2001 Honda S2000 Reviews

2001 Honda S2000 from Greece

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Still the finest roadster available to the poor enthusiast

Faults:

Nothing yet. Transmission is a little noisy, but that's expected on an 8 year old car.

General Comments:

Well, after several months as a daily driver, I can only say that this car continues to put a smile on my face every time I get into it.

I'm not young, nor rich, I'm 31 and I saved to buy this car second hand as my first serious sports car, and it hasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The grin that spreads when the magic VTEC moment hits is still worth every cent of the increased fuel consumption when the second set of cams cuts in. I absolutely love it, and the look on passenger faces as the revs climb and the speed increases is a highly entertaining blend of exhilaration and fear. I am still taking every opportunity to take passengers for a 'ride'.

The fuel economy is great if you don't VTEC, but it drinks a bit when you drop the hammer. I'm averaging about 25mpg which is fine considering I do cane it often.

Comfort is an area this car seems to fall down in many reviews, but I find it fits me like a finely tailored shoe. I'm 6'2" and fit comfortably, the seat is not even all the way back (but nearly). Any 6 footers having trouble, are not sitting in the correct position, stop trying to lay down when you drive!! There's lots of headroom with the roof on too. The lack of a cup holder for those Sunday Starbucks trips is disappointing, but I've taken to using the netting in the passenger footwell, which is fine as long as you aren't testing the car's lateral G capabilities (which are astounding, IF you can drive, if you CAN'T drive, don't push it, the car will kill you if you disrespect it, wet or dry).

The handling in general is amazing, but this is not news. There are two things that are a complete no-no though (at least in the AP1 that has no traction control), do NOT step on the clutch while cornering at speed, and do NOT cross the VTEC line (6k rpm) with the wheel turned. This car will punish you for mistakes at speed, but handles just like any other 2l car when driving normally (ie very safe and neutral).

The steering is very precise, the brakes very sharp, and the gearbox feel is indescribable, click, click, click.

Owners be VERY aware... The original Bridgestone tires that come on the car (in 225/50/16 size) have the tireprint of a 245 tire! Strange but true. When replacing the rear tires, always use 245/45, which is sadly a rare tire (Toyo T1Rs are a good choice in this size though).

Lastly, can't finish this without mentioning that Honda announced recently... No more S2000, and for now, no replacement. This car has just become a classic. Enjoy!

Bottom line... If driving is your passion, this car is for you. If all you want is a good looking roadster for going from a to b, something else less edgy might suit you better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2009

2001 Honda S2000 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Performance bargain of the century!

Faults:

The only fault has been a leaking hood, which the dealer said they had never seen before. It took a couple of attempts to cure, but both the dealer and Honda tech support were excellent.

The car was subject to a recall to improve lubrication to the cylinder head which was carried out with no fuss and Honda have extended the warranty on the engine.

The car does use quite a lot of oil, particularly if driven hard it will use about 1L per 1,000 miles.

General Comments:

I used to drive a Saab 900 convertible , which had great performance in a straight line, but was scary round bends!

I drove an Intergra R and was immediately hooked on the stunning performance.

The S2000 is even better than the R, below 6,000 revs the engine is docile and around town the car is easy to drive. Get out of town and wind it up and the performance is electric, almost turbo like in delivery.

I have read a lot of comments about the handling, but I have had no problem. Yes it commands respect in the wet, as with any powerful RWD car (especially without nanny electronics!). In the dry the handling is simply awesome. I have been lucky enough to do regular track days where the majority of the other cars have been Porkers, mostly 911's and with the exception of one or two indecently powerful cars the S2000 laps in similar or quicker times in the dry and quicker in the wet.

A very wet Castle Coombe did see me go for an excursion across the grass, but mine was pointing the right way for more of the time than the several Elise's present on the day!

On the road it is better equipped than an Elise, and less tiring over a long distance (although it would not be my car of choice for regular long motorway trips due to the gearing).

My only criticisms are the rear screen (plastic) and poor stereo, both of which have been addressed in the new model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2003

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 7 reviews