Used Lotus Esprit Coupe 1993 - 2003 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Advice for buyers

Lotus Esprit Coupe
  • Lotus Esprit Coupe
  • Lotus Esprit Coupe

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Lotus Esprit coupe?

Reliability with the three cars reviewed here is generally pretty good, mainly because Lotus has had many years to tweak and fettle the Esprit, and get everything to work just right. The engine is the company's own and hasn't proved to be troublesome, and the same story is true of the chassis. The interior is a bit more fragile, but overall the Esprit should last the distance.

Beware of failing turbochargers, and catalytic converters that can die on you, while the suspension and brakes should be overhauled annually to keep them in tip-top condition. Check the age of the alloy wheels, because hairline cracks were found on them from some 1996-98 cars.