Funny, you should bring it up, I had a FMII turbo'd Miata with Teins, and it was by far a faster car. But the S2000 is the better car. Also, the S2000 has a balance and chassis rigidity that a Miata can only dream about, even with all the braces you could throw on the thing.
Also, I'm getting a little old to be driving around in a modified car, and the constant upkeep with a turbo'd car, no matter how reliable, got tiring. The S2000 is like an Accord for reliability. And this coming from a guy who can re&re a motor in 4 hours.
No getting around that the S2000 is 2-3x the price of a Miata on the used market
But I must be getting old, I'm looking to sell my AP2 S2000 (creampuff with 20k miles) for a comfier 'vert that is more suited to long distance touring.
Originally Posted by Decahedron
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!