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Dracoro

7,150 posts

131 months

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Friday 25th May 2012 quote quote all
Get them from Honda, they're not expensive.

Failing that, Brakes International sell them at a good price.

Lostprophet

2,078 posts

55 months

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Monday 28th May 2012 quote quote all
Pie n Chips said:
Owww same colour combo as mine, first one I've seen thumbup
There are not many around in this colour... it was I think an optional extra. Did look lovely.

The S2000 has gone... and now I have a V8 wink

DanL

1,612 posts

151 months

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Monday 28th May 2012 quote quote all
Lostprophet said:
There are not many around in this colour... it was I think an optional extra. Did look lovely.

The S2000 has gone... and now I have a V8 wink
How do you find the S5? I'm pondering one myself...

Gaz.

50,268 posts

137 months

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Tuesday 29th May 2012 quote quote all
Are there any good S2k specialists near or around the South Bucks area?

gbduo

66 posts

45 months

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Wednesday 30th May 2012 quote quote all
How South? TGM Sport is like the go to for most people but they are in Fleet/Farnborough. Dunno how close that is to you!
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C7 JFW

199 posts

105 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Well, I've had two s2k's over a period of 6 years. I adore the car, it's immense fun to drive, I can afford to tax, fuel, service and even do a few bits to it & they're so incredibly reliable.

I took my first to 130,000 miles and the second has gone from 30,000 to 62,000 (just) but I intend to drive it until it breaks. I've de-badged it, fitted a high-end stereo, different front bumper and after the major service i'm just about to do (I do all of mine myself, I'd never take my car to a main dealer), I'll treat it to some larger wheels, coilovers and a half-cage.

Outstanding cars, well engineered and once you swallow the insurance premium, relatively cost-effective to drive. Oh, and you can double the factory power using a supercharger or turbocharger and the standard engine will run reliably.

A lot of bang for your buck!

scz4

1,728 posts

127 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
^ Need to hear more stories like this smile

Just sold my M3 and I'm struggling with my search for a S2000 for the weekends. There seem to be lots with overdue servicing or generally in poor condition, budget tyres etc. But I'm in no rush, may hold off for a winter bargain. I'm hoping the S2000 will be the perfect compromise between performance (certainly enough for the road) and running costs, not to mention returning to topless motoring again smile

Edited by scz4 on Thursday 31st May 14:53

gbduo

66 posts

45 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
scz4 said:
^ Need to hear more stories like this smile

Just sold my M3 and I'm struggling with my search for a S2000 for the weekends. There seem to be lots with overdue servicing or generally in poor condition, budget tyres etc. But I'm in no rush, may hold off for a winter bargain. I'm hoping the S2000 will be the perfect compromise between performance (certainly enough for the road) and running costs, not to mention returning to topless motoring again smile

Edited by scz4 on Thursday 31st May 14:53
http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/953377-fs-53-plate-silverstone-s2000-with-red-leather/

http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/945791-fs-white-20...

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scz4

1,728 posts

127 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
^ Thanks for the link, but I'm looking for a mint Formula Red facelift car (2004-2006) with full Honda service history and low miles. Probably why I'm having trouble sourcing the right car smile Budget £8k to £10k.

C7 JFW

199 posts

105 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Fitting good quality tyres and filling them with Nitrogen is pretty much the first thing I did when I bought both of my s's.

They also respond well to anti-roll bar upgrades, alignment checks and front lower strut braces.

They will also thank you for being warmed up calmly during the first 10 minutes - it allows the usual things to warm, but most importantly tyres.

Uprating the power significantly there are plenty of people who have driven aggressively and lunched diffs, half-shafts and second gear in the gearbox. However, drive gently, and there are owners running original diffs and gearboxes with 4-600 bhp.

Most people whom upgrade the power level tend not to enhance performance beyond the 500 bhp point as it's near on useless beyond that point. It becomes exceptionally challenging to put down power past that point and the benefits/breakages scale takes a nose dive.

P.S. There are solutions available to strengthen all elements of the transmission and drivetrain successfully, however the cost is high.

C7 JFW

199 posts

105 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Also worth mentioning, as I haven't seen it previously, is the car's ability to get on with things without quibble.

Assuming you actually follow the prescribed fluid change/tyre care/bracing recommendations, the s will perform remarkably well in almost all weathers. I've driven mine in ice, snow, torrential rain and so on, all with goodyear eagle f1 tyres and it's always started first time.

I drove my first around europe on a 3,000 miles journey including the stelvio pass, lakes around Geneva, Italy and so on & when I returned home, all I did, was simply wash it, check the oil and I was able to drive it to work the following Monday morning without incident.

Standard brake calipers on the car with a fluid, pad & disc upgrade are exemplary too and offer almost un-surpassed stopping power so long as there are no sticking calipers. Few owners change them for this exact reason.

Dracoro

7,150 posts

131 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
C7 JFW said:
Fitting good quality tyres and filling them with Nitrogen is pretty much the first thing I did when I bought both of my s's.
I went for 78% nitrogen in mine winkbiggrin

havoc

21,199 posts

121 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Dracoro said:
C7 JFW said:
Fitting good quality tyres and filling them with Nitrogen is pretty much the first thing I did when I bought both of my s's.
I went for 78% nitrogen in mine winkbiggrin
Apparently that's quite a common choice...

Rich A

213 posts

45 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Does it make a noticeable difference over regular air?

russy01

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2,764 posts

67 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Rich A said:
Does it make a noticeable difference over regular air?
Yea it should drop your 0-60 to about 4.5seconds wink

carreauchompeur

12,842 posts

90 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
havoc said:
Dracoro said:
C7 JFW said:
Fitting good quality tyres and filling them with Nitrogen is pretty much the first thing I did when I bought both of my s's.
I went for 78% nitrogen in mine winkbiggrin
Apparently that's quite a common choice...
rofl

Actually, S2000s are rubbish at acceleration because you can't fold the rear seats down. Or indeed, have any. Apparently.

gbduo

66 posts

45 months

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
carreauchompeur said:
rofl

Actually, S2000s are rubbish at acceleration because you can't fold the rear seats down. Or indeed, have any. Apparently.
You can take the roof off though, that gives you warp speed.

WhiteBaron

1,094 posts

112 months

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Monday 4th June 2012 quote quote all
I'm thinking about getting one to autotest, the lsd and lack of electronics is a bonus

Lostprophet

2,078 posts

55 months

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Friday 15th June 2012 quote quote all
DanL said:
Lostprophet said:
There are not many around in this colour... it was I think an optional extra. Did look lovely.

The S2000 has gone... and now I have a V8 wink
How do you find the S5? I'm pondering one myself...
The S5 is nothing like the S2000. Thats a point I realised before purchasing the S5 and realise it even more after.

The best way to sum up the S5 is it is a refined crusing machine. It has power and grip which I love however it is not the most thrilling machine. I got to the stage with the S2000 where I did not like the ride and lack of comfort. I want more power in the S5, I feel the 354bhp is not enough.. maybe it is just me. I need something more powerful. Something with 500bhp like a XKR or something smaller and lighter like a 911S.

I do like the Audi, it serves a lot of purposes however I still want a more eager car. The issue is that the more eager it is the less refined it is too. I think the XKR maybe a good solution in 5 years time. I will have to wait and see. By then my kids will be 4 and 7! So space maybe an important factor so the X5 is defo an option!

You can tell I love my cars.. I am planning 5 years ahead. I started looking already! lol.

DanL

1,612 posts

151 months

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Friday 15th June 2012 quote quote all
Lostprophet said:
The S5 is nothing like the S2000. Thats a point I realised before purchasing the S5 and realise it even more after.

The best way to sum up the S5 is it is a refined crusing machine. It has power and grip which I love however it is not the most thrilling machine. I got to the stage with the S2000 where I did not like the ride and lack of comfort. I want more power in the S5, I feel the 354bhp is not enough.. maybe it is just me. I need something more powerful. Something with 500bhp like a XKR or something smaller and lighter like a 911S.

I do like the Audi, it serves a lot of purposes however I still want a more eager car. The issue is that the more eager it is the less refined it is too. I think the XKR maybe a good solution in 5 years time. I will have to wait and see. By then my kids will be 4 and 7! So space maybe an important factor so the X5 is defo an option!

You can tell I love my cars.. I am planning 5 years ahead. I started looking already! lol.
Thanks for the info - I think I'm now about at the same point you were. I still like the Honda, but I'm older than I was and something a little more refined would be good - a comfy cruiser for long weekends away and so on.

I'm thinking of either the S5 or Jag XK (not the R, sadly - a touch too expensive to buy and run!), but I've yet to drive either.

I'll pull my finger out and look at them seriously at some point over the summer!
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