Not been around much over the past few years. Put quite simply, life has gotten in the way (marriage, baby, buying a house, being a dad etc) and my Elise has suffered quite badly from neglect and lack of use. I've had my S1 Elise for 9 years now - in all those years it's only covered 20,000 miles. Those of you who know me will remember I used to come on lots of runs, came on the Lakes trip a few times, did a Walshy day or two amongst other stuff. I used to enjoy the club atmosphere and took pride in Lotus ownership, but I suppose I've been going through a phase of my life where cars are a secondary concern. I've also definitely suffered from a lack of funds to really do much with the car. Houses are expensive things! When I first bought the Elise I would take it every year for its proper A/B/C service at a Lotus specialist. These days I wouldn't dream of spending that kind of money. I either service it myself or take it to a local guy who I trust for fluid changes etc. After all, my belief is that it's "just a car", it has one of the most common engines and gearboxes in the country so you just don't need to pay through the nose for a "Lotus specialist" to do the basic stuff. Anyway, more importantly I think I grew a bit bored of it over the years and once my son was born that was the end of me going places in it with the Mrs. There were no runs happening any more, meets seemed few and far between. So it just sat there on the drive never moving with a permanently flat battery.
WELL NOW IT'S ALIVE AGAIN!
I spent the past couple of weekends replacing the broken alternator and now it fires up and runs perfectly. It's clean, it's not in bad shape, everything works, engine is sweet as a nut. So - I went for an hour's blat this evening and...
...came home feeling a bit "meh" about it. It just felt rattly, bumpy and not fast enough. Okay, it needed some right foot and some good braking to get it all free'd up and running like it should, but I think I'm just far too used to what it can / can't do and too used to the creature comforts of my every-day car.
Bottom line here is, it's not doing it for me right now and I don't quite know why. My thoughts are:-
1) I've had the same car too long and I should try something else.
2) I've outgrown its currently capabilities and need to upgrade it.
So - what I'd like is some sensible suggestions for what might make me feel differently about the car. I still don't have tons of cash to throw at it, but if it was really likely to make a difference I'd consider spending "some" money to make some changes. One option is to get it to DVA, but I have no experience of just how much of a difference it would make.
I either need to put the sparkle factor back in to owning the Elise, or I need to bite the bullet and sell it. Trouble is everybody who I say that to goes "You can't sell it it's lovely!". Makes me feel like I'd be a dick to sell it...
So come on - give me some ideas!
p.s. I'm not going to start doing track days as I simply don't have the spare cash for those and I've never been very interested in track driving. I'm more in to the "ownership experience".