I had a load of trouble with my dealership - they told me it was a GT, when it turned out it that it was just a soft-top with the hard-top added. It had no electric wing mirrors, no heated rear screen, and the insurance company weren't impressed. It took lots of shouting and banging fists on desks and lawyer's letters before they agreed to sort it out.
Also, Honda customer services were of little use - we were simply referred back to the dealer.
Having said that, the car itself was a beast. It was a little dodgy trying to pull out of side junctions and accelerate away (it has no acceleration at low revs), but it's a monster in a straight line over 6,000rpm. I wouldn't buy another, though, because of the pathetic customer services when things went wrong on it.
My car drank oil, too. I don't know if anyone else's car does that, but it was a bit of a shock to check the levels two months after buying it to find that there was none left.
I bought a S2000 new and after nearly two years and 36,000 miles am still grinning.
The 'official' verdict is snap oversteer at the 'limit' but be realistic this relates to professional testers on a track - My attitiude, as an older driver admittedly, is to just avoid the 'limit'.
The Boxster S has a noticable performance advatage, on paper, but not that much in the real world, costs some £11,000 more and is only purchased by sad people who cannot afford a 911.
The BMW Z4 is probably very nice to drive but who wants to be seen driving a hairdresser's car ? I rest my case.
I have owned my S2000 for three years now and have to say I think even more highly of the car now than when I first purchased it.
From my perspective I think it fulfills all that I would seek in a sports car - peeky engine, great gearbox, tighly stacked gear ratios, driver focused cabin, no roof and GREAT reliability and economy.
The last point is particularly impressive, its cheaper to run and insure than the Civic ESi I owned in my youth. That said insurance is costly, but then a high insurance category is the nature of the beast with a car like this. On the suny day and a great road there is no place I would rather be than behind the wheel of my S2000.
Having just recently bought an 18 month old S2000 I can now say they really are as awesome to drive as they are to look at.
Great handling in the dry but you have to show this car a lot of respect in the wet. Accelerate too hard out of a corner and you will lose your back end.
Lacks a bit of punch down the rev scale but take it hard past 6500rpm and you really do take off as the VTEC engine goes to work.Drive it everywhere like that however and you'll be lucky to get 20mpg!
Servicing costs are not too expensive at around £150. Tyres are not a unique size so they are reasonable too. At group 20 the insurance could be a problem to many under 30!
Good standard of equipment. CD tuner, leather seats and electric hood are standard. Metal finish on gear knob, digital tachometer, electric windows and mirrors.
No heated seats are available but the in car heating is first rate and warms you up in under 2 minutes.
For any sport nuts my golf bag and drivers will fit effortlessly into the boot as will my laptop and pilot case at the same time. Especially if you remove the foam insert with the tools in, roll the tools together and replace in boot.
You feel well looked after in a Honda dealership and I would reccomend one.
Overall if you can afford it buy one! They really are a wonderful car. I'm already saving for a brand new one!!
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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!