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Honda S2000



  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    And my two cents on the advantages (or not) of storage:

    I bought a 2002 Honda S2000 in November 2001. We live in DC and the car was parked outside. I did get a high quality car cover for periods when we traveled or I thought I wouldn't be driving the car for several days.

    However, I did get many opportunities to drive the car thorughout the winter months and found myself lowering the top in anything over 45-50 degrees. I traded the car in May 2004 (30 months) with 18,000 miles on it and it had been driven a minimum of 200+ miles for every month I owned it. The finish on the car was perfect and I got "outstanding" trade in value.

    My point is that the S2000 is not an exotic sports car that needs to be stored in the winter, at least not in the DC area. We also have a home on Lake Erie, and although their winters are much more severe, I don't think I'd formally store the car (we have an inside garage). The Honda service manager, who happened to own an S2000 himself, also advocated driving the car at least once every 3-4 weeks.

    If you decide to store the car, that's your choice. But I don't think you should feel the need to.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,173
    The place I am storing it has a "set and forget" condition. Meaning it will be stored with probably 20 vehicles and once it's in there, it doesn't come out until spring. I can't access to fire it up or take short trips with it.

    I agree with the fact that the S2k is not a Porsche but even still, I'd like to take good care of it as best as possible. My wife and I were married in the car over July 4th weekend and would like to keep it as a token for future anniversaries. Sappy, I know but still it's still the sentiment of it.

    Another reason is the salt and sand we use for our N.E. winters makes it difficult to keep the vehicle looking nice. I'll probably never trade the car for the reasons above and who knows? With the small numbers of these being built combined with the fact that they are hand built cars means there is a possibility of a collector status in say 20 years... I don't know. But I would like to take all the necessary measures to keep it in tip top shape. I am hoping to have my great room with a two or three car garage under built by next summer so I can store the car myself, but this year I don't have that luxury. For 300 bucks I can have the car stored in a heated garage from Nov 1st to April 1st. Not a bad deal IMO. And I can get an insurance break since I'll only put about 6,000 miles per year on it...

    I'm lovin the S up until the winter hits. Heck even when it gets below freezing in Oct. I'll probably be driving with the top down!

    Thanks for the input. :)
  • naveen75naveen75 Posts: 10

    I just leased a brand new s2000 '05 model about a week ago. Everything with the car is fine except that the rear bumper cover doesn't sit flush with the body at the rear right taillight area. It juts out about 5 mm. I rushed to the dealer and had him check out the other S2000's in the lot and 'lo and behold' there was a gap in both these cars in exactly the same area as in my car.

    I am beginning to think that this is due to an improper bumper size which is probably off in width by a teeny amount enough to mess up the fit.

    Could any other 05' owners look for this and reply is you find the same thing. Possibly if this is common enough we might be able to get honda to release a TSB to fix this.
  • I got my S2000 last week and it has the same exact problem. Looks like its a quality issue with the ’05s. I’m taking it back to the dealer in about a week to be fixed – I’ll keep you posted on what they say.
  • lirvinelirvine Posts: 2
    Just bought 05. Has same gap.
  • demadedemade Posts: 6
    Have the same problem with mine. Been to the dealer twice. Both times the dealer got it to set flush, but it would pop back out by the time I got home. Saw the same condition on 3 others at the dealer.
  • lirvinelirvine Posts: 2
    Anyone know of conversion of power outlet to lighter?
  • barfbarf Posts: 3
    have 2004 with 26000 mi just looked at taillights closely and noted both r and l are not flush .so there is improvement in big deal didnt notice till read problems so far.
  • barfbarf Posts: 3
    i was at dealer in nj sat for routine maint. and checked out 2 other 2000s and they also had the r taillight i said earlier dont think major issue but if wrong please post .would appreciate. also a tip for new owners the orig tires reo50s seem to go fast .mine at 16500,maybe to using bridgestoneso3s,and at 10000 midealer said little wear and holding up well.they also seem to have better wet traction and only minimal lossof dry.they have differenttread pattern,tractionaa,instead of a,like on o5os.
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    How does the S2000 rate as a daily driver in the NE? Does anyone have experience with snows in a few inches of the wt stuff? I know that summer tires drive like rocks once the temps get below 35 or so anyway so it's probably a good idea to change here.

    Is the new stereo good, bad, indifferent? Is the car warm in the winter with the standard top? How is it for long drives of 2-3 hrs?

    Thank you for any and all input.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I had a 2002 S2000 for about 30 months from November 2001 throguh May 2004, during which time I put approximately 18,500 miles on the car. Live in the Washington DC area.

    The S2000 doesn't like snow. The tires were the biggest issue. I had a Nissan Maxima that I used in poor weather, so I never tried switching to snow tires on the S2000. But even with snow tires, the S2000 has a very low ground clearance, which would become a factor in anything more than 2-3 inches.

    The stereo in my 2002 was upgraded by Honda from the 2001 model to include more power and 4 speakers (vs. 2). I added rear speakers that were pre-installed by Lucid Automotive in the panels behind the seats. The improvement was significant and only ran about $250.

    The convertable top in the S2000 is pretty thin, compared to the Boxster S or 911 that I am now considering. This wasn't much of an issue with respect to warmth, as much as sound. I found the car warmed up reasonably quickly in 30 degree weather, but, with the top up, was fairly noisy inside, both due to the high-revving engine and thin roofliner. My wife is noise sensitive and claimed the car was an echo chamber with the top up.

    As for 2-3 hour drives, they are a lot more fun in the spring or fall with the top down. In the dead heat of the summer, it could get a little toasty, and in the dead in the winter, the noise was an issue. But I will say that the seats on the S2000 were very comfortable and the overall ride and handling of the car on the highway was great. I did 3 trips of 375 miles straight, except for a gas/lunch stop, with no ill effects.

    If I had to guess, 80% of my miles in the S2000 were with the top down, 50% of them were for short trips from 1-25 miles and 0.1% were in the snow. That's about the ideal use of a roadster, in my opinion.
  • i drive 150 mi round trip to work in recommendation is not to use in any snow,esp slush.No traction and i fond out by spinning out and blocked 2 lanes,luckily it was nasty and people going slow so i didnot end up as a pancake.i was able to creep in 1 gear to turnpike at 8 mi/hr but car was still slipping.once roads are clearer and have blacktop its ok.but even 1 inch with its tires i barely got in garage.if light furry maybe ok .but not if sticks,and avoid slush.all that said i still used it daily on non snow days once roads ploughed and slush was minimal and frozen.on bad days i use other car accord.only didnt use it in nj about 12 days in whole far as hat it gets real toasty fast and ididnt have much draft.i do like cooler.,but heater is summer ac is cool and adequate.i think radio is strong.but im not picky.its a great car,but a sports car and so you just need to know what it can and cant do,and than u can appreciateit for what it is,an awesome machine,great handling and comfy seats,only tight cabin,but rigidity gives it the ride.tip....inwinter you need to listen to weather regularly and you will be fine.i havsed i single digits or colder with wind chill,takes longer to warm up,but still does the job.hope this helps.
  • demadedemade Posts: 6
    Thinking of getting a clear bra for my 05 S2000. Is anyone presently using one or have any feedback on them ? Have done some research and it seems like the way to go. Any info would be appreciated.
  • mthmsimmthmsim Posts: 4
    I will be buying a 2005 Honda s2000 probably this month and as soon as this weekend (over a Mazda RX-8). Invoice + destination charge is ~$30,300.Any opinions on whether or not getting one at about this price is feasable? The one I want is at several dealers within 1hr drive so I'm figuring I can use the initial dealer "best price" as an opportunity for others to beat it. Any comments on prices paid would be appreciated. This is New England area if that matters.

    I am also considering some dealer accessories (spoiler, headrest speakers car cover etc.). I see that H&A Accessories has the same stuff at a discount. What are the chances of the dealer "beating" this price to make the sale? Lastly, I read on one of these threads awhile back about some people not liking the headrest speakers, or saying they didn't work well/weren't worth it etc.Can anyone comment on having them & their utility? Many thanks. Looking forward to being in the fairly exclusive s2K club. :shades:
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Invoice pricing in the northeast - DC area, PA is achievable. I had one offer at $29,900, $400 under invoice.

    I have not experienced the headrest speakers, but added rear Polk speakers in the rear panels behind the seats in my 2002 model. Lucid Automotive, if they are still around, supplied them pre-installed in replacement panels, with all the wiring harnesses and installation instructions for about $240. It took me less than 1 hour to install, and I'm an MBA, not an ME or EE. I was told that my system sounded better than the headrest equiped system, at a lower cost.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
    Hi, mthmsim,

    You might want to check with the folks in the Honda S2000: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion to see if they have any input for you.

    Need help getting around? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • wh9wh9 Posts: 32
    Does the 2004 - 2005 S2000 have a spare tire or are the tires run flats? Thanks
  • demadedemade Posts: 6
    Have the headrest speakers, and they work well. A bit overpowering when the top is up. What would be nice is a way to cut them off for top up driving.
  • demadedemade Posts: 6
    2005 has a donut that can only be used on the front.
  • Discontinued, God I hope so that will increase the value of the few on the road today. Only 5000 per year have been imported. My wife and I are your mirror, gave up the Harley Road King for the fun, sport car ride, the good looks of the S2000 roadster. Get the best deal you can and enjoy,in the end its a Honda you will always get the VTEC serviced and it will hold its value better than most, no mistake go for it. :)
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