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Old 01-18-2019, 07:10 AM
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'06 and later cars are DBW and have traction control and stability assist both of which can be switched off in less than a second. These can be invaluable on the street especially in those infamous UK roundabouts with all the diesel spilled on the road we keep reading about here. Since both work by slight braking of one wheel or another they can be minutely slower on the track or autocross. Switch them off once you learn how to drive the car fast. I'm happy to have the capability.

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Chuck is not quite right.

Traction control was an option on the MY06 cars and standard on the MY08 cars.
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Interesting. USDM 2006 cars got DBW which included traction control and stability assist. I was unaware it could be an option elsewhere and the only "options" I've seen for these cars are stuff like floor mats, not things that have to be factory fitted. Pretty long pipeline from Japan.

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Originally Posted by fullleather View Post
06 onwards.
Fitted as an extra and not standard on all cars, I think it was the my08 when it came fitted to all cars
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Originally Posted by Chuck S View Post
Interesting. USDM 2006 cars got DBW which included traction control and stability assist. I was unaware it could be an option elsewhere and the only "options" I've seen for these cars are stuff like floor mats, not things that have to be factory fitted. Pretty long pipeline from Japan.

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When I purchased my 2nd S2000 (registered 28/09/2006), I had the choice of with or without VS A as it was an optional extra.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:43 AM
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Thanks. Good to know.

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Old 01-20-2019, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by richmc View Post
Firstly welcome and good luck with your search. Next you won't be getting an AP2 that refers to the 2.2L engine that's in the model that was only available in the USA, what you are looking for is a facelift model. See here-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_S2000

EYOS2000 is an American we don't have the VIN number plastered all over our cars, so ignore that. Rear wheel arches are the main place you might find rust. And again spend some time cruising the FAQ's.
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Yeah I thought that was an American thing, and cheers for the help much appreciated.

Around 80k millage face lift model with good service history seems to go for 9/10k from what I'm seeing. Does that sound about right? The UK market I'm referring to
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Welcome

I suggest having a good look through the FAQ's

Rust is not a major problem and you'll be looking for an AP1 as AP2 is the yank version.

Good luck, take your time or buy on impulse you'll not be disappointed.
Japan also got AP2s with the 2.2 F22C, not just the Americans (USDM from MY05, JDM from MY06 IIRC)

So if you really wanted a 2.2, you could easily get a JDM RHD AP2 imported

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Originally Posted by Duran View Post
I'm 23, I didn't think I could insure one if I'm being honest but turns out I can for £750.

All good advice, will definitely make a list of stuff to check and ask
When i turned 18 some decades ago i couldn't afford to insure a road car as well as my XR2 Rally car so i had to insure the rally car with everything declared, £1900 a year!!

The came the cossie, impreza etc. I'd sooner pay a fortune, wear the same jeans all week and drive a beast than give up and drive something like a Pug 307 HDi hahah
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yeah but if you holed the rad in that pug you wouldnt care

sorry, that was a low blow. i totally agree, life is too short for stinkers
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