2004 Lotus Elise Review

2004 Lotus Elise 111s 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance720 miles

Summary:

Probably the most fun in the world!

Faults:

The compact disc stereo didn't work properly when first purchased.

Leaky soft top roof.

General Comments:

As a female I was concerned about the driving position and power of the car.

However I absolutely love it and have adjusted to it really well.

I know its early days, but the elise is a fantastic car, very quick and the handling round corners is superb.

It is also incredibly comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2004

14th Dec 2004, 03:40

I have wanted an Elise since its inception in 1996 however I am only now in a position to buy one. The only concern, brought up by my wife, is the "getting in and out". She likes to wear skirts and I would be interested to have the views of a female owner.

10th Jun 2005, 10:27

I don't understand why anyone would want to wear a skirt anyway. It looks so dang uncomfy.

I've been in the Elise. It's not too hard to get in, you just need to bend down a lot. Once you're in, you feel nice and snug and supported. I remember getting out was a bit more difficult, partly because the vehicle is such a pleasure to drive.

Saying this might be unnecessary, but the Toyota Celica engine it uses could have a bit more low-end torque. But this is only a minor complaint. The car is amazing, beautiful, oh... Watch those revs. The steering is ridiculously responsive. A slight movement of the steering wheel will cause you to change lanes.

4th Jul 2005, 05:57

I recently drove these under profesional instruction at castle combe and they were a brilliant car to drive, fast enough, very responsive and held the track!!

I found though that as-well as the hassle getting in and out, the car just isn't comfortable at all, there is no way I could own one of these for every day use, i understand that these track cars may be different to the road versions.

If you have enough money to have one as a second car then definitely get one!!

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review