Long-term update: Our Honda S2000 goes in for major service

Long-term update: Our Honda S2000 goes in for major service


Our 2007 Honda S2000 went in for “40k” major service last week. Our car has less than 25,000 km on the clock, but a year had passed since the last service. Also, the car was grounded for a while as the brake lights were stuck on permanently, so we had to disconnect the battery when parked. Here are the dealer expenses nowadays.

The brake-light issue was a just a stupid little rubber piece behind the brake pedal that had disintegrated. It’s a common issue, and the replacement stopper costs Dhs 28 with the dealer mark-up, and Dhs 2 more for a washer.

The manual transmission and DOT4 brake fluids were completely replaced, as were the air filter and oil filter. This cost Dhs 251 for the materials.

The synthetic 5W30 oil change, 85W90 differential gear oil and consumables cost another Dhs 228 for the materials.

The labour itself cost Dhs 851, discounted from Dhs 1000.

The car runs better than ever now. The total bill was Dhs 1360. We suspect it is still the cheapest sports car to maintain, as long as you ignore the pathetic soft-top that develops holes due to poor materials and design. The dealer asked for Dhs 10,000 to replace the full roof assembly because they don’t know how to replace the cloth only (the latter incidentally involving 10 hours of labour). Also, the tint is peeling, the paint protection is gone, and the smart-repaired areas are fading, all of which will have to be addressed.

Original Mileage When Bought: 14,900 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 24,139 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 13.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 30
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 1330

Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 7870

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What do you think?



  1. whats the point of not driving a car yet spending such amounts on maintenance. This review doesnt help gain any perspective into what its like to own and DRIVE such a car.

  2. Do you know a place where I can make deep brake fluid change, from the callipers (not from the tank with the air sucker)?

  3. Leborde, i think you mean a full brake fluid flush (there is not such thing as deep fluid change)

    From each caliper on all four corners of the car you will have to ‘bleed’ the brakes. While one person is bleeding the brake fluid, you need to monitor the brake fluid in the reservoir, when it goes low keep adding fresh fluid. You can stop bleeding the brakes when you see the change in color of fluid and the fluid coming out of caliper should look like the fluid coming out of your new brake fluid bottle.

    I suggest you take it to a garage who know what they are doing, not some crappy shady looking garage. assuming your car is street driven, you should change out your brake fluid in this manner atleast once every 2-3 years. If you track your car, it needs to be done more often.

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