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Used Honda S2000 Overview

If you haven't driven a Honda S2000 ... do it! It's quite an experience to say the least. Yes, we all know the S2000 is gorgeous. Well, the drive is "gorgeous" too! Actually, no surprise there ... it's a Honda. In fact, this high-revving sports car got a 5-star J. D. Power Rating for "Mechanical Quality".

Unfortunately, while the S2000 can still be seen out there from time to time, they are fairly tough to find for sale. But if you do find one, it's likely to be in very good shape because owners have usually taken very good care of these special cars.

With a 6-speed manual-only gearbox and a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 9,000 rpm (pre-2004) without a turbo or being supercharged, the Honda S2000 performs more like a race car than a sports car. It's just one fine piece of machinery.

Used Honda S2000 Convertible (2007)

For those possible interested in a used Honda S2000, here's some background information which may help narrow down your model year choice.

The two-seater Honda S2000 rear-wheel-drive roadster was produced for the 2000 through 2009 model years. No matter the year, the S2000 coupled a high-winding, high-performance inline four-cylinder engine with an exceptionally balanced chassis.

With its debut in 2000, the Honda S2000's 2.0-liter inline-4 produced more horsepower per liter than any other naturally aspirated engine available anywhere. In 2002, the short-throw shifter was smoothed out, a glass rear window with a defogger was added and the audio system was upgraded. There was also some minor design revisions, including a new shift knob, some silver trim accents in the cabin and chrome taillight rings. Some used S2000s can be found with the optional aluminum hardtop which also was introduced in 2002.

In 2004, the 2.2-liter engine made its debut and shorter gearing was added for the 6-speed transmission's lower four gears, giving it a snappier performance at lower engine speeds. In addition, some suspension tweaks were made to make the super-responsive S2000 a bit more forgiving of non-expert drivers. Tire size was also increased from 16 inches to 17.

Used Honda S2000 shoppers should also note that the 2008 model year ushered in the CR model, revised the gauge cluster and made high-speed stability improvements.

Used 2004 Honda S2000 Roadster

For the 2009 model year, the S2000's last, two models were produced: the standard model and the racetrack-oriented CR (Club Racer). Powering both was a lively 2.2-liter inline-4 with an 8,200-rpm redline paired with its short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. The standard model featured leather upholstery, lightweight 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, a power-top with a glass rear window and defroster, keyless entry, HID headlights, stability control and an 8-speaker CD stereo system. Some of these can also be found with the optional aluminum hardtop.

The S2000 CR dropped the air conditioning, the stereo and the power top to shed weight, but added a lightweight removable hardtop, a beefier and more rigid structure, track-oriented suspension settings and aerodynamic body revisions.

Overall, the S2000's reputation for both performance and reliability, along with fairly strong resale values, has made the S2000 a very strong choice for driving enthusiasts in the preowned market.

Best Price?

Used Honda S2000 CR Convertible (2009)

Well, in the case of the S2000, I'd have to say it's really tough to get a great deal because so few are available at any one time which usually eliminates pitting one seller against another. I guess just keep your eyes peeled for a private seller who needs to unload one for one reason or another.

Another possibility would be to continually checkout Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area, and perhaps beyond. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there can also be absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.

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