2005 Lotus Elise - Consumer Reviews

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Base 1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual - (73 reviews )
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Lotsa fun
By Zack Jones on 01/31/07 13:12 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

I have felt the need to have the dealer do the service which tends to be expensive. I was involved in a minor accident (not my fault), but the repairs were extremely expensive. That said, it really is fun and will turn heads and have lots of people asking what it is and how much it cost.
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Nothing else even similar
By Jerry on 12/13/06 08:17 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

This car is such a total departure from any other street car that I'm shocked it made it to production, much less DOT and EPA certified. The car is so light, rigid, and responsive to input that the driving experience is simply not comparable to driving anything else. The noise and ride aren't as harsh as you would expect and the driving position and seats are excellent. 30+ mpg. Terrible radio and alarm. There is a rattle in the gear box the dealer says is not normal but they won't do anything about it. Fit and finish are pretty good for a low production hand built car requiring unconventional materials and manufacturing processes.
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Great Car
By Jim on 08/20/06 20:06 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

I purchased the car with the idea that I wanted a fun car with a performance bend that I would get good gas mileage and be a good everyday driver. The Lotus met my needs! It's a lot of fun. While it gets good mileage, the small tank needs frequent refills. The interior size is something you have to experience to understand. Once in, it's very comfortable. Highly recommend the car!
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On Rails!
By Daniel Dudak on 06/15/06 12:09 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

If you want to be removed from the road, to be lulled into comfy oblivion, don't buy this car. If you want to experience the raw thrill of the road unlike any other street-legal vehicle, then this might be the car for you. Yes, it can be difficult to get in and out of, but like a pair of racing gloves or shoes, you don't really "get in" the car, you "put it on".
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my 2005 Lotus Elise
By larry on 05/27/06 07:39 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

Handles better than any car I've ever driven. Excellent brakes. With top off, easy in and out but requires a good back and knees to get in and out with the top on. Air and heat work great.
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Lotus Elise
By Les Albin on 05/18/06 10:52 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

The Elise has been absolutely reliable in all types of driving. It has looks and performance that compare favorably to the most exotic cars around, but at a fraction of the cost to purchase and operate. Handling and responsiveness are better than any other car regardless of price. On the track or on the street the Elise gets more smiles per gallon than anything else around.
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Way Too Fun
By Chris D on 03/30/06 16:30 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

Driving this car is very comparable to riding on a roller coaster: same sensations going around curves and accelerating, an occasional hard bump, etc. Other "sports cars" seem pointless in comparison. Best toy I've ever owned. It makes me feel like a teenager again. Beats other exotics more than twice the price in many ways. Love the body lines and the handling. Absolutely a blast to drive.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
2005 Lotus Elise
By mark Greenblatt on 03/27/06 21:32 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

Anyone who is serious about sports cars should put this car on your short list of cars to test drive. I have had 4 Porsches, much more expensive than this car, but I will never go back to Porsche again. They are so boring and bland compared to this car. A purchaser of this car should be aware that it is one of the most raw cars for sale. Raw meaning it has a loud engine (1/3 of my reason to buy a car is the sound it makes), the interior is spartan with a lot of exposed chassis metal (which I think looks so cool), it is a simple car designed to have balanced handling and performance, low weight, and will give you grins every time you get in it. It has a Toyota drivetrain to boot.
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Fits like a tailored glove
By Chris on 03/26/06 11:02 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

An awesome handling car. Sometimes it seems the car anticipates what I am going to do. The biggest problem I have noticed with this car is all the attention you get. Sounds like a cool thing but try changing lanes rapidly (you will understand if you drive one) to get set up for that nice curve you want to accelerate through and you can't because all the cars around you are slowing down to figure out what type of car you are driving. Not to mention wanting to run a quick errand and being stopped by everyone as you exit the car asking how fast, how much, can I ride (women love this car).... Just buy one, you won't regret it.
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Unbelievable Ride
By RedElise on 02/15/06 17:48 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Review

Clearly this car is not for everyone, but if you are under 6'0" tall, 200 lbs, and have a size 10 or smaller foot then this is a tremendous amount of fun. It is extremely difficult to get in and out of (words cant describe it), but there is nothing out there that handles like it. The stereo is poor, but usually you have the top off and you are listening to the purr of the engine behind your head. This car really lives up to all the great magazine reviews it has accumulated over the last year.
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