2005 Lotus Elise Consumer Review: WOW!

2005 Lotus Elise - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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


I purchased a 5,700 mile Magnetic Blue Elise on eBay, during a hurricane. Once I finally got the car, I never wanted to get out, and did but only to sleep (although I did sleep in the Elise on a long trip and found the high sills to be an excellent perch for my feet as I spread out across the cabin). I cannot explain the fun, the performance and the economy in running one of these fantastic machines. At some point every gearhead must own one. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! I may have to sell to buy a Ferrari but it is only to get more luggage space. Yes, a Ferrari can be the mature choice; but you have to start in an Elise.

Best Features

Speed. Handling. Styling.

Worst Features

Alacantra coverings over that cheap plastic. A more positive 3rd gear engagement. A real stereo.
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