Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

The Rover K-series en­gine found in Series 1 and early Series 2 cars is pretty ro­bust but over-revving may re­sult in cracked cylin­der lin­ers. Check for an ex­ces­sive amount of smoke from the ex­hausts. Also be sure to check when the belts were last changed. Toy­ota en­gines have cam chains, and are usu­ally trou­ble-free.

Trans­mis­sions are tough, but the shift ac­tion may slacken with age. If so, the car may re­quire a re­place­ment ca­ble. This isn’t an ex­pen­sive job, but it is fid­dly.

Elises are bought by keen driv­ers – some more tal­ented than oth­ers. Be sure to check for ac­ci­dent dam­age, and for signs of ex­ces­sive track day use (if you see gravel in places it shouldn’t be, chances are it’s been in the kitty lit­ter).

There have been sev­eral re­calls dur­ing the Elise’s life­time so do be sure to check doc­u­men­ta­tion to en­sure that the car you’re in­ter­ested in buy­ing had the work done in pe­riod. If the car has lit­tle pa­per­work with it, you should prob­a­bly look else­where any­way.

The use of com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als and bonded/ex­truded alu­minium works well, but cor­ro­sion to the footwell wasn’t un­com­mon in S1 and early S2 cars. Given the lack of car­pet­ing, you will no­tice pretty quickly if this is the case.

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