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Best year of s2000?

#1 User is offline   doridorisan 

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  Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:20 AM

I am thinking to buy a S2000 and I heard that 2003 AP1 is the best year and it has the best resell value. What do you guys think? Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated. :)



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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:21 AM

04 :D

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:30 AM

'00



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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:37 AM

05 :drive:
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:40 AM

02/03 by far. Glass window, 9k redline.

everyone else is just fooling themselves.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:41 AM

However, I wouldnt say 03 has best resell.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:53 AM

:iagree:

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:58 AM

here ill give you a legit answer, just for the record, i own an 03

Lots of people say that 03 is the best year because its the latest year with the 9k redline, i personally would feel sad only shifting to 8k, and i like the cluster of the AP1 over the AP2, having the rpm band go across the entire cluster is way cooler than the little thing that have on the ap2s

however ap2, with the 2.2L engine makes more torque, and makes more power, plus has shorter gearing 1-4, so it (should) pull harder than an ap1, stock for stock, even with the ap1 having a higher redline.

*just to clarify, im not saying ap2 will beat an ap1 in a race, i 100% believe theres not enough difference speed wise to NOT make it a drivers race, it is definitely a drivers race*

ive also seen people argue that 05 is the best year because its an ap2, and the last year before DBW and the VSC feature was introduced, and theres alot of people that are not fans of the DBW feature and saw VSC takes away the 'rawness' of the s2k

Next Argument i have heard is that the latest year is the best (06+), because its the newest and throughout the years has the most fixes, least problems and makes the most power. BUT the biggest reason is bc 06+ has a reprogrammable ECU, and can get the Hondata Reflash, which if you look up, can be VERY helpful, especially with the right header.

Finally, very few.. yet some say the CR is the best because its lighter weight and more track oriented which is what the s2k was designed for in the first place, plus it comes with a sweet shift beeper..
however most people despise the front lip and the rear wing... personally i think it looks awesome

*Summary*
Arguments for certain year being "best" year

03 - last year for the "ap1" with 9k redline, more "raw" driving experience

05 - last year for AP2 WITHOUT the DBW feature

06+ - newer the better, and has Hondata Reflash capabilities, and arguably makes most power on dynos

CR - More track oriented, and shift beeper, how the s2k is supposed to be

As for me, i say 06+ is the best year, best looks and i love the Reflash idea with the Toda header
BUT ideally, i would love to have an 06+ with an F20C :thumbup: all the improvements of an AP2, with the 9k redline

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:59 AM

MY05 AP2 looks but F20C2 heart
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:33 AM

So the perfect S2000 would be an AP2 with F20C engine, Hondata'd 2006 ECU, no DBW/VSC and CR suspension mods but standard body.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:11 AM

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So the perfect S2000 would be an AP2 with F20C engine, Hondata'd 2006 ECU, no DBW/VSC and CR suspension mods but standard body.

Pretty much.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:48 AM

When I was considering buying another S2000, the 2003 was the one I wanted. Glass window and 9k redline FTW
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:54 AM

2003

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:49 AM

2006 :)
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 07:11 AM

01 ftw. cuz uhh...

its between 00 and 02?

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 07:28 AM

03, or 08 if you are in europe (still has F20C) ;)
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:11 AM

I don't think its a good idea to buy a Honda for resale value. You will never get out of the car what you truly feel its worth.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:27 AM

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:30 AM

liquid_helix136 - you are 100% correct. Very good summary.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the MY08/09 have a stiffer suspension compared to MY04-06?

For my purposes, my preferences for S2000's are
09 CR
08 CR
03
02
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09
08
04, 05, 06, 07 - no particular order.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:46 AM

I am in the camp of 06+ better. I like what the CR represents, but prefer having the option of a soft top - much more practical as a DD (well in the summer months anyway).

Both of my current cars have DBW (01 Golf GTI, 06 S) and I don't know, it doesn't bug me in the least bit - but I have no point of comparison. The VSC is a good thing for people who aren't experienced w/ RW cars - like me. It also helps with winter driving - or that's my impression. So if your S is truly a DD, then maybe that's a good choice?

No matter how good these cars are built, wear and tear is wear and tear. I'd get the latest MY possible to circumvent any headaches down the line.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:52 AM

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So the perfect S2000 would be an AP2 with F20C engine, Hondata'd 2006 ECU, no DBW/VSC and CR suspension mods but standard body.

Yes please!
I like the top up.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:01 AM

Have any of you seen the resale value of S2000s? The prices rise pretty evenly by year, so no one year stands out.

Plus, who buys a USED car because it has the best resale value? So you're just looking to spend more money on your used S2000?

Besides, if you really understood what Honda did to the S2000 every two years to improve it, you'd get the newest S you could afford.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:03 AM

Just don't forget, all euro cars still have 9k redline. ALL YEARS.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:29 AM

06+, but not a fan of the CR except for the darker wheels, I saw an 08 CR on my Honda dealer the other night with only a couple thousand miles on it--I'm guessing that owner didn't care for the extras either

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:30 AM

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