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03-27-2004, 06:17 PM
The car looks great, its red with cream interior and red trim. I loved it when I saw it, their asking 69 for it but I know I can work them down atleast a little bit. I would be moving to that car from an E46 M3. Is there anything I should pay close attention to when I go back to check this car out. What type of service records should I ask for, am I going to encounter any specific problems that I can avoid? Basically any information or suggestions you guys may have for me would be great, car seems like a great deal. Hopefully it all works out for the best.
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03-27-2004, 06:20 PM
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03-28-2004, 12:52 AM
I have a 2003 Inferno Red with cream interior car for sale. It has 1,700 miles and still has 18 months of warranty left. It comes with both roof panels and a custom car cover and battery tender. It is not much more than the car you are looking at... I am moving and need to sell it. You caaaan email me at for more information. The car is showroom new...

03-28-2004, 02:01 PM
Ok, you want to make sure that the 1500 mile after-sales service has been done. That is the first service which is supposed to be done on the car. It removes the break-in oil and replaces it with the standard synthetic oil that is supposed to be in the car after that point. You can probably get the VIN and talk to Lotus Cars USA about it--they are usually pretty helpful and will tell you if they know of any records on the car.

Find out what # the car is--not the VIN, the #. For 2002, only 100 25th anniversary edition Esprits were imported into the U.S. There will be a plaque on the dash with the number.

The price isn't bad, and if you can talk them down you will get a great deal. Also check out the guy below who just posted about his Esprit--it is always good to buy from an enthusiast if you can rather than from a dealer.

Also, from looking at the picture I am going to post below, there is a rubber lip spoiler that is missing from beneath the red fiberglass lip on the car. I'll post a picture of a yellow Esprit under that one that you'll be able to see the black rubber lower lip that I'm talking about.

It is possible they took the lip off just for ground clearance. With it on there, the car only has about 2 inches of front ground clearance.

Where's the black rubber lower lip here?
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See that lower lip I'm talking about?
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03-28-2004, 02:43 PM
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It is free, and right now you can upload a photo, make it a featured ad, etc. (which are usually extra-cost items) for free too. Post it in there and you'll get a bunch more views from the guys on all these boards. Let me know if you have any questions and I can help out.


03-28-2004, 04:45 PM
As usual a great help bro. I will get all the numbers down (VIN and 25th Aniversary #) and go from there. Thanks for letting me know about this other one for sale. I have definitley been searching to buy one for sale by owner. The dealer is just usually the most convienient. I will ask about the black rubber piece also, I would actually want that put back on the car, I like the look of it. Hopefully it was removed specifically for ground clearance and not for accident reasons. Im hoping for a straight answer from them. Thanks again for the help and if you happen to run across any other Lotus' let me know
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03-28-2004, 05:38 PM
My car has just had the 1500 mile service performed. The car you are looking at has no factory warranty left on it. My car has 18 months left of bumper to bumper coverage. The rubber lip spoiler costs about $1,100 and the absence of it leaves me wondering a bit... Also, check around to see what the reputation is of Fox Valley Cars. When I was looking to buy, I was steered away from that dealership. I will sell my 2003 for $71,500.

03-28-2004, 05:52 PM
Do you have AOL instant messanger or some type of way we can communicate? Im not sure if you want to have me call you or something, but regardless, lets talk...<img src="">

03-28-2004, 08:54 PM
Email me directly at

I am in New Jersey. As a former M3 owner, I can also tell you that the Esprit is everything that I thought the M3 would be (and was not). It's faster, handles much better and you will hardly ever see another Esprit on the road (only 100/year come into the U.S.) I have owned 2 Ferrari's and the Esprit is by far the most bang for the buck!!

Look forward to hearing from you.


03-28-2004, 09:42 PM
VroomPower--if you like his car, that is really an exceptional price for it. Sticker was well over $90k. There is some quick depreciation, but the price he is offering you is pretty darned close to wholesale.


03-29-2004, 10:00 AM
I just purchased an Esprit from Fox Valley and I have had a great experience so far. I will pick mine up on Thursday and take a look at the one you are interested in. I will also ask about the lower air dam. Alan is correct, where the roads are really bad or there are tall lips on drive entries, removal of the lower lip will give you an extra 2" of clearence. Removal has no effect on the vehicle and does not detract from the looks (I will have to remove mine to get in my driveway. I'll post again when I make it back on Friday and tell you what I think of the Red -02.

03-30-2004, 02:48 PM
by friday! But I really appreciate your input.

12-13-2004, 05:15 PM
as opposed to caylpso?

Just curious,

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05-28-2005, 11:59 AM
I just bought a 2002 esprit with 1420 miles on it and the car is a yellow #9. I gave $61,000. I love the car so far.

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