1995 Lotus Esprit Reviews

1995 Lotus Esprit S4S from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carLamborghini Countach


Bargain exotic


Car started leaking oil.

Idle was rough.

Problems with the indicator lights coming on during high speed driving.

Car was running hot.

Had difficulty getting parts.

Was losing boost pressure, had to get the turbo redone at 17,000 miles.

Had to replace the fuel lines, the car was smelling of fuel in the cabin.

Interior trim started fading, driver's seat bolster was getting worn down, dash was taking a beating.

General Comments:

For the first 5,000 miles the car ran great.

At about 12,000 miles I started having problems one after the other. Every time I took it out it wouldn't be too long before I had something that needed repairing.

At 130+ mph you can tell it's not solid, lots of rattles.

I was disappointed, I looked far and wide for a Lotus S4S with the lowest miles I could find, I figured I would get at least 20,000 miles out of the car before I was going to get major problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th September, 2001

1st Jun 2005, 15:36

My Lotus 1995 S4s is everything I hoped. Solid, fast, great handling and more unsolicited praise than any of my previous fun cars ('73 MGB, '69 E-type Jag, '60 MGA, '64 Corvette, '91 Porsche Turbo)

35,000 miles on it when I got it 18 months ago. Easy driving in both stop-and-go traffic, country roads and highway.

Looked at four S4s (Cincinnati, Atlanta, Scottsdale and Huntington Beach) before buying the one in California.

9th Aug 2008, 08:58

Since you spoke of rough idling and a turbo problem, I may suggest that your ECU was at fault.

When an ECU fault occurs the car can no longer run at full boost and will chug heavily when idling.

1995 Lotus Esprit S4s 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.2L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carPorsche Cabriolet


Best exotic bang for the buck bar none


Catalytic converter replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Wonderful car. Superb exotic looks and the performance to back it up. Small displacement turbo engine requires lots of RPMs to produce power and exhibits typical turbo characteristics. Car handles like a dream and feels just as steady at 170mph as it does at 25mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2000

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews