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Honda S2000 experiences?

I'm looking to pick up an S2000 in the next 6 months and was wondering if anyone on here has had any prior experience with them. Things to look for, things to look out for, etc. I'm thinking 2002-2003 as they had the glass rear window and were not detuned like the 2004+ models.

Let me know your thoughts on the car or alternatives. I'm thinking sportscar, low maintenance, preferrably convertible for $20-24k.

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My only experience with an s2000 was repeatedly spanking one on 290 in the cage. Maybe that was an '04? It didn't seem to have a lot of balls at higher speeds.

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S2000 is a lot of fun to drive, but you may find it difficult to live with. My friend had it and he sold it after owning just for a few months - too noisy, stiff ride, small, the engine needs to be kept in the high revs or it doesn't go. Still - light, agile, good looking . Personally, I liked it a lot, but I'm not sure I would be so happy owning it.

You don't have a lot of choice for a sports car in this price segment. What are you looking for - looks/style or performance?
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+1 on the hard to live with........ really edgy.

Looked really hard at one and have driven a bunch of them.

The "detuned" engine is actually larger displacement and offers
more midrange tp make the thing eaisier to live with around town.


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THey still specify a glass rear window BTW......

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I was considering them a couple years back. PM JeffwithaJ...he sold his about a year ago. I drove it once and it was fun as hell, but it is a little underpowered and you arent kidding about having to keep the revs above 6k.
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I had a brand new 02 S2000. I sold it two months ago and bought an M3. The car is fun to drive, especially cruising around on canyon if you don't want to use your bike. Doesn't have enough low end torque. The redline for 01-03 is 9K and 04-up is 8K. Watch for the 2nd gear grind, steller using wrong fluid for the tranny. Check S2ki.com especially upper midwest forum, about 99% they have Thursday night meet.
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i bought mine last april. like everyone said...it's stiff, noisy and takes a while to learn to live with it. the car is a blast to drive and is very driver oriented. tires go quickly, constant v-teching will eat some oil and the audio system is not all that. change the head unit, speakers and throw in a bazooka tube in the trunk and you'll be fine. for the money, it's a great little car. i usually get 23 mpg in the city and I got 28 on the highway going up to wisconsin over 4th of july.

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BLARNEY, it had a plastic window from 2000-01, after 02 they were glass with a defroster I believe.

I wasn't planning on it being my only cage. My '99 Taurus is still in great shape with low miles, so this was going to be my alternate motorcycle for those days like today where it's warm enough, but the weather might turn on a moments notice.

-ABSOLUTnie, is there any way to wire up an aftermarket headunit and keep the stock controls for the audio system (The little volume thing next to the steering wheel)? How bad was insurance on it?

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There's away to replace your head unit and can still use your dash audio control (PAC?). You can purchase a special harness with PAC? connection without cutting the OEM harness. You can add a rear speaker, headrest speaker, and custom sub (mounted tool wheel or the Lucid sub mounted on trunk sides).
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rayn is right. you can buy the harness for around $100. i don't have it because flipping the cover open doesn't really bother me that much. although, i bet if i had it again i would say i that i couldn't be without it. you can get a bazooka tube that fits perfectly into the trunk cavity.

insurance is not that bad for me (25, single, clean record). it's about $830/yr altough my primary vehicle is my moms rav4.

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I'm 25 single with a clean record too, this is good news, I had heard they were costly, but that's only $200 more than what I'm at now. Did you buy yours new ABSOLUTnie? Also, where did you pick it up?

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paid $23.9K with 22K miles last april. picked it up at...can't remember the name of a dealer. it was on ogden and kingery hwy. you can pick one up with 30K miles for about $21K if you look hard and even cheaper if you go private.

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I say skip the S2k idea and get a 350Z. Much better choice, power and looks wise. Handling? A friend of mine was right on my ass on an off ramp while i was on my bike, and he was hitting close to 55mph until the rear end started slipping.
I don't like the look of the 350Z, if anything I'd go G35, but no convertible, so that's shot down. You can get ahold of the S2k for so little $$ with low miles that it just doesn't make sense to buy anything else in that price range, with the sole exception of the Miata which I like but is just too small for my 6'2" 220lb frame (I fit comfortably in the S2k for some reason though).

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On a different note, and since you mentioned the Miata, have you looked at the Pontiac Solstice? I don't know anything about it's performance or how it rides, but it's one cool looking car. New, they list about 22K.
Turds right now, They're supposed to be coming out with an FI version though. Around 200hp I think.

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I'm looking to pick up an S2000 in the next 6 months and was wondering if anyone on here has had any prior experience with them. Things to look for, things to look out for, etc. I'm thinking 2002-2003 as they had the glass rear window and were not detuned like the 2004+ models.

Let me know your thoughts on the car or alternatives. I'm thinking sportscar, low maintenance, preferrably convertible for $20-24k.
You can't lose with any S2000, but yeah I would go with a 2002-up because of the rear glass. 2004-up of course also has the different lights, bumpers, wheels, interior pieces, ECU and motor. The suspension is also a little different. Like I said all the S2000s are fun and if you're a track guy, you'll love that car. Test drive an AP1 and the AP2 model and see which one you like best. The car doesn't have a lot of power but I think they made it just right. It's a fun car to drive and it handles awesome. It'll keep up with a lot of cars on the street, but that's not what it was made for. Take it to a track or some good twisties and you'll see what it can do. I have a friend who went from an S2000 to a white evo to a brand new BMW. Guess what he owns now? He went back to a S2000. A lot of the evo and Sti guys say that S2000 is just a funner car to drive even with the power it has. I had a S2000 and i have a lot of friends who still own them. Only reason I sold it was because I didn't have a second car and the company I worked for moved far away and I didn't want to chip the front end of the car and rack up a ton of miles. I've owned turbo cars and other nice cars, but the S2000 was the only car I had that made me happy everytime I got in it. My bro still has his, but here is a pic of my old one
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Holy cow does that sound badass, like Formula 1 or something... crazy! Great find.

Won't running those velocity stacks instead of an airfilter kill the engine much quicker? I thought people only ran straight stacks on dedicated drag machines? Also, does running stacks change the engine sound?

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Sure does, at least from the intake side. That's why that engine sounds like that.

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Wow that was loud as hell and slow as shit.

Running no filter will screw your motor up right. Racecars do it because they rebuild the motor every month. If that kid really is running without an air filter and driving it a lot, that motor will be trashed within a year.
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It's not a drag car...... The S2000 doesn't have a ton of power but it is a well setup track car and it's fun as hell to drive. Like I said, I had a way faster turbo car w/ way more power and the S2000 was still just as much fun to drive even w/ the little power it had. It's the type of car you just have to drive to understand what it's all about. When I first purchased that car, I thought to myself, "Damn this car needs more power." I started taking the car on group rides w/ other S2000 owners and little by little I started understanding why the car was setup the way it was and I started loving it more and more. Some guys do turn their S2000's into drag cars but the car was really made for the road course.

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I'm loving these old threads lately, check this out though, one mean S2k for sale:
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