Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: DaveExcel » Thu Aug 19, 2004 8:43 am

Hi all,Icurrently own a lotus excel and am thinking of changing to a +2s, would like to know what running costs are like, MPG etc compared to Excel and what problems to look out for when buying one.

Many thanks,

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PostPost by: worzel » Thu Aug 19, 2004 7:06 pm

Hi

This is because I'm nosey!

I too have an Excel- just wondering why you are considering a change. I've had a Plus 2 and have had a Sprint since 1978 so I'm not speaking as one who's had their fingers burned but with respect to the Plus 2 the Excel is a far better car taken all round.

Go on- shoot me down.

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PostPost by: DaveExcel » Thu Aug 19, 2004 8:11 pm

Well John I'm off to Uni at the age of 31 and running an Excel isn't practical as much as I wish it was, love the car get so many looks and people saying thats a great car what is it, it handles brill. So don't want to become one of the many people driving boring fuel efficent cars but just can't justify what I have to pay out now. Only looking into buying a +2s, because Ihave kids which don't live with me but still can't justify owning an Esprit, yet!. I talked to paul Matty and they said the +2s was far less expensive to run as well as being tax exempt, big plus! I want to keep in the Lotus circles and when I have finished Uni in 3yrs I will take thew plunge and get a ESprit to go with whatever I end up getting now. Whats your opinion on the+2s?

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PostPost by: worzel » Sat Aug 21, 2004 3:49 pm

Hi Dave

Don't get me wrong- I like the Plus 2 in fact I think it's probably better than the 2 seater it's just that I regard the Excel as better than both but the Plus 2 is the better looking!

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PostPost by: melvinhecht » Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:11 pm

The dash is a nightmare to replace. Look for a car that's got an original one that's OK. If it's been replaced, make sure it was done right. Test everything.
Other than that, check the servo(s).
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PostPost by: chiltern5 » Sat Aug 28, 2004 5:24 pm

I sold my excel last year and have now got a +2s130 its a far nicer car to drive but as for being cheaper i am not sure a good excel can cost around ?3500 a good +2 anything over ?6000 its not worth buying a cheap one as you will spend more puting it right. As for fuel the excel is unleaded and I got around 25 mpg the +2 is LRP with an octain booster and I get around 25 to 30 mpg so not much in it. Good luck in your search.
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PostPost by: greg.harvey » Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:27 pm

Hi,

Don't know about compared to an Excel, but I get about 25 to the gallon out of my +2S. Not had any major problems yet, so running costs have been fine - just changing plugs, oil, tyres, etc.

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