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#1 of 131 Mazda RX-8 Owners: Care & Maintenance
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Aug 04, 2003 (8:49 am)
Share you care and maintenance routines and schedules here.
Jan 13, 2004 (3:51 pm)
Did not notice that we have a specific forum for this!...Cool!
5K service cost me $22. Took 45 min. I read "MIX" magazine.
Jan 25, 2004 (1:00 pm)
I've owned rotaries before, and will be changing the oil in my RX-8 every 5000 miles maximum.
My driving style will suite the rotary's needs, including good warm-up before I drive it hard, All the temp gauge tells you is that the water is warm -- not the engine. Minimum ten minutes' driving is required.
Once warmed up I'll keep the revs up, never going below 4K and usually between 5K and 8K. The best way to destroy a rotary is to lug it. Rotaries live to rev -- it's what the engine was designed for.
People who complain about the RX-8's lack of torque just don't know how to drive a rotary!
With frequent oil changes, premium fuel only and the right driving style, I expect this engine to last indefinitely. At the same time avoid the flooding issue and other driver-induced issues.
#4 of 131 care for chrome wheels?
Feb 07, 2004 (8:03 pm)
does anyone have suggestions on products to clean and protect chrome wheels??
Feb 09, 2004 (5:17 am)
I have chrome Razorstar OEM wheels on my 99 300M, almost 6 years old now. They still look like new. The only thing I do is use a bucket of warm water, a soft sponge, and as small amount of dishwasher fluid and clean them about twice a week by hand usually, although sometimes a no-touch car wash on "The Works" setting will also do well blasting them clean. After washing I usually finish them up using Armor-All window cleaner. It doesn't work all that great on windows, but I have found that it does really great at shining up the chrome wheels and it comes off easily using a paper towel leaving a great sheen when I do a final buff with a soft cloth. Others may use specific wheel products, I haven't tried any of those. Like I said mine still look great.
Feb 09, 2004 (7:28 am)
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#7 of 131 The best way to destroy a rotary is to lug it.
Feb 13, 2004 (3:13 pm)
<<Once warmed up I'll keep the revs up, never going below 4K and usually between 5K and 8K. The best way to destroy a rotary is to lug it. Rotaries live to rev -- it's what the engine was designed for>>
Can someone explain a bit further what the issues are with driving with rpm's below 4K. What damage could be done? I drove a 5.0 Mustang before my RX8 and we all know how the V8's pull in low rpm so I find myself shifting maybe a little earlier sometimes as I'm been use to the chugging a Mustang for 5 years....
Love this RX8 just need to get use to 5-8K rpm shift points.
#9 of 131 question about waxing
Feb 16, 2004 (9:10 am)
Just wondered about waxing the fiberglass areas in the front and rear bumper of my RX-8. Is this something that should be done or is there another product that should be used to protect these areas?
Feb 16, 2004 (12:58 pm)
Well, first of all, I'm pretty sure if those parts are stock, they are urethane. Aftermarket parts often use fibreglass. Usually the same paint is used on both the metal and plastic (with different primers, perhaps). Anyway, either way, I use the Zaino stuff. It works on paint, metal, polyurethane, fibreglass, etc, etc. I could give instructions, but it's all on their website.