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#198 of 638 Rough shift - grinding
Jan 24, 2005 (5:07 pm)
Greetings all - I have been following this forum for some time and recently purchased a 2005 S2000. I have noticed in the past couple of days there is a grinding feeling when shifting from first to second; it's consistent occurrence, not present only if I shift much more slowly, letting the RPM's fall significantly (I don't normally shift quickly). It's not a long grinding, only a quick feeling of 2-3 gunk/grind sounds before it settles into gear.
This always happens when shifting from first to second, and usually - though to a lesser degree - when shifting from second to third. All other shifts are smooth. The thing that bothers me is all the reviews I read praised the Honda shifting mechanism for being so smooth, and there were even changes/improvements made from the 2000 - 2003 models, apparently.
Do other owners have this problem? What should I say to the dealer?
Jan 25, 2005 (6:59 am)
"Do other owners have this problem? What should I say to the dealer?"
"I can't get a smooth shift, going from 1st to 2nd, or 2nd to 3rd... It grinds.. something is wrong with my car.. I have to shift like my grandmother, to get the car to work right.. Please fix my car!!"
Or something like that...
#200 of 638 Re: Rough shift - grinding [motis]
Jan 25, 2005 (9:22 am)
I think maybe it just isn't broken in enough yet. Mine was really tight and rigid at first, and then it really opened up around 7500 miles. Take it in and have them check it anyway.
#201 of 638 Re: Rough shift - grinding [motis]
Feb 10, 2005 (3:37 pm)
MOTIS---The S2000 does take time to break-in, the more you drive it the better the shifter will feel.
When cold my 04 still has a split second "clunk" from neutral into 1st, the transmission gets alot better when the car warms up.
The S2000 doesn't have much sound dampening insulation, coupled with a really stiff body, you'll pretty much hear and feel every last thing the car is doing. This is the most driver oriented sports car with a trunk.
It's the best purchase you could have made, the RX-8 drives like an over-powered Corrolla, the 350Z spends more time getting fixed and changing front tires then a house of cards. The S2K drives like an F1 car and it'll keep up with the best of them over 6K rpm, you'll just have to put up with the stiff and loud ride (I don't mind).
#202 of 638 S2000 knee room?
Mar 03, 2005 (10:52 am)
Are there any REALLY tall S2000 owners out there? If so let me know your thoughts on using the S2000 as a daily driver. I am considering buying a used S2000 as a second car that I would use on a 15-20 mile RT daily commute over good roads in good weather (moving back to San Diego soon). I am 6'7", 225 lbs and for me the limiting factor in any car, space-wise, is not legroom per se but rather the amount of space between the driver's door panel and the steering wheel -- when it's too tight, I can't turn the wheel because my hands bump into my knees! Any ideas, first-hand experiences?
Mar 05, 2005 (9:25 pm)
I have a 2001 S2000 and love it. But I hate Hondas decision to use a vynal window that year. Starting in 02 I think they went to the glass window in the back. My question is, can I replace the one I have with and later models rear window. I noticed the back window “section” zips out on my 01. I would think they should swap. Now for the tough question….
Where can I find just the window and how much should this part cost me. I called 2-3 dealers and they could not find that part in there system and sounded like they didn’t even think it was separate. I don’t belive replacing say a busted back window is going to require dumping your life savings on replacing a rag top. Can I get some much needed help???????
#204 of 638 Re: Rough shift - grinding [motis]
Mar 10, 2005 (7:00 am)
I have an MY04 S2000, and it still chunks between first and second, particularly when the car is cold. Once it warms up, the chunkiness fades away. The behavior seems to be common (see the forums at s2ki.com for more).
#205 of 638 After 2005, what's next?
Mar 10, 2005 (8:14 pm)
I've test driven the 2005 S2000 several times and I've heard from the dealer that 2005 is supposedly the last year for the S2000. Is this true? Has there been any talk about what's next? I've checked all over the web and found zip, not even a concept car. The dealer mentioned that Honda likes to change body styles every 5-6 years. If that's true, then the S2000's due for a facelift soon. Gimme the scoop.
#206 of 638 Re: [habitat1]
Mar 11, 2005 (7:44 am)
Just a query - where did you fit the rear speakers in your S2000? Bought my S2000 a month ago, and tried taking several panels off to put in a decent set of 6x9's, only to find they're as shallow as an eyelid.
And just for info, I bought mine with a hardtop which is why I need 6x9's - can't hear the stereo otherwise...
#207 of 638 Re: After 2005, what's next?
Mar 11, 2005 (12:20 pm)
My sources tell me that the S2000 will be history.
Apparently Honda is making more money selling minivans, SUVs and old "stand-bys" than they can with the roadster product.
I can only hope that they would reconsider.
S2000 is my toy!!