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An interesting car the S2000. My good lady has one and she loves it to bits, but then she is 5ft 2in tall and it fits her perfectly. I on the other hand at 6ft 3in have a little more trouble, and can only drive it for short periods of time before I become crippled!
If you fit, as a car it is still a brilliant device. It is direct and mechanical even if the steering is a little numb. The engine is terrific and the handling is interesting to say the least, especially in the wet. Other manufacturers could probably take a lesson or two from this car and how it feels, despite the design being nearly ten years old. To top it all off, the car feels (and so far as been) bullet proof.
Probably the best way to sum it up is a classic car for those people that don't want the hassle. No it won't appeal to everyone, but anyone with an ounce of petrol running through their blood will love it!
It's all about the twisties........
I've been thinking of getting a used one - the prices are stupidly low for early-ish, low mileage examples. This is a car that I would put in the same class as the Boxster, but you can pick one up for half the price - plus I would think its probably reasonably affordable to run?
I think the article's comparison to an MX-5 is a bit rich. Sure, there's a bit more space, but the Mazda has nowhere near the performance. Better to compare to the TT, but even as the article does this, it says the TT is cheaper. Sure it is, if you want a dashboard full of blanks where the toys should be hooked up. The Honda comes with a full complement of gadgets for the price, something which should be noted if price is your determining purchase factor.
It's interesting you say that. We have run both a Boxster and an S2000, and when we bought the S2K, it was a toss up between that and another Porsche.
From a financial point of view the S2000 will loose less money, is more reliable and costs less to service, although petrol consumption is about the same and the insurance is slightly higher.
From a practical point of view, the Porsche has a lot more room and has considerably more luggage space. Personally I prefer the handling of the Boxster, although the S2000 is more "exciting" in certain situations.
If I were to do it all again....... Tough question.
Due to my size, I would buy the Boxster, but either car is a good choice.
Thanks TegTypeR. I've not driven one yet but recently used a friend's Porsche Boxster 'S' for a few days which fits like a glove (great car incidentally but interior a little disappointing despite being full of gadgets and leather). I'm 5'9", do you think I would fit the S2000?
I'm 6' 2" and have no problem sitting comfortably in the S2000, so at 5' 9" you should be fine. But then again, I have knees that bend and things in my arms called elbows, both of which help in arranging seating adjustments.
Interesting this. A few years ago I tried Boxster and S2000. Porsche salesman at one point said to me something along the lines of 'nice engine in the honda but it belongs on a racetrack...' Combined with a feeling that while a great car, the Boxster just didn't excite me, that comment made my mind up for me. Got an early S2000 second hand for about £17k ran it for 18 months. A further 18 months down the line I'd missed it so much i got another.
Great car, cheap to run, always reliable. Downsides - Tight for space (I'm 6'3) - with seats designed for Japanese (at one stage I'd bloated to a point where I was wedged bewteen the bolsters), not a relaxing drive - not one for just cruising along. Did have a Z4 3.0 for a while, torque much easier on a day to day level, but until changed the runflats wouldn't go round corners properly, wheels never in contact with the road...
Main joy though the engine/gearbox combo - still the best I've come across.
Grown up now - into my comfort, so big current XJR. Still miss the S2 though...
Interesting... I think Honda have refined only the performance part of it. They've got the brakes to be very attentive it's great. I think you'll feel the difference with the gearbox if you know what the old car was like. This thing to say it's only small and it's not your Ferrari, 9000rpm!! That's pretty good revving! But the interior is hey ho, not special, not refined like the performance is.
But when Autocar said you shouldn't buy one; I agreed at first, but then, the more I read the article, the more I disagreed with the statement. The S2000 is epic. And it hasn't become a big o.u.t - yet.