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Elise S2 Windows, Wipers and Mirrors
WindscreenThis is very similar to that used on the S1. The two screens are made to the same drawing, but the S2 screen is made by a different manufacturer on more accurately made tooling, so it is optically better and also the wiper works better. The screen is encapsulated with a black synthetic material that forms the outer surface of the screen surround, reducing drag and wind noise. The S2 screen cannot be retrofitted to the S1, which has a different shape screen surround because the S1 screen does not feature the encapsulation.
Rear WindowThe rear winow is thinner than that used on the S1 and is fixed in place. This is a real pain if it gets broken and as many an S1 owner will tell you, it is not that uncommon. The rear window costs about £35 to replace but, the rear clam removal required to gain access will add over £300 to the bill. I now one owner that received a bill for over £550! This is a design flaw. Check your insurance policy carefully as some will treat it as a claim against the whole policy.
Side WindowsOwners of the S1 cars will be pleased to know that the S2 features a higher quality window winder mechanism, the S1 being particularly prone to failures.
MirrorsThe rear view mirror is similar to that used in the S1 Elise so it's worth reading the S1 section on this topic. Lotus had some over enthusiastic people fitting wing mirrors in early cars and these caused stress fractures in the plastic mounting plate of the wing mirrors. Lots of early owners had them fall off because of this. A service bulletin was issued on the 25th Sept 2001 detailing the fix. The bulletin is number is SB2001/05. The mirror works its way loose with a gap appearing between the painted arm and the black joint where the mirror pivots. There is only one screw holding the mirror assembly on and the lug that it screws in to can break resulting in the whole assembly falling off. If yours is loose then don't drive the car like it as the assembly can fall out whilst moving, damaging or destroying the mirror assembly. Lee Mitchell has some pictures describing this on his web site.
CreditsMost of the information on this page came from the OLC BBS and was originally posted by Nick Adams.
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