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  1. The Elise is an easy daily.
    The Toyota engine has a simpler service schedule and is considered bullit proof if looked after and the 6200 rpm cam change seems very popular. It carries a price premium. I don't find the K any less reliable if looked after. The K head gasket might fail but it also might not. £500 and half a day by a specialist on your drive and it's good for life. Mileage seems indefinate for either car if looked after and respected. 
    Having driven my K daily for three years I now know that I'd reach 6200 so rarely on public roads that the Toyota would be wasted on me. I'm not saying it's not possible, just that I'd feel like a dick driving it on cam on public roads. Others might find it easier. Motorways might be an exception but the K is plenty fast enough anyway.
    It might be a false perception of mine but I feel that a daily driven Elise is more reliable than a summer only pride and joy.
    The front of the Elise takes a bit of a bashing from stones and this is made worse on a daily so don't worry too much about front end condition when buying. If it's concourse when you buy then it won't be for long unless you fit protection film.
    Regardless of engine type an aluminium radiator is good. The standard rad has plastic ends. The heater resistor pack will fail quicker on a daily. It controls the three heater fan speeds. If any of the speeds don't work it's on its way out. Simple to change for an upgraded unit but only once the front clam and heater has been removed. A stainless steel tow post is necessary. That's a clam off job too.
    A later K and all Toyota cars will have air-con. Good for cooling the cabin but also, more importantly for a daily, clearing the winter condensation. The heater fan will need to be working for the air-con to work properly.
    I had AD07 tyres for two winters which coped surprisingly well on snow, if I wasn't on a gradient, but I now have all-season tyres. They don't stop me doing anything I did with AD07s but then I'm more of a Jensen Button than a Max Verstappen. Some tyres can be a bit of a fashion statement on a car that won't see a track. 
    In short, the Elise is a great daily for me. I can fit all my shopping in it as well as a passenger, the child seat gives my grandchildren a great view, DIY stuff fits in if I take a saw with me. What won't fit in I can get delivered. I can service it myself. If anything changes and I have to sell it the depreciation will be minimal and I might even be able to sell for slightly more than I paid.
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  2. Walk away if that's all you have to go on. There could be any number of costly problems with it. It needs a professional inspection to answer your question. Try.......

    Autohaus Haese GmbH

    Autohaus Ulmen GmbH

    Automobile-Muller e.K

    Exklusive Kollektion GmbH

    Lotus Leipzig

    Merz & Pabst GmbH


    Schuttenbach Auto Service

    Westside Cars GmbH

  3. S2 - 7.5 x 17 rear

    S1  - 7 x 16 rear

    S1 - 7.5 x 16 rear on 111s and Type 49

    This info is quite common on the internet.....

    Lotus reduced the front downforce and the rear lift on the S2 to achieve almost neutral balance which delivers consistant handling balance at all speeds, while the S1's high front downforce and rear lift contributed greatly to the cars tendancy to oversteer at high speed. It could be argued that reducing downforce is a retrograde step and that leaving the front in S1 configuration and then increasing the rear downforce further to achieve a Clr in the region of -0.3 would generate more lateral rip, but testing showed the drag penalties associated with doing so were unacceptable. The roof of the S2 was lowered to also improve the quality of air flow over the rear of the car and hence make any rear spoiler more efficient. The Elise S1 111S and Sport 160 spoiler efficencies were reduced by the higher roof line.

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