Lotus recalls Elise, Exige sports cars for oil cooler line issues

2005 Lotus Exige Orange Sports Car

All Lotuses manufactured between June 1, 2004 and November 30, 2006, despite their Toyota powerplants, seem to be having some very British reliability issues. After reports of smoking and in one case, a fire, Lotus is recalling Elises and Exiges from that time frame to replace a faulty oil cooler line.

The line is prone to detaching and/or weeping oil, causing smoke, fires or oil coating tires. The recall is a result of a NHTSA investigation regarding the leaks.

The repair will be at no cost to owners who may contact Lotus at (800) 245-6887 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.

– By: Sawyer Sutton