Thanks for your post. You are right, I did go into the test drive with kind of a bad attitude towards the car at CarMax, knowing the car was bought by someone who did not appreciate what they had and didn't spend one minute of their time taking care of it. Most likely a young kid with wealthy parents that decided after a few months he/she wanted something else instead. When you just don't know the history of a used car, you kind of form a negative image in your mind of what the car has been through. I'm not writing the car off just yet, I may even go back and test drive it again now that I've thought through things and created this very good discussion on this forum.Glad you got to drive the car. Sorry that you weren’t completely in love though. I will say this.. I got to test drive a CTR at a dealership cause the salesman very stupidly asked me if I wanted to. Knowing I wasn’t supposed to, but knowing this was probably my only chance before buying the car, I took him up on his offer.
It wasn’t a great experience because I knew this car wasn’t going to be mine. They were asking 10k plus accessories. So going into it, I didn’t have the excitement that this could be my new car... I knew I had no chance of buying this particular one. This was just supposed to be a recon mission to see what the red one looked like in person so I could decide on a color. It was a fun drive but like you said I second guessed the car. I just wasn’t COMPLETELY impressed. I almost decided not to continue looking for a CTR.
Unlike you tho, I didn’t have a list of other options. For me, it was either I keep my EX-L or I get a CTR. I love the brand and just can’t really think of another car I’d want to own at this time. So I thought about it more and decided the reason I wasn’t completely impressed is because I went into it with the wrong mentality. When I finally found a red one at MSRP, I went ahead and pulled the trigger despite the feeling I had from the test drive.
Like you said tho, the test drive is only a very small window into what it’s like to own this car. I love the way the car looks. It’s the color I wanted for the price I wanted. It gets me hyped up when I randomly take it to redline while cruising around. I’m really glad I decided to keep looking..
I've always loved the Type R models and came close to buying an ITR when I bought my S2000. However, it was the test drive of the S2000 that just knocked the ITR right off the list. A RWD open top Honda that revved to 9,000 RPM at an affordable price was absolutely perfect and has been a great car for the past 15 years. If Honda came out with a new S2000, I might not be thinking about anything else, but for now, there are 4 other cars on my list that I might enjoy instead. You only live once, and as much as I still love my S2000, it's also time to move on. There is another thread on S2ki.com that is titled, "When is time to move on to something other than the S2000?" I think the best response was, "if you are asking that question, it's time." I just thought that was a definitive answer to that question. One of the reasons I enjoyed driving the S2000 so much was we had a huge club in the Atlanta area, we'd go on drives every month, we have great mountain roads around us, on occasion a group of us would do track days, we helped each other do mods and repairs. That's totally gone now, except for the twice per year Tail of the Dragon events, the S2000 community has moved on, and I think so must I.OP, I really appreciate your review. I will be getting a CTR soon and selling my S2K. I don't have the fondest memories of FWD but I have been dreaming of owning a Type R since high school. I probably would have saved for a Porsche if it didn't work out. Good luck on your search, I hope you find the perfect car for your needs.