1999 Honda S2000 Reviews

1999 Honda S2000 2.0 VTec petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 VTec petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carSkoda Fabia

Summary:

Sublime. Buy one, you won't be disappointed

Faults:

I cracked the plastic back window by lowering the roof on a cold day.

As with all V-Tec engines, I have to check the oil regularly, as it can suddenly drop rapidly & seize the engine.

General Comments:

I have wanted an S2000 for 11 years; ever since they came out in 1999, I have lusted after this car. The twin pipes, the pineapple hoop tail lights, the standard HID headlights, the ageless looks of this vehicle gave me a pang of envy every time one bunny hopped past me with an undeserved driver at the helm.

I read all the reviews, journalists raved about this 2 seater. So the day I set butt behind the wheel of this legend, you might say I had high expectations.

One of the first things you notice is that this is an incredibly easy car to drive; the clutch is light, and the gear stick is short and moves about an inch from one gear to the next. The seats are Recaro & hug you like a bean bag.

The rev counter is very clever, it is like an amber rainbow that becomes more complete the higher the revs climb. This means you can read it using your peripheral vision, enabling you to remain focused on more important things, like the apex of the next corner.

The S2000 is easy to whisk along before the V-Tec, you can still hang the tail out on any damp or greasy surface below 6,000 rpm, and it is surprisingly easy to correct.

Some people have reported that the early S2000s are snappy, but I wouldn't agree. In the dry, due to high levels of grip, the rear end needs some loud pedal persuasion to break away, and it can go quite suddenly. But unless you're day dreaming, the obligatory opposite lock can be administered without any issues.

On the road, the car makes you feel like you're traveling faster than you are, yet it's as comfortable as a Civic. No glove box makes the interior feel slightly lacking for the first few weeks, until you make use of the storage bin between the seats.

The hood is rapid at raising or lowering, and if you snip a particular wire under the dash, this can be done while the car is in motion.

Overall it is a fantastic package, it is a very reliable steed that you can track day on the weekend, drive to work during the week, and it won't miss a beat.

Drive it before the V-Tec and you can get as many as 36 miles per gallon.

Still not convinced? How many cars do you know that can still fetch a quarter of their list price 12 years later? Since they barely depreciate, buy one and it'll cost you less to run than VW Polo Bluemotion.

A summary of the Honda S2000 are 3 words that are repeated to me time and time again by petrol station attendants, randoms on the street or those kind enough to push me out of a snow drift. "Cool Car mate".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2011

6th Jan 2011, 16:00

I agree. The S2000 is well ahead of its time.

Even among the mouth watering drophead coupes of today, the S2000 looks confident.

What surprises me is the way a ten year old car with a hundred thousand miles on the clock can run so beautifully.

1999 Honda S2000 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla GTS

Summary:

Absolutely a high performance bargain

Faults:

Two factory recalls for:

(a) Replacement tonneau cover (interfered with a passenger seat belt).

(b) A problem with the seat belt retractor assembly.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

Poor ergonomics in terms of armrest placement, window and mirror control placement, lack of clock, noise, poor speaker placement. But hey, it's a sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2000

3rd May 2001, 08:50

Hi my name is John and I think that the Honda S2000 is one of the best cars that are round. It has all the things that a sports car should have.

25th Aug 2001, 21:33

I'm puzzled... they didn't make this car in 1999... this must be a 2000. I, too, have one. A silver 2000 and, though I love it, it isn't for everybody. I consider it a toy and wouldn't want to drive it every day. Make sure you have another car to drive most of the time as this is a true race car... stiff, fast and you can feel every pebble.

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews