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2003 S2000 Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com.



Contents

Owner's Identification Form Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety .......................................................................................................................... ii Your Car at a Glance ......................................................................................................................................2 Driver and Passenger Safety .......................................................................................................................5 Proper use and care of your car's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. Instruments and Controls...........................................................................................................................43 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features.........................................................................................................85 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving .............................................................................................................................................119 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving...........................................................................................................................................................133 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................147 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer. Appearance Care.........................................................................................................................................207 Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected...............................................................................................................217 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information...............................................................................................................................247 ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada)......................................................................261 A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...............................................................................................................265 How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index ................................................................................................................................................................. I Service Information Summary A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

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Owner’s Identification

OWNER

ADDRESS

STREET

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

V. I. N.

DELIVERY DATE

DEALER NAME

ADDRESS

(Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STREET

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE

OWNER’S SIGNATURE

DEALER’S SIGNATURE

ZIP CODE/

POSTAL CODE

This Owner’s Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle, and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold.

This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the S2000. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever.

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Congratulations on your selection of the 2003 Honda S2000. We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced sports cars in the world.

One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your car so you can refer to it at any time.

Several warranties protect your new Honda. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Honda dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns.

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING: California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of

Introduction

As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a information is intended to help you avoid damage to your S2000, other property, or the environment.

symbol. This

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A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this car safely is an important responsibility.

To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your car. You must use your own good judgement.

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You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including:

Safety Labels − Safety Messages

on the car. − three signal words: These signal words mean:

preceded by a safety alert symbol DANGER WARNING

, or

. CAUTION

,

and one of

You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

Safety Headings

− Safety Precautions.

such as Important Safety Reminders or Important

Safety Section Instructions −

such as Driver and Passenger Safety. − how to use this car correctly and safely.

This entire book is filled with important safety information carefully.



please read it

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Your Car at a Glance

HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNAL SWITCH (P.53)

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONTROLS (P.55)

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.57)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.122)

DOOR LOCK SWITCH (P.62)

POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.70)

MIRROR CONTROLS (P.80)

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HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING (P.86)

AUDIO SYSTEM (P.94)

ROOF SWITCH (P.73)

HAZARD WARNING SWITCH (P.80)

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REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.113)

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.54)

ENGINE START BUTTON (P.135)

HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS (P.53)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.122)

CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH (P.115)

HORN

Your Car at a Glance

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.57)

WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ WASHERS (P.55)

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Driver and Passenger Safety

This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passenger. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains your Supple- mental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain children in your car.

Important Safety Precautions Your Car’s Safety Features

Seat Belts Airbags Seats & Seat-Backs Head Restraints Door Locks Pre-Drive Safety Checklist

......... ............. ....................................... ........................................... ..................... .......................... .................................. ........ ............................ 1. Close and Lock the Doors ..... 2. Adjust the Front Seats ........... 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............ 4. Fasten and Position the Seat .....................................

Protecting Adults

. 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10 . 10 . 10 . 11 . 12 . 12 . 12 . 13

Belts

. 15

5. Maintain a Proper Sitting

Position

. 16 Advice for Pregnant Women . 17 Additional Safety Precautions . 18 . 18

................................ ..... ... ........................

Protecting Children

All Children Must Be

. 19

Restrained

for Child Passengers

............................... Your Car is Not Recommended .............. The Passenger’s Airbag Poses ...... ...

. 20 Additional Safety Precautions . 22

Serious Risks to Children

. 19

General Guidelines for Using

. 22 . 26 . 29

Child Seats

Protecting Small Children Protecting Larger Children

............................... ......... ....... Additional Information About Your ................................. . 33 .. Seat Belt System Components . 33 Lap/Shoulder Belt ...................... . 33 Automatic Seat Belt

Seat Belts

Tensioners

Seat Belt Maintenance

............................... ............... Additional Information About Your ........................................... ........................ ...........

SRS Components How Your Airbags Work How the SRS Indicator Light

SRS

. 34 . 34

. 36 . 36 . 36

Works

. 38 SRS Service . 39 Additional Safety Precautions . 39 . 40 . 41

....................................... .................................. ... ............. ...................................

Carbon Monoxide Hazard Safety Labels

Driver and Passenger Safety

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Important Safety Precautions

You’ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important.

Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags supplement seat belts, but airbags are designed to inflate only in a moderate to severe frontal collision. So even though your car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passenger always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page

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