Mileage (numbers only please): 14830
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof
Price (no $ sign please): $45000
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): NorthEast
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual - 5 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 2 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Fuel Injection
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
I purchased this Lotus back in 2008 in West Palm Beach and ended up driving it 1600 miles home back to central NY over a three day weekend. The car had ~7200 miles at the time of purchase.
The Esprit is a 2002 Twin Turbo V8 with ~14830 miles on it. It is a 25th Anniversary Edition model and is #029 of the 100 made. The car is paint code B92 silver metallic over black leather interior. The stitching for the leather is a silvery/white.
This Esprit is in excellent cosmetic condition both in an out. Some photos may have a pink or purplish tinge to them at the edges, it's the camera. All photos except the south of the border are recent (August 2013). There is no damage or cracking to the lower front spoiler at all because great care is used when out driving. Buyers searching for a 2002-2004 Lotus Esprit may find many do not have this lower front spoiler with flexible black rubber installed because it impedes on ground clearance. I chose to continue to keep the car 100% original as it comes from the factory with no modifications and instead learned how to approach inclines at an angle. The flexible black rubber has slight wear but no tears or rips.
The exterior paint does not have any cracking or scratches. I personally detailed the vehicle using my supply of products and porter cable earlier in the summer.
The interior of the Esprit does not have any tears and is still as supple and clean as day 1 from the factory. All carpets are in an excellent non-faded condition. The interior is 100% original. I cautiously enter and exit the vehicle each time I drive it so I do not wear out the bolster and educate passengers to try and do the same. I use Leatherique rejuvinator and prestine clean products on the entire interior to ensure the leather was well fed, stayed supple, and still smells as new as an expensive finely made purse.
The transmission shifts smooth and shifter feel is quite lovely. The engine sounds fantastic. This is a pristine cosmetic condition car but has not sat in a garage which is probably worse for these cars. They need to be used to stay fresh.
Both the glass and silver tops are included with the sale. I also have the air deflector which can be installed at the roof mounting positions for open top driving. (See photo)
The car is not driven in the rain or foul weather. It is only used on sunshine days. Stored in a heated garage during the winter months with a battery tender.
The service history during my ownership is as follows:
Purchased the car in October of 2008
-Because I live in central NY, it was then time to put the car away in our heated garage for winter storage.
Spring of 2009
-Synthetic oil and filter change using an Esprit filter from JAE
- Timing belt replacement completed under Lotus Warranty
- New auxiliary belt
- New knock sensor
- ECM was found to not have the latest reflash stickers so it was sent out to Lotus Cars USA for proper reprogramming and then reinstalled
-Synthetic oil and filter change
- Synthetic oil and filter change
- Drove the car 250 miles to Lotus dealership for service ($2300)
-"A" service for Esprit V8
-Synthetic oil and filter change
-Brake fluid flush and refill
-Coolant flush and refill
-Transmission fluid flush and refill
-Clutch was said to still be in very good condition
-Diagnosis found the HVAC valve stepper motor under the passenger side dash to be faulty and not properly directing air flow for use in heating the interior. It was confirmed coolant does get to the heater matrix correctly it just is not being directed. I am keeping this in mind for future services as I wanted to enjoy the car for the summer and it is a fair weather vehicle anyway.
- Lower control arm bushings were replaced
-Fuel filler neck seal replaced (I found the fuel neck grommet to be torn so I wanted it replaced)
-Car was noted as being very finely detailed
-I may complete an oil and filter change before winter storage.
Future items I would like to see completed:
The Lotus Esprit has a radiator mounted within a tub of sorts at an extreme angle and partially blocked by the air conditioning grid. Over time the radiator engorges itself feasting on road debris, bugs, leaves, etc. I would like to see the radiator removed, inspected, so the cooling system does not lose its cooling efficiency.
I hope the photos capture the vehicle condition and can take additional photos per requests.
Mileage on the Esprit will increase as the car is still driven to work every now and then and also on weekends.
Here is the link to the full high res photos