An expert’s view...
TOM GANNON, TGM
“I’ve been racing and working on Hondas since 1991. The engines are really well engineered, the S2000’s especially. It’s designed for high revs and a long life. Standard mods don’t yield much, so we go the forced induction route with a supercharger. An HKS or Rotrex supercharger will increase power to around 360-380bhp and torque to 250lb ft. It spans 3000rpm to 9000rpm, making the car much more driveable. The kit costs around £4500 to £5000 supplied and fitted. We also recommend a brake, suspension and clutch upgrade.”
Honda S2000 problems - buyer beware…
Oil and filter (5W40 fully synthetic) every 9k miles or once a year. When the engine is hot, listen for timing chain tensioner rattle. It can fail at around 75k miles.
Clutch can pack up as early as 50k miles. Propshaft and diff are both strong, but inner joints of driveshafts can wear prematurely.
Poor anti-rust protection can cause suspension nuts, bolts and eccentric adjusters to seize. The bill for work and parts can be £750. Front compliance bush on the front lower wishbones can wear. Otherwise, suspension is strong.
Steering rack mounts can fail.
Calipers can seize, causing the car to pull to one side during braking.
Corrosion can be an issue because anti-rust protection was so poor.
Tough but spoiled by fragile plastic fittings, especially around the stereo.
This can leak near the windscreen pillars, so check for a damp carpet. It can develop a small tear where it’s pulled too tightly as well. Ensure the catches aren’t worn. If it’s a GT, check the hard-top stand is with the car.
Also worth knowing...
Honda’s approved used scheme covers qualifying cars up to eight years old and unlimited mileage. This means there are still some late S2000s at main dealers. One we found is a 2009 GT with 64k miles, priced at £13,995.
Honda S2000 prices - how much to spend?
Launch cars to 2002 with high mileage but some with full service histories.
Cherished, lower-mileage early cars plus a sprinkling of world-weary, high-mileage 2006-2007 cars.
Mid-mileage 2005-2007 cars including GTs, plus more low-mileage early ones.