This car is the best car I've ever owned. I drove it as a daily driver, to and from work. Sun, snow, rain I drove it. I drove it on the track. 17 times, 1,700 miles. I drove up highway 550 on vacation with the spouse. Regularly drove 12 hours to see mom in a nursing home. Top up, top down, It didn't matter, I drove it. Some say the cockpit is cramped. I call it a nice fit. I don't bounce all over the place. The radio isn't the best, but who wants to listen to that, when you can listen to a 9,000 rpm screaming engine? The perfect car for its purpose.
Everyone in Missouri wanted $5K over sticker, but Vern Edie Honda in Sioux Falls sold me a nice grey with red interior S2000 brand new and trained it down to Kansas City. Now 17 years later I have 29,000 miles on it and the value is going over the price I paid for it. Granted I drive it for fun, pleasure and it sits in a temperature controlled garage. As I hit my 60's I will say by bones are as forgiving as they were in my 40's, but I am so glad I didn't choose the Porsche Boxster or Audi TT, both considerations at the time. Went for the true sportscar, basic and made for one that loves driving. Strange that those cars are worth about $5-8K now. Repairs, never had one yet, just change the oil every year, scheduled maintenance (time not mileage) put some Stabil fuel additive and a battery trickler and I am all set. Have a few fancy Mugen Carbon fiber tops I have added (they have been about half price the last 5 years since many or gone), gives the vehicle a nice coupe look, the other a fastback that is really an eye-catcher. It's a hobby, not a car for use and it's a lot of fun. Had to switch to Haggerty special insurance for $30K. The stick is not one to train someone to drive stick shift, failed with two daughters (maybe the teacher). A great stress reliever to take out on the backroads and rare enough many people ask me "what is it", especially with one of the Mugen tops on. Update 2018, still running strong, up for Winter, prices are approaching original MSRP on eBay, glad I didn't by the Audi TT, BMW Z roadsters or Porsche Boxster. Purchased another Carbon Fiber fastback top (since retailers are clearing out stock on a car not made for the past 8 years), got it for less than half price from the original $4700. Also purchased a flat bottom steering wheel (6 ft 1 in). Gives a completely different look to the car than the other top, that I have had for close to 18 years now. Looks like it will just be a keeper, no electronics to save you like today's sports cars, you need to know how to drive and save yourself when you make a mistake. Keeping all the original equipment, which most the car is, car has been great fun, have to insure through Haggerty with prices actually rising now.
Having owned MANY cars of all types, this one is still my favorite to drive. It's raw, you are connected to the road, and it's a blast. Incredibly reliable, 85K miles and only replaced the thermostat. I have a street-legal turbo kit making 300 wheel horsepower and have surprised many cars thinking they would walk by. I'll never sell . . . . ! !
Can't sell it now, prices are getting near purchase price. . Cracking 60 though, I would like more comfort, for you can tell when you roll over a quarter if it is head or tails, but just going to put up with it, maybe some softer tires for the next 10K miles (all they last with normal driving). Have two tops that give the car a different look, a Carbon Fiber Mugen top and Carbon Fiber Siebon fast back, both tops have people always asking me "who makes that". Took some special engineering how to get the fastback top on with keeping the soft top recoiled, but several months a few speciality shops we got it done without taking anything away from the original look if wanted. Repairs, never really had any besides time maintenance since mileage maintenance doesn't apply. Thought about a Porsche Cayman, Audi TT when buying, luckly I went with the S2000. Oil changes are cheap, under $30 bucks at the dealer, my buddy pays about $125 for his convertible Cayman. Both are great small sports car drivers though, but his is worth about 6K now.
The S2k is amazing with its 240 bhp engine that screams from 6-9K rpm and nimble responsive chassis. Its also roomy and comfortable on the inside. Undoubtedly a car that needs a skilled driver to really shine! It is at most in its place on a twisty mountain side.
2 liter 240 hp VTEC engine 9k red line
possibly a rear wing more for looks than anything maybe similar to the RSX