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Old 23 Apr 2010, 08:01 pm
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Default Should I buy a turboed S2000?

I'm looking for a used Honda S2000 around a 2000 model year. I want a car that's sporty, yet affordable and reliable. I have found a good price on one, but it has a lot of customizations.

I know for some people that would be a great thing, but it actually makes me nervous. You can guess how the previous owner drove it. It has a turbo. I wonder if that will make the car less reliable than Hondas have the reputation for. I want a car that will last me until 2020 or at least 2015 without being a maintenance headache. Do you think I should consider buying this car? Of course I will get it checked out by a mechanic, but by its very nature as a custom-built machine, could there be problems that aren't apparent now that will crop up in a few years time?
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Old 23 Apr 2010, 08:16 pm
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well theres meny factors to take in account... did he build the motor? if so did he put low compression pistons? How many miles on the car? how much horsepower it added could put extra stress on the motor... it comes with a high compression motor stock and idealy you want low compression... Does it have a good tune from a reputable shop? all those factor into if its reliable... but since its a s2000 you would think they could afford a good tune but that plays a big factor on weather its reliable... So theres no real way to know but hey its a honda u never know...
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Old 23 Apr 2010, 08:31 pm
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Wait and save your money for a better example of an S2000.

Whether or not these modifications were done professionally, the significant difference is that they weren't done by Honda's engineers who have to take the long-term reliability of their parts/designs into account. Of particular concern is their addition of a turbo to an already high-compression engine.

While one can easily modify a car to get more performance, there's no way to know how long these modifications will last and what effects they may have on the car's reliability. If you want to enjoy the car for 5 or 10 years, you should keep looking.
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Old 23 Apr 2010, 08:46 pm
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to begin with adding forced induction into a naturally aspirated engine will cut the engines life down, which natually brings down its reliability. If I were you, I would look at the RSX or something of that nature.
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Old 23 Apr 2010, 09:01 pm
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You should also consider that such a car may be expensive to insure. Check your insurance rates before buying one, for example here -
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