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2006 Honda S2000

Vehicle Overview:
Vehicle Type: Sporty Car
ABS Brakes: Standard
Standard Airbags: 2
MPG: 20-25 (City/HWY)
Engine Offered:
2.2L I4 237HP
Consumer Ratings:
Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:4
Overall:5
Ratings Guide:
5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
based on 65 ratings
Consumer Verdict:
Best Pick ?Consumers rated 2006 Honda S2000 in the top 6% of 2006 model year vehicles.
Rank:
94%
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2006 Honda S2000 Consumer Car Review Summary
Top 5 Pros of the 2006 Honda S2000
  1. Fantastic handling
  2. Amazing engine performance
  3. The look
  4. Excellent transmission
  5. Great car for the money
Top 5 Cons of the 2006 Honda S2000
  1. Tight interior space
  2. Road noise
  3. Better sound system
  4. More horsepower
  5. No trunk space
Submitted May 14, 2010
Performance:5
Exterior:4
Interior:5
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Everything! Sounds like a Ferrari/Italian performance machine due to racing technology, sounds better than a Porsche and most Audis too. It garners looks everywhere it goes and it's not a luxury brand, nor a Ferrari, etc. It is one amazing machine and there will not be anything like it ever again other than an F1 car. You take it out on a bad/tough day after work, etc and drive it safely and hard and you will feel so relaxed afterwards, it really soothes the soul. Wife or girlfriend will scream and giggle :D esp when u surprise them in a tight turn. I always thought roadsters were about looks, this one is stiffer than some hardtop/coupes/sedans which is amazing and only BMW and Mercedes can be made that strong.

One of the only real sports cars made to be driven and driven hard, being a Honda you don't have to worry about breaking anything even after major abuse, maybe brake pads, clutch and tires and oil.

My daily driver is a 2008 5 speed manual Civic sedan. Insurance for identical coverage for my S2000 and Civic, the S2000 is about 25% cheaper than the Civic DX 1.8L. It's a sports car and is cheaper to insure than a regular relatively affordable car!

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
-Put an aftermarket intake.
-put a more raw F1 car sounding exhaust to exploit the F1 technology that went into this car!
-Soft top latches are manual (though top is powered).
-Tint the windows so that I don't get so much attention.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
The best car ever made, would take this over a Ferrari if I had the money to buy a Ferrari and the Ferrari had a waiting list of over 3 months, I would take this over the Ferrari. This car is that good! I hope they don't make anything like it while one own an S2000 and hope they make something just as good or better for when moving out of an S2000 and looking for a replacement.


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Submitted Oct 24, 2008

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Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:4
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Performance.
Handling.
Visual Appeal.
Flexibility.
Convertible.

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
Tilt Wheel.
More seat adjustment.
Convex mirrors.
Better sound system.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
Performance:
Let me start by saying the S2000 is a true driver's car. It rewards being piloted by skilled hands, and is not fond of the ham fisted. The six speed transmission is the best out there. Lets get another thing out in the open.....this is NOT the fastest car out there. I'd bet that a Mustang GT could out accelerate it in a straight line. However, once you hit the twisty bits....the S2000 is in the element it was designed for. It can be driven in daily traffic without complaint, but I think is much more at home when blistering down a winding back road. This car has an amazing performance envelope. It hits VTEC around 6000 rpm, and rockets toward the 8000 rpm redline with a quickness. I've had 3rd gear as low as 15 mph with no bogging, and then ripped to 80 before having to find 4th. It still amazes me that it can be driven at low speeds with such ease, and then you have such a top end rush when you want to play. That kind of flexibility is rarely found in anything but a gymnast.

Handling:
This car was built for one purpose....and that is to go round corners. Forget drag racing it or anything in a straight line, just hit the twisties...keep the revs up and carve apexes. It simply has the right combination of chassis balance/power/grip. It's double wishbone suspension does an incredible job keeping you planted to the road and communicates what is happening at both ends of the car very well. There is little to no body roll in corners. Turn in and mid corner stability are incredible. Even for as tightly focused as it is on performance, it does not ride that rough. You will feel small bumps in the road, but they are well damped and not harsh.

Visual Appeal:
Some say the body is a bit dated by now, but I think they got it right the first time and have not had to make any major changes to the car. I think it fills the gap between the Mazda M5 and BMW Z4. The M5 being a "girls" convertible, and the BMW being more luxury than performance. My car does have the available front fascia and raised rear wing, and I think that really completes the look of the car without being overdone.

Flexibility / Design / Reliability:
This car was designed to be a convertible from the beginning. That being the case, Honda created a extremely stiff chassis that does not have much flex. All the money spent on design of this car seems to be in the engine and chassis. Exactly where it needs to be. Even for as high revving as the motor is, there have not been durability issues. There were a few in the first model years, but that seems to have been corrected when they went to the 2.2 L motor.

Interior:
The interior is very well laid out. Again the focus is on the driver having what they need at their fingertips to get the job of driving the car done very efficiently. The S2000 has great seats, and the controls are laid out so the driver has what they need close at hand. The only notable exceptions are the VSC and Cruise Control switches are well behind the steering wheel. Not that this is a large problem because there is little reason to ever mess with these to start with. As I noted in the "Cons", having a wheel that tilts and more seat adjustment would be nice to have. It would allow the driver to tailor the driving position to better suit them. Also having slightly convex driver and passenger side mirrors would help with the large blind spot due to the convertible top. The stock sound system is not much to speak of. That is the only area that I've upgraded with aftermarket parts. The convertible top is held by two latches and will go up or down in 6 seconds. Don't plan on packing too much, you only have 5 cubic feet of space in the trunk.

Operating Costs:
I average between 22 - 27 MPG in a mix of city/highway driving. If mostly highway, it's not unusual to see 30+. For a sports car, it's more than I would have expected. I get my oil changes done every 3500 miles at the Honda dealer using Honda oil. Since the tires are different sizes and directional, they can't be rotated. So I have my alignment checked every other oil change (7000 miles) and I've not had any problems with uneven tire wear. It has a conical type air filter right from the factory.

Summary:
The S2000 is a very capable, and yet flexible sports car. It's a car that is very easy to live with considering it's performance envelope. It's not a car for everyone, and there are trade offs. The best thing I can say is that if you want a true 2 seat, driver orientated, convertible sports car....this will not disappoint you. After almost a year, I still get a wide grin every time I hit the big red start button and fire it up.


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Submitted Apr 22, 2006

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Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:5
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
"Glued to the road" handling.
Fantastic high-rev engine.
Excellent transmission.

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
A bit difficult to exit from the driver's seat.
A tilt-up steering wheel would help.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
I bought this car to replace my old '87 300ZX Turbo, which I really liked, but was having lots of mechanical problenms. The first thing I noticed was how great the S2000 handles--like a slot car. Turn the wheel and it goes where you want it to. The 6-speed took a little time to get used to because the gears are so close together compared to my old "Z" and especially my Jeep. But once I became acclimated, it is really slick and precise. The V-tech engine is truely amazing. I took it easy during the 800 mile break-in period and on the first warm day of spring, I put the top down and went out for a drive on back roads. WOW!!! I didn't get the kick in the seat of the pants like my old "Z" gave me when the turbo kicked in at about 3K, but the V-tech is just getting started at 5000 rpm. This engine accelerates all the way up to the 8K redline. I'm glad it has a rev limiter because it's a little hard to see the digital tach with the top down and sunglasses on, and the engine doesn't seem to loose power near the top end like most cars. I can say this was the most fun I've ever had driving a car, and I look forward to much more.

This is a true sports car in the classic sense--built for driving, but not very practical. Just what I wanted. In college, I owned a Triumph and then an Austin Healey. In my 20's I had a Honda motorcycle. The S2000 seems to combine all the best characteristics of these vehicles from my younger days. It has classic looks, handles great, and revs and accelerates like a bike. Even better, the top goes down easily, the climate and stereo controls are functional and easy to use and you can actually hear the music while driving at high speed with the top down.

I would recommend the S2000 to other aging boomers like me who remember and love real sports cars and to any younger guys who appreciate the thrill of fun driving more than status symbols. I'm not sure about women because there's not much room to bring home anything from shopping trips. (Only kidding.) Seriously, this can't be your only car if you have kids, dogs, or have to go to the grocery store.


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Submitted Jul 8, 2011
Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:4
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Great exterior styling.
Superb acceleration, handling and braking.

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
The hard, preformed boot cover is a pain. When tri-folded it consumes a good 1/3 of the limited trunk space.

Sometimes it jumps out of 2nd gear upon quick acceleration, a problem I understand that sometimes affects 4th gear as well.

Very high road noise (expected in a true roadster but could be dampened with an overall layer of special material).

Tight cockpit which is not conducive to touring but great for "spirited driving."

Weak stereo performance.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
Overall, I love this little roadster and the thrill it delivers every time I take her for a ride. I got exactly what I wanted, a great little sports car and the biggest bang for the buck.

Thank you Honda!


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Submitted Jan 30, 2011
Performance:5
Exterior:4
Interior:4
Overall:4
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Handling.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
I have owned a S2000 for three years. I live in a rural area with few police and lots of hilly, winding roads. You can imagine the rest. Pure fun.


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Submitted Jan 29, 2008

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Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:5
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
the motor

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
put nos

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
i like it


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Submitted Aug 10, 2007
Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:4
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Almost everything. The ride is acceptable for a sports car. The acceleration and handling are superb. Interior Space and trunk room are very good for a two-seatconvertible.Also the AC works fine, even in 100+ degree weather.

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
Actually very little. The chassis cross braces in front of the seat are a minor inconvenience when getting in and I would lose the start button. It is simply superfluous.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
The lack of trunk space is a bum rap. We took a trip and got 3 small suitcases, a hanging bag, a computer bag and some wine all in the trunk with the top down. And my full size golf club bag fits fine. Very few two seaters can do this. A great little sports tourer and daily ride!


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Submitted Jun 7, 2007

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Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:5
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Fun to drive factor.

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
Lessen the wind buff on highway drive.

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
Quite possibly the best roadster under $40k.


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Submitted May 8, 2007

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Performance:5
Exterior:5
Interior:3
Overall:5
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
transmission

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
horsepower


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Submitted Apr 30, 2007

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Performance:5
Exterior:3
Interior:4
Overall:4
Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor

Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Performance! The engine on this thing is so awesome. Great in the curves. Love the gear box.

Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
Sound system. More options. Hard top option, 6 cylinder engine, turbo add on, a few more interior options like racing model with additional guages, additional bumbers and spoilers

2006 Honda S2000 Review:
Great car. I can't remember a car that gave me back my driver's soul like this car does. It is on equal with a Boxter S and a Z4. Way better than a miata. This is the car that says zoom zoom. Listen to the engine. I can't believe this is a production car. It belongs on the track on Sunday.


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