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Old 03-23-2003, 08:22 AM   #1
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Lotus Elise

I know very little about this car except that it is apperently illegal to import to the US...does anyone know why? Any info would be awsome!
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Old 03-23-2003, 02:41 PM   #2
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Re: Lotus Elise

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I know very little about this car except that it is apperently illegal to import to the US...does anyone know why? Any info would be awsome!
Thanks!

~Chris


About a two minute search turned up 4 Elise's for sale in the states. Hope you have plenty of $$$$. Check it out.

http://www.parkplaceltd.com/Makes/LotusElise.asp
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Old 03-23-2003, 09:03 PM   #3
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lol yeah i dont think any retail car is illegal in the states u must have read wrong, 8O lol
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Old 03-23-2003, 10:55 PM   #4
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lol yeah i dont think any retail car is illegal in the states u must have read wrong, 8O lol

He no doubt means illegal for road use, which it is.
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Old 03-24-2003, 02:52 AM   #5
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I got this off the Lotus USA website-

"Q. Is it possible to purchase an Elise road car in Europe and import it to the U.S. for personal use?
A. No. The Elise does not currently meet DOT/EPA requirements for road use in North America."

I also read they are developing an Elise for North America, so some of the news I read must have been a wee bit dated

Does anyone know what prohibits the Elise GTS-R from being street-legal? Excessive engine power, or some kind of emissions problem?
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Old 03-24-2003, 02:08 PM   #6
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well thats retarted, no cars should be illegal
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Old 03-28-2003, 05:45 AM   #7
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i would give up so much to have an elise
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Old 04-07-2003, 02:17 AM   #8
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well thats retarted, no cars should be illegal

--- well its not illegal, just to drive it on the streets is, hence, it is no street legal, but can use on private property or tracks and such, just not on public roads
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Old 06-11-2003, 11:40 AM   #9
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I got this off the Lotus USA website-

"Q. Is it possible to purchase an Elise road car in Europe and import it to the U.S. for personal use?
A. No. The Elise does not currently meet DOT/EPA requirements for road use in North America."

I also read they are developing an Elise for North America, so some of the news I read must have been a wee bit dated

Does anyone know what prohibits the Elise GTS-R from being street-legal? Excessive engine power, or some kind of emissions problem?
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probably emissions "for some states" and safety standards
but not sure dont know awhole lot about that.
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Old 08-22-2003, 04:56 PM   #10
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I work at a lotus dealer. This past may, i went to a training class in georgia "lotus cars int". it was awsome, while i was there i drove a elise,exige and a motorsport. the elise/motorsport was crazy it was like a big go-cart "not much bigger" i loved it. next spring we will be getting about 8 to 10 elise, i know what car i'm gonna demo that month.
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:18 PM   #11
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Just felt the need to bring this thread back to life with an important issue! I am from the land of the crap British cars...........UK lol, and can say without doubt that the Elise Isn't worth importing! Okay It's quick and sporty but the engine is just plain unreliable. I spent a few years as a Mechanic and as such know that these engines (known as the K-Series) are used in all manor of Rover built cars from the Rover 100 to the LandRover Freelander to the Elise. The major downside and point I'm trying to make about this unit is that in every 10,000 - 20,000 miles you are more than likely going to have the task of replacing the head gasket! but thats not the only trouble with the Elise, the roofs leak, the radiators pack up prematurely and Water pumps fail early too. So I wouldn't bother with them myself unless I was to do maybe 2000-3000 miles a year!
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Old 11-19-2003, 08:47 PM   #12
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the U.S. spec elise will have a toyota celica gts engine with a six speed gearbox, 190hp. looks like the problem is solved
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there a beutifull car
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:26 AM   #14
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the U.S. spec elise will have a toyota celica gts engine with a six speed gearbox, 190hp. looks like the problem is solved
I was talking about import Elise's in wich case It wouldn't be a US spec! The Toyota engine is the one that will eventually make It's way into the next version of the UK spec Elise, best move they are ever going to make, like when Rover used to stick Honda engines in their cars!
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the U.S. spec elise will have a toyota celica gts engine with a six speed gearbox, 190hp. looks like the problem is solved

why cant they just use a lotus engine? it would be so much better
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