Thanks for the kind words and the "mods link" guys! I just returned from driving our new Elise home...about an 8.5 hour trip. Mostly uneventful...31.6 MPG. We're beyond happy with our new purchase...it's a one owner Canyon Red/black leather 2006, Touring Pkg but now has factory Sport package wheels, Michelin Pilots...it did have the original wheels and front tires were date coded as original tires but I swapped for these, Stage 2 exhaust, front splitter. Original paint, clean title, 28,400 miles...well, 29 plus now. Recalls and updates done...updated tie rods, all three blower speeds work, original radio...everything works on it but one rear speaker...planning to replace all four...any suggestions?
On the 8.5 hour ride home, two different times, it had what I would describe as a blip or hiccup...almost as if the car was simply shut off...each time, about a two hours apart, it only lasted a second...I maybe lost 2 MPH. Any ideas...I'm looking at the MFRU...let me know if you have any suggestions. We really like the car and plan to look at doing whatever it needs.
We're looking forward to being involved in the Lotus community. I heard and read that the Lotus people are even better than the cars themselves. My wife has some medical problems which began 5 years ago and she hasn't driven in a couple of years...but wants to drive this car...I'm going to encourage her to drive it today. We live 30 minutes from the North Georgia mountains...and it's curvy roads all the way up. She has dragged raced some of our cars over the years and driven others on road courses. Her daily driver for 7 years was a 12.33 (in true street trim, street tires) '87 Buick Turbo T Regal. About 85% of this Lotus purchase was to bring her some joy....it already has! We also stopped to visit/stay with friend about half way back. He took her for a 160 MPH ride in his Ford GT...that lifted her spirits as well. On another visit, I drove it and rode in it...but not THAT fast! The most amazing thing about the Ford GT is how remarkably civilized they are...a truly Doctor Jekyll/Mr.Hyde car. It is so docile, I think you could throw your grandma the keys and she could drive it.
I guess no need to post pics as everyone knows what they look like. The only imperfections are some blistering under the original Star Shield behind rear tires, due to original exhaust heat shield being removed...it is now reinstalled. There is also a star stress crack on front clam shell...it is impossible to see in some lighting and obvious in others...I'll likely repair the back area but no room in our budget to repair front.