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Offline pacoll


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(please)...and YES I'm being lazy...

Hi, hunting around for an antidote to the Kia Carnival.

I've been annoying the Ferrarichat members for ages and on the brink of going down that road, but should think about, let's say, "less capital intensive" alternatives before I go spending kids' education money!

So, what's the go with the Elise?  No doubt enormous fun to drive but how much are they likely to cost to maintain p.a?

This looks like a nice example...?

http://www.uniquecarsales.com.au/pls/carsales/!unique_content.enquiry?current_rec=15&page_number=2&vehicle_id=7037039&total_rec=26&sort_type=2&make_id=42&photo_flag=1

However, for this sort of money I'm thinking an extra $20K will land a decent Ferrari.  Any decent ones available for $30-40K?

Any info much appreciated!

Cheers
Pez



Offline Jamezilla


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We have a well-loved '07 Exige and it costs NOTHING to maintain.
Literally.

Services are sub-$200 for basic and sub-$700 for major. Advan semi-comps did 20k, brake pads were done at 30k, still on OEM rotors, no engine/box/electric issues at all. Red/gold flake paint chips easily and isn't super-cheap to repair - particularly when tyres jump out at you - but certainly not what you would call expensive. Toyota engines = bulletproof reliability and if something does go wrong, you have to call Ken Morgan, not Maranello.

Best bang for your buck trackday / playday toy though.
MUCH cheaper to maintain than my old Evo and GTR.


Re: 'cheap' Ferrari - if maintenance costs are a concern, best to forget it.




Offline pacoll


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We have a well-loved '07 Exige and it costs NOTHING to maintain.
Literally....Best bang for your buck trackday / playday toy though.
MUCH cheaper to maintain than my old Evo and GTR.

Re: 'cheap' Ferrari - if maintenance costs are a concern, best to forget it.

Thanks for that 'Jamezilla', good feedback.  Yes, I've done a LOT of research on 'affordable' Ferrari maintenance, so know that landscape pretty well. 

What would be the minimum you'd pay for an 'honest' Elise?  Any model-specific pitfalls to look out for?

Cheers
Perry



Offline Jamezilla


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Look past the older (rounded shape) cars as they have the Rover engine. Less power, less reliability.
Not sure where prices are at though - I know there are some HK and JP market cars that have snuck in to the country which would probably be at the cheaper end of the market... but can't really help on this count.



Offline RMV

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We have a well-loved '07 Exige and it costs NOTHING to maintain.
Literally.

Services are sub-$200 for basic and sub-$700 for major. Advan semi-comps did 20k, brake pads were done at 30k, still on OEM rotors, no engine/box/electric issues at all. Red/gold flake paint chips easily and isn't super-cheap to repair - particularly when tyres jump out at you - but certainly not what you would call expensive. Toyota engines = bulletproof reliability and if something does go wrong, you have to call Ken Morgan, not Maranello.

Best bang for your buck trackday / playday toy though.
MUCH cheaper to maintain than my old Evo and GTR.


Re: 'cheap' Ferrari - if maintenance costs are a concern, best to forget it.



Good info.  Cheers.



Offline mondi

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Body panels/parts can be fairly expensive but no more so then most vehicles in this category.

But that shouldn't be a problem with the correct level of insurance.





I think I saw an Ad not long ago - a brand new Elise for $69k drive away??????



Offline cjay


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Hi  Perry

I had an Elise a few years back, huge fun!

Build quality is not great but you get use to it. They are cheap to maintain as well if you avoid buying any parts form Lotus

There are a few things to look out for... there is lots of info and helpful people at Aussie Elises, you may want to have a look.  :thumbsup:




Offline RMV

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Body panels/parts can be fairly expensive but no more so then most vehicles in this category.

But that shouldn't be a problem with the correct level of insurance.





I think I saw an Ad not long ago - a brand new Elise for $69k drive away??????

Yep, the base model 'S' with 100kw and 172nm.  Add $3.5k if you don't want BRG or red.



Offline ACP

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I've had an Elise (Rover engine), an Elise 111R (141kW Toyota) and now an Exige S (supercharged).

If you don't want a new car, the best option is a second hand 111R for about $50k - $55k then spend about $12k supercharging it and you'll have a ballastic piece of machinery - relatively inexpensively.

You can even supercharge with Lotus parts if you want to keep semi-factory spec.

Cheap to run and maintain, no real reliability issues.



Offline RMV

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I've had an Elise (Rover engine), an Elise 111R (141kW Toyota) and now an Exige S (supercharged).

If you don't want a new car, the best option is a second hand 111R for about $50k - $55k then spend about $12k supercharging it and you'll have a ballastic piece of machinery - relatively inexpensively.

You can even supercharge with Lotus parts if you want to keep semi-factory spec.

Cheap to run and maintain, no real reliability issues.

Hi ACP,

Do you know if supercharging the current Elise S is a viable option?

TIA



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