2002 Honda S2000 Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2002 Honda S2000 as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

A buzzing from the transmission when decelerating from 3,000 to 4,000 RPM can be caused by normal gear backlash noise in the transmission. Honda has an updated clutch disc to help reduce the noise. 

There are known convertible top issues.

A binding gas cap due to a faulty filler neck can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Replacing the filler neck will address this concern.

A problem can occur with a vibrating expansion valve in the AC system and cause a whistling noise from the passengers vent. Replacing the expansion valve with an updated valve from Honda will repair this problem.

On some models the center console can lift in the rear. Trimming the padding underneath the console will repair this problem.

The S2000 is set up with aggressive alignment settings and soft tire compounds to enhance handling. These alignment settings and soft tire compounds result in tires wearing out earlier than anticipated. This is a compromise made to have a car with exceptional handling characteristics.

The MAP sensor contacts can shift at high RPM causing a hesitation. Replacing the MAP sensor will repair the problem.
Some S2000's can develop a problem with the transmission popping out of fourth gear. A new updated fourth and fifth gear assembly will repair the problem. The transmission will have to be removed and disassembled for this repair.
A faulty relay can cause the air pump to overheat and set a check engine light. Replacing the relay will fix this issue.