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#501 of 638 Considering buying a S2000
Sep 28, 2006 (9:28 pm)
This would be my first sports car. I have lots of questions, but I will submit just a couple for now. I live in Phoenix (no snow) and the cost of a S2000 will be on the outer limits of affordability for me. My question is whether it is realistic to think I can use the S2000 as my primary vehicle — for commuting to work, etc? How many S2000 owners use it as a primary vehicle? I would be trading in my 2004 Honda EX 5-speed with 37K miles on it. Keeping affordability in mind, would it be better to trade for an '06 or an '07? I am also considering leasing, but the discussions on the S2000 maintaining its value after the model is discontinued have me thinking that owning might be the better way to go. What about lease options with the option to own after the term. Any input for someone who is looking to buy his first s2000 will be appreciated. Thanks!
#502 of 638 Re: Considering buying a S2000 [tametiger]
Sep 28, 2006 (10:07 pm)
I've had my S2000 for about six months now, and it is my only vehicle. It works just fine for me, but you definitely should analyze your lifestyle to make certain that you can deal with the limitations.
Of course, the lack of cargo space could be a problem if you regularly need to haul large packages, but the trunk certainly will hold a full supply of groceries, a weekend suitcase, or two or three small-medium sized boxes. There's room for you and one passenger, of course, so you should also think about that.
The ride quality is really comfortable considering it's a sports car. It never crashes over bumps or bottoms out, so in terms of ride, it makes for a fine commuter car. The car is noisy, so long drives (more than 3 hours) could be uncomfortable. In most circumstances, however, it is no problem. I actually like the noise. It maintains the "raw" feel that I like.
If you're concerned about affordability, I'd go for the 2006. From what I understand, there are no significant upgrades from 06 to 07. As far as lease options, I really don't know much about that. I prefer traditional financing. That way, I can drive as much as I want without worrying about mileage charges.
One additional thing to think about is operating costs. It has good fuel economy (23-26 mpg), but it uses premium gas. The car also eats tires much more rapidly than the typical car. Expect to have to change at least your rears every 10-15K miles. Your insurance costs will also go up since it is a sports car.
Overall, it is a fantastic car, and I love it. Puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. It's a purchase you definitely will not regret. Just be sure you go into it aware of the limitations and ready to make the necessary compromises.
#503 of 638 Re: Considering buying a S2000 [eliyale]
Sep 29, 2006 (11:52 am)
The 2006 or newer with the VSA is execellent. No changes scheduled for 2007 that I have heard of. The car would be pretty ideal in Phoenix, except it will get too hot with the top down. I drve in Texas with the top down with A?C on high and it is conforatble at 90 degrees and below and bearable up to95. However, isn't Phoenix much hotter in the summer/
I get a lot worse gas milage (around 20 , best tank 21, some highway and some city and lots of VTEC) and mybe it is becuase I put on Indvidia exhaust which is much louder than stock. Also good investment Rick's Voodoo shift knob $35 screws down lower by 1/2 inch than stock. worst accesory is cargo net; absolutley worthless. drink cup holder is pretty bad too but hey who needs to drink and drive a sports car. My insurance cost went up bu not bad lessthan $1000 a year for very high level of coverage; but I am old and have other cars.
#504 of 638 Re: Considering buying a S2000 [tametiger]
Sep 30, 2006 (3:42 am)
If you're going to drive this car to/from work everyday in Phoenix traffic, you might want to think about it a little longer. The S2000 is a great car--once the engine starts spinning above 3000 rpm or so and when the temperature is less than 90. You'll hate it in stop and go traffic--especially with the top up. You will absolutely bake if you leave the top down during the day in June through September. I drove my Audi TT, C6 Corvette and BMW 330 convertibles in AZ with the top up except for EARLY morning and in the evening. If you buy it, get yourself lots of sunscreen and a big bottle of Motrin (to ease the pain from all the shifting you'll be doing).
That said, you'll love taking the S2000 up through the twisties on your way up to Sedona (but pack light).
#505 of 638 Re: Considering buying a S2000 [vinnyny]
Sep 30, 2006 (8:35 am)
My work comute is on the freeway, where there is no stop and go. I expect to drive with the top up in the summer months in Phoenix, of course. Does the rag top provide enough insulation to allow for adequate cooling using the air conditioner? The small compartment should make cooling (and heating) easier, I would think.
My decision to buy this car hinges primarily on the affordability question. Maintenance costs, such as tire wear mentioned previously, and gas costs, as well as the initial cost of the car are factors going into my decision. By the way, I can't understand why tires should wear faster than any other car, as long as you aren't "burning rubber" every time the light turns green.
Perhaps when considering purchase of this type of car the old adage applies "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."
#506 of 638 Consider Buying & Newbie
Sep 30, 2006 (12:23 pm)
Newbie: Only one comment: the S2000 is a great car, but you have to treat it with respect and learn its characteristics. It has the power to easily break the rear end loose in a curve and you can switch ends in a hurry if you get on the gas too much. To consider buying: I live in Texas and find the AC works well - cools off interior reasonably quickly even in those few times I have parked outside in the sun for a long period of time. Tires will wear faster because they have a soft compound to increase their grip. You could get longer lasting, harder, replacement tires, but I would do so with great caution if you do any aggressive (fun) driving.
#507 of 638 Re: Consider Buying & Newbie [jatdee]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 01, 2006 (7:07 am)
Ditto on the soft rubber... Also, the camber on many sports cars is set up aggressively to help with turn-in response, etc... This causes the tires to wear a little unevenly, and even wear more while you are driving straight down the freeway..
It seems that maintenance costs are a significant factor for you... I think if the majority of your driving is going to be freeway commuting, and cost is a concern... then the S2000 is probably not the right car for you.. no matter how great it actually might be.
#508 of 638 Re: Considering buying a S2000 [tametiger]
Oct 02, 2006 (6:25 pm)
I can't honestly comment on the AC system because I chose the BMW over the S2000. However, you will probably notice the noise with the top up or down--it seemed thin to me when I test drove it. If you're really concerned about maintenance costs, why not consider a certified used Audi TT or BMW Z4? Both come with free maintenance and are fun cars.
#509 of 638 Re: Consider Buying & Newbie [jatdee]
Oct 03, 2006 (7:36 am)
" It has the power to easily break the rear end loose in a curve and you can switch ends in a hurry if you get on the gas too much. "
Actually with VSA , 2006 and newer this is mno longer true.
#510 of 638 Re: Consider Buying & Newbie [kyfdx]
Oct 03, 2006 (7:40 am)
Maintenance cost on the S2000 are very low except for tire replacement. And as mentioned ealrier from a saftey and handling factor, I would repalce tires with OEM or better not harder high mileage.
2006 Red S2000