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Old 10-30-2008, 09:54 PM
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new to the forum and s2000's

so i have been looking for a car for a few months now, and after driving an s2000 i fell in love.

i drive an audi a4, and even with the quattro the stewie steals the show.

i have one question, i have seen certain 2000-2003 models at dealers for under $15k, this is my price range, and i was wondering from all of you guys if this means i am going to be buying a junker? of course i looked at car fax and no problems, but does this mean that i am going to get screwed, or the dealers really just cant sell them
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:20 PM
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Welcome to the site man. I bought my 2000 s2000 with 62000miles on it fo 13500, and it is anything but a junker. You just want to make sure that the car has not been abused, and maybe get a mechanic check out the one you are interested in.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:23 PM
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Welcome to the site. There are many that go for that price no-a-days. Don't look at them as a bad car just because the price has come down.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:46 PM
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thanks for the quick responses guys, i was hoping to get one by january, but it looks like it might be by the end of november it will be nice to have a car that handles good and gets up there speed qise without having to put anything else into it.
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:35 AM
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Stay away from a car that's been modified. Even a simple thing like an intake change may be an indicator that the car has been flogged hard. These cars are "part time" recreational cars for lots of folks, so you should be able to find one that's been adult owned with low miles. Seems like a Honda certified used car is a good way to go, but you may not be able to get an older car that certified. Good luck with the search and be sure to let us know what you get.
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:54 AM
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On e-bay ther was a brand new 2000 yr s2000 with 65 miles, never registered for 16,500...........there are cars available with low miles and decent pricing if your willing to see the tree not the forrest..

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Old 10-31-2008, 07:23 AM
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welcome! this is a great time to buy a stewie, prices are coming down for the winter months.
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:46 PM
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I ended up buying a new 2007 S2000 because I was afraid of buying something than had been driven HARD. But I'm an Old Guy (46) and I had been saving for a long time to buy a used Porsche 911.

I was hooked on the S2000 the first time I drove it. Quite a ride!

As far as buying a used one.
First, look to see if it has been modified in any way. Intakes, Exhaust, Rear Tires, Etc.. If it has been, stay away, there are more out there.
Second, listen to the motor. You don't want it to clatter too much.
Third, is the shifting difficult between 1 & 2 and 2 & 3?
Fourth, look at the oil!!!!
Fifth, look at the coolant.
Sixth, look underneath. Chips, cracks, Etc...

Hondas are very well built cars but look out for the ones that look like anything but perfect.

The Economic Crisis is upon us. There has to be some great deals out there. Look for the old guy that needs to sell his car to pay his mortage.
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:48 PM
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Welcome! The overall production run for S2000s has diminished the selling price just like most cars even though it's been relatively decent for the S2000. That range is about average BUT like any car that you're seriously considering buying, it should be checked out thoroughly with a PPI (pre purchase inspection) by a third party not affiliated with the dealer if they'll allow it. 2000 & 2001s are good cars but have some issues that you can read up on this and other sites. 2002-2003s have really mostly done away with the majority of those earlier issues as well as a revised suspension, better interior, rear glass vs plastic for the soft-top, etc. Look into parts that need replacing to see if that particular car is worth buying. A well maintained car with service records could be had for a decent price.

I slightly disagree with the modification comment. If you're buying private party, a good conversation with the owner ought to give you a good idea as to what you're getting into. I'd be wary of buying one from a dealer but that's what the PPI is for.

There are a lot of owners who mod their cars tastefully and and treat them well. They're meant to be driven for fun so don't expect to buy a Faberge egg. It's a high revving engine that can handle it if maintained.

There's a black 2002 that's listed on s2ki from a well known long time member that has very low miles and a lot of extremly valuable and worthy modifications. Just the wheels & exhaust/header would net about ~$4,000 used! He's selling the whole car for $19,750 with only 12k miles! I don't think I'd have any issue buying it from him. I know because I've owned a good portion of the mods he has and thought they all enhanced the car to a level that I felt should have come from the factory. Just do your homework and you'll find some of these modified cars are just as good as ones that are untouched by a non enthusiast. Good luck with your search.
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Welcome! I hope you find a good one soon. My first S was a used 2003 and I loved it and had no problems with it. If you get an AP1, I'd recommend the 2003 (last year of the AP1) but lots of other people here would probably disagree...
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