Performance bargain of the century!
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.
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