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2006 Lotus Elise

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Base 1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual - (27 reviews )
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This car is sick.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Clint
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2006 Lotus Elise 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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Instant celebrity status, whether you want it or not. You will begin getting gas at night just to avoid all the questions and strangers chatting you up for 20 minutes. I have learned more about the car from others than I knew before I purchased it. It is alarmingly quick to 100 mph and I have not had one problem with it. Not one, ever, an extraordinary feat for a hand-built vehicle. The interior is simple and clean, with only the essentials. The high RPM power is addictive. I would equate driving this vehicle with how a great white shark must feel swimming along out there, knowing there is nothing out there that can touch him. Lotus is ahead of its time with 30 MPG and iPod hook-up!


Favorite Features

Starshield is a life-saver, 30 MPG, exhaust note, simple interior, less common than Ferrari/Lambo, very very fast.


Suggested Improvements

Lower the door sill as it is embarrassing to try and exit the vehicle, stereo could use some bass, replace the cargo net with a glove box, adjustable passenger seat, lower the DOHC from 6200 RPM to say 4000 and I'm in heaven.


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Best Attention Getter
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By Ryan
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2006 Lotus Elise 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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If you choose to buy a lotus Elise you are also making a commitment to people wanting to know what it is. I have seen more Ferraries and Lamborghinis than lotuses. That truly makes this an exotic car. It sounds like a formula one car under an over pass! This truly is the best bang for your buck you can get. Touring and sport packs are great! Worth the money.


Favorite Features

Touring pack, sport pack, starshield, radio changes color and gets louder as you rev the engine!


Suggested Improvements

Pedals should be separated a little more.


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Very fun car with some drawbacks
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Ian
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2006 Lotus Elise 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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This car was built for the track. If you buy this car expecting anything more than a driving machine, you are looking at it for the wrong reason. The combination of aluminum and fiberglass that make up the Elise provide a very high power to weight ratio, even with the very small 1.8L Toyota engine. After pushing the car past 6200 rpm you feel a boost in power as the car switches to the second cam. As you redline in second at 8500 rpm, the shift into third pushes your head back into the seat. At this point you realize that you're on the freeway inching toward 100 and need to slow down. What a killjoy. Amazing handling and road hugging tires make freeway on ramps the best part of your day.


Favorite Features

Perfect handling, there is nothing like it in its class. Performance is good, but the low end torque leaves something to be desired. Besides that, this car leaves very little else to be desired while driving. The interior leather is very well done, and the seat belts are high quality.


Suggested Improvements

Here's some of what the Elise doesn't have: glove compartment, cup holder, trunk space (ok, well very little), adjustable passenger seat, shifter requires a lot of force to move gears, windshield wiper is terrible on my car, very narrow seats, not easy to get in/out of, radio is really bad.


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Pound for pound, $ for $, best deal
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By chapman
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2006 Lotus Elise 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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I have owned a number of other so called sports cars over the years. I went through a Corvette stage, a Viper stage and a Porsche stage. Pound for pound and dollar for dollar no car can touch the Lotus Elise for pure fun, driveability and performance. Yes it doesn't have a 600 hsp engine and yes it doesn't have a 6 figure price tag but take the Elise out on twisty winding roads and watch the power cars eat your dust.


Favorite Features

Great handling, fantastic body work, available hard top and soft top. Cockpit is the ultimate in simplicity with nothing extranious. Sound system is excellent. Transmounted mid-engine Toyota Motor performs extremely well at high RPMs.


Suggested Improvements

More grunt in the lower end. Under 3,000 RPM engine is a bit sluggish. More trunk space would be helpful. Car would be easier to get in and out of with hardtop on if Lotus adopted wing style doors. A cup holder on the 2006 model would have been helpful. Still the best deal for the buck.


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Don't judge. It's better than you think.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By mikeebear
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2006 Lotus Elise 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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This car is amazing. It is like a street-legal road rocket. A race car. A go-kart. It's so fun to drive. I have driven faster cars, but none more gratifying than this. And it's no slouch either! Once you're inside, it's pretty cozy and roomy. Easy to get comfy in. I have never been in a car that garnered so much attention. Every day I get compliments, questions, comments, and non-stop looks. I don't imagine that Ferrari owners get nearly this much attention. Take this car to some twisty back roads and the magic will come to life. That is where this car belongs and that is where you will have the most fun with it. It's no dragster and if that's what you want, move on, this car isn't for you.


Favorite Features

8500 redline, one of the best handling cars in the world, race-car feel, no unnecessary convenience features, exotic looks, affordable price.


Suggested Improvements

I honestly believe the car is perfect, but weight can always be shed. However, it's pretty easy to shed 70lbs off this car with Sport Package, Stage II exhaust, new battery and A/C delete.


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