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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
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.
#2670 of 3618 Re: 2006 RX-8 [liquid1]
Jun 13, 2005 (1:50 am)
First....thanks for your service to our country!
Second...you'll love the RX-8.
I haven't heard of Mazda making many big changes, but I have heard rumor of a Mazdaspeed & convertible version and even an RX-7 version. Since no pics have leaked, I'd think the RX7 is a bigger rumor than the Mazdaspeed version. As you maybe read about the flooding issue, it sounds like they've fixed that in the 2005 version.
Depending on your arm/leg length proportions, you should have no problem comfortably fitting into the car. I'm 5-10 and have at least 4 inches clnc. When I take it to the track to run SCCA events (Solo II & Club Trials), I move the seat up a notch, but have to move the seatback back a notch to allow for the helmet & seat insert I use.
Acceleration....If you want a fast launch, rev her up to 4000 and drop the clutch. With my 238 HP version, I get to 60 in 6 seconds pretty consistently. However, it does not have the low end torque of a Corvette. Fast enough to be a sports car....with the 6 spd manual, I hit 90 in 3rd gear and brake to 30 (in 100 feet or so) to make a tight 135 degree turn in 2nd and accelerate back to 90 in about 1/5th mile. Two lane road (somebody going 50 say) passing acceleration...drop her into 3rd (about 5000 RPM) and punch her. The 238 HP car has 2 ports that kick in around 6250. Any RPM's above 6250....will quickly reduce the MPG numbers.
Reliability....I have car number 991 off the line (pre-ordered) and just had routine maintenance ever (even with the on track driver improvement sessions). As you'd expect for 1st year models, Mazda did come out with some mid-year 'fixes'. Make sure those 'fixes' have been installed. One helps with the rough idle, one with the flooding, one with the anti-locks 'clicking' (something about overspray on the underbody coating getting on them).
Bottom line: If she was broke in right (driven nicely for first 500 miles or so) and didn't have any missed services (my Mazda dealer changes oil/filter every 3000), she'll be a good ride. They have produced over 100,000 RX8's and I'm sure have had a few bad ones, but check out the service history on the one you're looking at and if you don't see any big items listed, go for it. I'd say one with that many miles should be about $20-22,000. (238 HP/6 Spd Manual/Sport Package)
OBTW: I still have my 1979 RX-7 (original year) and its rotary still loves to zoom too...
Jul 07, 2005 (12:36 pm)
I have felt that the RX-8 has been one of the most unrepresented of the medium price range sprts cars. Ever since its humble beginnings as the premeir car of the X-Men movie this peppy machine has been under the radar. I don't think that it is so much their fault as ours in the sense being a native New Yorker nobody talks about Mazda except for an occasional "zoom zoom". I wish that in the future years people will begin to see the true performance of this machine, and get past the fact that it is a Mazda. For a great review of the RX-8 check out carlist.com
#2672 of 3618 Re: RX-8 [carsareus]
Jul 07, 2005 (1:57 pm)
It is good news/bad news. Mazda can't sell them (or does not know how to) so you don't see them much on the road - so the 8 owner has a special/rare car. Further good news is you can get a new, left-over 04 off a dealer lot TODAY for $4,500-5,000 under INVOICE or just get a new 05 for $2,500 to $3,200 under INVOICE.
The bad news is resale value is terrible - with so many unsold on Mazda lots folks selling a used 8 have to take a beating. A bad beating if they purchased near the 04 model release when no discounts and even gouging over MSRP were the norm.
With "more accessible" competition competing in the same price area - G35 coupe, 350Z, new Mustang GT, etc the "quirky" RX-8 with its under-torque feel just not appeal to most folks. It does appeal to ME - which is all that counts
Jul 09, 2005 (11:00 am)
I was asked about the MPG on my AT. I've been taking notes for some time and can state the following: Per tank, I can go about 80 miles farther on the highway, than in the city.
Example: On the 4th of July, I spent the morning driving around the city (Ft. Lauderdale) getting stuff for a trip to Disney World - used a full tank - got 240 miles. That afternoon/evening I had to drive, via the turnpike, to Disney. The "Tank Empty" light had NOT come on and I had driven 320 miles. So, with a 15.9 gal tank, that comes out to 15.09 MPG City and 20.12 MPG Hwy.......both acceptable to the way I drive! Your mileage may vary.......I know on my trip around the US in April, I was getting 340+ to a tank, at times (21.38 mpg Hwy).
Maybe at some point Mazda will be able to do some sort of trick, like one less spark per rotation, to save some gas....if at all possible.....Pathstar could enlighten me!