• Mar 28th 2006 at 6:03PM
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A new UK Driver Power survey conducted by Auto Express Magazine surveyed 46,000 car owners on their choice for the nation's automotive Heroes and Villains. Criteria included driving enjoyment, running costs, reliability, build quality, and so on.

The 'super' Hero? Honda's S2000 roadster. In fact, Honda placed three cars in the top ten, as did VW AG property Skoda and BMW. In a 'shades of Consumer Reports' finding, the British publication's survey found that 11 of the top 12 most reliable vehicles were Japanese, and 9 of 11 of the most problematic were of French and Italian descent.

The biggest villains? Peugeot's 206, Mercedes A-Class and the not-so-dearly departed Rover 25.

A summary of AE's findings and criteria can be found here, and a more comprehensive vehicle-by-vehicle ranking here.

[Sources: Auto Express, The Independent, Honda Motor Co.]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      2nd gear grinds. Gear lever not in the ideal position. Sound harsh when accelerated.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I bought an S2K in Aug of 05 (Suzuku Blue) and I LOVE IT! I tried the Z4 and Miata. I happen to be 5'10" and those 2 cars were just a bit shorter. And although the Z4 was a nice drive, it's rear window visibility when roof is up is next to nothing! That is pretty significant. The S2K rear window is made of glass and at least you can see out of it, plus the driver has plenty of leg room. Also, shifting is "like butter". Absolutely a dream. My only problem is because of my height, I do have to duck down a bit to see out the window to see signal lights...but that's the case with all convertibles. I also believe if I should have any repair or replacement work needed, I can get a standard part in the US..no problem. Not always the case with Miata, Z4 or Mercedes, BMW....etc. That was a big selling point.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why am I not surprised? Where's all the rednecks that called Consumer Reports BS?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, wait a year and you can buy a Pontiac Solstice GXP or Saturn Sky Redline for about 10k less than a Honda S2000. It will have more horsepower, more torque (hell, it already has more torque), and a much more exciting exterior. Of course, there will always be those Americans who would rather just support the Japanese even when a better car is out there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I owned this car for 2 years - I miss it . Hands down best car I've owned. The fun factor is off the charts! Reliable... Amazing!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Honda may be a good vehicle, but I'd prefer the Porsche Boxster or even the Mercedes-Benz SLK.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Whoever said the S2000 is "fast" is funny. You guys have been watching too much Fast and the Furious. Sure, its a great track car and apparently "awesome in the twisties". Trouble is, so are lots of other cars in the twisties, for much cheaper, and with more character. To close, I keep hearing about the awesome shift action of Hondas. Hmmm, guess you guys have never driven a Ford or Hyundai.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. It's very sporty, high maintenance, somewhat rare, drop top, rear wheel drive, and very reasonably priced, unlike porsche or mercedes.
      Can't wait for the next generation!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Blah blah, At least we know Europeans don't think much of American trash such as GM.
      • 9 Years Ago
      sure boxsters and slk's are great but they are 10k more than the s2000.

      with the slk you get a folding hard top, lots of gadgets and is worth every penny but the boxster is just simply over priced for what you get.

      the s2000 what a true roadster should be. simple, reliable, and fast.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a sweet, hardcore, no frills sports car. Thumbs up to anyone who owns one!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Devin, have you actually sat in the Solstice and the Honda? The Honda has a much higher quality interior. I haven't been able to test drive a Solstice yet, but I'd be surprised if it steered or shifted with the precision of the Honda, either. Honda doesn't use a transmission engineered for a pickup truck in its sports car. And you don't sink halfway to the floor when you sit in the Honda's seat, either. Because it doesn't use seats engineered for use in a European economy car.

      One car is a thoroughbred, the other is a parts bin collage with a sexy body and good specs.

      I'd love for Detroit to produce a car like the S2000. But the Solstice isn't it.
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