Honda S2000 values

Honda S2000 values

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vpr

2,996 posts

196 months

Saturday 6th June
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Yes, not over enamoured myself though it’s my nippers car and he’s only done 1000 miles in 2 years as he doesn’t like it.

Feels to me that you have to be revving it’s nuts off to get anywhere because of zero torque.

Great gearbox and fun car when in the mood. I like the look of it from the back but the front angle looks girly

griffter

3,470 posts

213 months

Saturday 6th June
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cheddar said:
No one else disappointed with these?

I bought an '06 20k mile minter, full history and almost indistinguishable from new but, engine aside, I never gelled with it mainly because the chassis and steering lacked feel and involvement.

I can kind of see the historic allure but the reality may not match expectation.
The later cars dialled out the edgy handling of the early cars, but in all likelihood it was down to wheel alignment and tyres. They’re very sensitive to both. Having previously had an Elise and a Boxster I’ve no complaints about the S2000.

Sevenon

108 posts

6 months

Saturday 6th June
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cheddar said:
No one else disappointed with these?

I bought an '06 20k mile minter, full history and almost indistinguishable from new but, engine aside, I never gelled with it mainly because the chassis and steering lacked feel and involvement.

I can kind of see the historic allure but the reality may not match expectation.
It's certainly a marmite car. I agree on the steering feel. The steering itself is fast and direct, but the feel is lacking. Chassis is fine, maybe you didn't have geo set up properly and didn't have the right tyres on yours?

For me, it's one of the most fun cars for the money. Personally, the car has an emotional attachment to me, so not just looking at the car as it is. This is why I would want another one in my garage. I wouldn't be able to live with it as a daily though. The cockpit is a bit too tight, no proper cup holders, nowhere really to put your phone, no cruise control, high revs even in 6th, not great when its icy on the roads, thin roof and noisy etc.

trails

775 posts

107 months

Saturday 6th June
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cheddar said:
No one else disappointed with these?

I bought an '06 20k mile minter, full history and almost indistinguishable from new but, engine aside, I never gelled with it mainly because the chassis and steering lacked feel and involvement.

I can kind of see the historic allure but the reality may not match expectation.
Steering is disappointing for sure, but I’d disagree with comments around the chassis. I find it quite communicative through your hips and bum, the front end responds really well to trail braking too. You end up driving the car much more through the feel of weight transfer across the front and rear axles than the steering input.

BevR

516 posts

101 months

Monday 8th June
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cheddar said:
No one else disappointed with these?

I bought an '06 20k mile minter, full history and almost indistinguishable from new but, engine aside, I never gelled with it mainly because the chassis and steering lacked feel and involvement.

I can kind of see the historic allure but the reality may not match expectation.
For me the experience is dominated by the engine and gearbox, the steering can be a little numb but the chassis is fairly communicative. I don't use mine much but I think one of the reasons I like it is that its so different to other cars to drive, its refreshing, if I had to use it everyday then I don't think I would last more than a few months. If I had a garage then I would probably go even further and get a Caterham.

Quickmoose

4,094 posts

81 months

Monday 8th June
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dry evening and weekend blast car.... makes the work/family white goods stuff seem massively anodyne.
I haven't driven much else to qualify the much rolled-out steering feel thing...never felt to me that it's such a big deal as to want anything else... at that budget and within that category anyway...

Looks wise, it's aged brilliantly, its neither as soft or 'feminine' as some or as angry/aggressive as others.... decent sweet spot IMO.

Never owned such a reliable car either...

BevR

516 posts

101 months

Monday 8th June
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Quickmoose said:
dry evening and weekend blast car.... makes the work/family white goods stuff seem massively anodyne.
I haven't driven much else to qualify the much rolled-out steering feel thing...never felt to me that it's such a big deal as to want anything else... at that budget and within that category anyway...

Looks wise, it's aged brilliantly, its neither as soft or 'feminine' as some or as angry/aggressive as others.... decent sweet spot IMO.

Never owned such a reliable car either...
I think the steering feel point is only against other older cars, there were still quite a few cars with hydraulic racks at the time weren't there?

I completely agree with your comment (in bold), i was looking at a couple of other cars at the time but the S2000 felt more of an event. The flaws like the lack of torque and rawness of the car in general are plus points for an occasional car (IMO).

Quickmoose

4,094 posts

81 months

Tuesday 9th June
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Maybe, mine is an 06 with EPS.... I simply can't feel anything that makes me think.... I'd get 'more' from anything similar.
I test drove them all. TT, Z4, Boxster/Boxster S, 350Z, Elise...all really enjoyable in a lot of ways, but with a history of free rev'ing NA cars..it was a slam dunk.
I get that as a daily it would wear thin very quickly, and perhaps that's where most of the others come to the fore.

But for me the only perceived downside is that most of mates have more solid/expensive cars, so I feel like a poor relation.
The reality of course is not that simple, and this thing gives me everything I need for those clear day blasts and even (despite the motorway revs) road trips through Europe.

Gio G

2,480 posts

167 months

Tuesday 9th June
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NorthernSky

561 posts

75 months

Tuesday 9th June
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Acquisition of points could mean I consider selling, depends how many they inflict upon me.

2004, 94k, outstanding FSH and one of four limes. frown


shantybeater

911 posts

127 months

Wednesday 10th June
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griffter said:
The later cars dialled out the edgy handling of the early cars, but in all likelihood it was down to wheel alignment and tyres. They’re very sensitive to both. Having previously had an Elise and a Boxster I’ve no complaints about the S2000.
Felt the same, didn't and still don't understand the 'vtec just kicked in' rubbish. What a load of hype that was/is

But, and a big but, the car just comes alive on the track. You have to be in that top power band which is just totally unsuited to road driving of any kind. Fortunately she was bought as a track car, and very much provides the step up over my supercharged mx5 (which had better steering and more torque, so more fun on the road).


Edited by shantybeater on Wednesday 10th June 18:53

griffter

3,470 posts

213 months

Tuesday 16th June
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NorthernSky said:
Acquisition of points could mean I consider selling, depends how many they inflict upon me.

2004, 94k, outstanding FSH and one of four limes. frown

I just saw you drive through Chepstow! Lime looks beautiful.
If you do need to sell, please PM me! My New Formula Red would love a companion!

Gio G

2,480 posts

167 months

Friday 19th June
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These prices just seem to keep rising in the US.. £41k for a mint low miles example...

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2007-honda-s2000...

Most I am seeing for the best examples in UK is £20k

G