I loved my S2000! You have to look at what it is you are purchasing. a 2 door sports car. The car rides harsh, has a lot of road noise, and is not much fun with the top up. That being said, put the top down on a nice day, rev the heck out of the engine and put a wide grin on your face. For this car to require no more then fluid changes and tires it is amazing. I purchased the Honda extended warranty thinking that something had to give. 5 years later and 25,000 summer miles I never had a need to use it! If this is the car you desire I prefer the 2002, and 2003 model years with the 2.0 engine and glass back window with interior improvements over the 2000 and 2001. Later years had the 2.2 engine
Engine, balance and reliable features.
Cab Honda find a way to have it be this much fun with the top up in the rain? Better audio system
From the first day I purchased my 2002 Honda S2000, it's been nothing but pure joy. I bought it certified preowned with 16,000 miles on it in Nov '05. The S2000 is definitely not a watered down sports car. When people ask what size the motor is, I reply that it's a 2.0L inline four. At that point in time, a certain look on their face says "ehh...it's probably slow then." Boy, if they only knew. I give them a ride, and a few trips into Vtec and they're hooked. Not to mention this is in a straight line, I'd probably make them waste their lunch on a windy road. The S2000 isn't the most comfy car in the world, but it's one of the funnest. True sports cars should be nothing less than fun
The driver oriented cockpit. High revving engine. Awesome gearbox. Fast operating soft-top. Track worthy package off the showroom.
Not just a head-turner, but a performance sports car that handles with quick & smooth response. The vtech can become addictive at first and the owner needs to choose the time and place to downshift, step on the gas, and be thrown back in your seat! If you want to maneuver through traffic, you don't need to crank it up or slowly guide it to where you want to go, just do it! Reliable, well built. Have had no mechanical issues. Besides an extra set of tires, nothing but regular maintenance. Got great lines, power, and just downright fun to drive. Easy to get to know, and once you're connected, it becomes your extension to the highway. You can move or cruise at will.
Handles like a charm. So balanced (engine mounted toward center) and holds the road so well with wide rear tires, I enjoy rounding the clover leafs as if they were straight! A joy to drive on two- lane windy roads where you can hug the shoulder or pass at will. Convertible top works easily.
Cover for radio/CD needs to be contoured so that when it's open you don't hit it with your knee. Need more highways where 125 mph is not illegal. Storage space in the interior is minimal, but recessed square in trunk can hold a surprising amount. Put in outside temp reading & iPod plug in.
I decided to have my midlife crisis at 50 years of age after all our kids were grown and gone. I leased the S2000 with no intent of keeping it more than four years. I bought out the lease this year. I cant think of a greater rush than 8,000 RPM shifts on freeway on-ramps and ground hugging performance on the mountain roads in San Bernardino County (CA). This is a wonderful car for an enthusiast on a budget. However, if you are looking for a smooth ride and a quiet cockpit, this is definitely not your car.
The top is down and it's a beautiful day, you climb in open roadster style, you put your legs over the door and stand on the seat and then sit down in the low, yet comfy, bolstered seats that will hold you in while pulling VERY sharp turns, floor it all the way to the 9 thousand RPM redline, and then take the sharp turn that says 15mph at 40mph with ease. This is one fun car, I've owned a Carrera 4 and currently own a Porsche GT3 an the S2000 is the best deal out there, a drop top car with a slick shifter and race car suspension for under 35k! You put it on more than you get in it, its like youre favorite pair of jeans, everything else just falls into place perfectly. A very fun car.
Slick Shifter, The most driver oriented dashboard in ANY car, Being able to rip off 9 Grand shifts an hitting 60 in just 5 seconds, taking corners quickly, gas mileage is good as long as you dont get above 6000 rpms, the way you put it on an everything is in the right place. A Classic Look
A little more low end tourque would be nice, steering can feel numb and not very communicative. Stero isnt good, constatly turning it down at the stop lights an then turning it WAY up at low speeds around 30.