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#3146 of 3618 My two cents
Dec 28, 2005 (10:28 am)
I guess it's time I posted a little of my experience with my 2004 RX-8 6-sp. First purchased June 2004 used with 5200 miles on it for $25,800 (at a Cadillac dealer that obtained it on a trade for an Escalade) grand touring package and navigation. I now have about 13K miles on it. Black with black/red leather interior. I live in Boston and have had NO problems with flooding even in the cold weather. Last winter I kept the OEM tires on it and left the car in the garage when it snowed (especially the 28" we got last January!) One day we got a surprise inch of snow during the day and I barely made it home from the train station. In October 2005 I replaced the stock tires with the Avon A/S-500 all-seasons, and I can now scoot up the short steep incline on our driveway and go with some element of confidence through a light coating of snow. I take public transportation into the city for work, so I have an easy time leaving it in the garage if I need to when it snows heavily. I've used maybe two quarts of oil in 9,000 miles, and get about 17 mpg average (15-16 winter/18-19 summer) with more cold-weather and city driving than most people.
Bottom line is I still smile as I hop behind the wheel and drive off. Sure it's not the fastest off the line, but nothing beats it in the point and shoot traffic of urban Boston. Its light weight and low low rotational moment of inertia (sorry, showing my geeky side) make the car a hoot to drive every day. The Avons compromise a bit of stickyness, but give me more driveability which is a trade-off I'm willing to make since I can't afford a dedicated set of rims and snow tires. When I was a kid, my Dad bought sight unseen the first RX-7 shipped to Milwaukee in August of 1978, and I've been a rotary Mazda fan ever since.
#3147 of 3618 Re: 2006 vs 2005? [pathstar1]
Dec 28, 2005 (12:22 pm)
Thanks. I'll try the miata tonight. I am still on the fence as to wait or not to wait. At the moment I am thinking that I will buy the 4-spd auto for an incredible deal, or if I can't get that, I'll wait for the 2006 6-spd AT. Unless I love the 6-spd AT in the Miata, then I will pass on the 2005 all together. If none of the dealers will deal with the 2006's, I'll just use the Costco program and at least get close to the invoice price.
#3148 of 3618 Re: Manual vs auto [pathstar1]
Dec 29, 2005 (4:30 pm)
Just finishing my first long car trip of 2000 miles in my RX-8 AT. Two adults and a child still in a car seat. The RX-8 has been very nice on the highway long trip. Long duration driving was a worry at first, but after 14 hours averaging 80mph through MA, CT, PA, VA, WV and NC on I84, I81, I77, I85 and I26, I can't remember a easier drive. At 76mph there's tiny bit louder whine from the automatic tranny but between 78mph and 100mph she's quiet and powerful in all situations. She holds cruise control speed in even the steepest climbs up mountains.
Traveling from Boston to western NC. This is one instance where an automatic is much nicer than a manual tranny. A fully automatic tranny lets the cruise control maintain constant speed going up hills and mountains. Years ago when I drove manual tannies only, driving on highways over steep hills and mountains I always hated the downshift at highway speeds while going up hill. No matter if I shifted at the bottom of the hill or mid way up, the cruise control would get in the way so badly that I could never maintain my speed. I was really love'n my wimpy RX-8 AT 4 speed this trip as I did 80mph all the way up I26 to Ashville NC.
#3149 of 3618 Re: 2006 vs 2005? [duke15]
Jan 02, 2006 (4:51 pm)
The Costco program is great!! It just may be a little tricky to get it started on a 2006, as I found out. I called them to find out who to deal with, and they sent an email to the dealer. The sales manager then told me they weren't available yet so he couldn't do an order. Well, at that time I had already contacted Mazda to find out about it and how to do the special order so I had a phone number for someone to talk to and arrange the order. Well, it worked out great that they hadn't started building them just yet so they changed the building specs on one already in line so I didn't have to get to the back of the line and wait extra long. If you are not in an immediate hurry or extremely picky about what comes in your car and will just take something off the lot, you should be able to start the process next week, I am thinking. It is supposed to be "unveiled" at the Detroit Auto Show which starts on Jan. 8. My dealer quoted me a Costco price of $400 over invoice, although we don't have the invoice price yet!!! You are supposed to be able to get additional discounts off that price but I don't know yet since my car is still on its way here.
#3150 of 3618 Re: I think I'll pass on that one! [pathstar1]
Jan 07, 2006 (4:27 pm)
Does anyone have any more info on the key system for the 2006 RX-8's?
I've looked all over the place and found sites that talk about "keyless entry and ignition start". Why would they make it so you have to click a button on the fob (as a believe they're called -- this thing with the unlock and lock buttons) to open the doors, but not need anything to start it? The new Corvette and several other types of cars now use an intelligent entry system that let you just open the door and start the car when you're in proximity of the car with the credit card thing. No buttons on the fob need to be pressed.
#3151 of 3618 What I got
Jan 12, 2006 (12:09 pm)
Wanted to tell a brief story. Was very excited about getting the RX-8, have been diligently shopping, researching for months now, but I really wanted to lease for various reasons and the deals have not been there since the good one in Sep/Oct. Long story short, turns out BMW is having a huge sale on leftover 2005 Z4, and I ended up with a 3.0, for less than the cost of an RX-8 lease....I'm having a blast now, though I do feel like I've betrayed my first love a bit... Have fun everyone, I'm off to some top down driving....
#3152 of 3618 Re: I think I'll pass on that one! [eclipse4]
Jan 12, 2006 (12:31 pm)
You keep the remote in your pocket...on the door is a tiny button you push to unlock the door(s), you don't have to push the button of the fob.....get in and turn the knob. The knob is where the key would go.
the reason for the button on the door is so you don't unlock your car by accident when just walking by...
#3153 of 3618 New 6 speed automatic
Jan 14, 2006 (4:58 am)
has anyone driven the new 6 speed automatic? does anyone know when it's supposed to be available? thanks
#3154 of 3618 Re: New 6 speed automatic [twmark]
Jan 14, 2006 (6:08 am)
Been watching my dealer in Boston for a while on this. They have given up predicting when the 2006 RX-8 will arrive. But it's a two edge sword for them. There are plenty of 2005s around and 2006 is not going to offer enough difference from the previous model so the dealers are not all that psyched about receiving 2006 RX-8s that will not sell fast and that will crush the prices of the 2005 RX-8s left on the lot.
#3155 of 3618 Re: New 6 speed automatic [twmark]
Jan 14, 2006 (8:16 am)
The official due date is in a few weeks. I'm too lazy to look it up, but it's posted many times on the net. I'm pretty sure the first shipment has set sail from Japan by now. In US ports sometime next week. In dealers lots two weeks at the longest after that.