On S2KUK web site several years ago an unexpected high number of engine failures were reported in MY 2008 & 2009 S2000's. Even some replacement engines also failed. I followed this up with Honda UK & they received the following explanation from Honda engineers in Japan: "In some cases, oil application to the crankshaft thrust washer during production was insufficient. Combined with a high surface pressure, this could result in scuffs on the thrust washer, leading to abnormal wear and eventually abnormal noise." It seems that some users ignored the abnormal noise probably due myth of only one know VTEC engine failure & eventually catastrophic engine failures resulted. Most failures occurred in first 8k miles although some at higher mileages. In most cases Honda covered cost of replacement engines if no signs of abuse & Honda service records. If out of warranty the cost of replacing the thrust washers I believe is about £500 which is a lot less than £12000 for a new engine or about £4000 for TMG to install a reconditioned engine. Apparently S2000 engine rebuilds are not usually very successful so if any abnormal engine noise becomes apparent drive very carefully with as little revs as possible to a safe place to stop & get the car taken by flat bed to a Honda main dealer for diagnosis. S2000 engines of all model years have also failed due to lack of oil, being thrashed on track days without sump baffles being installed & over revved on down changes when rev limiter cannot protect the engine. Thus if buying an S2000 it would be advisable to first know what Crank End Float value is as it is a simple job for the dealer to measure & I was not charged by Norton Way Honda, Letchworth as being a long standing customer. My end float value was reported as 0.2mm with the standard being 0.1 to 0.35 & limit 0.45mm so my value is in middle of range. Also get valve collars inspected for any signs of damage that might have occurred due to over revving. First check red crackle finish on cam cover for signs of any damage & agree with dealer as mine got chipped & the repair made free of charge is not a good colour match. Need to emphasis that cover must be handled carefully before collars inspected & may as well have valve clearances checked at same time.