Long-term update: Honda S2000 – It’s the little things that…fall off
As we’ve said before, the Honda S2000 is supremely reliable when it comes to mechanicals. But keep it in top cosmetic condition is a never-ending battle due to all sorts of random cost-cutting measures by Honda.
We park our car under the open sun, so there isn’t any opportunity for babying. A few months ago, a brittle clip on the side-indicator light snapped off due to age, causing the indicator lamp to hang by the wires.
So we elected to use double-sided tape to put it back in place. So far it’s held up well, so we didn’t need to go buy a replacement lamp. Looking up the issue on the net, it turns out it’s a common issue with these cars.
Also, a rip has appeared on our soft-top. It started off pin-prick small. Then it became about a nail’s width. And then suddenly it was an inch long. Turns out a rod on the speedy roof mechanism rubs against the inside of the thin vinyl cloth. We’ve plugged it up with duct tape for now, until we find a competent re-upholstery place. Yep, that’s a common problem too.
After a whole lot of searching, who came across a company called ColorGlo in Dubai that sealed up the tear on the outside and pasted a patch from the inside. It isn’t pretty up close, but it’s sort of unnoticeable from a couple of metres away. For the heck of it, we also got the vinyl roof painted to fix its faded look. It looks oddly shiny now, but fingers-crossed it will survive the desert heat. All that cost Dhs 1500.
The S2000 is still a Honda though, so this battle with minor cosmetic issues don’t deter us from trusting its ability to run forever.
Original Mileage When Bought: 14,900 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 20,590 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 13.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 1500
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 5295