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S2000 Dilemma

Discussion in 'Motors' started by RockLobster, 16 Sep 2009.

  1. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Hi All

    I've been looking at S2000s for a few months now. I will be buying one of these this week. I'm undecided on which of these I should go for: -

    The advantage of this one is that it has the optional hardtop and had some recent work (pads, discs, tyres and a recent service). It's a colour which will certainly stand out. Not sure on the disadvantage although people I work with say it will be too in your face.

    http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/1234057.htm

    Also this one: -

    http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/1226004.htm - Disadvantage of this one is it has no hardtop and is a euro import (I guess this doesn't matter as the warranty is up anyway).

    What do you think?
     
  2. LiE

    Capodecina

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    Personally I would go for the 2nd one.
     
  3. Toekiller

    Mobster

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    Grey for me. Then again I'm biased ;)
     
  4. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Because of the colour?
     
  5. Dup

    Capodecina

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    I'd go for the first as the colour doesn't bother me and it's had the main points looked after before purchase. I'd be worried about extra insurance costs on an import too. If you like the yellow personally, who cares what colleagues think? It's a pretty rare colour too I think.

    Either that or get some money knocked off the 2nd one assuming it may need consumables in the near future.
     
  6. eidolon

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    Why would you need a hard top? I've had soft top cars for years and have never felt that I've needed a hard top during winter.
     
  7. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Yeah I understand what you are saying. The Silver one the guy will not sell it for less than 11k. I've managed to £250 off the yellow one. It was originally up for £12800 but this week he dropped to £12000. So now we've agreed £11750.

    In terms of import speaking to the guys on S2k they said it will be the same as a UK model.
     
  8. LiE

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    Yes, it's a great combination. It also appears well looked after.
     
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  9. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    I do like the look of the S2000 with a hardtop. I will be using this a daily driver so with a hardtop I guess it will be more secure in the dodgy areas.
     
  10. mk1_salami

    Mobster

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    There are so many grey ones around, for me it'd be the yellow. I like the fact is stands out and also seems better value with the hardtop.
     
  11. Clarkey

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    Yellow, no doubt about it. Silver looks decidedly plain no matter what car it's on.
     
  12. eidolon

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    I've always used my cars as daily drivers and parked in dodgy areas and never had any problems. I don't think a soft top is any more of a risk than a hard top, it's quicker for a thief to smash a window than rip a soft top.
     
  13. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Just my personal experience. I had an old eunos roadster (mx5) and some git decided to put a big tear through it. They didn't even try and pinch anything.
     
  14. PiKe

    Caporegime

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    I've got the Moonrock and decided on it because it doesn't stick out as much as other colours, you might want to consider that if your parking in bad areas.
     
  15. Howard

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    If it wasn't a soft top they'd have keyed it or something probably, and that's just as dear if not dearer to rectify :(
     
  16. Lord-Jaffa

    Soldato

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    Before you buy one, make sure its had a full geometry and all bushes removed and greased (get confirmation of this as well).

    If this hasn't been done then just walk away, its pretty costly to rectify (Ive just had the rear toes done because they were seized on my 04, cars even as new as 08 have the problem as well!).

    Oh and hardtop is actually quite nice for winter, besides the fact if you dont like it you can flog it for £700 or so with the fitting kit.

    Out of those two id go for the yellow, Silver is just so meh.
     
  17. PiKe

    Caporegime

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    Plus point of silver is swirls and stonechips won't really be visible...
     
  18. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Hi Lord I don't think either have had a geometry check. What costs are we talking about if the bushes are seized? 600 quid?
     
  19. PiKe

    Caporegime

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    £1000, it's not always necessary if they are seized because sometimes they can still get them in spec.

    Mines not been checked but handling feels ok.
     
  20. L0rdMike

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    Get a blue one.
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