Long term tests

Lotus Elise S1

Winter's icy breath is whispering that the season of fun is over for the Elise, but before tucking it away to wait for the return of clement weather, I've had to take stock of the condition I'd let the Lotus get into. The wake-up call came when a headlamp bracket rusted through and the offside light fell into the clamshell. While the car was in at Stratton Motor Company for remedial work, I also had the steering wheel straightened up and a missing bolt replaced on the engine cover.

Winter's icy breath is whispering that the season of fun is over for the Elise, but before tucking it away to wait for the return of clement weather, I've had to take stock of the condition I'd let the Lotus get into. The wake-up call came when a headlamp bracket rusted through and the offside light fell into the clamshell. While the car was in at Stratton Motor Company for remedial work, I also had the steering wheel straightened up and a missing bolt replaced on the engine cover.

Inspired, I decided to attend to the hood and interior, both of which were looking bedraggled. The hood has always leaked and I was thinking about spending £250 on a replacement when someone at Lotus suggested a refurb instead. For £41.14 my hood was restitched, its plastic header rail fixtures were replaced and its internal wiring re-tensioned. Next up, an interior refurb, which has made the Elise look and feel like new. For £430.10 for the pair, Lotus re-upholsters (in leather and cloth) and re-pads donor seats, while reconditioned sill trims retail at £51.96.

It's like having a new car again. If you want to revive your Elise, e-mail Mel Broome on mbroome@lotuscars.co.uk for more details.

Running Costs

Date acquiredSeptember 2002
Total mileage59,603
Costs this month£595.46 (see text)
Mileage this month627
MPG this month37.2
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/lotus/elise/6238/lotus-elise-s1-review-specs-and-buying-guide
Lotus Elise convertible

Lotus Elise S1: review, specs and buying guide

10 May 2020
Visit/lotus/elise/202579/lotus-elise-classic-heritage-editions-celebrate-past-grand-prix-legends
Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Editions celebrate past Grand Prix legends

6 May 2020
Visit/lotus/elise/202455/lotus-elise-cup-250-review
Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Cup 250 review

12 Apr 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/news/22743/gordon-murray-automotive-t50-revealed-the-real-mclaren-f1-successor
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 revealed – the real McLaren F1 successor

Gordon Murray’s T.50 is the pinnacle of supercar engineering on the eve of an electrified future
4 Aug 2020
Visit/features/202947/bmw-m3-gts-vs-mini-gp-vs-renault-sport-megane-r26r
Features

BMW M3 GTS vs Mini GP vs Renault Sport Mégane R26.R

You could spend £250,000 on a 700bhp hardcore machine, but is there just as much fun to be had – if not more – with less power and for less outlay?
1 Aug 2020
Visit/ford/202957/mountune-ford-focus-rs-m520-2020-review-less-hot-hatch-more-throwback-to-group-b
Ford Focus RS

Mountune Ford Focus RS M520 2020 review – less hot hatch, more Group B throwback

The idea of a 500-horse Focus won’t be for everyone, but for the rest it’s a glorious dose of internal combustion madness
31 Jul 2020
Visit/bmw/m2/202954/bmw-m2-cs-2020-review-plenty-to-worry-a-porsche-cayman-gt4
BMW M2

BMW M2 CS 2020 review – there's plenty to worry a Porsche Cayman GT4

The most enjoyable and rewarding M car to drive for quite some time. Potentially, a future classic.
31 Jul 2020