1997 Lotus Elise Reviews

1997 Lotus Elise 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

No ordinary sports car

Faults:

The clutch trunnion was sticking and was replaced at 18000 miles.

The alternator needed replacing at 30000 miles.

General Comments:

After over 4 years of ownership, this is still my favourite car. I have use of another car, but if I had to choose just one car, the Elise would be my choice. It's surprisingly easy to live with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2001

1997 Lotus Elise Standard 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

A good second car, a useless first car

Faults:

It leaks big time, if you don't have a garage then don't even consider one of these, I have to mop the damn thing out when it has been raining overnight!

Alarm went wrong - had to be replaced.

Catalytic converter went 6 months after buying it and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Be warned the older Elise's are quite different to their newer brothers (older being pre-1998, middle I think).

Different fixings for holding on the roofs, which I attribute to the leaking.

Different suspension giving a much firmer ride than the later models.

Different brake discs (although I'm told these are better than the steel ones, don't try driving in the morning after rain and expect to stop!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2000

1997 Lotus Elise 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Brakes are very squeaky when cold, due to design problem, dealer applied a fix which lowered the noise but did not remove it completely.

Hose connection to the radiator has twice worked its way loose, both times whilst on a long journey (travelling to the south of France).

General Comments:

Very fast posey car, which the French appreciate and the English spit at (literally)!

Most enjoyable to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews