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Lotus Elise Convertible 2000‑2011(13 reviews)
Andy | 8th May '17
This car is awesome, it handles well, drives well. But the boot is small and you need to be flexible to get in, but this car always puts a smile on your face...
RooHunt | 1st October '15
Mine is an Elise 111S - Practicality is not it's strong point, but fun is! As with any Lotus, you're going to encounter a few issues from time to time... It was hand built in a shed after all... That said does it detract from the incredible feeling of driving an Elise on a good B road? Heck no it does not... Once you're behind the wheel and the stars are aligned, there are few cars that drive as well as a Lotus Elise. The 111S gives you that extra accessible performance that's always welcome and the car handles beautifully, never failing to put a smile on your face.
Peter21 | 3rd July '15
If you are thinking about getting an Elise - Do it! I bought a 111r 4 years ago thinking I would keep it for 1 or 2 years and still have it. This car just handles fantastically, and as others have said, just makes you smile when you drive it. Economy is very good for a car with this much power, and so far, I have had no problems with it. If I sell it, the only car that would replace it is another Elise. My car is very low mileage, and is now worth the same as when I bought it 4 years ago. If you get the chance of a test drive - go for it. Everybody who has an appreciation of sports cars should try an Elise!
JonS160 | 20th February '14
If you are looking for super car performance for under Â£20,000 then this is the car.
Some experts would argue that this is one of the best handling cars ever and I wouldn't disagree. Lightweight, precise, beautifully balanced and very easy to drive hard.
This is my second Lotus Elise, my first was a Series 1 Sport 160. The only way you could drive it was fast. My current car is a S2 111S. It has the VVC engine which is smooth and wants to pull throughout the rev range. It is just as happy being driven slowly in town and in traffic and eager to excite when on open roads. 156bhp in a great handling car that weighs only 860kg. A car that can accelerate like this and be so much fun, has no right returning fuel economy figures in the mid to high 30's.
I have driven this car through Europe and down to Tuscany. Yes, there are cars that are more comfortable, but none I have driven have put such a smile on my face and felt so at home on the Stelvio Pass.
I have both the hard top and the soft top for this car. Both look great and the soft top can be removed in 30s and goes on in 1 minute.
However, you will love open top motoring and for sun on your face, wind in your hair, performance car driving you will struggle to beat this car.
Mungo | 6th January '14
Have had the car for over 7 years and have used it from day 1 for my daily commute. Ride can be harsh but you feel every lump and bump on the road, you feel part of the car.
Not the fastest but the acceleration and cornering are exceptional. Tricky in the wet and so must be driven with respect. This tends to hone your driving skills and makes you appreciate the changing conditions
Can need some maintenance and you need some cash to ensure she stays on the road. Must be used regularly, winter ice is not good for the car if left sitting about.
An understandng of general maintenance will definitley help you as you will experience some "bugs".
Will soon need to move on to the next car but am concerned that the fun in driving wil disappear and really not sure what to replace her with, (except for another Lotus).
A stretch to buy in the first place but have never regretted owning a her.
marten | 26th December '13
I have used this car for the past 1,5 yrs after owning a S1 Elise for over 6 yrs. The S2 is slightly heavier but the handling is still superb compared to many other cars around. Indeed i would say for the price of an average Elise you won't be able to find a car which gives more smiles per miles,
Running costs are low, given that a Lotus is made by a low volume sports car maker. You can easily get 35mls to the gallon, again something hardly matched by any sportscar.
All in all i cannot recommend a better car to satisfy your sportscars needs.
raycrayrook7 | 8th March '13
fantastic road holding, 135 has plenty of power for road use, on track needs a bit more on straights, compliant chassis not crashy avoid pot holes.
pros fun to drive, breeds confidence, pretty looks, a true thoroughbred. holds value well.
cons, build quality, expensive to buy.
stephenL | 30th August '11
I’ve owned a 2001 Elise touring since 2002 and used it as my only car until about 2007. I tried about 6-7 cars before I found one that handled as they should. This variability seemed common for early cars but appears to have improved now.
The performance is swift rather than rapid with good low-down torque and a responsive throttle. The handling in the wet can be a bit hazardous with the car swapping ends all too readily if you’re clumsy with your right foot. In the dry the handling and grip borders on the magical. The almost telepathic steering and seat-of-your pants feel as you ‘pour’ it into corners is quite addictive. The only problem is the ride. It’s very noisy and crashes over pot-holes, but once on the open road all is well. Newer Elises seem to be better. The radio is next to useless at anything over 50mph but for longer journeys I use ear-plugs!
Its economy around town is about 38mpg, rising to 45+ in the country. Tyres last for 10-20k miles depending on use and non-dealer annual servicing starts from about £200-300 rising to about £500-600 for the full ‘C’ service.
In 9 years it has only stopped twice, so statistically it’s been more reliable than almost every car I’ve ever had. The car probably feels less safe than it really is but it’s ability to change direction and get out of trouble should not be under-estimated. Newer Elises have air-bags and ABS so things are improving.
I’m 1.89m tall and have absolutely no problems getting in and out, and the driving position is OK. The seats are quite comfortable and newer Elises have the gel-filled Pro-Bax seats, which are even better. The hood is fine and strangely appropriate for a Lotus, i.e. fussy, complicated but overall, ingenious. The boot is big enough to swallow a weeks shopping with ease.
If I ever wanted to replace my beloved Elise I’d buy another one, not the ‘R’ or the ‘SC’, but a standard ‘S’. Lotus ownership requires dedication, passion and commitment. It will reward you with the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I like the fact that true Lotus owners, (i.e. those that don’t just buy one for the summer), do so to drive and enjoy, not for posing in. If you’re after reliable and practical then buy a fridge!
nigelW | 1st July '11
great car love it good handling great performance access difficult good customer service from lotus ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
martinR | 15th May '11
Well, I have owned this car for 4 years and it has been an absolute joy to drive in all respects!
I thought I would have it for a year or so until I got fed up with the impracticalities but the more I drove it, the more I loved it.
I have often found myself making journeys for the slightest excuse and making detours because of the big smile it puts on my face.
Only reason to sell is that we're adopting a child.
It's currently our only car and I have a van for work and moving bigger stuff that won't fit in the car.
It's been extremely cheap to run with no mechanical problems at all.
I serviced the car at my small local garage for the same price as any other car and took it to a Lotus specialist (not dealer) for it's 'C' service (timing belts) which was about £600 for a really good service.
Very economical on fuel for such an amazing car. Normally does 35 to 42mpg.
Absolutely incredible handling on a dry road of course. Don't wait until the tyres are nearly down to the markers like I did and spin it in the wet though!
This car is all about feeling like it's an extension of your body with it's direct reactions to your actions and the very direct feedback it gives you. It's extremely quick in the normal range of speeds that you can actually do on our roads. I don't see the point of a 200mph supercar.
Engine needs to be revved to get the most out of it and the close ratio gearbox matches perfectly.
Very comfortable to drive (I'm 172cm/5'7"), even for 3 hours. Quite noisy on the motorway though. Great driving position being so low and easy to get in and out once you get the knack.
I bought it for £15,000 and it's now worth £13,500.
Fun to £ value is extremely hard to beat!!!
I really really don't want to sell and if I can afford to, I'll be very happy to keep it!
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