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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
Jul 05, 2007 (7:20 pm)
I was just at my Mazda dealer looking for a car for my wife (the dealer also sells Volvos). He said he had heard that Mazda is discontinuing the RX8, but was not sure when. The Mazda web site has prices for the 2008 RX8, but has anyone else heard that it was being discontinued? My lease ends in 11 months, and I would hate to not have this available anymore.
#3535 of 3618 Re: End of RX8 [northfoot]
Jul 06, 2007 (7:45 am)
The only thing Mazda might do is make a RX9 or a version 2.0 of the car. It's their only rotary engine vehicle, afterall, so it will remain for the next decade or more in some form, if for no other reason than to keep the technology alive and for marketing purposes.
Now, if Mazda put a rotary in every vehicle... Well, I can dream, no?
#3536 of 3618 Re: End of RX8 [northfoot]
Jul 06, 2007 (4:18 pm)
Well there will certainly be an '08 and probably beyond.
#3537 of 3618 Re: loss of power steering [bullwinkle fan]
Jul 07, 2007 (9:10 am)
That's how it usually happens. Just come out to your car and the idiot light is on and no power. Usually will be ok if you turn it off and sit and try again. HOWEVER Mazda and now my dealer will not let me drive it once I call that this has happened. I've had it happen while driving twice and luckily I wasn't going fast or doing any serious driving or I would probably be dead. Its very dangerous when it happens and you're moving/driving. BE CAREFUL WITH THIS! I am going to try to contact Mazda directly. I've told my dealer I don't want the car back! But would take it back with their guarantee this time that the problem is solved.
#3539 of 3618 Re: loss of power steering [chparx8]
Oct 03, 2007 (3:54 pm)
Last night I lost my power steering too, while driving. Not fun--was driving down Sunset Blvd thru Beverly Hills--lots of twists in the road and manual steering takes muscle. Agree-very unsafe. At a light I turned off the car and turned it back on, and has been fine since.
Any further info or resolutions, bullwinkle or chparx8 (or others)?
2005 AT "The Blue Angel"
#3540 of 3618 Power steering loss - rest of the story
Oct 10, 2007 (11:24 am)
Following up on my previous post: I took my 8 in to the dealer. Similar with others' experience, the tech hadn't heard of the power steering loss problem but was told by Mazda tech line to solder some connection. Hope that's the end of the story.
#3541 of 3618 Re: Thinking about buying an '04 RX-8 [98nispat]
Oct 13, 2007 (8:25 am)
One of the main purposes of a forum like this is to share infomation with one another when something goes wrong which can give the impressions that the RX-8 is a quality nightmare. I would like to make a counterpoint.
I bought a 2004 RX-8 slightly used in June of 2005 with about 5K miles on it. (26K miles on it now)I live in Boston.. I drive it on lots of short trips where the engine does not fully warm up. I have had NOT ONE single problem with the car.. ZERO.. NADA.. It has ALWAYS started, I put 1/2 qt oil in every 1000 miles, and I switched to the Avon all-seasons so I can drive it in the winter safely (which I do). I have hit 122 mph on the Mass Pike at 2am, and I take offramp cloverleafs at 50-60 mph.
Three plus years later I still smile when I look at my car and I love my wife for saying yes when I wanted it so bad.
#3542 of 3618 Re: Thinking about buying an '04 RX-8 [grinnin]
Oct 13, 2007 (4:52 pm)
Bingo another Boston urban rotary road runner. My 2005 RX-8 AT Sport Group 2 build, Nordic Green has 34K. My commute from Hyde Park through the Stony Brook reservation over to the BC campus is one hell of a great ride, (provided the HP and BPD aren't around) with three traffic rotarys to run and low traffic. There's a big swooping "S" going by the Chestnut Hill mall that's fantastic to blow by those who are scared by the turn at the bottom of the hill.
I've got Avons as well for the weather, mostly the wet stuff and the quieter ride. I burn half a quart every 1K, and millage is 15MPG to 17MPG depending on the amount of paddle shifting. I've not had any problems either. Nothing like this car. Dream ride and I mostly stay in 2nd gear.
Recently, discovered a $40 Bell bike rack that can be configured very low to the trunk to carry three mountain bikes at almost horizontal so highway speeds aren't slowed. Now we can drive anywhere, pop the bikes off, ride through the best scenery New England offers, then drive back passing everyone in their hulking camper sized SUVs just like a sports car should. This bike rack also keeps the bikes from blocking the tail lights, just need to be careful the bikes don't knick the paint going on. (I got knicked, but no dent) Once locked in place the bikes become a solid part of the car. The weight, roughly 150lb, is positioned at six points, two points at the bottom of the rear glass, two points at the edge of the trunk and two point just below the Mazda symbol on the back of the trunk. The rig self tightens onto the trunk as the car takes the bumps. With the rack attached, the trunk lid can still be fully opened.
#3543 of 3618 Re: Thinking about buying an '04 RX-8 [grinnin]
Oct 17, 2007 (2:42 pm)
Good point! I should make it clear that even with the PS going out the one time, I wouldn't trade my car for anything else on the road within $20,000 of it.
Now, if my engine blows the day after the warranty expires, I may rethink!