Used Lotus Esprit Coupe 1993 - 2003 reliability

Category: Sports car

The interior betrays the Esprit's 1980s heritage, but it's a proper supercar

Lotus Esprit Coupe
  • Lotus Esprit Coupe
  • Lotus Esprit Coupe
Used Lotus Esprit Coupe 1993 - 2003 review
Star rating

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.

Of course, make sure that the 6000-mile service schedule has been followed and continues to be. It can seem harsh to some owners shuddering at running costs, but it's important to ensure trouble-free motoring.

What are the most common problems with a used Lotus Esprit coupe?

Is a used Lotus Esprit coupe reliable?