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Honda S2000, Convertible
#112 of 420 Re: 2005 Honda S2000 - gray [dwynne]
Jun 06, 2005 (9:35 pm)
Hard to believe that this is the last year, but ask the Honda dealer and the honest ones will tell you that this is the last year for the S2000. This appears to be the answer most of the dealers are giving...after having been to 3 in the SF area for the best deal. However, it may be a marketing trick, so who really knows. But the only reason I asked the dealers, was from an article that I read last year. I can't remember the exact date of the source, but it came from MotorTrend about 6 months ago in their editorials.
I'm loving my S2000 and it truly was one of the better deals on any car that I have bought.
However, didn't know of the Honda Care. Should I go back and get it? I just thought of it as a way for them to ask for more money since they made little on the car. $2000 seemed way excessive, but maybe I can get them to come down on that price as well.
Have you had need for the Honda Care or is it a comfort of mind thing?
Thanks in Advance. BTW I'm not getting quite the mileage that you are. At least after my 2 tanks, about 21-22 miles/gallon.
#113 of 420 Re: Just bought a '02 Suzuka for $21k [gsolman6]
Jun 07, 2005 (10:36 am)
Sounds like a decent deal, $21k for an 02. Sort of high miles for an S, but that should not be an issue with a Honda. I got my 01 used as well, and it was nice to be able to talk the original owner and not some car lot. He was an old fart (even older than me) and I don't know if he ever VTECH'd the motor or not
I assume the warranty is the HondaCare? Be SURE you get a transfer paper signed by the prior owner and send in your $50 fee right way. It DOES NOT go with the car, but with the car+owner combo so if you try to take it in for extended warranty under your name it will be no go unless get it transferred. Depending on the miles (70k or 100k) and deductible that is worth another $1k or a little more - which makes your deal that much sweeter.
A 2L I4, 2 seats, and the $32k MSRP have kept the S from being popular with a lot of younger folks. They TEND to have more claims and drive the cost of insurance up for everyone. The S used to be really inexpensive to insure, but so many used ones available for lower prices have led it to be re-rated by most companies (more accident prone folks driving them now).
I love the Suzuka blue paint - very sharp.
#114 of 420 Re: 2005 Honda S2000 - gray [etomidate]
Jun 07, 2005 (10:42 am)
You can get it at a discount price from one of the "Internet" HondaCare dealers like http://www.collegehillshonda.com/hondacare/warranty.htm or http://www.curryhondacare.com/pricing.cfm .
I paid $825 for my 7yr/75k/$0 plan a couple of years ago. Looks like the same plan is around $100 or a little more higher. I would suppose that means Honda has had to pay some claims?
I don't have any questions about the car, but Honda only gives you 3/36k on a new car, this was a lot of money, and parts and labor are sky-high. Plus this is a 9k (or 8.5k) high output (near race) motor so it may not last as long as an Accord I4 or something.
You can wait until just under 24 months from new or 24,000 miles and purchase the plan at the same price. There is a $60 fee if you wait past that point but are under 36/36k then the fee goes to $160 and after 42/42k you can't get it at all. No need to rush to get the plan - just keep in mind a good time is right before those times and get it then.
#115 of 420 Re: 2005 Honda S2000 - gray [etomidate]
Jun 09, 2005 (4:22 am)
I have a 2001 S2000 which I purchased in September of 2000. At the time I searched for this car all over Southern California and found it very difficult to find. I was told that this car was a 3-year production car and that Honda's intention was to keep it limited and bring it back ten years later. They must have "changed their minds" as now I see them everywhere and it is 2005. In my short commute to the office everyday I cross paths with at least ten of them in all colors!! Not to sound cynical, but I am convinced salespeople will use every tactic!!!
#116 of 420 Buying '05 S2000 in Southeast
Jun 09, 2005 (7:56 am)
From what I've gathered on the net, S2000 prices appear to be lower in the Western states than in the Southeast. The MSRP here is $33665 which includes the destination fee. Edmunds TMV is $31447. We've negotiated a price of $30817.
Jun 09, 2005 (9:35 am)
Drove an 02 Suzuka Blue back to back with an 05 gun-metal Gray on Sunday. The 02 has just 12k on the clock and the dealer wanted $24,900. Front clip was scuffed in a few locations and there were some scrathes which I did not care for. So now I want the 05. We are in the process of haggling right now and are pursuing a price $29,000.
Two questions, the 02 was crazy fast, but I couldn't seem to get the thing to rev anywhere near the 9000 mark. I was shifting at around 5500, seemed like it would take me 20 miles to get to the 9 grand mark, it just didn't want to get there... Is this normal?
The 05 was so much different, It was more like driving my Accord than the '02 S2K. Does the motor really loosen up that much as the miles accumulate? It wasn't a slug, but it didn't seem to have the crazy nature of the '02...
Thanks for the help in advance.
#118 of 420 New '05 from Dealer has 149 miles
Jun 09, 2005 (10:25 am)
We've negotiated the deal on the car - they had to get it from another dealer, I guess(?). We signed a "Buyers Order" and gave them a check for $1000. They called yesterday to say the car was there and will be ready when we're ready to take delivery next week. Husband decided to get the extended warranty, so we get them to ammend the buyers order which was faxed to me this morning. It states on the ammended "Buyers Order" the VIN # and that the car has 149 miles on it.
Does that mean that it could have been a demo and was driven wildly by test drivers? What if, anything, should we do?
#119 of 420 Re: New '05 from Dealer has 149 miles [tmcconatha]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jun 09, 2005 (11:05 am)
Do you know what dealer the car came from? They usually drive cars between dealers... old retired guys...
149 miles is not much... If it was a test driver, it didn't get very many drives.. We all want cars with 4 miles on them, but it doesn't always happen.. Especially with a model that some dealers only keep two or three of...
#120 of 420 Re: New '05 from Dealer has 149 miles [kyfdx]
Jun 09, 2005 (11:10 am)
No, I didn't ask, though I'm sure they would tell me. So far I've had a very pleasurable experience with this dealership, my first NEW car, first negotiations, etc. I'm not really concerned about it, just making sure that I shouldn't be. Thanks!
#121 of 420 New question: Dealers A & B
Jun 09, 2005 (11:26 am)
I got quotes online before going to dealerships. First we're thinking Used Car. We go test drive 2004 S2000 with only 8800 miles at Dealer A. Nice car. We go home and talk, search prices and find New are not much more than the Used. Decide on New. Find online price of $30299. Call Dealer A - they say ok but can you just call them and ask them about extras they add on, etc. I say I did and only tax, title & doc fees are added. He asked me to call the online dealer back with another question. I say ok but don't. Why should I if they want to sell me a car?
I find Dealer B. I call and they match the $30299 price. We go and test drive new car. They don't have the color I want. We sign a Buyer's Order for the black car, give them a check for $1000 'Earnest Money". They call and say the car is there and ask when we want to take delivery. I asked for an ammended Buyer's Order with the Extended Warranty added which was faxed to me this morning. As of yet, it is unsigned.
The sales Manager for Dealer A calls today and says they want my business. They have a new Black '05 and they will beat the other dealer's price, throw in a 250,000 mile Powertrain warranty, and deliver the car to my house (50 miles one way) and bring the paperwork.
What do I do since Dealer B has our $1000 check and the Buyer's Order?