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You are in the Honda S2000
What is this discussion about?
Honda S2000, Convertible
#380 of 638 Re: Noise [topspin628]
Mar 21, 2006 (6:29 pm)
You didn't ask me, but I'll give you my 2 cents on your list - as well as a couple of others:
Boxster: At the time I bought my 2002 S2000, the closest competitor in driving dynamics and performance was the Boxster S. When I was back in the market last September, I drove the new Boxster S. Great car, but $60K+ the way I would want it. The new base Boxster is not quite as quick as the S2000, but is a damn nice car with Sport Chrono, PASM, etc. Options which take it up to about $51k. There is no better deal than the Honda S2000, but the Boxster S is the best roadster on the market.
BMW Z4 - BMW makes the best sports sedans in the market, but the Z4 isn't much better than the old Z3. Too heavy, funky design and interior, and performance that feels like a cross between a sedan and roadster. Maybe it's because BMW thinks it's OK to use a SUV/5-series/3-Series engine in the Z4. Not a bad engine, at all, but not the visceral performance of the S2000 or Boxsters. It was a non-contender for me.
Corvette - Big, powerful and built like a Chevy. End of discussion for me. Fit and finish are a big factor for me and the S2000 is light years ahead of the Corvette in that department.
Mercedes SLK 350 (6-speed) - The luxury contender that, with a sport package, was a decent performer. But still not the real sports car roadster I was looking for.
This last go-around, I ended up going for a 911S Cabriolet that is all the sports car I could ever want, and my kids fit in the back. But if I were recommending a two seater roadster, I'd go for the Boxster/Boxster S if my budget allowed, or the Honda S2000 if it didn't. And, even if your budget allowed the Porsche, the S2000 is still a hell of a good "prudent" choice. I love my 911, but the S2000 was a spectacular car for $32k. This is one Porsche owner who has nothing but respect for the little Honda.
#381 of 638 Re: Longevity of Tires and Gas Mileage [habitat1]
Apr 11, 2006 (2:09 pm)
Check out Discount Tire (www.discounttire.com).
I can't remember their rating, though, in all honesty, I don't often top 165 mph (electronically limited).
#382 of 638 Re: Spare Donut on Front - Pulls to the right - Is it normal? [habitat1]
Apr 11, 2006 (2:15 pm)
Actually you'd want the donut on the back. Despite the fact that having a rear mounted donut will wear quickly, you'll want two good tires up front because that's where the majority of your braking and handling are derived.
#383 of 638 Re: Spare Donut on Front - Pulls to the right - Is it normal? [estreka]
Apr 12, 2006 (9:01 am)
Actually, it looks like habitat was correct. The donut is undersized so if you put that on the back, the unequal diameters will screw up your rear diff.
Putting it on the back does apply to most conventional cars though so your logic applies.
#384 of 638 Hey everyone!
Apr 16, 2006 (10:25 pm)
Long time no post. I am having a great time with my '04 S2000 which has clocked nearly 60,000 miles now. There may not be as many '04+ vehicles with as many miles under their belt. The car has been flawless through three winters, two summers, and with great anticipation for the third. It's taken a couple of minor beatings (got lightly rear-ended, then lightly side-swiped) but repair costs at the local upscale shop actually turned out to be fairly nominal.
The engine runs great, and really does improve with age.
I highly recommend this car. It's been a true blast. I'm looking forward to switching to Potenza RE-01R tires for the summer... could be a disaster for all I know but... *shrug*
Like habitat I've been contemplating the "next step" and Porsche keeps rising to the top among the field of choices. I drove the new Boxster S but just couldn't justify the cost, even with the dramatic discounts. The playing field seems as sparse as it was when I bought my current car... Miata is still what it's always been, everything else is either 60% more expensive for 10% more fun, or 40% heavier for 5% less fun. I find myself wondering if I am best served by staying put until the next gen sports cars from Japan arrive here. Everything German seems heavy, expensive and comparatively unattractive in cabrio forms (versus their coupe counterparts) and everything American still has the interior of a Chevy Cavalier.
In the meantime, I figure I'll be within spitting distance of 100K miles within a year or so...
#385 of 638 ** LONG TERM RELIABLITY **
Apr 17, 2006 (8:08 am)
The only s2000 in my price range are year 2000 with about 60,000 miles on them.
Please share your experiences with High mileage s2000's and what is starting to fail or wear and tear problems I will be facing with a high mileage s2000(if anything)
I'm concerned because these high-revving machines take constant abuse from MOST owners (since they are meant to be driven hard) and i'm concerned with what problems might arise from purchasing a high mileage sport car.
example: Valve clearance adjustment
head gasket leaks
Suspension (Ball joints, shocks)
Water pump, fuel pump, injectors
I feeling that getting a larger displacement/lower rpm redline car like the 350z will result in less maintenance, yet my heart is in getting an s2000.
Thank you for your input
p.s hard to find any problems with these cars via google, but i'm sure when the miles pile up parts need to fail
#386 of 638 Couple of questions
Apr 17, 2006 (12:26 pm)
Hi there. I am new to this forum so I thought I would ask for some opinions and advice. I bought a black 2000 S2000 a couple of years ago and just love it.
1) I seriously need to replace my tires. Should I stick with the stock Potenza S02's or can anyone recommend another high performance tire? I live in Ontario Canada and never drive the car in winter.
2) My rear windshield is now all cloudy. I have read a few forums but can not get a definitive answer. Can you replace the whole rag top of a 2000 year model with the new glass window tops. I don't necessarily want to do it myself, I just want to know if it can be done. My local Honda dealer had no clue.
Apr 17, 2006 (6:55 pm)
I see you've been a busy boy! You've got almost 60K on your S2K? WOW! I'm glad you're still enjoying it!
#388 of 638 Re: Couple of questions [jessie2000]
Apr 18, 2006 (10:00 am)
1) From what I understand the stock Pontenza are great tires.
2) here a Bulletin on how to maintain and repair your windshield:
To upgrade your roof, I belive you will need a '02+ top frame and the top itself. There is alot of info on how to do it, just need to search more. I would find it but i'm on my way out. If you dont have any luck let me know.
btw. How many km's on it and have you had any problems with you car?
(see above post)
#389 of 638 Re: Couple of questions [dominos]
Apr 21, 2006 (6:27 am)
Thanks for the info. She has 71k km, and is working well. I have had no serious problems yet. I had to replace my MAP sensor last year, but that was all.