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Honda S2000



  • No reason to get the S2000, given your circumstances...

    Just my $0.02

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Only you can decide why you "should" buy anything.

    The attributes that distinguish the Honda S2000 from the Miata are mostly performance oriented - namely acceleration and handling. Although I have to add that the fit and finish and build quality of the Honda are exceptional.

    But still, it's up to you to decide. My only suggestion is to test drive both before making a decision.
  • artcbartcb Posts: 2
    My wife wants to buy a new 2006 S2000. We both fell in love with the car after a test drive but have heard various comments on the tires life. She isnt a agressive or hard driver and has always gotten more life than manufacturer specs out of tires, so we expect the same on the S2000. We would like to hear comments on how long your tires have lasted and if you changed, what brand did you switch to so they would last longer? Part of the problem seems to be that you cant rotate them like most cars as the front tires are different size than the rears? Is this still the case on the 2006 Models?

    Also, I know its a sports car, but no matter, she will nurse as much gas mileage out of it as she can. What has been experiences in "warmer" cities for those that like to nurse it?

    Thanks alot!!
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I had a 2002 upon which I put 18,000 miles in 2.5 years before trading the car. The rear tires were near the end of their life and the fronts probably had 7,000 miles left. I drove pretty reasonably. For what it's worth, I put new tires on my TL 6-speed at 19,000 miles, so getting 20-25k out of a Honda S2000 is not bad. The guys at Tire Rack can give you the best replacement tire advice - call them.

    Overall, I averaged about 23 mpg, with a heavy mix of city and highway. On pure highway runs of 200+ miles at 75 mpg, I got between 28 and 32 mpg. Pretty good considering the EPA highway estimate was 26.

    Tire replacement and gas mileage are certainly factors to consider in evaluating the overall cost of ownership. But also consider that, in 2.5 years and 18k+ miles, I spent less than $300 in total maintenance, including 4 Mobil One oil changes. And, probably most importantly, the car holds it's value exceptionally well.

    The S2000 is probably the most prudent way to get serious sports car performance at a reasonable price. Something like a Miata would be cheaper if you are going to "nurse" a car along, but the S2000 is in a different performance league and approaches the Boxster S. So sneak the keys away from your wife every once in awhile and enjoy it for what it's designed for.
  • Everything habitat mentioned applies here as well. I only have 4700 miles on my 04' so I am a ways away from my first tire replacment, but 15k is a good mark to expect from what I hear. Drive it harder and that number goes down, but drive it sanely (like I do) and you may be able to milk a few extra miles.

    My mileage before I put her away for the winter was about 24 mpg for my around town commute with a few highway blasts here and there, and I managed 30! mpg on a tank of mostly highway miles through the back roads of NH and Vermont.

    BTW, if you happen to have access to an area like this, you'll find that the attributes of the S2000 really shine. A truely rewarding experience.

    Anxiously counting the days until Springtime... :cry:
  • Here, in Houston, there is really no winter, you can drive it all year long. In fact I drove it to work today with the top down.


    2006 Red S2000
  • How do you like your 06'? I haven't driven the new model yet so I am curious how the DBW is for feedback. I hear the new seats are quite comfy even though they are more generic design.

    S2ki N.E. still has no 06's in the club yet. Congrats!
  • The '06 is awesome and comfortable, however I didn't have an earlier model so I don't have anything to compare to.

    The DBW seems to provide good feedback, but I haven't even gotten the engine broken in yet so I am still driv'n easy.

    I have DBW on a 2005 Accord 6-speed and the S2000 seems to have better, quicker feedback response.

    Cruis'n Double sixes,

  • Accord 6-speeder. Nice compliment for your S. :D

    The wife has been looking at TL's for a Summer/Fall purchase. She had a 2000 Accord V6 coupe that she raves about daily. Maybe I should steer her into the new one as well...

    hmmm. :D
  • All, my 1st tank (assuming the Dealer DID fill 'er up) showed about 23.3 '06 S2000, still being mostly gentle, around town...
    Guess I'm new, what's DBW? thx...
  • Was seriously looking at '05s, drove 3 of 'em, for 10 - 20 mi each...the '06 (must be the seats?) felt significantly "larger" that the '05, my wife felt the same way. Don't know how, as the internal dimns are all the same, but...
  • DBW - Drive By Wire. Electronic throttle on 2006. It seems to be repsonsive though.

    Caution on Invidia exhaust the hangers must have changed for 2006s if you hook upo the resonator rubber grommet, it pulls the exhaust to the frame, rattle at idel and bad bad resonance at 5K RPM. If you reposition the rubber grommet to be between the hanger it corrects the problem. Ran a wire through a warpped around each hanger so that it won't shift.

    Rick's Voodoo shift crome shift knob is awesome lowers shfter by almostr an inch.


  • S2000 Experts:
    Please assist with my attempt to verify Invoice price for '06 S2000 of $30,633(Edmunds) + $550(shipping)= $31,183. I have read another post stating Invoice for '06 is $31,333.49 and hold-back is $1,021.50, with the statement, "dealership has $30,311.99 invested in the car." I may make on offer in March for an '06. Also, I called Honda 'customer assistance' to learn when the last batch of '06 S2000s would be produced in Japan, and none of assistants could confirm that 2006 was last year for S2000. Thank you in advance and best regards.
  • That mileage will rise during breakin. What kind of route did you go? Lot of stoplights?
  • The seats have been redesigned for the 06' model. They may be a smidge wider. I personally find my 04' seats to be the most supportive, comfortable ones this side of Volvo :surprise: :D
  • Those voodoo kits are awesome. I was pondering the same thing for my car. :)
  • eehh, a mix, really - my commute is only 8 - 9 mi, with a good long stretch of about 3 mi, 4-lane, straight to a gate. Mostly also tooling around the area, w/some 4-lanes n stoplights, some in 35-ish areas thru neighborhoods. Trying to do the proper thing by varying RPMs during breakin period...not over 5500, of course, per the manual.
  • Hi,
    I got my 2002 S2K (24500 Miles, Hardtop, Formula red, Grille Inserts, Injen Cold airflow intake, meticulously cared for) ten days ago.
    Being the SUV driver that I have been almost all my driving years, I ran the front right wheel into a tiiiny pot hole (which was big enough for an S2000, apparently :cry: ) and scraped the wall of the tire and promptly blew it. New tire is in order at BJs- I am now riding with the spare donut on the front(?!) passenger side. It has been inflated to about 36 PSI of air; My question is this :confuse: : I feel that it kind of pulls to the right and if I take my hands off the steering wheel, I am definitely dragging to the right. Is that normal with the donut (which of course is smaller) or did I also manage to knock the alignment off??
    Even if that is the case, I realize it is not a big deal, but it just feels miserable seeing my poor baby acting imperfect, no thanks to my own carelessness :mad: ....
  • hondaheadhondahead Posts: 10
    Sorry about the misfortune.. :cry: I've been trying to be careful too, esp about curbs w/the low front air scoop...wish it was about .5in higher
    bet the pull is usual, should return to normal w/correct tire/wheel - donut is temp only, don't drive too long :confuse:
  • hondaheadhondahead Posts: 10
    OK, one more update - another 300ish mi, this time 25.5mpg overall. not as good as my ol' '81 civic did, abt 32 in town, 36 hwy, but...

    Jeez, hit the +6000 zone yesterday for 1st time - holy smoke! felt to me like a turbo or nitro kicked in. Abbsolutely lovin' it!!!!!! :P
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