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Old 02-08-2013, 12:43 PM   #477
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for those who own one, can you please describe what it feels like to drive this car with the top down during breezy summer sunsets?
In Florida.. HELL.

In Canada, probably lovely

I only drove mine with the top down during the winter here.
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for those who own one, can you please describe what it feels like to drive this car with the top down during breezy summer sunsets?
Spectacular. Ladies love it. Except the ones who don't like being topdown (or topless in my case) cuz it "messes up their hair".
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LOL yeah the black/red in a later silverstone for example is more acceptable, but I still prefer all black. The all tan, slightly less tan, all red and IMO blue were all horrible looking interiors. The black/red is acceptable because once you sit down you no longer see the red for the most part, although I'd still swap the door cards and at least put black floor mats in.
I'm almost afraid to see what you think of my black/yellow interior...
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Can't be as bad as the suzuka blue color and the blue interior. *VOMIT*
Mostly, you don't see the blue inside, since it's dark. or you might have already gone blind.
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I'm almost afraid to see what you think of my black/yellow interior...
While I'm not a huge fan of the CR interior color I like it because of what it represents.

If I were Honda I think I would have done red under the mesh, would have looked better IMO.
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I've been contemplating between a fr-s for a while and just recently started thinking about the s2000 and the lotus exige. Considering the lotus is flat out expensive here in Canada and cannot be imported from the states, i only had two options left - the FR-S/BRZ and then S2000.

Since i already had a DD, i decided to buy a s2000 as a Weekend warrior/garage queen. Can't wait to have it in my hands next week!
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- 69,000 km / ~43000 miles
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- Comes with OEM Hard top
- Comes with Both Winter (on aftermarket wheels) and Summer (on OEM wheels) tires

On Inspection from a honda tech:
- Car fully checks out with no issues on electrical/mechanical
- VTEC kicks in smoothly (Damn is it scary to bring up the car to red line on 2nd gear on a busy street at that time - I have yet to drive a faster car)
- slightly bent jack points (wrong use of jack points)
- 2 small nicks on the rear bumper (either he backed into someone or someone backed into him).
- ALL Vin stickers on all body panels still
- a $2000 claim for a dent on the front fender

What needs to be fixed/repaired as soon as my hands get on it:
- clutch master cylinder leaking which has to be repaired
- a small tear on the hard top
- hardtop strikers (comes with the sale) (rattling noted by honda tech)
- 2 small nicks on the rear bumper (still thinking about it or not).
- Seat locks

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- Hard top on 3/4ths of the year so the soft top doesn't get used/stretched/torn
- as close to 100% stock as possible
- Garage kept
- Driven only on summer days (either sunrise or sunset) with the top down (I can't wait for this feeling. I dont know what it feels like but I can tell its going to be awesome because just before sunset, I love lowering down my windows and opening my sunroof to have the warm air flow through the interior)

My DD is a 2012 Hyundai Elantra - this will get me to and from work so i can pay off for the S2000 and the DD. LOL



I was looking at an exige s260 final edition in 2012 and unfortunately, it was $91000 to get in one so i decided to just have a garage queen and a DD instead.
Good luck with the latch rattles for the top... my hardtop latches have rattled pretty bad (even though everything is tightened down and secure) since the day I got the car. Can really be annoying but I've gotten used to it at this point... luckily I love the car so much I let it slide lol. Sounds like a great S2K man... congrats on the pick up! You're going to love it
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In Florida.. HELL.

In Canada, probably lovely

I only drove mine with the top down during the winter here.
Bahahaha. There was a dude in a FFR Cobra at the C&C last weekend. It was in the teens that day. He had on a parka and a fur ushanka. I imagine something close to that except winter in Florida is how hot?

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I was in the same boat back in 2006 when I bought my new S2000 $49,000 from the dealer before taxes. Canadian dollar and American were pretty much on par at that time. Honda Canada was killing us with the prices. Anywho I was stuck between the Elise and the S2000. Realized the Elise would not be something I could deal with day to day. That trunk is ridiculous lol.
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Spectacular. Ladies love it. Except the ones who don't like being topdown (or topless in my case) cuz it "messes up their hair".
This (read: my wife lol). My favorite time to go top down is summer nights, with summer mornings being a close 2nd. Perfect warmth where you're not just baking in the seat. Spring and fall are fantastic as well. To date I haven't found a car that provides me the same experience and smiles as having the top down with that engine screaming in VTEC up to redline. It's definitely unique and amazing
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I'm with Dave on this one. Living in NC I would hardly ever put down the top during the summer. Just way too hot.

As to women in the car with the top down, they bitch too much about their hair
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Bahahaha. There was a dude in a FFR Cobra at the C&C last weekend. It was in the teens that day. He had on a parka and a fur ushanka. I imagine something close to that except winter in Florida is how hot?
Varies quite a bit but generally 50s-70s. Lately it's been hitting some low 80s. Occasionally we'll have days with lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s, I still went top down during those days simply because in the summer you'd be sweating before you got out of the driveway.. not worth it.
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Good luck with the latch rattles for the top... my hardtop latches have rattled pretty bad (even though everything is tightened down and secure) since the day I got the car. Can really be annoying but I've gotten used to it at this point... luckily I love the car so much I let it slide lol. Sounds like a great S2K man... congrats on the pick up! You're going to love it
My rattle fix didn't work for you? I can mail you some liner.
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This (read: my wife lol). My favorite time to go top down is summer nights, with summer mornings being a close 2nd. Perfect warmth where you're not just baking in the seat. Spring and fall are fantastic as well. To date I haven't found a car that provides me the same experience and smiles as having the top down with that engine screaming in VTEC up to redline. It's definitely unique and amazing
Do it with a 70RR.

Now if only it was OEM quiet while cruising....
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Good luck with the latch rattles for the top... my hardtop latches have rattled pretty bad (even though everything is tightened down and secure) since the day I got the car. Can really be annoying but I've gotten used to it at this point...
Have you tried my ghetto tissue paper or folded paper trick? I just wedge whatever I can find on the latch hook and there is no rattle.
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My rattle fix didn't work for you? I can mail you some liner.
Admittedly I haven't tried that technique yet, I need to give it a shot. I've more or less learned to live with it at this point... I had read from a lot of guys that the rattle would just come back anyway, but I think they tried something different than what you're talking about. I should make it a project to do in the next couple of weeks...

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Do it with a 70RR.

Now if only it was OEM quiet while cruising....
My CR is bone stock but my old AP2 at one point or another had a J's Racing 60RS Dual Ti exhaust, inlinePRO 3" custom exhaust, and a T1R 70R-EM single stainless exhaust. The J's was my favorite

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Have you tried my ghetto tissue paper or folded paper trick? I just wedge whatever I can find on the latch hook and there is no rattle.
lmao maybe I just need to start stuffing shit in there until it stops and call it a day

what's goofy about my situation is the latch itself moves slightly from left to right even when locked in place which is the rattle that i have. everything is tightened down as best i can but it's still there. is this the same sort of rattle you guys are experiencing?
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Have you tried my ghetto tissue paper or folded paper trick? I just wedge whatever I can find on the latch hook and there is no rattle.
Yup, I've done that Also, check the screws in the latch mechanism! They can get loose and cause major rattling.
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lmao maybe I just need to start stuffing shit in there until it stops and call it a day
Ya.. that's how I usually roll.

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what's goofy about my situation is the latch itself moves slightly from left to right even when locked in place which is the rattle that i have. everything is tightened down as best i can but it's still there. is this the same sort of rattle you guys are experiencing?
I had two rattles...
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  2. The hardtop lock rattled (forgot which vendor the locks are from).
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In Florida.. HELL.

In Canada, probably lovely

I only drove mine with the top down during the winter here.
Here in BC, summers are really humid so its no picnic. I avoid the summer sun from 10am to 6pm. Once 6/7pm hits, I'm thinking it'll be time to drive the car in the sun until our sunset which is 9/10 (sometimes even 11pm).

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Spectacular. Ladies love it. Except the ones who don't like being topdown (or topless in my case) cuz it "messes up their hair".
Can't WAITTTTT!!!!! its only february!!!!

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I'd love to see that black/yellow interior. Is that the CR interior? If it is, TBH, I am not a fan. but if its a bright yellow/black interior then I'm all for it! HAHHA.

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While I'm not a huge fan of the CR interior color I like it because of what it represents.

If I were Honda I think I would have done red under the mesh, would have looked better IMO.
Not a fan of the CR interior - just looked it up right now.

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Good luck with the latch rattles for the top... my hardtop latches have rattled pretty bad (even though everything is tightened down and secure) since the day I got the car. Can really be annoying but I've gotten used to it at this point... luckily I love the car so much I let it slide lol. Sounds like a great S2K man... congrats on the pick up! You're going to love it
THANKS! Congratulate me when the car is in my hands and I'm sure I'll be here to tell you that I got it and will post pictures once the repairs are done and a full car detail - polish and wax is complete.

I'm not toooooo concerned in regards to the rattle. I test drove the car and was already all smiles when shifting the car. I used to drive manual cars when I was 18 (it was a kia pride - also known as a ford festiva! LOL) and I miss it! I missed it so much that whenever my friends offered to let me drive their stick shift cars, I would be the first in the driver's seat. LOL. I HATE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.

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Have you tried my ghetto tissue paper or folded paper trick? I just wedge whatever I can find on the latch hook and there is no rattle.
This is also another option lol.
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