Originally Posted by Birks and Grey Socks
S2000 here. There are nicer convertibles, but no better sports cars for the money. This car is something else on a track. But if you are looking for more of a GT, pick something more comfortable. Mine is top down whenever it is above 5 degrees C.
love the s2000 and im not at all trying to start a fight. with that preface, would you say the s2000 is a better sports car for the money than the miata? i agree that its the better sports car, but i think the miata might represent a better value. examples under 1000 are far from rare. i spend 3800 (i was getting impatient after looking for a year) on mine which came with 15x8 panasports, a hard dog roll bar and has needed nothing but oil and gas. Ive done plugs, wires, and fuel filter as basic preventative maintenace.
Things the miata and s2000 share:
~Very Good reliablity
~nice(r for the s2000) sounding motor
~50/50 weight distribution
The S2000 has over the miata
~almost double the horsepower (insert lame torque jokes here)
~better sounding motor
~much stiffer chassis
~nicer (though more cramped in my experience) cockpit.
~much better headlights.
The miata has over the s2000
~much lower buy in price...as much as 2/3s less
~cheap as dirt replacement parts
~easy to work on (im honestly not sure and wouldnt be surprised if the s2000 was just as easy to work on, though)
So the questions are basically if the advantages of the s2000 outweigh the cheap price of the miata. I think for about 12k you can have a very nice running s2000 thats near stock, or a similar performance modded miata. its really just two ways to the same fun goal!