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Honda S2000, Convertible
#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.
#463 of 638 Re: rattles, daily driver & '06 model [sphinx99]
Jun 30, 2006 (12:11 pm)
i just bought one today in yhe detroit area and will driving it year-round---any other words of advice? thanks.
#464 of 638 Re: rattles, daily driver & '06 model [dbusto]
Jun 30, 2006 (1:29 pm)
Some of the forums have tire discussions; the stock tires don't seem to be the best way to go during the rainy season (I hope it's not going to be a snow driver too).
#465 of 638 Re: End of the road; S2000 [jkgreer2]
Jul 12, 2006 (1:58 pm)
never mind the end. has any one heard if they might put a v6 or and 8 in this thing?
#466 of 638 GM Synchromesh FM / Zaino Update
Jul 13, 2006 (12:49 pm)
It's been a month since the fluid swap and Here's the dealeo: GMSM-FM did not improve anything significantly. It feels good in a way the shifter feels good after a fresh fluid change. Am I disappointed? Yes - Just a bit. Am I upset - Absolutely not! - I still love the S2K for what it is!!!!!
My Verdict: Unless you feel compelled to do something and are in the mood to try this out - I do not recommend it based on my personal experience.
Zaino has been another story, altogether. I did a 100% detailing once last month: Dawn Detergent Wash,Clay Bar, Dawn Again, Z5/z6, Z5/Z6, Z2/Z6, Z2/Z6 AND Z2/Z6 and a final Z6 one last time. Came out really great except: I skimped on the fresh cotton towel part so, I thought I saw more spiderwebs between the z5/z6 and the last and final Z6.
I drove it once in the rain and Zaino produced the most beautiful beads I have ever seen.
I did another 99.9% detailing last week: Z7, Z5/Z6, a partial Z5/Z6, Z2/Z6, Z2/Z6, Z2/Z6 and a final Z6. I haven't been driving it much but it does look priceless and it is well worth the pain on the Formula red S2K. I definitely feel the finish improves with multiple detailings. One more detailing and I am really going to be asking for trouble, seriously. I don't need sunglasses yet, like it says in the Zaino ads and it is by no means spider web free. But, it DOES GLEAM as much as if not more than a car inside a showroom. I am positive it will get even better after I invest 10 more hours. I will post my feedback on whether it really looks show car like at that point.
On the flip side, it didn't do a decent job on my Alabaster white ML. The SUV is also driven about 25K miles a yearon an average and exposed far more to the elements AND it is white. SO, I will let Zaino slide on that one. I also never bothered to do a second detailing since I wasn't so sure of what that couldv'e done.
I wouldn't expect a full finish on lighter colors but it is well worth it if you are investing all the time and money on darker colors.