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My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby TopCat » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:22 pm

Took this car for a spin last week and immediately wanted it, so thanks to the quick sale of the beemer, I managed to pick this up...
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Re: My new toy..

Postby Uncle B » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:36 pm

Yummy!

Its in the shortlist of cars I want to get next, very reliable yokes too apparently :ll

Probably the best 2 litre engine going
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Re: My new toy..

Postby Bernard » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:45 pm

Cracking car Tom, well wear.

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Re: My new toy..

Postby optical illusion » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:09 pm

Uncle B wrote:Probably the best 2 litre engine going


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Re: My new toy..

Postby Johnk » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:32 pm

Nice looking car there Tom alway liked them
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Re: My new toy..

Postby TopCat » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:52 pm

Thanks for all the comments guys.
Been away most of the weekend, so only had a couple of days with it so far, but my initial thoughts are that it's a great little car.
The power is delivery is something else. At lower revs, it doesn't feel particularly powerful, but suddenly you're breaking motorway speed limits and have 3 more gears left! It just loves to be revved.
Gearbox is the nicest I've ever used, just something about the movement is very tight and precise, really like it.
Handling wise, I was expecting the back end to be a lot more twitchy given the mix of power, weight and RWD, but it's very planted. What I have noticed though, in comparison to the FTO, it that it is much more sensitive going through bends. Putting the power on pushes the nose out, and if you back off during the turn, the front end tightens up (the beginning of lift off oversteer I guess?). Takes a little getting used too.
That's my first impression on it anyway.
Looking forward to giving it a proper clean and getting it nice and shiny. Will put up a couple more pics when I get a chance.
Think it may need to be taken to a track sometime too. :D
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Re: My new toy..

Postby Myfeckin FTO » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:33 pm

Yum! Black with red leather - the best combination. I wouldn't mind taking it for a spin to compare to the Zed if you're around town some day.
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Re: My new toy..

Postby adrian » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:34 pm

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet. I had one for 2 year and God did I love that car. Best car I have ever owned.... changed it for a 911 (964) and was disappointed :lol: :roll: The S2000 is just an amazing machine... which ever petrol head should own at some tage of their lives. I look on UK site all the time for cars... and facelift 2004 models are available for under 10k sterling now!

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Re: My new toy..

Postby TopCat » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:40 pm

@ Shane - Yeah, I had my heart set on that colour combo, but hard to find. The silvers are much more common. Not down in Limerick as often these days, but will give you a shout when I am. I'm sure it won't be a patch on the Zed, but you're welcome to take it for a spin.

@Adrian - Thanks, cos to be honest I remember reading some comments regarding the car on this site before, and I think some might have been yours, and they got me really interested. So you can take a bit of credit for the purchase. :) Because the colour combo was so rare, I had looked at importing, and the UK prices are very good, but the (insert expletive here) VRT quickly pushed them back out of my price range.
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Re: My new toy..

Postby CJ » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:15 pm

Having seen this car in the flesh and travelled in it I can confirm its a cracker, the S2000 is on my top 5 list, givus a shout when you get bored with it Tom ;)

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Re: My new toy..

Postby adrian » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:15 pm

TopCat@Adrian wrote: - Thanks, cos to be honest I remember reading some comments regarding the car on this site before, and I think some might have been yours, and they got me really interested. So you can take a bit of credit for the purchase. :)


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Re: My new toy..

Postby Muad_dib77 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:23 pm

not jealous not jealous not jealous.. repeat till true..


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Re: My new toy..

Postby soc » Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:59 am

Always had a soft spot for the S2000 - well wear :)
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Re: My new toy..

Postby TopCat » Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:43 pm

Weather wasn't good for much else today, so gave the new car a clean, clay bar, and some polish...

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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby Dragonheart » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:31 pm

Cracking looking car Tom, well wear.
I thought S2000's always had the red 'H' badge on front on back though? It is a Type R after all isn't it?
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby Kace » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:36 pm

Dragonheart wrote:Cracking looking car Tom, well wear.
I thought S2000's always had the red 'H' badge on front on back though? It is a Type R after all isn't it?


I don't recall ever seeing an S2000 with a red badge on the front. Thought they were always the normal standard badge.
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby Dragonheart » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:50 pm

What about the back then? Maybe I'm wrong, just thought I'd seen them with red ones. NSX does though doesn't it?
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby TopCat » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:26 pm

Don't think I saw them with the red badge before, not that I remember anyway.

Thinking of getting a "Type R" sticker for it though, or maybe an m-tec badge... :P
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby adrian » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:08 pm

Red badges are aftermarket and are common on Ebay etc...
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby TopCat » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:49 pm

No plans to go messing with the badges, I prefer the minimal look, so the only thing I'd consider is de-badging it.

Actually, the one thing I would like to do is paint the calipers. Only noticed how plain they look when I cleaned the alloys. Undecided as to whether to go black (nice and subtle) or red, but considering the red interior, I'm thinking red. Now where's that guide...
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby Sebastian » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:27 pm

Nice car TOM i'm sure you don't miss the FTO after all : )
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby adrian » Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:36 am

TopCat wrote:Actually, the one thing I would like to do is paint the calipers. Only noticed how plain they look when I cleaned the alloys. Undecided as to whether to go black (nice and subtle) or red, but considering the red interior, I'm thinking red. Now where's that guide...



I think this is such a good thing to do on the s2000. I did mine... you can see how they'll look. I got chrome/metallic decals from EBay (a seller called DecalGirl) as far as I remember and I laquered them on. 3 coats of paint after wire brussing them and after the 3 coats of paint I did a high temp laquer finish. Do it man!! And choose red!!

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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby optical illusion » Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:57 pm

Looking good Tom...

Note: Paint calipers, do not spray paint...
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby TopCat » Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:31 am

Thanks for the pics Adrian, red it is! :) And nice idea with the metallic decals, I may just do that too.
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Re: My new toy.. (S2000)

Postby Dragonheart » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:20 pm

Hmm, hardtop, very nice, and pretty rare. You can get a Mugen one from the states, they're a CF top, cost about €2K.
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