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#2660 of 3618 Buying RX8 2004 year model.
Jun 08, 2005 (11:05 am)
I like mazda rx8 very much, and i am buying 2004 model, 5000 miles, 230HP, within 7 days.
Few Questions :
1) I have heard that flooding isnt fixed on 2004 model, is that right ??
If my car floods, what should i do to get it started ??
When will the car flood ??
2) Is oil change more frequent on this car ??
After how much miles should i change oil ??
Which oil is Best ?
Should i check for oil every 500 miles ? do i need to fill a litle oli every 500 miles ??
3) any other issues ??
Thanx Very much for answers in front.
All the best.
#2661 of 3618 andrija....
Jun 09, 2005 (8:21 am)
I'm sure I don't have all your answers, but I'll give you some insight on my experiences with my car.
1> I have a 2004 bought new in March this year. There are updates and upgrades for the car that helps with the flooding issue but does not take care of it 100%. I was told to look under the hood for a M or N Flash update to the car. Mine has been updated. Ask the seller about this one. The car will flood when it's started but not allowed to warm up to normal operating temperature and then turned off. Some fellow 8'ers on this forum suggested a nice little rev (up to about 3 - 4K rpms) just before you shut it off. It will clear the gas from the combustion chamber. I have flooded mine only once (jumped in, backed it up a few feet to mow the lawn and shut it right back down). I believe the owner's manual tells you to start it with the gas pedal about halfway in, I did that, it started up and I left it running for a period of time to warm it up properly.
2> I don't think it requires more frequent oil changes - my Mazda dealer has set me up for 3K miles for changes. It does use oil and it was suggested to me that I need to check the oil about every 3rd fill-up of gas. I'm not quite to 3K miles yet and I had to add a small amount of oil at about 2K miles. There is an oil light indicator to tell you to add, but it's probably best to keep an eye on the level personally. DO NOT OVERFILL THE OIL. The owner's manual says to use 5W-20 and I'm going to ask my dealer what brand they use when they change mine here in the next few days. When I bought some to keep in the car for emergencies, there are not a lot of brand choices out there for that weight.
3> I love my car and have not had bad experiences with it yet. Hopefully that will continue to be the case. Please know that this is not a super-fuel efficient car. Many forum posters are upset about the mileage with the car. I'm getting anywhere from 15 (around town, stop and go) up to almost 22 with highway. I think that's really good for a new car with less than 3K miles on it. Yours has been broken in somewhat and should be doing a little better. Ask the seller about fuel usage.
4> I would inquire as to repairs, service...that has been done to the car. That will tell you if there has been any big problems with it.
It's a great car!! Enjoy it!! and keep us updated on your purchase.
Jun 10, 2005 (3:19 am)
I am in the military stationed in South Korea and will be going back to the states in September of this year. I plan on buying a 2006 RX-8. Does anyone have any information on when the 06's will hit dealers or when Mazda will start taking orders?
Another concern that I have is, since I am 6 feet tall will I be able to fit comfortably in the front seat. To give me more space I will opt out for the moon roof option, I just need at least an inch of head clearence from the roof of the car while sitting.
I have heard mixed reviews on this car in reference to its acceleration abilities some reviews say that it isn't fast enough to be a sports car. For 30k I hope that this car is able to push me back in the seat when accelerating. So that brings me to my next couple of questions, how is the RX-8 on acceleration in stop and go traffic? When driving at highway speeds does the RX have enough acceleration capabilities to pass other cars with little effort? If someone could please help me out with getting some answers I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
#2665 of 3618 liquid1.....the only thing I can comment on is the...
Jun 10, 2005 (6:21 am)
moonroof and your height. I just bought a 2004 and had to bypass the moonroof because of the boyfriend. He's about 6' 4" and couldn't sit up straight in one with a moonroof but is fairly comfy without it. You should be fine without the moonroof and may actually be able to have one.
I have no problem with the acceleration in mine - enough pick-up to pass easy if you keep it geared down (I'm assuming you'll go with the 6 spd rather than the auto). I'm not sure I would consider it a push you back in the seat car, but I rarely drive mine like that.
It is a great car and I'm sure others here can give you some better info. Good luck!!
#2666 of 3618 Re: 2006 RX-8 [liquid1]
Jun 10, 2005 (7:00 am)
I've owned quite a few different sporty cars over the last few years and I have to say the acceleration in the RX8 from zero is a little disappointing. The 240HP is ok, but the lack of torque really effects your ability to get moving quickly from a standstill. I've had instances where trucks and vans at lights have floored the gas and basically been ahead of me for the first few seconds whilst the power kicks in - it is hugely frustrating that max torque kicks in at around 6000 RPM, whereas a good sports car, in my opinion provides good torque from 3000 rpm The handling however is exceptional, obviously theres no point in having tonnes of straightline speed if you cant carry it into the corners. The rx8 is a really nimble chuckable car but in my opinion can not be classified as a true sports car because of it's lack of oomph.. Given the benefit of hindsight I would probably have opted for something else. P.S I'm keen on a good engine note and the rx8 sounds like a hairdrier!
#2667 of 3618 2006 Info.& reliability
Jun 11, 2005 (3:07 am)
1. When are the 06 model RX-8's slated to come out?
2. Any information on when they will start taking orders?
Another issue that I have is that I need a reliable car that doesn't have problems starting. From reading peoples entries on this forum, this car sounds like it my be unreliable. If it makes any difference I plan on getting the 6 speed manual.
3. Will the RX-8 ever have any flooding issues if the car is always warmed up before it is shut off?
4. Overall would you say that the 8 is as reliable as any other car?
Jun 12, 2005 (10:44 am)
In response to the earlier post #2664, Mazda reports 0 to 60MPH in 5.9 sec. The driver obviously red lined it while dropping it into first gear-not too good for the tranny. The 8 will get you to 60 in under 7 seconds if you do a regular start off the line without burning to much rubber. I have revved her up to 4000 Rpms while throwing it into first and I probably got to 60 in under 6.5 sec. There is a "DSC" switch which needs to be turned off- if you really want to get a decent launch. When that switch is on, it applies the anti lock breaks at times- because its purpose is to prevent spin outs/loss of control.
The car is quick enough. I've held my own with g35's and 350Z's-. Those cars do have a lot more torque, and they don't have to have their transmissions/clutches beat up to get a quick start.. You do not get thrown back into the seat, instead--you get nice and even accelaration throughout each gear. You will feel more acceleration after 6000 rpms. First gear gets you up to almost 38-40 mph if you approach red line. Second gear is probably its strongest/quickest gear. If you want balls--get a mustang--if you want what I think is a great looking car with excellent handling and decent performance--get the RX8. Good luck in your search. I think you will like the RX8
#2669 of 3618 Reliability -response to #2667
Jun 12, 2005 (11:01 am)
I bought an '05 in May. I came to the problem solution boards the day after I bought it and I almost died. I thought that I would be burdened with ridiculous flooding problems from day 1- and on. I have been problem free/ and I love the car.
I have never experienced the flooding problem-ever. I feel terrible for the people who have. I always warm up the car before I drive. I always check the oil every second or third fill up. I have taken it on long trips and short trips-and I have never experienced a check engine light going on or "weird" noises.
The '06 sounds like a redated 05-but I am not sure.
I feel like I worried too much after I read the "problems/solutions" board. But I had to stop myself because that board is only for people wo have experienced problems. There are a lot of people who have not had any problems and they really enjoy the car. Good luck.