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Congratulations on your selection of the 2008 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 vehicle 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 vehicle so you can refer to it at any time.

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

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

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 vehicle, other property, or the environment.

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Introduction

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING: defects or other reproductive harm.

This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth

Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of any airbag system component. This data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner.

Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential.

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Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this vehicle 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 vehicle. You must use your own good judgement.

A Few Words About Safety

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

Safety Labels − Safety Messages

on the vehicle. − 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 vehicle correctly and safely.

This entire book is filled with important safety information carefully.



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2008 S2000 Contents

2008 S2000 Online Reference Owner's Manual

Owner's Identification Form

Introduction .......................................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety .............................................................................................................................. iii Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) .................................................................................................... 3 Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) .................................................... 5 Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, dashboard and steering column) .................................... 43 Features (heating and cooling ,audio,steering wheel, and cruise control) ...................................................... 95 Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading) ...................................................................... 127 Driving (engine and transmission operation) ................................................................................................ 143 Maintenance (minder, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage)........................................... 159 Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, dead battery, overheating, fuses) ..................................... 199 Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls) ....................................... 231 Warranty and Customer Relations (U. S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information) ... 247 Authorized Manuals (U. S. only) (how to order) ......................................................................................... 251 Index ............................................................................................................................... ........................................ I

Service Information Summary ( fluid capacities and tire pressures)

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Overview of Contents

Contents A convenient reference to the sections in this manual.

Your Vehicle at a Glance A quick reference to the main controls in your vehicle.

Driver and Passenger Safety Important information about the proper use and care of your vehicle’s seat belts, an overview of the supplemental restraint system, and valuable information on how to protect children with child restraints.

Instruments and Controls Explains the purpose of each instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column.

Features How to operate the heating and air conditioning system, the audio system, and other convenience features. 2

Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to break- in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.

Driving The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park.

Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information.

Maintenance The maintenance minder shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer for maintenance service. There is also a list of things to check and instructions on how to check them.

Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them.

Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.

Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature.

Index

Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS GAUGES

(P.53)

(P.46)

PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.26)

DRIVER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P.9, 20)

POWER DOOR LOCK (P.65)

POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.70)

MIRROR CONTROLS (P.87)

U.S. S2000 model is shown.

* If equipped

:

ROOF SWITCH * (P.73)

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.61)

Y o u r V e h i c l e a t

a G l a n c e

PASSENGER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P.9, 20)

AUDIO SYSTEM * (P.104)

MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P.147)

HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.60)

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P.59)

CLOCK BUTTON (P.56)

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.60)

VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.153)

REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.122)



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ENGINE START BUTTON (P.146)

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.130)

CRUISE BUTTON (P.124)

HORN *

1

To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. If equipped

1: 2 :

* * 4

HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS (P.96, 100)



2

WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ WASHERS (P.58)

CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.124)

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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 how your airbags work, and it tells you how to properly restrain children in your vehicle.

Seat Belts Airbags

Important Safety Precautions Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

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

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

Protecting Adults and Teens

. 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10 . 10 . 10 . 11

Seat Belts

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

. 12

5. Maintain a Proper Sitting

Position

. 13 . 14 Advice for Pregnant Women Additional Safety Precautions . 15

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

Additional Information About

Your Seat Belts

....................... . 16 .. Seat Belt System Components . 16 ...................... . 17 Lap/Shoulder Belt Automatic Seat Belt

. 18 . 18

Tensioners

Seat Belt Maintenance

............................... ............... Additional Information About Your . 20 ..................................... . 20 ...... Airbag System Components How Your Airbags Work ........... . 22 .. How the SRS Indicator Works . 25

Airbags

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