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Old 07-08-2012, 09:02 PM
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I recently came across a low mileage 2004 AP2 that appears to be in good condition, but the catch is that the s2000 itself was used as a "training car" for mechanics initially. The current owner was a Honda employee who bought the car from Honda directly about 3-4 years ago. Prior to this, the car was located at a local headquarters tinkered on by mechanics. Does anyone know what exactly this means, as the current owner is not entirely sure what they did. The owner claims its in fantastic running condition and has not had any issues since ownership. The price is marked appropriately for the low mileage, but not sure if its even worth paying for given this unique history. Any thoughts?

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I would not pay asking price for a car that has been messed around by god who knows.

But i'm sure if they messed up on anything, it would show signs by now. Maybe someone will give you a better answer than me.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:34 AM
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they use those cars like guinea pigs, they usually show the technology of the car take stuff apart and put it back together etc
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I wouldn't take it unless it carried a heavy discount. Why risk it?

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Being a tech, I've been to factory training seminars...I would NEVER buy a car that was molested by "us" in a seminar/tech showing/etc. We always practice the same level of professionalism that we would on a real customer car, BUT, it's done a MILLION times. I swear if you kick those cars in the right spot they'll come apart. They will show exaggerated wear on the seats (unless replaced) and a lot of fasteners will either be stripped or not torqued down properly. It's not that we don't care when we're using cars that "aren't real," it's just that we are there usually on our own time so we cut corners.

Cliffs notes: Don't buy it.
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Discount or gtfo!
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:29 AM
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even with discount, not worth the headache. Unless you're planning something nutty like motor/trans/diff swap. Then, it could be the right deal with a heavy discount.
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Nope, pass
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