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2000 Honda S2000 Convertible

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  • $32,000 original MSRP
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Source: The Car Connection

Stripped of all pretentiousness, endowed where it counts.

by Jill Amadio

If you're looking for a wonderful weekend car, the Honda S2000 is a fabulous choice. Since weekends are normally given over to fun, this little roadster is guaranteed to deliver enjoyment above and beyond the norm. Assuming, of course, you can squeeze into its snug cabin.

Whittled down to a design that wedges every inch of you into one of the most efficient and best-arranged passenger compartments in the sports car industry, the S2000 is definitely not for doughnut-lovers. It fits closer than a latex glove. You'll get in fine but getting out may not be as easy. That's because people tend to slide in sideways but slide out front-ways. (And in case you're rude enough to wonder, I weigh 138 lb. Maybe it's my hips...)

Squeezing notwithstanding, it's worth every pulled-in breath to drive this great little sports car. Although it isn't Honda's first roadster - it built the S500 back in the 1960s - it is the first to go on sale here while BMW's Z3 and Porsche's Boxster designers are already on to their next-generation models.

Racecar characteristics and features abound. Armed with a red starter button on the left side of the dash, contoured leather Recaro seats to send you into Grand Prix fantasyland, and a little four-cylinder engine that's astonishingly powerful, this two-seater convertible should be in everyone's spare side of the garage.

Hype confirmed

Quickness, steering precision and responsive horsepower teamed with a Formula 1 style cabin are the closest you might come to automotive nirvana this year. I'm pretty cynical when it comes to non-luxury roadsters, especially when magazines like Car and Driver and Motor Trend twist themselves into knots slathering praise all over something that's often uncomfortable, difficult to shift, sits you practically on the pavement, has a ragtop that flaps over your head, and provides no room for even a small portmanteau.

The S2000, of course, barely has room for a couple of carry-on bags in its trunk topped by a discreet spoiler, and there's no back seat. The car so lacks storage space there is no glove compartment at all and only a tiny box hidden between the driver's and passenger's shoulders that takes a contortionist to open while driving. Two other small compartments hide behind the back seats. But who needs cubby holes? Throw out those grocery bags, this roadster is strictly for the pure enthusiast.

The powered convertible soft top is extremely easy to put down and up, and there's a small glass wind deflector between the rolls bars. The rear window, sad to say, is plastic.

The dual overhead cam, 16-valve engine realizes 240 horsepower, justifying descriptions such as astounding, sensational, and remarkable. The secret is a new version of VTEC, a variable valve timing design developed in Honda's successful Formula 1 racing engines and now adapted for us folks. You'll see peak torque develop at 8600 rpm, with a redline registering at 9000 rpm on the dashboard's large tachometer. If you reach that figure, the fuel automatically cuts off, spoiling your fun.

The four-wheel double wishbone suspension has a racecar heritage. At each wheel rigid upper and lower A-shaped wishbone links carry suspension loads directly to the rigid subframes that are attached to the monocoque body. Much of this means that the S2000 loves to hug the road, give you great steering feel, and helps keep you stable.

The red starter button gives you a sense of revving up a racecar but you still need to insert a key first into the ignition to get everything activated. Then the deep, growly sound wakes up your neighbors, and you can begin shifting into the first of six gears. One of the greatest enjoyments in the S2000 is the quick, agile, precise lane-changing that moves you from one place to another in the blink of an eye while at no time do you feel unsafe.

Ergonomic exactness

The interior is a cockpit complete with separate pods for driver and passenger. You'll find your elbows well tucked in, and there's nowhere else for your right hand to go than to grip the silver-tipped shifter. Fortunately, some extra controls, including cruise control, are on the leather steering wheel.

Except for the bar-type tachometer, the racing-type gauges and instruments are digital, showing your increasing speed in numbers instead of a flickering chart needle.

Safety features include dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, and roll bars behind the four-way adjustable seats.

The exterior design is classic roadster, simplicity itself with clean and compact lines and in four basic colors: black, white, red and silver. Front and rear lights turn the corners neatly, and the dual chrome exhausts provide just enough pizzazz to please glitz-seekers.

Maybe the S2000's best news aside from its ability to confound members of the automotive media is its price: $32,000 with everything included. There are no options. Only the convertible is available, no hardtop, and a mere five thousand of these delightful S2000s are being sent here from the same Japanese factory that builds the Honda NSX, so get your order in early. Why miss all the fun?

2000 HONDA S2000

Price: $32,000
Engine: 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder, 240 hp
Transmission: six-speed manual
Wheelbase: 94.5 in
Length: 162.2 in
Width: 68.9 in
Height: 50.6 in
Weight: 2809 lb
Fuel economy: 20 city/ 26 hwy
Major standard features:
Airbags
Air conditioning
AM/FM stereo with CD player
Cruise control
Keyless entry
Theft-deterrent immobilizer system
Power windows

© 2000 The Car Connection

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 year or 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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