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Old 07-28-2009, 08:29 AM   #1
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what to look for when buying an S2000

I would like to buy an AP1 S2000 and would like to know what are some good things to check on the car before i buy it. Are the frequent issues with a particular part of the cars? I am not familiar with the E.A.S. electronically assisted steering and wonder what it is supposed to feel like? I know in 2002 they get a glass rear window but i wonder if there are any particular years that are better then others?

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Old 07-28-2009, 08:31 AM   #2
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thieves love the seats!!!
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:54 AM   #3
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thieves love the seats!!!
weld those shits down then!! see if they will love them then
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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i don't think that would be a good idea however it wouldn't be to difficult to swap out the mounting hardware with torx drive fasteners.
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
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02-03 make 10 hp more to the ground than 00-01 due to ECu changes
02 and later came with glass rear window.....definately worth it
03 is considered best year for AP1

also valve spring retainers can be a problem in AP1s...honda revised it in later years..Ap2+

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Old 07-29-2009, 07:24 AM   #6
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AP1 s2k


02-03 make 10 hp more to the ground than 00-01 due to ECu changes
02 and later came with glass rear window.....definately worth it
03 is considered best year for AP1

also valve spring retainers can be a problem in AP1s...honda revised it in later years..Ap2+

http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=599836
+1. earlier ap1s had inner cv cup issues. a swap from side to side fixes this
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:09 PM   #7
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Its expensive if your not a baller dont buy one
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:19 AM   #8
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what do you mean expensive? maintenance or the initial purchase?
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:55 AM   #9
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I believe what he ment buy expensive is if one: parts break/wear, and aftermarket (quality parts) are not cheap for the s2k. I personally have not heard of issues with the s2k other then the 00-01 softtop becoming distorted through the rear window, and rear wheel bearings that go out.
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:34 AM   #10
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00-01 ap1 owners replace that rear window like its there job! glass for sure. plus an extras 10 horses and i believe they changed the gear ratio and suspension on 02+ to make it much better then 00-01
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:23 AM   #11
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03 is the best yr to get man
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:27 AM   #12
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i ended up buying an 04/ap1. I had to spend more then i wanted but i know i got the best deal around. thanks guys. now that i am apart of the S2K fam i will be asking much more questions and hopefully be able to answer some eventually.
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:19 PM   #13
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04 ap1? 04 is ap2 model
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:45 AM   #14
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:49 AM   #15
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There are meets every wednesday on the east side and meets every monday on the west side.. come on out.

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Congratultions man! welcome to honda paradise!
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Congrats on the 04 s2k. I think I was looking at the same one you got even though I prefer the ap1.
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:43 AM   #18
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00-01 ap1 owners replace that rear window like its there job! glass for sure. plus an extras 10 horses and i believe they changed the gear ratio and suspension on 02+ to make it much better then 00-01
this post fails in everyway. not a single bit of truth here.

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this post fails in everyway. not a single bit of truth here.

congrats on the purchase. hope to see you at the meets

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:40 PM   #20
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I frequently carry a springfield XD 40 and always keep an eye on my car. not to mention a couple other protective measures. I would not hesitate to protect my property with force.
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I frequently carry a springfield XD 40 and always keep an eye on my car. not to mention a couple other protective measures. I would not hesitate to protect my property with force.
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:36 PM   #22
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I frequently carry a springfield XD 40 and always keep an eye on my car. not to mention a couple other protective measures. I would not hesitate to protect my property with force.
trent protecting your property with force will only get you in trouble. the best protection is an insurance policy. no need to harm anyone or yourself because of stuff :-\.

but get an 03 if you get any of them, WAY BETTER. i'd try to find one with a hard top too, i hate soft tops.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:25 PM   #23
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I bought an 04 alredy and love it. I could never have a hard top, i drive topless way too much in all my convertables/mazda mx5/ straman crx/ and now the s2000
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:24 PM   #24
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What color did you get?
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:56 PM   #25
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Congrats on the purchase. I also have a 04 AP2 and I decided to go with this year due to the non-use of throttle by wire.

One other thing you should watch out for is that the soft top likes to rip near the area above the seats on both sides. There is an area in the folding mechanism that puts some stress on the soft top every time is folds down. There is a fix for this, which I have to eventually do, where a patch is sown to the soft top on the inside to take up some of the stress. I believe there is a place up in Scottsdale called Verdone Upholstery that does this fix.

Enjoy your purchase!
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:47 PM   #26
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i had a shop called top notch glue in some patches ahead of time.
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