2001 Honda S2000 Reviews from North America

2001 Honda S2000 AP1 2.0 VTEC

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.0 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Best sports car ever made

Faults:

The clutch slave cylinder was replaced at around 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

This has been one of the most reliable and fun cars I have ever owned. I would still have this car, had I not crashed it when I spun out on the freeway and got hit by a large truck.

Safety - For being so small, this car is very safe. This car handles so well you should be able to avoid and out handle any problems you may encounter. I was hit by a lifted F-150 at highway speeds, and I walked away with only a stiff neck.

Performance - This car is blast when it's revved up to VTEC range. I've had this car up to 130mph, and it used to cruise ever morning at 90mph on the way to work. The transmissions shifts are short and smooth. This car is a joy to shift.

Economy - I drove this car pretty hard... I averaged around 20 MPG.

Downsides - This car is absolutely terrible in the snow. The limited slip does help a lot, but it's still a 2750 lb rear wheel drive sports car.

Loved every minute in this car... never saw a check engine light or a engine temp above normal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2014

2001 Honda S2000 2.0 Gasoline

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

I love it, even with my car's problems!

Faults:

My differential locked up and was replaced at 25,000 miles.

The transmission grinds from 1st gear to 2nd gear.

My transmission is whining and growling. The entire assembly is being replaced at 29,000 miles.

My rear axles make unusual clicking noises. Dealer visit fixed it temporarily, but the noise has returned.

General Comments:

Overall I like the car, however, I will be purchasing the extended warranty to 7 years / 100,000 miles. It is inexcusable to have the types of problems I have described in a brand new car. Fortunately my problems have been covered, no questions asked, under the standard warranty.

It is important to monitor engine oil level at every fuel fill stop, especially during the break-in period. Mine drinks about 1.5 quarts between oil changes.

The rear plastic window is difficult to clean properly, even with the proper supplies. You need to be a contortionist to get good access to it. It fogs up quickly from all of the plastic interior pieces "off-gassing". Fortunately this has been remedied with the 2002 model year: it has a glass rear window with an electric defogger.

Since this is a sports car, wear is extreme with the stock tires. There are harder compounds available that will extend tire life, but I enjoy the handling characteristics of the stock tires. I got 12,000 miles from the back tires, going on 29,000 miles on the front tires. Your mileage may vary.

On the positive side, the car is unique and attention grabbing. Its styling is great!

It handles better than any car I've ever driven.

The engine is magnificent and makes lots of power from 6,000 rpm to its 9,300 rpm red-line.

The shifting action of the transmission is smooth and precise.

The trunk space is limited, but you can carry more than a Miata and a MR2-Spyder combined.

The seats are comfortable for a 6 foot tall, 180 lb person.

It's a convertible!

Options? What options? The car comes with everything you need. A/C, cruise, power windows, power locks, power convertible top, ABS, CD player, and remote key-less entry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2002

2001 Honda S2000 2.0

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance4830 miles
Previous carPorsche Boxster

Summary:

The closest thing to sports car perfection

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is a pure sportscar with amazing refinement. Fit and finish are superb.

The 6 speed transmission and clutch are the smoothest I have ever used (Vette, Supra Turbo, Porsche, Z28, MR2 Turbo, Viper).

The ride is smooth with excellent feel and virtually no body roll. The 50/50 balance and light weight make this car a blast to drive.

Acceleration is amazing with a 6k rpm clutch release and then shift at 8k rpm and just hold on!

This is the best sports car I have ever owned at any price! I am also 6' 3" and 215 lbs, most cars do not handle my size well (Z3 and Boxster). The Vette was comfortable as well.

Maintenance costs are only $21 every 7,500 miles for an oil change.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2001

12th Oct 2002, 04:23

The S2K is a fine car, but it is far from perfection in my experience. The electrical steering lacks sufficient feedback considering the skittish rear end, which combined with the lack of progressive torque to help control the rear with the throttle it makes for a very scary experience in anything other than warm, dry conditions.

The build is fantastic though, and it fits like a glove. In a hot country its probably the best car you can buy. In the UK, a Boxster is a better all-weather funster in my opinion.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews