2004 Honda S2000 2.2 VTEC from North America
It isn't a toy
The only problems I have had so far in my 10,000 miles is the passenger side roof clamp became loose. It began rattling and letting water in if I was driving in the rain. It was an easy DIY fix that I found on-line.
Honda wanted to charge me $800 for 60,000 mile tune up and top adjustment. I learned that all they were going to do is change oil and filter, air filter, check joints etc.. and only change the plugs a wire if they needed it and that would be extra cost. I was able get the oil changed (synthetic) for $70.00 fixed the top myself, changed the air filter (K&N) for $55.00 and checked the plugs myself and they were fine - NGK are good for 100,000.
There is considerable wear on the drivers seat bolster from the previous owner. The trick is to get you right leg in first, get your ass in, and then sit not slide down.
I have always wanted an S2000. Ever since they came out in 2000 I said that I was going to own one someday. After owning several VW including a 2006 GTI, the bug in my ear finally got too loud. I decided on the 2004 model because I wanted more torque and I like the styling updates to exterior and interior.
The car handles like a dream and is not nearly as twitchy as some people say it is, you just can't be an *&%# with it.
The engine is best of both worlds. Tool around under 5,000 and she is like my 06' Miata, then kick her to floor and let her sing and wow... what a sound and feeling.
I must say it did take me a while to get used to having so little torque, but once I adjusted it was fine.
I did drive the car on a 600 mile trip. Never did the engine noise get too much for me, and I found the seat to be comfortable. (I am only 5' 6" so I have a little room to spare)
It is also amazing how much you can get in the trunk. The cut out at the bottom is perfect for a small cooler.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2009