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Lotus Elite

77.0% pass rate
from 178 tests in 2016
Number of tests by age
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Lotus Elite is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 5.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 5.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.8% fail on All direction indicators (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Individual lamps
        • 1.1% fail on Switch (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Side repeaters
    • 5.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.9% fail on Headlamp
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 1.1% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.56% fail on Switch
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.4% fail on Rear lamps
      • 2.2% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.56% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.9% fail on Horn
    • 3.4% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Hazard warning
      • 1.1% fail on Lamp
    • 0.56% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 11% fail on Brakes
    • 11% fail on Brake performance
      • 6.7% fail on Service brake performance (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 4.5% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.8% fail on Rear wheels
    • 2.2% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 1.1% fail on Operation
      • 1.1% fail on Components
        • 1.1% fail on Hoses
      • 0.56% fail on Leaks
    • 0.56% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.56% fail on Condition
    • 0.56% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.56% fail on Pedal
        • 0.56% fail on Condition
    • 0.56% fail on Restricted movement
  • 7.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 5.6% fail on Emissions
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.1% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.56% fail on Hose
      • 0.56% fail on System
  • 7.3% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.5% fail on Washers
    • 3.9% fail on Wipers
  • 6.2% fail on Suspension
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (12 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.7% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.1% fail on Front
      • 0.56% fail on Rear
    • 1.1% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.56% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.56% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.1% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.56% fail on Coil springs
      • 0.56% fail on Condition
    • 0.56% fail on Axles
      • 0.56% fail on King pins
    • 0.56% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.56% fail on Condition
  • 5.6% fail on Steering
    • 3.9% fail on Steering system
      • 1.7% fail on Steering rack
      • 1.1% fail on Free play
        • 1.1% fail on Steering rack (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.56% fail on Other components
        • 0.56% fail on Steering pivot point
    • 1.1% fail on Power steering
      • 1.1% fail on Pipes and hoses (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Steering control
      • 0.56% fail on Steering column
  • 1.1% fail on Tyres
    • 1.1% fail on Condition
  • 1.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Condition
  • 1.1% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.1% fail on Doors
      • 0.56% fail on Drivers
      • 0.56% fail on Passengers front
  • 0.56% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.56% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
Read the Honest John Review

  • Lotus Elite 1958
    Beautiful, amazing chassis, and uncorrupted steering, a driver's car almost beyond compare
  • Lotus Elite and Eclat 1974
    Elite is surprisingly commodious, both are powered by the brilliant slant-four 16-valve which is powerful and revvy, excellent dynamics and steering, wedgy styling is a must for all '70s fans
     

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