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Honda S2000, Convertible
Jun 29, 2004 (10:48 am)
Per a local dealership, S2000's in this area are suddenly a bit hard to find (quotas for the year for several dealerships has been cut) and word is that Honda's cutting production from ~ 7500 units last year to about 5,000 units this year.
I'm guessing this is due to somewhat sinking premiums for the roadster.
I'm not sure what it takes for a car to become a legend, so I won't speak to that. But, a few weeks ago I got a chance to drive a friend's "brand new" 2000 S2000 that he purchased used, and the following day I was at a BMW dealership with Her shopping for a potential sedan and took a brand new Z4 3.0 out for a spin - and the four year old S2000 seemed fresher and more fun. Not many cars age as well as the S2000 (which in 2000 was pretty much only missing a glass rear window) and that probably bodes well for its future.
That said, I'm stunned at the number of S2000 drivers who don't seem to wave, honk, flash or otherwise make eye contact with other S2000s. I'm not sure why. I think it may be due to the incredibly fractured demographic (seemingly half racer types and half mid-life-crisis types) not understanding each other, or maybe the ownership demographic is incredibly insecure or arrogant, or who knows. There is some contact, but a fraction of what I enjoyed in the lowly Prelude, which was much less exclusive and sold much more poorly.
#87 of 638 I was at a BMW dealership--sphinx
Jul 01, 2004 (8:44 am)
Friends of ours just bought a Z4 from the same dealer that sold us our S2000. John wanted a stick, but his wife 1) only drives slush pumps and 2) she's lusted after the BMW Z3 since it came out. The Z4 obviously looks completely different, but has an automatic, and you know how it goes.
I drove their '4 and found it acceptable, but I can't live with a torque convertor and the overall sense I got of it was the car feels more like a sports tourer than a thoroughbred. It also carries too many luxury trimmings for my taste. John drove our Honda and wished he could have bought it instead of the Z4. Can't say as I blame him.
Anyway, we take Tsunami on her first mountain wring-out tomorrow. We're both looking forward to a stint at the wheel. Looks like a great weekend ahead...
Jul 01, 2004 (7:58 pm)
S2Ks hard to find? They're probably all sitting on the lots of the NY area dealerships. Dealers around here are advertising Brand new '03s in their SCREAMER ADS, they also have '04s in stock.
#89 of 638 The Future of the S2000
Jul 03, 2004 (8:19 pm)
What's new for 2005?
How much longer will the S2000 last?
Will Honda replace the S2000 or will they let it evolve?
Jul 04, 2004 (1:41 pm)
Per some snippets on vtec.net, there are no changes for 2005, not even a new color. I can't vouch for the veracity of this information.
I'm not sure where the S2000 is going, nor what this part of the sports car market is going to look like in a few years. The S is no less of a car than it was a few years ago, but the Elise was bound to steal some of its "purist car" thunder and an ordinary RX-8 can rev to 9k all day long, too.
I'd imagine the S will stick around unchanged at least through the 2006 model year. By then, we're doing to have some slick domestic roadsters, a redesigned Boxster, presumably a Z4 with whatever BMW's next gen I6 powerplants are, and a pretty strong street presence for everything from an EVO to an Elise. I think of the S2000 as the last hurrah of the naturally aspirated I4. From this point onward, IMO, the story will be low-displacement straight-sixes and various forced induction strategies. I imagine Honda will either get with the program (fundamentally changing the S2000 in the process) or the S will fade into the sales sunset just like the NSX did.
Jul 04, 2004 (1:53 pm)
I guess another comment is about how radically different the $30k performance market has changed in the past few years. In 2000, when the S2000 came out, there wasn't much on the market at its price point that wore a "sport" label. There was... uh... a Lexus IS300... an Audi TT if you call that sporty... no, pretty much nothing.
Today you have the EVO and WRX pair, a very potent SVT Cobra and an entirely new Mustang in the wings, the RX-8 and the 350Z, and the G35 coupe too, a Pontiac GTO, super discounted Corvettes, a bevy of torquey $30k sport sedans, and so on.
Four years ago, if I had $30k and change in my pocket and wanted performance, I didn't have many places to go. Today, almost everyone has something.
#92 of 638 Question??
Jul 27, 2004 (11:19 am)
I'm looking at a new 04 S2000. I'm wondering if anyone has take their S2000 on a road trip lasting 4-5 hours or more and how you felt about it all?? I've test driven the car a couple of times and really enjoy it, however I do a lot of driving and was wondering about how it performs and how your body feels after a long raod trip. Thanks.
#93 of 638 DVD Receiver for 2004 S2000
Jul 27, 2004 (2:10 pm)
I recently got an S2000 and am thinking about getting a DVD receiver for it. I noticed however, that the dash above the receiver might get in the way if the monitor rolls up. Is there anyone that has a DVD monitor installed in their S2000? If so, what model fits?
Jul 27, 2004 (3:22 pm)
I've done a few 4-5 hour trips in an '04 S, as Detroit-Chicago is one of my routines
It works. The car itself handles such trips without issues. The seating is comfortable. I do find my legs getting restless after a few hours, but I'm not sure that's something I'd feel in any other car and it's easily cured by occasional rest stops (to stretch) which I'd do no matter what I was driving. The only other potential issue is engine noise, there's a real drone to 4,000rpm for four or five hours. Again, though, the effect can be mitigated by dropping the top, taking breaks, using the stereo, etc.
Short answer: I've made many trips in an '04 S and don't feel worse for it.
#95 of 638 Re: [sphinx99]
Jul 29, 2004 (10:08 am)
Thanks for the reply. I have another question. How is the paint holding up on the front end where all the bugs and road grit hit the bumper? I currently have an Infiniti G35 sedan and had to have the clear bra installed. Nissan's paint seems to be soft etc. Looking at getting a S2000. I do a lot of road trips due to business from 2-5 hrs at the most. After that I fly. I'm about 6'2". Love the S2000 and how it drives and feels. Wondering how I would like the S2000 versus the G35 sedan and all the leg room I have. Also I'm in the negotiating phase with the dealer to get them off the sticker price and start at invoice. Thanks for any input you can give me.