How Many Miles Will a Honda S2000 Last?

The Honda S2000 is steadily rising in value, which means that there is a lot of demand for them. However, not every S2000 on the used market is a pristine example with ultra-low miles. Considering the fact that the car is about 20 years old, there are bound to be plenty of high-mileage ones for sale. Which made lead some prospective buyers to wonder: How many miles can an S2000 last?

The S2000 is just as reliable as any other Honda

A row of lowered Honda S2000s
A row of lowered Honda S2000s | Joe Santos

Honda has always been known for producing some of the most reliable vehicles on the planet and the S2000 is no exception. Despite its high-revving engine and sporty suspension, the S2000 has proven to be a reliable means of transportation, whether you use it daily or as a weekend warrior. What’s even better is that the S2000 is still a Honda, which means that replacement parts are still readily available and relatively inexpensive.

Repair Pal even rated the Honda S2000 with four out of five stars on its reliability scale. For further proof, CarZing reports that the only maintenance needed is an oil change every 6,000 miles or so. Of course, when the car gets in the 150,000-mile range, other maintenance items like a clutch replacement, brakes, and possibly struts could need attention. But there have been many reports of S2000 owners easily clocking 300,000 miles or more on their cars without any major issues.

In fact, an editor at Road and Track recently purchased a Honda S2000 with over 300,000 miles on the odometer. He reported that the car drives “wonderfully” and that everything is “tight and dialed” with no major repairs needed.

MotorBiscuit’s personal experience with the S2000

2008 Honda S2000 | Joe Santos
2008 Honda S2000 | Joe Santos

As an S2000 owner myself, I can attest to the car’s reliability. I have owned the car for four years and bought it with 50,000 miles on the clock. I daily drove the car for three years straight, with a 90-mile commute every day, and am happy to report that there were no major issues during that time. Other than the routine fluid changes (oil, transmission, and differential), the car needed nothing to stay running well.

The car currently has 87,000 miles on the odometer and it still runs like new. So far, the only major repair that I have had to do was the clutch master and slave cylinders. Otherwise, I have no doubts that the car will easily run strong for another 200,000 miles.

The newer the better

2009 Honda S2000 | Getty Images
2009 Honda S2000 | Getty Images

If you are in the market for a Honda S2000, then aim for buying a newer AP2 model (04-09) as they weren’t as well known for drinking a quart of oil every 1,000 miles like the earlier models were. However, if you end up finding a really good deal on an AP1 model (99-03), then be sure to get a pre-purchase inspection done before purchasing it.

The Honda S2000 may be a high-revving, fun-to-drive convertible, but that doesn’t mean it’s unreliable. With the proper care and routine maintenance, an S2000 should easily be able to get to the moon and back (in terms of mileage).

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