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2003 Honda S2000 User Reviews

2003 Honda S2000 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 13 reviews
"ride" 11 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"stiff ride" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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Gabe writes:
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Great looks, handling, interior, good power and fun to drive.  No need to modify it.

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Could use more power, but what it was built for it is the best.

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2003 Honda S2000 — Probably the best two seat sports car soft top you can buy. It does not need to be modified. Handles like it is on rails. Great fun to drive on twisty roads as long as the road is smooth. Great car to cruise in. Only downside is that it had two seats. 9k rpm rev limit was great but you have to drive it like you stole it to make it go fast. Interior was immaculate. Honda made a winner here.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jacques writes:
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Transmission, steering response, lightweight feel to the driving experience, reliability

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steering feel, abs system

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2003 S2000 — Pros: Excellent engine. If you keep it above 6000RPMs you will forget about the 153 pound-ft of torque. Pulls very nicely for another 3000RPMs. Sounds like a mini-racecar after 8000RPMs Transmission is the best feeling in the world for a production car. I have not tried Ferrari and Lambo trannies, but for a sub 200K car the S2000 is the best hands down. Everything else feels like garbage compared to an S2000 transmission. Build quality is typical Honda: excellent. The engine does burn more oil than your typical car, but it's to be expected from such a high-reving car. Throttle response is great and contributes to the ''racy'' feel of the S2000. The interior is not flashy but never feels cheap and everything is tightly screwed together. The S2000 will still look, feel and perform like a brand new car even after 5+ years of abusive ownership. The seating position is amazing, you truly sit close to the ground and have a great feeling of being right on top of the rear wheels. Steering response is excellent, lazer sharp. In fact after the transmission feel the steering and the way the car changes directions so quickly is something that really stands out. Reliability is outstanding on every aspect. Car is meant to be abused on a racetrack. Cons: Total lack of steering *feel*. The S2000 has great steering quickness-response, but it feels numb while doing so. You feel like you're holding the wheel of a play station video game. ABS kicks in way too early and disrupts what is a generally good braking system that has a nice firm braking pedal and good composure during hard braking. The car could use more horsepower because the chassiss-suspension can take it. The ride is extremely stiff compared to a Boxster S which handles just as well but doesn't punish your back while doing so. Gas mileage is very bad for a non turbo 2.0L engine, but hey it's got 240HP....

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Jonathan writes:
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performance Performance PERFORMANCE

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Minor build bugs that were worked out in later years, but you don't get the fun engine after 03.

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2003 Honda S2000 — Just to point out, my S2000 is not stock. It has minor exhaust (Headers, Cat-Back exhaust), intake (Spoon Snorkel Kit), and Suspention (Strut tower bars, Coilovers) Modifications and this review is biased by them. Overall, this car is GREAT fun. The acceleration is ok until you hit VTEC (5800 rpms), then the thing FLYS to its 9k rpm revv limiter. 0-60 times just over 5 seconds. The steering is a touch on the light side, however it does have good feel. Braking is great, only minor fade on really sharp declines. The build quality is good, however there are somethings you need to look for. The covertable top framework had a rough spot near the passenger side hinge and eventually wore through the roof. The rear spoiler is held on by double sided tape. The side markers are also quite easy to break when replacing a bulb. Appearance... The car is sexy. End of Story. Great lines, and if you wanna trick it out, there is a pritty large aftermarket for it. Cost of Ownership isn't all that bad actually. If you're nice, it can get 22 mpg, pritty respectable for a car with 240 hp. Parts for it aren't real bad either, and most parts store carry equipment for them. Fun Factor... Yes... YES. If you can afford one for a summer play thing, get it. If you live in an area that doesn't get snow, DAILY DRIVE IT. You will smile every time you get out. With the current economy, you can find these used with good mileage for under 20k dollars. A steal in my book.

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Tom writes:
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S2000 — The original S2000 represent over 40 years of Honda racing experience. The S2000 is based on the Honda SSM concept car that first appeared at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. Using the same basic front-engine/rear-wheel-drive layout as the SSM, the S2000 captures the spirit of legendary high-performance sports cars of the past, as well as Honda's very first sports car, the S500. According to Honda, the company's racing heritage is reflected in every aspect of the S2000's design, performance and handling.

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James writes:
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Power, handling, trunk space (for a roadster), grip, 9,000rpm engine, reliable

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Loud at highway speeds, a bit cramped, stiff ride, but hey it's a sports car.

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One Of The Best Pure Sports Car Available Today. — This S2000 provides one of the purest driving experiences out there. I would recommend this car for people that want a Miata with more power or an Elise with more practicality. The engine is a masterpiece of engineering and it never gets old taking it to the 9,000 rpm redline. The transmission is one of the best in the world, and I've found myself changing gears just for fun on more than one occasion. The chassis provides excellent grip, but you must use high performance tires. If you autocross or track an S2000 regularly, buying three sets of rear tires per year is not uncommon. Tracks, autocrosses, and twisty back roads are where this car thrives. The steering is direct, if a bit numb. The drawbacks are few for a sports car. The ride, especially on the 00-03, is stiff. Every pavement irregularity and bump will make itself known. The cockpit is a bit cramped with the top up, but there is plenty of head and leg room for six-footers. Also, there are only two small storage bins and neither of them are easy to use while driving. At interstate speeds with the top up, the wind and tire noise can be pretty loud. These drawbacks will turn a lot of people off who are looking for a convertible fashion statement, but those looking for a pure sports car won't care. Some will say the car is twitchy and prone to oversteer, but I believe this is one of the few cars on the market with truly neutral handling. It rewards a skilled hand, and it can punish the ham-fisted. The bottom line. If you want a nice daily driver convertible that's fun on the back roads, an NC Miata might be a better choice. If you want a track and autocross car that sees a little road duty now and again, an Elise might be worth saving up for. Between these two extremes the S2000 gives you the best of both worlds for a decent price. It's also worth noting that mine is now four years old and has given me no trouble whatsoever.

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Larry writes:
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A blast to drive.

Cons

Rides hard on long trip.

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Vroom — Handling is great. Performance superb. A little small as my wife travels with a transport chair. Solid built and reliable. Honda service is very affordable. Just bought new all season performance Bridgestone tires for about $600. Price was not as bad as many.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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redline86 writes:
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It's a 2600 pound mid engine  car with 250hp !!!!

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Two seater

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Fun Weekend Driver — The S2000's production stopped in 2009. These cars are now sought after by people who want a reliable, fun, convertible. Weighing only 2600 lb it picks up and goes. Top Gear said it is one of the best production drift machines made. It handles like a dream due to the mid engine and the car being so low to the ground. If your looking for a fun car that's not going to empty your pockets the S2000 would be a good choice.

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netvoyager writes:
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Solid as a tank. Light, handles awesome, and sounds great.  This car is a blast to drive on winding roads and has left many other cars in its wake.  Fun fun car!

Cons

Torque in these cars is rather low. The car has to be wound out to use its quickness. It's a good thing it has a 9,000 RPM  redline!

netvoyager
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Awesome Fun Car — I love the solid feel and the sound of the engine when it is wound up. Only Ferrari has a higher horsepower/CC rating. The top lowers quickly and quietly. The sound system is adequate. I wished that the top folded and stored like my Boxster. As it is it folds down and you must manually install the tonneau cover.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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An amazing driving experience. I won't get rid of this machine ,ever.

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I got it a few months ago,low miles and I haven't find a con so far, not 1.

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My Honda S2k,my Personal Experience — Power in it's category in unsurpased. I love the handling and how high it revs, it goes forever. It's got reliablity and parts are relatively cheap, It is a true sports car and an instant classic at a fairly affordable price. If I can afford one, I guess 95 % of the population can too.LOL. Also the tuning and customization options are virtually limitless. You can personalize the S2000 to the point that is unique withthout having to spend a truckload of money.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Justincredible writes:
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Amazing

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Wonderfully Amazing — It is literally like having a Big Boy Go Cart!! You think about going around the next corner and the car automatically takes you there. I get a smile every time I sit in the driver seats and press that little red button!! Engine Start!!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Reviews From Other Years

2009 Honda S2000 Reviews

S2000 Rocks By Tim4294

Replaced a MiniCooperS with the S2000 - accel, braking, handling AND RIDE are superior. Solid as a rock! Get just as many positive comments from gawkers as I did in the Mini. Mileage @ 25mph or so ... Read More

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2008 Honda S2000 Reviews

Love It But Plan To Buy A Saloon Style Like The Gt-r Or M3 By Don14850

Love this car for what it was built for. Pure sports car. Dislike the hard top roof. Rattles and is a pain to put on or remove. Paint is easily scratched. On an autocross course it is awesome. This is... Read More

It's My 2nd Favorite Car Ever By Ian

6spd, revs 8750rpm RWD, roughly 270hp, light weight, drift compatible :b amazing handling, not so good in cold wet weather, great acceleration , stops on a dime, build quality is perfect nothing w... Read More

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2007 Honda S2000 Reviews

No It's Not Very Practical, But You Only Live Once. By Marty

I have wanted one of these for several years. As a former Miata owner, this is an upgrade! I was lucky to find one because they are not easy to find. No it's not very practical, but you only live onc... Read More

Amazing By Cece

It's a S2000, I like everything about it. The only thing I dislike about it is that it is freakin expensive. It's a well balanced car but it could use more torque but at 8000rpm its soo much fun. The ... Read More

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2006 Honda S2000 Reviews

An Everyday Driver That Allows You Own The Curves And Command The Road. By fzakaria

Handling, power, looks.... I have been driving this car for 7 years and it still makes me smile when I pull out of a turn. It has ageless looks. Digital instrument cluster and Xenon headlights. The le... Read More

Great Little Roadster! By guitgoman

Great four cylinder engine that screams all the way to 8000 rpm. Quick steering, nimble handling. Trunk is wide enough to hold my golf clubs with room for a small carry bag. Small cockpit makes it ... Read More

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2005 Honda S2000 Reviews

Kick In The Pants To Drive! By EdS2K

I bought my 2005 S2000 two years ago as weekend fun car. It has been a blast to drive and tinker with. There are tons of aftermarket parts available for it as well as S2000 specific forums to gain inf... Read More

Funtastic Little Sportscar By Wolf

Yahoo!! Fun to drive. Lively. A drivers car. Top down excitement! Top goes up and downn quicklly. Very easy to manuver. Very nuetral handling. Pont anddrive Great performance Great / bang for buck... Read More

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