Im still about a year off from buying a new car (graduation from law school ). And as a life long lotus lover a lotus is on my short list. I have always loved esprits but i dont have enough money or technical know how to dedicate to maintaining one. I also live in the middle of nowhere so parts would be tricky to come by. So that leaves me with an exige s or an elise sc.
Which do you prefer, and why?
Right now im leaning towards an elise sc mostly because I prefer the looks of the elise over the looks of the exige. I also like the fact that the elise has a rear view mirror.
However, on the used market there isn't a huge difference in price between the two and the s 240 has 20 more horsepower than the elise sc. I have read that the exige does 0-60 in as low as 4.1 seconds while the elise sc does it in about 4.4. both are fast times. i believe the 1/4 mile on the elise sc is about 13.3, im not sure what it is on the exige s 240. I did read a car and driver review of a 2007 exige S which has 220hp (about the same as the elise sc) and it did 0-60 in 4.1 and the quarter mile in 12.8 which is exactly what im looking for. can i achieve those numbers in an elise sc?
Besides the looks and the power is there a whole lot of difference between the two cars? I feel like the elise sc is a little bit less serious than the exige, a little more fun loving perhaps? im looking for a car that is A) fun to drive, B) not a headache maintenance wise, C) fast. I dont need a super serious race car, this would mostly be a summer daily driver. I may occasionally head down to a local road course but really the majority of racing would be your basic street light run-ins with the random mustangs and camaros of the world.
So which car would be better or worse for me keeping in mind that im not crazy about the looks of the exige.
Also, what are some common problems that either of these cars have? How is their reliability? What kind of maintenance costs yearly am I looking at?