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Old 04-02-2011, 07:38 AM
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Ready for an S2000

Hello from Northern Virginia ~ I recently sold my '06 Mustang GT, so my search for a low-mileage S2000 officially has begun. I always liked S2000s and sometimes kicked myself for not buying one instead of my Mustang in '06. Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:07 AM
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Welcome the "S" is so addicting = )
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:18 AM
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GL finding what you seek. Say goodbye to torque and hello to the ability to turn at whim.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:52 AM
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You will enjoy your test drives.

Do your research (here)

More used s2ks will appear as spring emerges.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:28 AM
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I went from an '06 Dodge Charger R/T to an S2000 about a month ago. I am very happy with the switch. I love the race car feeling of driving the S. I dont miss the 400 ft pounds of torque too much. Good luck in your sear h.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:38 AM
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Thanks for the welcome! Lurking on this forum for a while already has given me some great insight into the S2000. MutantCheese ~ you are right on the money about going from a Mustang to an S as being an exercise in trading torque for turning ability. When driving an S, I really noticed the absence of acceleration I felt in my Mustang, but man do these S2000's turn on a dime... big difference! Anyway, I am leaning towards an AP2, because it seems that the incremental changes automaters make to ongoing models typically make them better, which also seems to be the case for S2000s. Also, to throw in one random question that a search of this forum has not answered: What are brand of tires come on S2000's from the factory? I ask because I have seen a few S2000s with low miles, so and I think that the condition of their tires could be a good indicator of the car's responsible (or irresponsible) use.
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:28 PM
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Welcome the "S" is so addicting = )
... to look at. A little rough to drive
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:35 PM
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... to look at. A little rough to drive
... but some like it rough.
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... but some like it rough.
Absolutely!
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:59 PM
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Welcome and good luck with the search. If you like the race car feel, you will like the AP1 a bit more... a little more raw and a 9K redline. I think they came stock with Bridgestones...but pretty sure someone will tell you the right model of them. Oh yeah and if you can find a Sebring Silver...the are the fastest color.
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:10 PM
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I test drove my first S today (daily driver is a 2008 M3) and I didn't miss the torque at all given there is so much more to the driving experience. I think people who complain about the torque just don't like to drive...
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:12 PM
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So many people just want to go stop light to stop light, and here in the South it is either that or around in a circle.
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:22 PM
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I don't think I'll miss the torque either, since the novelty of stomping on the gas pedal at every stoplight ended with me long ago. Starrman - Thanks for the advice. I would prefer a rawer AP1, especially at a lower price, but improvements noted on this forum in the AP2s, such as the convertible top being less prone to tears, engine that consumes less oil, and better synchros in the tranny, all have persuaded me to look for '04s and newer. I am still open to an AP1, but I may need to be persuaded. And, I would love one in Sebring Silver.
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0-60 is addicting, learning to turn is art.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ndfan View Post
Also, to throw in one random question that a search of this forum has not answered: What are brand of tires come on S2000's from the factory? I ask because I have seen a few S2000s with low miles, so and I think that the condition of their tires could be a good indicator of the car's responsible (or irresponsible) use.
not a random question at all . . . . . (welcome first of all)

they came with bridgestone RE-050's. the CR (available only in '08 and '09) came w/ RE-070's.

honestly though if you're really driving the car, you're going to go through tires pretty dang quick. when i brought my s2k into the dealer at 3k miles he kinda yelled at me 'cause my tires looked too new. the car was meant to be driven and driven hard, it likes it =)
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:13 PM
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not abused mind you, but driven
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ndfan View Post
Hello from Northern Virginia ~ I recently sold my '06 Mustang GT, so my search for a low-mileage S2000 officially has begun. I always liked S2000s and sometimes kicked myself for not buying one instead of my Mustang in '06. Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself.
Where in NoVA? I'm in Alexandria and there are a bunch of us around.
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:44 PM
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Hello neighbor. I am in Alexandria too. I live in Old Town on Cameron Street. I saw that another person on here who lives on Braddock Road near where I used to live. In fact, there used to be an S2000 I used to jog past that I bet could have been his. In any event, please let me know if you come across any good S2000's for sale in the area.
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:31 AM
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Hello neighbor. I am in Alexandria too. I live in Old Town on Cameron Street. I saw that another person on here who lives on Braddock Road near where I used to live. In fact, there used to be an S2000 I used to jog past that I bet could have been his. In any event, please let me know if you come across any good S2000's for sale in the area.
I'm off of Braddock near Quaker Lane. Too bad you weren't looking in January. I sold my '04 NFR. Check on S2ki.com, there are a number of locals that are always trying to sell their cars.
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:24 AM
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Actually, I have looked a little at S2000s since November, but I didn't want to expend too much effort on that until I sold my Mustang. That is too bad about missing out on your car...it seems to me that most forum members probably put a little more care into their cars than the average owner. Plus, I love buying privately so I can actually talk to the owner about his care for the car, and it is nice to avoid dealers and their profit-margin mark-ups. Anyway, thanks for the advice about S2ki.com...I noticed that their classifieds are pretty active.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:51 AM
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