Lotus Elise

2008 Lotus Elise

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  • (5.0) 1 reviews
  • MSRP: $32,829$55,377
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 190-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2008 Lotus Elise

Our Take on the 2008 Lotus Elise

For 2008, the Lotus Elise gets revised gauges and a few new accessories, as well as a limited-run California Special Edition and supercharged 220-horsepower Elise SC version. The Elise is a compact, lightweight sports car meant for track driving. As such, its competitors generally boast more com... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Seating space
  • Ride comfort
  • Cargo room
  • Sparse cabin

Notable Features

  • Lotus-tuned 190-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 220-hp supercharged Elise SC
  • Six-speed manual
  • Removable hardtop available

2008 Lotus Elise Reviews

Consumer Reviews

5.0

Average based on 1 reviews

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Most fun car I've owned

by Peter from Wichita KS on October 25, 2011

This is the best fun for the money / value for money / performance for the money car you could ever own. I love it. It is very difficult not to grin constantly while you're in it and every time you st... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2008 Lotus Elise trim comparison will help you decide.

2008 Lotus Elise Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

24mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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