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Honda S2000, Convertible
#453 of 638 Re: End of the road for the S2000 [snowskier68]
Jun 23, 2006 (12:00 am)
There hasn't been an official statement regarding the future of the S2000. As of now, all signs point to there being a 2007 model.
I wouldn't worry about the car becoming dated, and I certainly wouldn't worry about its resale value. If anything, the value will be positively affected when Honda stops making new S2000s. Honda has no plans for a direct replacement for the car, so there will be no newer, better model to overshadow the current model. The S2000 will most likely be a "timeless" car.
Buy one. I was also on the fence for years, and I finally decided to go for it. I have absolutely no regrets. The car is an absolute blast, and I have never gotten the number of positive comments from others that I have with this car. I love it. You will too.
#454 of 638 Re: End of the road; S2000 [eliyale & snowskier68]
Jun 23, 2006 (4:03 am)
I would not expect any changes for 2007 except for loss of the Suzuka Blue exterior. I agree with recent posts, the car is a blast to drive. Bought one about two months back. I do not regret buying the car. The only way to improve the car would be to add . . .(can't say risque things here). So buy one. Pack your one bag (each). Put a blanket in the trunk and go to an outdoor concert or just for a drive with the top down. Life is short, enjoy it now. Regards.
#455 of 638 End of the road is GOOD!!!
Jun 23, 2006 (5:23 am)
Folks - Think about it - (I did post this earlier) - Seven model years 5000 units a year, with roughly 50% of it shipped stateside - You are one of the 17,500 proud and elated S2k owners in the whole US. That is less than the number of Viper guys out there (I saw this on TV and according to some high ranking goodfella from TeamViper, there are 20K vipers out - 20K is also the number of Camrys built in Kentucky in 120 days, if they truely sell at least 60K camrys a year in the US- which I am sure Toyota does).
How exclusive is that????
Think about yourself as an owner 10 years down the line:
It gets even rarer and as long as you maintain it like an average Civic, It WILL stay bullet proof. Needless to say, we would definitely maintain it much better and show it the respect it deserves (I have owned mine for 4 months now and it has been detailed once already besides the biweekly washes and the fluid swaps). This car is literally issue free, except for routine stuff.
SO - ten years from now: You own a great limited edition sports car that went out of production a decade ago and it also happens to be in pristine condition...
I don't know what could make you feel better? Owning a restored 300SL gullwing that was originally driven by some celibrity, perhaps??
And, If what I read on s2ki.com is true, the replacement will most likely be a four seater Acura (GXA?)- They didn't word it like that - But since Honda is expected to become 100% citizen class and Acura will be all perfo-lux going forward:
Nissan reactivates the GTR (as an Infiniti) and Toyota brings back the Supra. Honda would rather present their high performance offering as an Acura and still keep the prices comprable with Supra / GT-R. Make sense? I would welcome more thoughts on that
Bottom Line: I would not hesitate to buy an S2K now - If it happens to be the final MY, then more power to the owner - It will last even longer than the others and claim top ching-ching!! Speaking for myself, I bought mine knwoing fully well that the S2K could possibly be sunsetted a year from now and I felt very comfortable AND HAPPY in making that financial decision.
#456 of 638 Re: End of the road is GOOD!!! [njexpress]
Jun 23, 2006 (7:47 am)
All indications from Honda point that there will be a MY07 edition of the S2000. They have announced the addition of new colors and elimination of others (actually, maybe just the elimination of a color, I can't remember). Looks like no major changes. Of course this does not mean that it is 100% there will be a S2000 next year, but dealers have been spreading the "this is the last year for the S2000" for at least 3 years now. I'd say their motivations seem quite clear and I'd take what they say with a grain of salt (if you don't already).
NJexpress, I agree with your sentiments, but I believe your unit sales are a bit off (that sounds like a really weird thing to say). I am currently looking for the link, but I believe that Honda has been selling upwards of 8000 S2000s in the US alone the past several years.
#457 of 638 Re: End of the road is GOOD!!! [njexpress]
Jun 23, 2006 (7:52 am)
I think your numbers are a little off. If I am not mistaken, Honda imported roughly 5,000 to 7,000 S2000's per year to the US between late 1999 and now. There are probably close to 50,000 in the US.
On the other hand, I believe that Toyota and Honda produce more like 300,000+ Camrys and Accords annually for sale in the US. So the idea of the S2000 being exclusive is still valid.
I now drive a 2005 Porsche 911S Cabriolet. But I could still make a case that my 2002 Honda S2000 was an extraordinary car that, on a dollar for dollar basis, was every bit as impressive as the best from Porsche. I could probably make that claim even if Honda priced the S2000 at $40k+.
The fact that the S2000 is a limited production car is a bonus for those who value exclusivity. But exclusive doesn't necessarily mean better. The S2000 is - at least than anything else short of a $60k Boxster S.
#458 of 638 Re: End of the road is GOOD!!! [habitat / samsonite]
Jun 23, 2006 (12:58 pm)
If my numbers are a bit off, then, I stand corrected
I could have sworn that I read somewhere that we only get 2500 a year stateside. Oh well, Irregardless - By S2K exclusivity coupled with Honda reliability - My point is this: This car will be a keeper and you will look cooler sitting in an S2k 12 years from now than you do today And, the fact that this car will still get you your money's worth then, if we decide to sell it at that point, will only make us grin wider
Have a great weekend with your S2K(s)!!
#459 of 638 Re: End of the road is GOOD!!! [njexpress]
Jun 25, 2006 (11:50 pm)
>>> And, If what I read on s2ki.com is true, the
>>> replacement will most likely be a four seater Acura
>>> (GXA?)- They didn't word it like that - But since
>>> Honda is expected to become 100% citizen class and
>>> Acura will be all perfo-lux going forward:
That article was actually a joke. They later admitted that the story about the S2000 being replaced was completely made up. It's too bad they didn't make it more obvious that they were lust kidding - a LOT of people got suckered.
Honda dealers have been playing the game of saying, "200x is the last year for the S2000" for the past several years. Great way to get people (who were otherwise going to wait for a few years to buy an S2000) to sign on the dotted line. Then again, I doubt there's much Honda could do to significantly improve this vehicle, so why deprive yourselves? Buy one today and enjoy the finest sports car you can find for less than $60,000.
#460 of 638 considering '01 s2000
Jun 27, 2006 (6:40 am)
Hi everyone. I'm buying a car within a month, and a used S2000 is among my candidates. It would be a daily driver; I live in the SF Bay Area so it would see rain but no freezing temperatures.
I've only really driven beaters up through now, so I'm not worried about the S2000 being too uncomfortable for me, and I do have access to a larger vehicle when necessary.
What I'm worried about is just not being able to handle it. I've read about the S2000 losing control without warning and without allowing recovery. I can be discipined while driving, but I'm certainly not experienced and I'm not 100% smooth and perfect with my inputs either.
So is it possible to learn on the S2000 without killing one's self? Anyone put a lot of rain miles on theirs?
#461 of 638 Re: considering '01 s2000 [carlisimo]
Jun 27, 2006 (9:42 am)
I've read about the S2000 losing control without warning and without allowing recovery.
I never experienced a sudden loss of control in 2.5 years and 19,000 miles. On the other hand, the S2000 is a lighweight roadster and the OEM high perfomance summer tires are not great in heavy rain (and horrible in snow). I drove my S2000 when it was relatively new on a 250 mile highway drive in steady rain without problem. But I wouldn't want to make a habit of it and definitely not on tires that were near the end of their treadlife. Also, on the highway, the low sitting S2000 puts you in the tire spray from SUV's and big trucks, making it necessary to pay attention and have good wiper blades.
On dry pavement, the S2000 is an exceptional handling vehicle. If you are going to push it to the limit, I would advise taking a performance driving course. The older models do not have stability control.
Lastly, if you can find a 2002 or 2003 instead of a 2001, I'd strongly recommend it. In 2002, Honda went to a glass rear window, a stronger transmission and added a couple of other features.
Jun 29, 2006 (8:00 am)
I have put my S2000 through its paces on the tight, twisty back roads here in NE and I can say with confidence that the S2000 has limits far beyond anything I will ever push.
If you are interested in seeing what an S is capable of, check this out:
Now this is a prototype in the video, but it is a pretty clear indication of what the car can do outside of the Nurburgring.