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Honda S2000, Convertible
#184 of 420 Re: What? [isellhondas]
Nov 16, 2005 (5:03 am)
I'm guessing that the previous poster forgot the word "not".
Last weekend marked the 4th anniversary of my purchase of a 2002 S2000. I bought it for $32k ($880 under MSRP), which was a great deal at the time, considering the Edmunds TMV was still $36,000 ($3120 over MSRP). I traded it 2.5 years later in May 2004 with 19,000 miles for $23.2k on an Acura TL, but could have sold it privately for $25k+/- if I wanted to go through the hassle.
The fact that one could buy a 2006 limited edition S2000 for less than I paid 4 years ago for a 2002 does, IMO, make the S2000 the best sports car buy out there.
I debated with people on the RX8 forum that were convinced that that car would continue to sell at MSRP long after it was introduced. Some foolish buyers paid full sticker. There are now brand new 2004's sitting on dealer lots that they are unsuccessfully trying to sell at $7,000 under MSRP. The RX8 was a 3-6 month fad and is now a dud. If you bought one of those, your depreciation is at leat 50% more than an S2000 would have been. Same goes for the Z4.
The S2000 is the real thing. If Honda set the MSRP at $40,000, it would still be a bargain. Compare it to a base Boxster if you need proof. So if you can't squeeze the last nickle out of the dealer's profit, keep the big picture in perspective. The 2006 S2000 will likely hold more of it's value than any other car you could buy 2-3-4+ years down the road.
#185 of 420 S2K vs Boxter (base)
Nov 16, 2005 (11:10 am)
I really enjoyed watching the S2Ks having the Boxters for breakfast at the various auto-x clubs I belong to. In '05 the SCCA moved the S2000s up to A Stock (from B stock) so now it competes against the Boxter S (Corvettes & other fast cars). At the Nationals this year the S2K's beat all the Boxter S's!
#186 of 420 Re: S2K vs Boxter (base) [only1harry]
Nov 16, 2005 (2:29 pm)
I have no doubt that the S2000 would outperform the old (pre-2005) base Boxster with 217 hp. It would be much closer on the new base Boxster with 240 hp. But, as much as everyone here knows how positive I am on the S2000, there is just no way it can compete, performance wise, with the new (2005+) Boxster S with 280 hp and 236 ft-lb. In all categories - handling, braking, acceleration - the Boxster S is significantly above the S2000. As well it should be for nearly twice the price.
I can't explain the race results you quoted. But it's not the capabilities of the cars.
P.S. For what it's worth, the Boxster S managed to edge out the Ferrari Enzo to take Road and Track's honors for fastest slalom speed ever recorded. I suspect that may be short lived once the Cayman is tested.
#188 of 420 Re: Closing out the 2005's [fastone1]
Feb 11, 2006 (5:39 pm)
Hi, I just starting looking for a 2000 in the Bay Area (on the Peninsula) and I am wondering if you found any places with good deals on them from 2003-2005 models? I hate negotiating with car dealers, so I'd like recommendations before I shop. Thanks!
#189 of 420 2002 S2000 - 24,600 Miles - Bought from Private Seller
Feb 22, 2006 (6:48 am)
Formula Red , Babied by previous owner (God Bless him!!), (nearly) new tires, Injen cold airflow intake,
Optional Hardtop (which makes it driveable 300 out of 365 days a year- as long as the pavement is dry), CAR COVER, GrillCraft Grill Inserts in Black, detailed on a regular basis. Condition is immaculate and my mechanic gave it a 10 over 10.
ON ROAD PRICE was $22,125, incl. TTR
. I went ahead with the private party purchase after original deal with Lynne's Infiniti, NJ went south; Dealer ad. announced that vehicle had manufacturer warranty
left on their 2004 S2000 with 19,600 miles. They also offered me an impossible price which made it soooooo fishy but I had accepted conditionally - Deal was subject to independent inspection; But after mechanic inspection and maintenance history verification (phone calls to HONDA NA and original dealership that sold the car),
It turned out that the tranny was blown at 5500 miles due to suspected abuse and HONDA NA had consequently cancelled the warranty from that point on, after replacing the tranny as a goodwill gesture. The tranny and rear differntial are busted again on the vehicle per Garden State Honda, who had originally sold the car to the first owner. Dealer still hasn't returned my credit card deposit. But I have it in writing that I reserve the right to cancel the deal if there were issues.
Apr 09, 2006 (3:20 pm)
Does anyone know how much it costs from the dealership to get a hardtop for the S2000?
#191 of 420 2006 Honda S2000
Apr 10, 2006 (7:05 pm)
I've just bought my 2006 S2000 and its so unbelievable - the feels, looks, handling, and the engine sound. When I sit inside the car, it fits like a glove, it hugs around your body. I got the Silverstone Metallic with red and black interior, the combination of the colors with chrome trimming interior door handle, and wing spoiler, it looks so awesome. It gives you 100% confidence when making those sharp turns and quick lane changes. That engine sounds sure attract the attention from all genders. Overall, 110% happy with the car despite the noise, the fun of driving it will overcome the noise, its my everyday car.
#192 of 420 Re: 2006 Honda S2000 [faibnp06]
Apr 10, 2006 (7:16 pm)
There haven't been many posts on costs paid lately, where did you buy your car faibnp06 and what was the cost? I'm looking to also get a 2006 shortly and wonder how much under MSRP they are going for these days.
#193 of 420 Re: 2006 Honda S2000 [faibnp06]
Apr 12, 2006 (9:25 am)
Congrats on your new ride. There hasn't been a day that goes by where I haven't walked into work with a smile on my face after the drive from my house. Even on the 30 degree mornings here in NE, I have been driving top-down enjoying every minute.