This is my second S2000 and I love it.
Shop around for the car - but also for the right dealer. There are good dealerships out there, but my initial experiences were with a poor one
This is a performance car, so you need to check it over regularly. I've only ever got 250miles from a full tank.
Tyres - my first S2000 was supplied by a main dealer with inappropriate tyres, consequently I had a Torvill and Dean moment. Best stick with the homolgated Bridgestones.
The handling is superb - but it does need respect in the wet- wet manhole covers do seem to provoke a little sideways movement even at low speed.
Engine is a dream - the change in tone as it opens up past 5,000 revs is a schoolboy's fantasy and it goes on through to 9,000 revs. And you have six gears to play this symphony through. Bella! Bella!
6 seconds to 60, but also 6 seconds to drop or raise the roof. I bought a soft top so that I get as much fresh air as possible - being able to raise the roof in 6 seconds means I don't hold traffic up during the onset of biblical floods.
I test drove loads of cars before going for the S2000 - none of them came close. The S2000 has the grin factor, but so much more than that, the image is bang on. And remains so. The overall package takes some beating - the S2000 is understated, furiously fast, handles well and is incredibly reliable.
I owned my 2003 S2000 from new and, with much reluctance, traded in for a family car this month.
It was fantastically well made, gave astonishing performance, and had faultless reliability. It also had great handling (except at low speeds in the wet around mini-roundabouts, but that was part of the fun).
It does step out if you push it, but the chassis is so sorted and the limited-slip differential is so effective that it just righted with minimal correction.
It's much better than a Porsche Boxster or a BMW Z4 in every way. It's a brilliant piece of engineering, and it has the best engine and gearbox I have ever used.
I loved this car, which will be greatly missed - at least until the kids grow up and I can buy another!
P.S Jason - your problem is a lack of torque, just nurse the gas a bit and don't let the revs drop at very low speeds. It's the price you pay for an F1-inspired and very highly-strung engine!
Excellent car, focused and neat, quick, handles well, doesn't step out unless you act like a loony, for anyone over the age of 35 brought up on rear wheel drive and no traction control it's a doddle. The early review stating 350-400 miles from a tank is a joke, i've driven it at 5000rpm on a motorway and the maximum you'll get is 27-28mpg, on an 11 gallon/50 litre tank thats 300 tops, the most i've seen in real life is 275, even so, for a screaming machine V-Tec that gets red lined regularly i see 23-25mpg for day to day use.
Top car, eats Z4's and 350's.
being rare, i took my time buying one, but managed to get a cracking deal on a 2003 pre facelift gt model froma honda dealer with full hsh which is a must. some dealers service is appaling,so beware of this when searching!!
engine, gearbox is an absolute dream. everytime i red line the car, i get shivers down my spine. from 6000 to 9000 rpm it pulls hard and the gearbox is real slick...together its such a joy to use.
economy isnt bad, i get 350-400 miles on a full tank.insurance considering im 26 is high as its a group 20....so its near to £2000, but worth every penny!!!
dont buy a boxster...it has a 5 speed gear box on a sports car, when my mums civic 1.8 ivtec has 6, says it all as with the z4...is the same and i was shocked with how bad the quality is!!!
s2000 is a car that is not in your face like a porsche, is more focussed and a joy to drive. Just saving up for the NSX now!!
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!