Saturday, April 22, 2006

Long time, no post...

Well, I guess its obvious that I've been too busy driving the Elise (and working two jobs) to keep this blog updated. Hopefully that will change now though! The car continues to amaze me with how enjoyable it is to drive. I've actually been driving it quite a bit since returning home (4,000~ on the car) and have had almost no problems at all. The car gets fantastic gas mileage, not sure on the exact figure but it seems to be a lot better than our Suzuki Aerio. No new squeeks or rattles have shown up but the exhaust has opened up a little bit, which really helps the driving experience.

The only problem I have to report is the windows, both still leak. I managed to fix the passenger side window (remember, the Atlanta dealer "broke" it) to where it will move up and down with no trouble but both sides do still leak. I took the hardtop off a couple of weeks ago and quickly noticed that there is a big difference in where the window should stop between the hard and soft tops. With the soft top on the drivers side window has about a 1/4" gap at the rear of the window. No big deal, I just have to be kinda careful about driving when storms are rolling in. Hopefully the new dealer will be able to help me get both adjusted to a point where they will work reasonably well with both tops.

Ok, so I've had both tops on (and off) the car now. I LOVE the way the car looks with the hardtop and with no top, but I really really don't like the look of the soft top with the color. The result? The soft top only goes on when its raining or I'm leaving the car out of my sight for an extended time. The car continues to get stares and questions wherever it goes. Little kids jump up and down and older folks get big grins whenever they see it. Hell, it gives me a big grin when I see it ;)

Anyway, on with the photos.

Took these at Cave Hill cemetery in Louisville, KY
Lotus at Cavehill Cemetery

Lotus Elise Cavehill Cemetery

Lotus Elise in Cemetery

Louisville Cavehill Cemetery

Louisville Lotus Elise

Lotus Cemetery Photo

Lotus Elise Cemetery Photo

Took these while I was washing the car one day...
Lotus Elise Car Wash

Lotus Car Wash

Rear of Lotus Elise

These were taken a day or so after a storm...
Lotus Elise Reflection

Lotus Elise pool

Lotus Elise art photo

Lotus Elise in Louisville Kentucky

Lotus in Louisville KY

Lotus Elise Louisville

Elise Louisville

Took a trip up to Madison Indiana a couple of weeks ago and got some great pizza at "Chicago Pizza"...
Lotus Elise in Madison Indiana

Lotus Madison

And finally, some topless shots of the Elise...
(you can see the infamous PacMan in the background)
Topless Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Roadster

Convertible Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Topless

Lotus Elise Interior

Lotus Elise Fender

Lotus Elise headlights

And to finish it off... A self portrait that makes me look an idiot (or maybe its just me in general ;)!

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At 4:49 PM, Blogger CAR said...

You are, in my perspective, the luckiest guy in the world. I cannot wait to own one myself!

At 11:23 AM, Blogger the garage guy said...

great shots once again!


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