Birkin S3 Reviews from North America

2000 Birkin S3 Super 7 2.0 Zetec Dunnell

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Zetec Dunnell Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles
Previous carTriumph GT6+

Summary:

Get your own

Faults:

Lower A arms bent from too many potholes and agressive street driving.

Wiring shorts from poor original harness.

General Comments:

Most fun I've had with my... well you know the rest.

Unbelieveable performance, unlike my GT6 the bolts come apart when they need to and the brakes don't fade.

Quick, 1250 lbs, 230hp, sticks, brakes and makes $60K+ cars look like a melted piece of lead on the track.

A great modern version of Chapman's original with reliability and even greater performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2008

2001 Birkin S3 1965 Lotus 7 Replica 2.0 Zetec

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Zetec Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1500 miles
Most recent distance4800 miles
Previous carChevrolet K2500

Summary:

One word: WOW!

Faults:

Headlight circuit blows fuses - well, I just drive it in the daytime; however, I would like them to work!

General Comments:

WOW! This car is a rocket with about 1250 pound curb weight and a warmed over 2.0 liter Zetec, it is seriously quick.

The handling is out of this world. Drives like a race car, rides like a race car, it is a race car with street equipment.

Not my only car, thank God! I have a C3500 truck for hauling and a 1948 MG TC for its looks. Had a 2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-Motion until it got totalled out in a freak hailstorm about a month ago. Hope to replace the Passat with a Miata so I will have to choose between three of the greatest sportcars in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2006

2nd Jul 2007, 21:22

The wiring on 2000-2001 year Birkins is truly abysmal. I believe that they improved the wiring from the 2002 model year onwards. If you have a year 2000 Birkin, do like I did. Rip out the wiring, and install a custom Painless Wiring harness.

The car, though, is fantastic. How many other vehicles can you get for <$30K that will run with a Porsche 911 on the racetrack?

Jeff.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews