2008 Lotus Elise User Reviews
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- The best sports car/roadster (at a relatively affordable price)
- An adjustable driver seat and a movable passenger seat would be nice
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Let's start with, this ain't the car for everyone. It is small, initially challenging to get in and out of, and has no meaningful storage space. In other words, it is a sports car/roadster and just as it has the shortcomings of a sports car, it has all the benefits. It is quick and nimble. You almost become one with the car and the road -- it reacts as if it is an extension of your mind. Whatever you perceive a sports car to be, this car will exceed your expectations. I regularly drive the car to work (highway and city) and is as comfortable as my old Z3 was. A bit louder road noise (engine is right behind you), but not excessive. I have driven on trips of 4 hours without any discomfort (I am 57 years old). I have 5,000 miles on the car and looking forward to adding a lot more. On reliability, the gear shift wouldn't go into reverse after the first week. One day in the shop, all fixed.
In sum, I absolutely love this car from Appearance to Zoom....read morehide
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- Beautiful lines, beyond fun to drive, great gas mileage.
- Small, feel every bump. It is a sports car for those who appreciate adding lightness to a car.
This is my daily driver and I love it. You feel connected to the road and it makes the most simple drive to the grocery store something to smile about. I beg to differ with the person who said the trunk is about the size of two grocery bags.....I can put a full cart of groceries in the trunk alone. You do have to drive very defensively, as people don't check over their shoulder or are paying more attention to talking on the phone than driving. My Lotus is Chrome Orange and have been nearly hit twice in broad daylight. You are low and small but I feel more maneuverable than in our E55 AMG. But I am in a minority, I love small cars and the Lotus Elise suites me perfectly. It is not for everyone. I love the austerity of the interior and feel it is worth the sacrifice for the incredible handling and thrill of driving....read morehide
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- What great extirior and speed!
This car is like awesome.I have never been blown out by looks like this. But with its puny interior and gas, I don't think it is worth what it is.
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- awesome track car that feels like a go-kart; incredible cornering; sexy looks
- tiny size makes it dangerous in traffic; flimsy feeling of certain parts
This car is amazing if you're into hard-core track cars. I normally drive a Cayman S so I thought the two mid-engined cars would feel pretty much the same. But the Lotus is so much lower that its center of gravity is different from the Cayman. Plus it's so stripped down (so stay away if you're looking for any sort of comfort, luxury, or smooth ride) that you feel like you are viscerally one with the car. You can feel everything on the road, but it's actually not that annoying of a ride (compared to my Subaru STi, haha). By comparison the Cayman sits higher, has more shocks/dampers, and thus feels more insulated. I only had it for 24 hours and 160 miles, but they were hard miles through canyons, and I gained more and more confidence in the car the more I drove. Bad things: it's a sub-2000 lb. car so expect the parts to feel light and flimsy, like the door and the trunk lid. And I say "trunk" lightheartedly -- it's like 8 square feet, the size of 2 paper grocery bags. And be prepared to practice serious defensive driving -- the car is so tiny that nobody can see you, so you have to really stay out of people's blind spots and leave big buffer zones....read morehide
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- sexy exterior,comfertable interior,very good performance
- takes uo a lot of gass
this vehicle should be in a league of its own which shouldnt even be called a car but a ultimate diving machine. the lotus has a sleek and sexy exterior while the interior is very comfertable and has that racing feel to it. the lotus is worth all the money u pay for and the best dession in your life
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