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2007 Lotus Exige S - SCCVC11137H- Oklahoma City, OK: May 24th, 2012
The contact owns a 2007 lotus exige s. The contact was traveling between 35-40 mph when the defrost fan failed to work properly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 12,400.


2007 Lotus Exige S - SCCVC11187H- San Francisco, CA: May 2nd, 2012
The oil line leading to the front oil cooler failed at the engine side, where the hose meets the connector. This caused the oil to leak all over the engine bay and exhaust. This is a known issue with the car and there's already a recall for 05&06 cars, but the same problem exists for 07 cars as well. The oil leak caused a small fire in the engine bay in my car. I was able to put out the fire in time, but had i not had the right equipment, it would have been a total loss. The repair cost for the oil line should be paid for by lotus. *js


2007 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11157H- Mechanicsburg, PA: April 7th, 2012
Aware of nhtsa recall # 11v-510 having received letter from lotus cars usa but was told this vehicle was probably not affected. Monitored for signs of oil leakage anyway but saw nothing: no change in oil level on dipstick checks, no signs of oil under car. While accelerating on expressway, had low oil warning light come on and noticed some difficulty steering due to slickness as car was brought to a safe halt as quickly as possible. Right side of car was covered in oil, apparently originating at oil cooler located in front of right front wheel well. Car was taken to lotus dealer and oil line was reported to have burst. After fixing, was told there was sound of cylinder damage in engine. Lotus will be replacing the engine at their cost per dealer's report to me on 4/3/2012.


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11126H- Charlton, MA: March 28th, 2012
The contact owns a 2006 lotus elise. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that oil was leaking abnormally. An independent mechanic examined the vehicle and advised the contact that oil was leaking from the oil filter. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 11v510000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:hose). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 10,000.


2009 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11119H- Fallbrook, CA: March 17th, 2012
Momentary brake failure yesterday. This happened to my wife. She's commuted with the car to work 3 times a week, 90 miles round trip for 7+ months, logging many thousands of miles, and much more than i have. Also she has been driving stick for 17 years, and routinely drives sports cars (mini cooper s, z3). 70 mph (in 70 zone) cruising in #2 lane reasonable following distance. Traffic ahead begins to slow quickly. Applied brake. Nothing. Believe pedal did not travel all the way to floor. Changed to #3 lane to avoid collision with car in front. Reapplied brake. Nothing. Changed to #4 lane. Tried moving foot over in case wrong pedal was being pushed, and throttle revved confirming she had been applying brake pedal. Applied brake a third time, and it worked correctly, as if there had never been a problem. I checked fluid in reservoir (full, color very clear, last changed 9 months ago with motul 5. 1 synthetic fluid(not 5, not silicon)). Front pads were changed 1 month ~800+ miles ago. She can't be positive that there was zero braking effect, but she was very sure that the brakes were not working in their normal fashion. At no time during her hard brake pressure did the abs give the pulsing sensation in the pedal. No idiot lights for brakes or abs came on. Dealership took the report seriously, but was unable to replicate or find any failed component or the cause of the failure.


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11166H- Charlotte, NC: March 6th, 2012
Oil cooler hose separated from fitting at the sandwich plate on the engine.


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11196H- Gaithersburg, MD: December 22nd, 2011
As i was pulling onto my street, the oil light came on the dash. I immediately found a place to stop and park the car, at which time i noticed the smell of oil in the cabin. Upon exiting the vehicle i noticed oil on the front driver's side tire & wheel, and approximately 30 minutes after parking there was a large puddle of oil underneath the front half of the car. My online search for a possible cause of this incident has lead me to believe that i experienced a failure of the oil cooler lines.


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCP11176HL- Baldwin Park, CA: September 8th, 2011
Oil cooler supply line connected to the sandwich plate where the oil filter screws in, on my 06 lotus elise became disconnected from the coupling, spraying oil everywhere and permanently damaging my engine. The engine only has 50k miles on it, and now it needs to be replaced. New motor, and labor costing over 6000 dollars to fix. This is an issue that seriously needs to be addressed by lotus, as numerous lotus owners are reporting this and discussing this on the online forums. Being the 2nd owner of the vehicle, i am not covered by warranty and all the repair cost are coming out of my own pocket. I wish there was some way i can get some compensation back from lotus, as i only put 5k miles on the car before this happened...


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11116H- Las Cruces, NM: August 23rd, 2011
I was driving home from work, and after about half of a mile i started to smell burning oil and thought to myself "boy, i'm glad that smell isn't coming from my car! " i was traveling at about 55 mph. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a thick trail of oil following me and looked at my oil light and saw that it was on. I immediately pulled over. There was oil covering the right rear tire, brake assembly, and suspension. The remaining two or three quarts came out while i was calling the tow truck. The shop mechanics said that the oil cooler hose slipped out of it's crimp and he showed me a photograph. I found out later that there is no easy fix. According to the experts in the lotustalk forums, it's common for the crimps to come undone. Although i had shut down the engine in time to avoid a complete seize up, the repair cost will still be around $2000 to replace the hoses and clamps. Most of the cost is from labor because it's difficult to pull the hoses through and the front clamshell needs to be removed. There are aftermarket kits to replace these oil cooler hose/clamp systems. I haven't figured out how i'm going to do the repairs yet because the nearest lotus dealer is $250 miles away. Although i was uninjured, i can see how this could cause injuries - either from the brake rotors getting coated with oil, fires, or the engine seizing up in the middle of a busy highway. The lotus elise is a great car, but the oil cooler hose clamps in the earlier models are a big problem!


2007 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11107H- Vancouver, Bc, DC: August 17th, 2011
Was driving my 2007 lotus elise when the oil hose pulled out of the crimped fitting at the right rear connection to the engine just above the oil filter. This caused all of the oil to quickly leave the engine and coat the right rear tire. I was lucky i was driving straight on a highway at the time and was able to safely pull over. Had this happened on a corner, with traction lost on the rear tire the results could have been significantly different.


2007 Lotus Exige S - SCCVC111X7H- Tennessee, TN: July 29th, 2011
I currently have a 2007 lotus exige s. My vehicle has a leak in the driver's side oil cooler. My id on lotustalk. Com is [xxx] : i have a thread with pictures located there. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).


2007 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11147H- Burlington, NC: June 6th, 2011
Driving in second gear and changing into third gear the radiator exploded and splashed hot coolant all over the windshield. Fortunately i had the roof on, otherwise the hot coolant could have landed on me or my 8 yr. Old son. Lotus uses a terribly designed radiator that has plastic edges, which become brittle and explode over time. This is a common documented issue on www. Lotustalk. Com. Why they do not use an all aluminum radiator, is beyond me.


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11186H- Leesburg, VA: March 17th, 2011
The contact owns a 2006 lotus elise. The contact stated that the oil line hose fittings connection failed causing the oil to spill onto the engine. While driving 65 mph the interior of the vehicle filled with smoke from the oil that spilled on the engine. The contact drove the vehicle to the side of the road where he noticed the engine compartment of the vehicle was on fire. The contact put the fire out himself and no one was injured. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who confirmed that the oil line hose caused the failure to occur. The vehicle will not be repaired for at least four weeks. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 35,000.


2006 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11136H- Mckinleyville, CA: February 10th, 2011
On my 2006 lotus elise i was driving down the freeway when all of a sudden the check oil light came on. I wasn't in a position to pull over for a few more miles down the road. All of a sudden the car locked up and stopped on the side of the road. Oil was in the tires and all over the back of the car. I took it to my mechanic and he said the oil hose came lose, causing the oil to spew out of the car. The car is no longer under warranty, and i was never notified of this issue after bringing my car to lotus of s. F. Multiple times to receive other warranty work on the car. Now the engine is not working right. I'm very upset as lotus never addressed this problem and should have, especially while my car was under warranty. It looks like the car is going to need a new engine. All it was a hose crimp that came lose, why couldn't they have let me know about this problem. This should be fixed by lotus! Many other people on lotustalk. Com have had a similar problem. Please address this issue soon so that i can have this car fixed without having to pocket out my monies for anew engine!


2005 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11165H- Tyler, TX: August 18th, 2010
On august 11, 2010 i took my 2005 lotus elise with 9105 miles on it to get the inspection done. The man doing the inspection was locked in the car. The car wouldn't unlock using the key fob or the center console release button. Tried both with the car running and off. Neither worked. The car window was down, but the window is too small to get out through. Finally, after several people trying to help, they were able to pull the plunger up on the door and he was able to get out. I then drove the car home, got out and closed the door. Walked around to passenger's side to get belongings out, and the car wouldn't let me in. It locked again. Windows were up so i was unable to use plunger. Once again, the keyfob was worthless. Had to call several locksmiths before finding one that would unlock a lotus. Heat index was over 100 degrees. Could have been deadly to child or pet!! Looked online to see if a recall/bulletin had been issued but found nothing. I did find a lotus forum where people were discussing this same issue. Most were resolved by replacing the cdl (centre door locking module--part #a116m6048f). I tried calling lotus usa to discuss this, but my call was never returned. Since we live 3+ hours from the nearest dealership, i ordered a cdl. My husband installed it, and now the problem is resolved. Before this, i had never had any issues with the locks. I still have the old cdl.


2005 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11155H- San Marcos, CA: June 14th, 2010
While making a left turn, a loud bang occurred with a strange feeling at the rear of the car and the car spun 180 deg. I got out of the car and saw the rear passenger car tire toed out at about 20 deg. The bolt connecting the toe control link to the chassis broke, causing the rear tire to move from its normal straight ahead position to an abnormal, exaggerated toe out position. The toe control link and securing bolt have not yet been replaced, but will be shortly.


2005 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11145H- Newark , NJ: March 8th, 2010
I have a 2005 lotus elise with 18000. Mile on it and my blower is not working and when i turn it on it smells like something is burning.


2006 Lotus Exige - SCCPC11176H- Centreville, MD: February 11th, 2010
The defroster / air conditioner / heat blower fan stopped working causing the front and side windows to completely fog up when it is raining outside. The failure happened without notice or specific event. It just happened. The fix is to replace the fan blower motor resistor pack. The manufacture knows of the problem and has issued a "fix" to dealers which involves replacing the resistor pack and then drilling holes in the compartment that houses the fan blower motor and resistor pack. The holes are to allow condensation to drain from the compartment. The condensation is what causes the resistor pack to fail due to corrosion. This is an extremely hazardous situation as visibility is significantly reduced and can lead to a fatal incident.


2005 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11195H- Houston, TX: November 14th, 2009
Damaged/scored intake cam on toyota 2zzge engine,resulting in piston damage as well as head/block damage. This has occurred with a high percentage of cars equipped with this engine. The symptoms are codes 1301 and 1302 from ecu, for 2005+ lotus elise and lotus exiges. Http://www. Lotustalk. Com/forums/f25/code-1302-1301-years-miles-49570/.


2005 Lotus Elise - SCCPC11105H- San Carlos, CA: September 9th, 2009
Intermittent problem where the entire cluster gauge (speedometer, rpm, gas gauge, etc. ) will shut down and later turn back on. The intermittent problem will become worse and the cluster gauge will shut down for longer periods at a time. There is no known cause of this. The only know fix is to replace the entire cluster gauge.