Here are the latest reader Qs – and my replies!
Eric – after reading your obituary on the Honda S2000, I want one! Can you give me some advice to narrow my search? What model years offer best value? Are the detuned 2004-2009 versions worth considering? Really enjoy your columns. Thank you.
As with any used car, I’d look for the one with the lowest miles in the best overall condition that my budget would allow. Put another way, I’d rather buy a well-kept/low-miles “detuned” 2004-2009 model than an earlier model that was run at the track every weekend and is now badly tired.
The good news is there is a lot factory (Honda) and aftermarket support for these cars, so getting necessary parts is not difficult. And, they are Hondas – amazingly durable/reliable cars (like the NSX). Honda is the only major car company that also has extensive experience with very high-RPM street engines; they just happen to mostly be motorcycle engines!
Have you got a friend who knows these cars who can go with you to look at candidates? If not, I’d recommend making an inspection by a Honda dealer or independent shop competent to do so a condition of sale.
PS: Keep in mind that you can readily modify/update the “detuned” later models to be as razor sharp as the earlier versions. They main thing is finding a good car to start with.
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