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Honda S2000, Convertible
#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.
#467 of 638 Re: GM Synchromesh FM / Zaino Update [njexpress]
Jul 13, 2006 (12:57 pm)
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.
Good heavens, how long did that take? What does the clay bar do?
I have been using Maguires Professional #26 wax on all of my cars for 12+/- years. Takes 45 minutes, start to finish on my 911 Cabriolet. But if you think I'll really notice a difference with Zaino (Seal Grey color), I'll give it a whirl (or swirl), as long as it doesn't consume the entire weekend.
#468 of 638 exhaultions!
Jul 13, 2006 (6:20 pm)
I own a 2005 S2000 Black on Black. I've owned at least 10 cars so far but I've NEVER had so much fun as I've had with the S2000. Once you learn to become one with it, you end up playing it like a musical instrument. Shifting/down shifting accelerating to passing speed and then just glide into position. Accelarating just before small hills just to feel a little weightless for a moment...
I've had bouts of depressions most of my life. As soon as I get behind the wheel I start smiling and I leave my bad mood in the dust. When I was little my parents bought me an electric kiddy car when I was 7. If my s2000 were automatic, I would swear I was 7 again.
If you're someone who likes the drive more than arriving at the destination, this car is it.
One word of advice, pick carefully your passenger and that he/she trusts you. Otherwilse, you'll feel like you'll need to drive it like a cadillac. Remember the car is more important than any queasy passenger! Friends come and go but you can always buy another S2000.
Now two suggestions for improvements. First a coin change compartment on the left hand side under the remote radio controls. and Second, install turn signal controls somewhere on the center console or stick shift. When you're busy watching the road and making split-second maneuvers, usually your left hand is on the steering wheel and right on the stick. It's distracting to take you hand off the wheel to use the existing indicater actuator. I think more of use would use turn signals too!
#469 of 638 Re: GM Synchromesh FM / Zaino Update [njexpress]
Jul 14, 2006 (8:55 am)
Oh well, it was worth a try with the GMS... Sorry your results were not as positive.
#470 of 638 Re: GM Synchromesh FM / Zaino Update [anythngbutgm]
Jul 14, 2006 (12:48 pm)
Hi ABGM, Thanks for all the valuable input you provided - It is genuinely appreciated - I guess I have a finicky baby who is otherwise the best after all
A full end to end Zaino job takes 8 man hours on an average. I typically start around 5 PM (and wrap up around 2 AM) when it is light out yet not so hot, so I can do the Dawn Detergent Wash and the Clay Bar rub when it is bright.
Clay Bar = Detailing Clay. It remoes any surface contaminants or impurites, including metal dust, minute rusts where paint is chipped, brake dust etc... It is a good time to do any paint touch ups ater Dawn/ClayBar/Dawn. That's the reason I recomend starting at 5PM. There should be daylight left for the touch ups.
By no means will it be a whirl as you said It does tak a lot of painstaking work. It hurts the most from wrist down after you are done
For the swirl removals, I highly recommend doing it at night inside the garage as you can see the swirls better that way, under yellow light.
If your 911 is light colored, I'd say don't bother yourself.
But it is well worth it if the car is dark colored ( I am not sure if it is an ocean seal or a harbor seal you got there ). One word of caution though: It gets addictive looking at the finish for the first time and then you really wanna shoot for the best possible effect from that point on
Feel free to post any questions. You can find plenty of info on their website Zainostore - one word.
It could be confusing initially trying to understand the steps - There are just too many steps you go thru'. But the distributor was very helpful and extremely knowledgeble. I have heard nothing but good words about the customer support - teh gentleman who invented it markets it directly.
Good Luck and Cheers!!