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Honda S2000, Convertible
#416 of 638 Re: S2000: Suitable "only car?" [habitat1]
May 08, 2006 (5:57 pm)
For the past 9 years, I have owned a set of two cars at a time. Each car fullfiling somewhat different goals.
Specifically, the first set was a Corvette C5 and a 33O Ci BMW -- both coupes. The former driven when weather conditions did permit and the latter for all-season driving purposes. Both are drivers cars, but clearly one more versatile albeit less exciting than the other. Then last summer, following the same logic, I traded those for a 2006 997s coupe and a 2005 Volvo S 60 (stick) 4-dr. I love the comfort, safety, and looks of the Volvo, but if the S 2000 comes close to its all-season capability, then the exciting little Honda becomes a tempting proposition, "but only as a complement to the Carrera."
P.S. When you get to my age, you will realize that extending your youth is more significant than doing the same with respect to your driving skills.
Have you read Carl Lopez's "Going Faster: Mastering the Art of Race Driving"? Superbly written and with incisive details about the art and science of race car driving. It may be a good idea to read it before attending Porsche's driving event. I just got a copy from Amazon.
#417 of 638 Re: S2000: Suitable "only car"? [toydriver]
May 08, 2006 (6:17 pm)
Thanks a lot for your generous and informative thoughts.
I was particularly concerned about chilling temperature inside the cab on frigid days.
I'm not sure yet, but I'm keeping myself entertained with the idea of getting an S 2000 to experience all-season driving fun. Yet I plan to retire within the next two years, so I may wait until I get to Florida to make a move. We shall see.
Thanks again, and take care.
May 08, 2006 (7:29 pm)
If you're ever house hunting in Florida and need someone to drive your 997 around, I'll be glad to offer my services...I live in Westchester
#419 of 638 Re: donquixote30 [nyccarguy]
May 09, 2006 (1:52 pm)
If you are an attractive female, I would take your offer. For the rest, sorry to inform you that I already have a place in Fl. But yes, the 997 S is pure fun to drive.
#420 of 638 Re: S2000: Suitable "only car"? [donquixote30]
May 10, 2006 (3:27 pm)
Your post was of interest to me. I have a 2003 Boxster S that is due to come off lease this fall. Since moving from Raleigh to Boston, and having only one parking space in my condo building, I am seriously contemplating going with a sport sedan or coupe in place of a sports car.
My Boxster fared reasonably well this past mild winter. But of the numerous people I know with Boxsters and the three people I know with S2000's, none of them attempt to drive them year round in a New York / Boston style climate. Between the need for snow tires, low ground clearance, cold cabin (especially the S2000, with its minimalist top), etc., it would not make for a pleasant 20 mile commute in February. I seriously considered the S2000 when I got my Boxster in late 2002, but even though it is an exceptional sports car, I needed something that was a little more "friendly" to drive on a daily basis. I have just under 45,000 miles on my Boxster S in 44 months, and I travel 80-100 days a year.
I am quite frustrated by this dilemma. I have yet to find a sport sedan or coupe that both excites me and will be a good year round car in Boston (with ski trips to Vermont.) The M3 comes closest, but would require winter tires (storage problem).
If I were you, I'd be very happy that I have a heated two car garage that contains both a 911 and a Volvo for the winter / off days.
#421 of 638 Re: S2000: Suitable "only car"? [redsoxgirl]
May 10, 2006 (6:03 pm)
Thanks for your thoughtful words. I agree with you, the Volvo and the Carrera are a good match for my situation.
I know exactly what you are going through. Unfortunately, driving high performance cars presupposes all kinds of trade-offs or compromises, particularly if one lives in challenging winter zones.
Having only one parking space, you would either have to settle for a practical, reasonably sporty, front-wheel drive car or a well-designed rear-wheel drive alternative, and tackle the winter wheel/tire set storage problem. For someone coming from a superb machine like the Boxter, I suspect you would have go for the latter and be prepared to face the storage nuisance. Although not a "Boxster S," the M3 would also be at the top of my list. The only problem I have with the M3 -- all 3 series for that matter -- is the stirring wheel angle. The Porches and Corvettes, for example, allow drivers to set the stiring wheel almost perpendicularly. Not so the Bimmers. I had a 2004 300 Ci, drove it for 7,000 miles and never got used to it. Have you considered the Cayman?
#422 of 638 Re: Happy with the Gauge Cluster? [kixo]
May 11, 2006 (4:49 am)
I test drove the new MX5; nice replacement for the Miata. I also test drove the Mini S converible and 350Z convertible and I bought the S2000.
I am very,very happy with the decision.
Digital speedometer is very easy to get used to. It took me about 500 ft after leaving the dealer's lot.
You can isntall aftermrket oil pressure guage if you want LOL.
Learn to love digital and drive-on! Like the radio mute and volume adjust during driving. Also fan adjust during driving.
Must get : Invidia exhaust !
Motor On ( Double Sixes) ,
#423 of 638 Re: S2000: Suitable "only car"? [donquixote30]
May 11, 2006 (5:00 am)
Unfortunately, the Cayman would have the same issues as my Boxster S - strictly 2 seater, low gound clearance, summer tires. I do not find the convertible top on the Boxster a problem in the winter, so trading a Boxster for a Cayman would not really do much for me. I like the way the Caymen drives, but I still prefer a roadster/convertible.
I can afford a 911 C4 which I also briefly considered. But I would still have a tough time justifying it as an only car in Boston.
In any event, we are pretty far off track from the "S2000", so I'll stop my personal ramblings. I may post over in the Porsche Boxster forum to find out what others have done in my situation that has kept them happy.
#424 of 638 Re: S2000: Suitable "only car"? [redsoxgirl]
May 11, 2006 (5:47 pm)
Just a couple of additional thoughts. It seems to me that the concern folks have about "low ground clearance" in the event of significant snow fall, is an exaggeration. Unless, of course, one lives in a zone where severe winter storms are the norm. In New York City and its vicinity, for example, if your car is garaged and the driveway is user-friendly, you should be able to drive your sports car in a matter of hours after heavy snow accumulation as the sanitation department clears up the main roads fairly rapidly. Besides, alternative public transportation is always there in case of extreme and/or prolonged foul weather. In my view, the pleasure of driving a genuine sports car overrides the potential impediments brought about by occasional winter storms.
The same argument applies to the winter wheel/tire set storage problem. Granted it is a pain, but I would rather go through that inconvenience than compromise performance by way of a practical, front-wheel drive vehicle. Don't forget, it will be your only car.
Given your evaluative criteria, I would suggest you keep taking a very close look at the M3. As I have said, the BMWs steering wheel angle (almost bus-like)is problematic to me, but most folks are not bothered by that incredible oversight. The M3 is also a bit overweight, yet as we all know, life is a trade-off.
Good luck and best wishes.
May 13, 2006 (9:23 pm)
I would love some advise. I am in between a Subaru WRX STI or a 2006 S2000. I might move to colder climates soon and I can't decide which car would be a better fit.
I love to drive open, but I also love the power of the WRX. Would you think you get tired of the acceleration and the power of a WRX vs the ability to drive top down? I also assume a S2000 would be safer and quicker in wet or snowy areas, since it comes with stability control.
Please let me know your experience or opinions.