Used Lotus Esprit Coupe 1993 - 2003 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Ownership cost

1993 - 2003 review
Lotus Esprit Coupe
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Ownership cost

What used Lotus Esprit coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Lotus Esprit coupe?

There's quite a lot of bad news here and only a little bit of good. If you're looking for a car that's going to be cheap to buy and run, the Esprit isn't it. The two-seater's formidable reputation goes before it, so you'll have to pay top dollar for these end-of-life examples.

Needless to say, parts are expensive, and the service intervals are an eye-watering 6000 miles apart. Our advice would be talk to owners about running costs before buying. Internet fan forums are a good place to start.

Insurance cover will also hit your wallet hard, as you're looking at a maximum group 20 policy with all Esprits.

There is some good news, however - you won't have to fill it up as often as you might think. Fuel economy is actually pretty good for a car of this type, with the official figure a respectable 21mpg.