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Need Advice Please on a Potential Purchase! New (Hopefully) S2K Owner

 
Old 05-12-2019, 02:23 AM
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See pics below of driver seat and passenger..

I have run a HPI check along with MOT mileage checks and it does match.

Seats have no tears or rips, wear to the bolster on the drivers seat.

Shifter is in good condition too no real signs of wear.

Its not from Sussex, from West London. I do believe seller is genuine either that or he deserves a Bafta. Shows you cant be too careful though as you say!

What do you think?


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Old 05-12-2019, 02:45 AM
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I'm still suspicious but then I am by nature. That bolster....hmmm. Can't really add more without seeing it for myself. Is the seller the owner from new?
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:53 AM
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Gaddafi, better to be that way!

Yes he is the owner from new, V5 says 0 previous owners. The VIN number and Engine numbers all match too so i know that has not been replaced.

Im not sure what more I can check......
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Looks like a good buy.
Hard to tell from the engine bay picture but it looks like the oil filter is black?
If so you should change it out straight away to a OEM filter and also make sure it gets torqued down correctly (hand strength is not enough), instructions are printed on the filter.
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Thanks Flanders, I have just bought it! Very excited. Quite a bit of work getting it up to scratch but looking forward to it. I noticed it wasnt the blue OEM filter. Its literally just had a service bit annoying but will get changed.

The car does not have full Honda service history. Do you think I need to start taking it back to Honda to service? I don't expect they see many S2000's anymore!

Just had a look at your build, your car looks fantastic, the attention to detail is amazing!
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Congrats on the car.
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Common advice in North America is to avoid Honda dealers. Our cars are relatively rare so it seems few dealers know how to service them. There's a Honda dealer almost in my neighborhood and their parts guys are knowledgeable (S2000 oil filters and washers on the shelf, etc.) but I have no idea how their service is. Routine and preventive maintenance is DIY. Lots of notes here in the library. There's a link to the Service Manual somewhere on the forum. The right version does not have a Japanese chippy on the cover.

Yesterday I changed the engine, gearbox, and differential oils all by myself. Social engagement prevented me from checking the valve clearances, a simple but tedious task.

The North American cars got the 2200cc engine (engine code AP2 in the VIN) as the same time of the 2004 "face lift." Hence the common albeit incorrect practice of calling all the 2004 and later cars AP2. Not sure why Honda continued the 2000cc (AP1) engine.

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Originally Posted by HarrisonS2K View Post
Thanks Flanders, I have just bought it! Very excited. Quite a bit of work getting it up to scratch but looking forward to it. I noticed it wasnt the blue OEM filter. Its literally just had a service bit annoying but will get changed.

The car does not have full Honda service history. Do you think I need to start taking it back to Honda to service? I don't expect they see many S2000's anymore!

Just had a look at your build, your car looks fantastic, the attention to detail is amazing!
Whereabouts in the country are you?

If you are in Sussex or West London yourself and you are looking for somewhere to get the car serviced then you could consider TGM in Fleet, Hampshire. Tom is pretty knowledgeable concerning S2000's and most people who use them report favourably.
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Dealers vary a lot. My local, Crown in Bushey are pretty good, but then, these are not difficult cars to work on.

I cannot recommend TGM as I had pretty poor service from them, although I am pretty much a lone voice on this one.
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