can be better, supercharger maybe :D Build quality: English :-) I think people know what i mean :D appearance: shouty beautyful cost of ownership: reasonable, It's not an american car :p ... Read More

    2008 Lotus Elise Reviews

    Fasted Go-kart On Earth By wiusalotus

    It is an excellent vehicle to have, lots of fun and looks great. The maintenance is not terrible and gas is not bad as well (depending on how you drive). One dangerous part about driving is, people te... Read More

    I Love It And Got Use To Getting In & Out Of It. By gotomike

    This is a totally awesome British sports car like no other on the road. If you love total performance yet civilized attitude and drivability in the city, this is the car. Once you're in the buckets,... Read More

    2007 Lotus Elise Reviews

    Omg Its So Much Fun By Robbie

    Difficult to get into, but once your in its comfortable and the most fun you can have without buying an ariel Atom. Value for money is amazing, I've track raced with this car and had it for about 4 ye... Read More

    The Car By Travis

    The performance is great. The build quality is solid. The appearance is gorgeous. The gas mileage is good. The acceleration, braking, and handling is amazing. It does not need repairs. There is no ... Read More

    2006 Lotus Elise Reviews

    I Love It! By Dariusch

    This is the most exiting affordable sports car. Nothing for every day use, but extremely agile on curvy roads and race tracks. While interior quality is not at the level of German Engineering, the r... Read More

    Wow By Richard

    well the car handles like a dream. i take it to track days and yer i get taken over by bugattis and that but handling is so fun is probably the best car that money can buy this year x Read More

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