I have had an S2000 and is was superb, apart from when I hired one in America. The handling was desgined for comfort, and so completely destroyed the agile feeling that you get from a UK car. Buy a British version for the best enjoyment of an S2000. [PS, you also get more kit with a UK car]
I spent a lot of time researching what sport car i was going to get. this one had everything i wanted and you cannot beat the performance for the price. the power top is quick and easy and the car is a complete blast to drive. just driving or in the parking lot people will comment or rubberneck. go to the dealership and look at the sticker price, take it for a spin, and it will be very difficult to leave without it.
The body lines and the leather interior are sharp! the gearbox has short tight throws and the clutch is very forgiving. the engine is always ready for more throttle and the vtec is a real kick in the seat.
Previously owned a 2001 model that I had to change because of all year round functionality. Missed the vehicle so much that I couldn't wait to own another. Found a 2004 model. Just love the upgrades such as bigger engine, wheels,more torque etc. Delighted to be back behind the wheel of this little machine. The 2004 model is definitely easier to drive than the 2001 and I am still convinced that this is the best value for money in its class on the road. At 6'2" anything but a truck can be tight but this is quite comfortable. It is a really fun to drive vehicle and still turns heads even though it has been around for 5 years plus. Hope to keep for a long time.
Short throw gearbox, v-tec kick and handling. Power roof is efficient and effective.
Adjustable steering wheel and a bit more room. Would also like to see what a possible future 6 cylinder version could do????
Bought the 2004 S2K as a second vehicle to add a fun alternate to the fully owned, practical SUV. Tried a few competitors, but the S2K came in ahead of them all. Performance, for the price, lays all the others aside (save possibly for the Nissan 350Z). The S2K has become the vehicle of choice, but for bulk errands and carting the (large) dog around. The car is not for family convenience, but driving pleasure. Even a short commute is enhanced by the fun and, frankly, driveability of the S2K. Clearance (into work garage ramp and driveway) were no problem (slow and at an angle) for city driving, but the fun comes in on the open highway. Watch your speed - it takes you past legal w/o thought.
Performance, obviously. Manners in traffic as well as a ride height that allows for parking garage entry/exit w/o scraping bottom (carefully, of course). Radio features in easy reach of drivers hands on the wheel.
Better cup-holder stability in console (for coffee on the commute, or water on the hot days). Lose the electronic dash and start button (with all the design simplicity of the rest of the car, why?). Make the steering column moveable for larger folks - not a prob for a shrimp like me, but others??
This car has major curb appeal, handles like a dream and makes driving anything else very disappointing. However, it has to use premium gas, will only carry 400 pounds in passengers and luggage, must be hand washed, children under 12 cannot ride in it and it is not comfortable for a taller driver due to the way the headrest on the seats is constructed. It is very expensive to get a satellite radio installed and there is no place to put anything like a purse if you are hauling a passenger.
My favorite feature is the automatic top, it can go up or down in about a minute. I also like the push button starter very much.
The yellow paint job is very fragile and the front bumper is too low, it scrapes on any elevation.