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3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,333 miles

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2002 Honda S2000 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Honda S2000 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 312005

S2000

  • 39,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Honda S2000 engine shut off while driving due to sludge in the engine. Neither the dealer, manufacturer or the extended warranty would cover the cost of repair. Four weeks prior to the failure the engine shut down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed the problem as a weak battery and replaced it along with the spark plugs. After that repair the dealer stated everything was fine. Upon the consumer's request the dealer did a further break down of the engine and determined that the engine lock up was caused by a mechanical breakdown of a worn out thrust washer.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 292003

S2000

  • 28,948 miles
Purchased a Honda S2000 in August, 2002. It had to be taken in for repairs August 16, 2003. The car was served by Honda of mentor in mentor, Ohio. Damage was to the cylinder head and engine block. A new engine assembly with head was required given internal damage to the pistons/valves. Honda refused coverage under the 36/36,000 factory warranty. I had also purchased an extended warranty through cna national warranty corporation and they denied because "the manufacturer...voided or rescinded the factory warranty." There was 28,948 miles on it. Honda insisted the damage was how driven/maintained. I installed a used engine (with 3,500 miles) & the repairs were completed 9/29/03 by Honda of mentor at a $6,400 cost to me. March 25, 2004, the car taken in because the engine making a loud noise. The vehicle was taken to rick case Honda in euclid, Ohio. There was damage to the bearings and block (#2 and #3 connecting rod bearings were welded to the journals). The replacement engine had gone 9,540 miles when it failed. [Honda of mentor's invoice-mileage when received at 28,948. Rick case Honda's invoice - mileage at 38,488 miles; a difference of 9,540 miles.] this vehicle has had 2 engine failures in 1 1/2 years. Both due I believe to problems in the car not how it was driven/maintained. The initial factory warranty in August, 2002, was 36/36,000 and I purchased the extended warranty. The 1st malfunction occurred August, 2003, at 28,948 miles. The replacement engine was installed September, 2003, had a 12/12,000 limited warranty. It malfunctioned March 25, 2004, after 9,540 miles. I believe there is a problem with this vehicle which causes the engines to malfunction. I am copying american Honda and cna insurance.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 282002

S2000 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,051 miles
I have a one-year-old Honda S2000. I brought my car to a dealer for a check engine light and factory recall of spark plugs. The replacement was performed and I received my car back. The next day the light was back on. I returned to the dealer. I was informed there now was 80% loss of compression in one of the cylinders. I was informed that I created this problem and the warranty will not cover the repair. I asked the cost and was told I don't know. Probably $10,000 dollars. I asked how that was determined and was told we don't have to tell you that. I complained and was informed that a district service manager determined over the phone that I caused the problem. I asked if a rental would be provided in accordance with my extended warranty. I was told no this is your fault. I contacted american Honda customer service (800) 999-1009. I spoke with mike bogan at ext 118142. He informed me, he would get the answers. I waited two days with no response. I got a voice mail saying that the dealer determined it was my fault and Honda would not cover the repair or rental. I complained then about the language used by tech # 702 at clinton Honda. He informed me that he does not like doctors and since his wife lost a lawsuit by a doctor that he wouldn't authorize any repairs for my car since I am a doctor.

- Asbury, NJ, USA

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