Many car experts and enthusiasts around the world consider the Lotus Elise as one of the best mid-engined roadsters ever made. With its innovative design and superior performance, it's no surprise that this vehicle managed to bag several awards in the past. However, despite its recognitions, it is still plagued by various problems that affect its overall performance. Check out the list below for some of the common malfunctions that car owners may encounter with the Lotus Elise.
One problem that many Lotus Elise owners complain about involves the cooling system. In fact, those who experience this difficulty report intermittent temperature changes. For instance, if the temperature is rated at 87 to 89 C, it will unexpectedly rise to 110 to 120 C, therefore causing the coolant to boil in the header tank.
To solve this problem, car owners and experts recommend routine maintenance of the cooling system. However, repairing or replacing damaged components unsupervised is a no-go because the parts of the Lotus Elise tend to be on the steep side.
Another problem that plagues the Lotus Elise is the corrosion of the synthetic mats in the footwells. Many car owners reported that after some time, these mats deteriorate, therefore making the vehicle look unpleasant. To address the problem, Lotus conducted a series of research, and the company found out that the moisture and salt that build up between the mat and floor surface were the culprits behind the issue.
Also, to make sure that the problem will not happen again, Lotus pulled out all PVC-based mats and replaced them with breathable black carpets. Owners are also given the option to contact their dealers so that their old mats can be replaced or buffed with an anti-corrosion solution.
In 2011, Lotus issued a recall for almost 5, 037 units of 2005 to 2006 Lotus Elises because they are at risk of being fire hazards. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall was necessary because the oil cooler lines of the affected Elises may disconnect from its fitting, therefore causing oil to spray in the engine compartment. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries were reported to be caused by the defect. Still, to compensate drivers, Lotus said that it was willing to reimburse U.S. owners who spent money to repair the faulty part.