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Old 01-21-2015, 10:45 AM
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New '07 S2K Turbo Owner in Balto/Wash Area

Just bought a well-sorted, tastefully modded Turbo from Dallas/Ft. Worth w/Custom Mercedes Red Paint and basically new and drove it home!

Greetings to the S2000 Community,
First of all, I want to thank you and then thank you all again for a great forum, tremendous information and some great threads. I'd always intended to buy a 911 or NSX or 308 when I got to my mid-life crisis but the 308 got very old, the NSX just didn't cut it (though I do have Ben Shaffer, the US expert on NSX locally here) and 911's are legend for maintenance cost and pretty darn pretentious as well! I started looking at S2000's many months ago and found a number of friends had them and generally found that everyone who had one loved them. They were reliable, very safe, and very much a race-bred car. Perhaps the best recommendation is that the chassis can take whatever power and mods you put on it. I created a huge list of available cars and got very familiar with issues, values, etc. I narrowed my search and then went to CA for a few week's vacation to evaluate a bunch of them. Considered many cars but narrowed to several in Suzuka Blue, some with Nürburgring interiors plus a few Rio Yellow and a few others. Decided I wanted low miles, AP2, later the better and totally box stock only. I have had a Google search and used Daily Lister for months to keep up with CraigsList and other sources nationwide along with S2Ki. It is great how many nice cars there are to choose from. I've got to say that there are literally a dozen of them I'd like to buy right now ranging from box stock to track cars but this one will have to satisfy me.

I was watching a very modified '07 in Ft. Worth, Texas knowing I was headed there in early January for a sales meeting but it was too crazy and too expensive. I ultimately connected up with the dealership and found out they were selling it for an estate and also was able to see who, and how, all the work was done. I researched JoTech Motorsports in Garland, Texas and further explored the history of this car. It was "done" back in late 2009 by a guy who supposedly owns more than a dozen S2000's near Dallas. Another guy bought it and he passed away (shocking how). Long story short, we have a very well sorted out 2007, intercooled big turbo, coilovers, big brake kit with a really exceptional (to the tune of $4500) '07 Mercedes Red paint job, so really is one-of-a-kind. I flew into Dallas a day early and went straight to see the car. Roads were damp and cold but I took it for a ride, could easily have been a "spin" with all the horsepower as it broke loose in any gear. Very clean car inside and out and the mods/engine are so well sorted and professionally done. Negotiated with the dealer during my multi-day sales meeting striking a deal and setting up the money wire on Tuesday.

I finished my 4 day meeting in Richardson (Dallas) on Wednesday at 12:30pm, checked out and drove to Fort Worth. The money got there before me as the dealer did a Mobil One oil change as agreed as I arrived. I'd gone back and forth whether to truck it home or drive it and ultimately with clear weather and me having the time I decided always go for the adventure. One really nice thing is that I was able to stop into JoTech Motorsports ( in Garland on my way out of Dallas and meet Kenny Tran and Tony Cheung who were able to fill me in on a lot of details, look over all the paperwork since their work in '09. These guys have been doing these stage 1-5 kits for a variety of cars for a long time and really seem to know their stuff. I got some advice and history and headed out late at rush hour and drove to Memphis that night. Thursday I drove to Roanoke where I called on some clients on Friday and finally arrived home, after 1480 miles, at 10pm. Averaged 70 mph for the trip (so you know I was haulin' the mail)! Great adventure, avoided all of the "Imperial Entanglements" and yes, this car with a recent Dyno of 380 hp/ 280 ft lb and suspension, wheels, tires set up for high speed motoring is just an insanely fun car. It just gets better and better the faster you go! More on all of this later.

So, thank you all for the confidence I needed to break the cardinal rule of "never buy a modded car" and I am so far just massively tickled and thrilled. The long trip has helped me tremendously in learning and understanding the car and being able now to feel and feed the inputs the right way but the rush from 70-80'ish in 6th to whenever you chicken out is by far the quickest car I've ever been in. I mean it is nearly instantly into triple digits and just keeps pulling with a long way to go on the rev counter when I backed out each time. Running right around 100 mph for over an hour nearly continuously east of Memphis was awesome and the car is totally set up to get better and better the faster you go.

Looking forward to springtime and putting the top down for the summer and perhaps I'll keep shopping for another one, with a roll bar already in place, for time up at Summit Point and VIR. Would love to take to COTA too. Probably not going to put a roll bar on this one, it is really a street rod and might be a real handful on a road course, but then again, nobody would beat me to the next corner! Looking forward to some S2000 events and perhaps may take this to some car shows, it is quite a wicked looking baby both under the hood and understated outside. Was debaged after the new paint but then they were put back on with Turbo logos so will have to see about whether to leave them on or take off to accentuate the beautiful ($4500) paint job.

In the last few days I successfully navigated the strict Maryland state inspection only having to remove the 26 tint (which is legal in Texas) which was easier than I thought and only $50 and passed emissions so I have a virtually brand new car with great wheels, suspension and engine tricks. I'll have to decide if I want to "turn it down" or keep it at that horsepower and torque.

Thank you for all the great posts, see you soon,
Stuart in Columbia, Maryland.
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Come on by and check the Dragon forum. Rock the Dragon 2015 is in April and that's a good time to meet a lot of S2k owners and do some serious driving on a road with 318 turns in 11 miles.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:19 PM
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Thanks for the heads up kgf3076 on those two events. I also noticed the national get-together this year is in Eastern KY so that is three cool things I could get to pretty easily. I'm planning on driving the car so miles should be done so just have to figure out how to get the old lady and I to pack a LOT lighter than we usually do and perhaps get creative on ways to carry stuff to destinations!
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You'd be surprised how much stuff you can pack in the S. Looking forward to seeing you and the car at the Dragon or Gettysburg.
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Good looking red S. Welcome and enjoy
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