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Honda S2000 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Okay, more follow up to my story about the 2007 S2000 with the dashboard defect.

    Well guys, apparently Honda Customer Relations watches this forum & other Honda forums like a hawk, because the lady with whom I spoke from Honda Customer relations I previously mentioned called & expressed her discontent with my posts here & in other forums, questioning Honda Customer Relations services. (Maam... if you're reading this, I am not trying to target you personally, but rather the process to which I am subjected to, & the threat from your supervisor that the warranty may not be covered, since the big isolated voids under the dash could've been caused by me cleaning the dashboard with Armor All)

    The vehicle was installed with a new dashboard (no voids!), & I picked it up yesterday. The dashboard was replaced by Honda, but in the process there are some resultant scratches on the top of the instrument cluster, plus there are clearly gaps & looseness between the dashboard & the cluster itself. It is not well integrated as when I first purchased it. After I picked up the vehicle yesterday, I stopped into look at a new S2000 on the lot & took note of the obvious fit differences. The cluster will now be replaced due to these scratches, per the Service Adviser, but I am just told by Customer Relations (lady I mentioned above) that I should not expect the fit to ever be factory condition, no other adjustments could be made, & that the case will be closed.

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    To Honda Customer Relations:
    My car today has 1200 miles on it. I brought the defect to Honda's attention when the car had been driven barely 3 days. I don't enjoy this experience. In fact, I am under a lot of stress because of this, having to deal with this process of trying to get the new car properly fixed. And if it remains improperly fixed, I expect that Honda to honor the warranty until it is properly fixed.
    ..........................................

    Luckily, Honda of Thousand Oaks have been EXTREMELY helpful & supportive throughout the ordeal; so far, I still can't say the same about Honda Customer Relations. So if Honda of Thousand Oaks is reading this, I want to take the opportunity to thank them for their professionalism & sincerity.

    Thanks to everyone for listening! I'll keep you posted as things develop.
  • drewpadrewpa Posts: 2
    I'd like to share my recent buyer experience with you. I just bought a new 2006 S2000 from Scott Honda in West Chester, PA. This is the fourth Honda I've bought from them since May 2004, and I've been very happy with the car-buying experience there.

    Before I shop there, I get quotes from other dealers in the area. Scott does not seem to participate in the various "get an online quote" services, including the one at Edmunds, but it's the closest Honda dealer for me.

    They have had a leftover 2006 S2000 on the lot for a while now, and I've been going back and forth on whether to buy it or not. I finally decided to do it on Saturday, 12/30.

    Here's the final deal:

    MSRP: $34,600
    Invoice: $31,228
    Mfr to Dealer Support - $750
    Sales Price: $30,222
    Taxes: $1813.32
    Tags & Dealer Doc Fees: $142.15
    Total Out-the-door: $32,177.97

    I feel like this was a pretty good deal. Any thoughts?

    Drew
  • mt99mt99 Posts: 1
    I bought a 2006 in December and gave $29,000. That is not too bad of a deal for you given the taxes in SC are only $300 which would make the totals just about equal.
  • Drew - If I recall, they had black and silver leftover 06's. I've heard wonderful things about Scott Honda. Being a Wilmington, DE resident I decided to purchase a black S2000 from Union Park in Wilmington, DE. Purchased on Dec. 26 for 28,500 including Musiclink. Purchased hardtop after sale. I didn't want to pay 2.75% tax. Hardtop due to arrive 1/17. I couldn't be happier with this decision. What a fantastic vehicle!

    Congrats on your new whip!!!
  • i saw one in san antonio at gunn honda it was yellow with 25k miles and was like 24 or 25k....while i was picking up my pilot.
  • drewpadrewpa Posts: 2
    Khanderton - You're absolutely right - Scott Honda did have a silver (now mine!) and a black leftover '06 s2000. We have been very pleased with Scott Honda - have bought a 2004 CRV, 2006 CRV, 2006 Civic and now the 2006 s2000 there.

    It sounds like you got a great deal. How do you like the Musiclink? I have heard mixed opinions about its usefulness, but I've been thinking about getting it installed. Also - tell me about the hardtop - are you glad you got it? What did that cost? I looked into it a little bit, and it was hard to find any good info on it - is $3000 the list price?

    By the way - I love the car. We've been lucky enough to have some great weather here in the Philly area in the 3 weeks since I bought the car, and it has been a blast riding around the country roads in the area - it has all the handling I had hoped for, and more! Alas, the weather has turned, and we have snow and salt on the road, so the s2000 is taking a winter nap for now.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    "Also - tell me about the hardtop - are you glad you got it? What did that cost? I looked into it a little bit, and it was hard to find any good info on it - is $3000 the list price?"

    I had a 2002 S2000 for 2.5 years and 19,000 miles. Did NOT buy the hardtop after getting (good) advice from several fellow S2000 owners. Some factors in the decision were (1) although light and relatively easy to take on and off, it is a bit of a pain to store. (2) Having it on defeats the spontaneity of droping the top, even in cool weather. (3) It's not highly sound insulated and some thought it made the interior too loud - i.e. like an echo chamber.

    I drove a lot of my 19,000 miles in the fall, winter and spring months in DC with the top down. With the tight cockpit and good aerodynamics, I found 45-50 degree weather to be bearable with the heater set at the "torso" setting. As you are hopefully aware, the S2000 is a terror to drive in even 1/2 inch of snow. So what the hardtop gives you is a little more comfort when the weather is cold, but the roads clear. Not a lot of return on investment, in my opinion.

    One S2000 owner that got one, offered to sell me his top for $1,250, since when he was selling the car, no one wanted it.
  • In order to save a couple grand, I was looking at used 2005's with low miles in the Wash, D.C area. Low miles probably indicate (at least to me!)that the car was not used for daily commuting. Internet pricing seems to be around $26 thousand. However, if a left over new 2006 can be had for $29 grand, I may need to adjust my thinking. Anybody had any purchase experience in either Northern VA or suburban MD with left over 2006 or late model used?
    Thanks,
    Dave
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    The good and bad news is that the S2000 has excellent resale value. Great if you buy a new one, but you won't save a ton of money going used, and you give up the opportunity to have broken in the car yourself.

    I traded my 2002 S2000 for $22,500 when it was 2.5 years old, with 19k miles. I could have sold it privately in the DC area for $24-25k, if I wanted to go through the hassle. If you are looking at a 1-2 year old S2000 and only going to save $3,000 to $4,000 (10-15%), I'd go new, and get the full 3/36 warranty. A full set of tires alone will run close to $1,000 and will likely be needed around 20k miles or sooner.

    Lastly, if we were talking about an MDX, break-in is no big deal. But on an S2000, proper break in is crucial to long term performance. That alone to me is worth a lot. When I bought my current 911S Cab, I shopped like a maniac to find a dealer (Baltimore) that gave me $10k+ off the MSRP on a brand new car. But I would have required double that discount, to take a used one or demo with even 1,000 miles.
  • "How do you like the Musiclink?"

    Musiclink w/ the Honda TTS Software is pretty cool. The software allows you to search for music by Playlist, Artist, Genre, & Album using text to speech commands over the radio. Choose your mode, then listen for a category, and then select it. 10x better than just a plain old Aux in IMHO.

    "Also - tell me about the hardtop - are you glad you got it? What did that cost? I looked into it a little bit, and it was hard to find any good info on it - is $3000 the list price?"

    Paid $3000 online and had it shipped to Honda dealer for install. Honda billed me for 2hrs for install at $85/hr. I'm sure a body shop could do it for less, but since the part is OEM, I wanted Honda to be responsible. I love the hardtop. It looks fabulous inside and out. Feels like a coupe for the winter months. Also it significally improves the blind spot on the drivers side. It may be pricey, but I highly recomend it. :shades:
  • Thanks for the feedback. What you say makes a lot of sense. Think I'll forget about used and work on the best new deal I can find.
  • Well, I found a new 2006 for $29,000 over the weekend. I'm now the happy owner of a silver S2000! Can't wait for warmer weather.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Congratulations on a great deal. I paid $32,000 for a 2002 in November of 2001, drove it for 2.5 years and 20k miles and traded it for $23,200, which I consider an very good deal for a lot of fun. Given your purchase price, you will likely do quite a bit better.

    By the way, were there 2007's available and, if so, what were they asking on those?
  • Thanks. I was happy with the price. Had another offer for $29,300 so the dealers seem motivated to move the remaining 2006's.

    There are 2007's available. Since there are no differences between the 2006 and 2007, and I tend to keep cars a long time , I didn't seriously price a 2007. At $29,000 I had reached about the limit of what I was willing (and able) to pay for a car I won't be driving every day.
  • I work at a dealership and leases are not always a bad deal they just usually are. You just have to negotiate the deal as you would a purchase. Look at actual residual values, not the ones the dealer gives you, then add up your total payments and money down, then see if its a good deal. Remember to ask about their dint and ding policy because some are atrocious. It is ridiculous to think that someone would drive a car for several years and not get a scratch on it. If anyone in the Dallas area needs any help at all let me know, no one can beat me on a deal, period.
  • acceleratoraccelerator Posts: 136
    John Jackson,

    What dealership do you work at? I'm in the market.
  • rujorujo Posts: 132
    The latest CarDeals newsletter (www.checkbook.org) reports $2000 dealer cash incentives on 2007 S2000's.
  • I keep hearing about people getting new S2K's for 29K + fees, and I am wondering if anyone can recommend a dealership in or around Colorado that is making these great deals. I want to lease for 36 months with 0 down, and open to 48 months, if it makes sense.

    With the current S2K promotion the best deal I have been able to get so far today is:

    0 down, 36 month lease, 12k per year, $470 month + tax
    0 down, 48 month lease, 12k per year, $430 month + tax

    Price of vehicle: $30,787.16

    These payments are based on Honda Finance leasing, with super preferred tier.

    If I can get the car at Invoice - $2000 + $595 lease acquisition fee = $423.66 + tax, I would lease it right away. Anyone know where I can get a deal like this? Thanks in advance for any input.
  • tonyr313tonyr313 Posts: 13
    2007 black s2000, i was offered a lease deal of $5000 out of pocket at signing and $320/month for 36 months @ 12k miles/year. includes all taxes, fees, etc. the cap cost i worked was invoice less 1800 i believe (leaving the dealer the extra 200 from honda). good deal?
  • acceleratoraccelerator Posts: 136
    Does not sound like a good deal in my opinion. What price did you negotiate, do you have good credit, do you have a trade-in?
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