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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#1029 of 1414 Nothing but problems
Oct 13, 2005 (6:51 am)
I have had nothing but problems with my 8. I love it as far as looks, but besides that it is a piece of junk. I have not had the car even a year yet, but have replaced. The catylitic convertor, dip stick twice, had battery and starter problems, brake problems, oil sensor problems, power steering went out while driving, one thing after another. My car is now in the court system. My lawyer also has three other 8's with identical problems in the court system as well. I find it interesting that you can not find a 2006 RX8. Maybe Mazda has realized their problem and stopped production. Ford being involed with Mazda did not want the 8 produced in the first place. Mazda talked them into it's production. Ford has got to be kicking themselves in the butt now for giving in.
#1030 of 1414 chessie .... sorry to hear about your problems ...
Oct 13, 2005 (7:29 am)
however lemons can happen to any manufacturer and on any car. I love mine and have had zero problems - hope it stays that way.
Someone posted earlier that production on the 2006 won't start until November and they'll start showing up on lots in December or January (posting from memory here so I may not be exact) - pretty good reason for not seeing any yet.
I don't think Ford owns enough of Mazda to call the shots on what they choose to produce or don't produce.
#1031 of 1414 Re: Nothing but problems [chessie]
Oct 13, 2005 (11:12 am)
What is the build date on your car? How about the others the lawyer represents?
There have been quite a few problems for sure with the really early build cars, but in general the cars seem to be working out OK. The later your car was made the fewer problems, it seems.
Any car model and company can make a bad car, a guy I know paid big bucks for a BMW 5 series and in the end BMW had to buy it back since they could not fix it. Another person had a Nissan Titan in the shop so much they brought in engineers from Japan and the plant in the USA to fix it. In both case it was a first year car or a totally new design - like buying an RX-8 in late 03 or early 04 (or getting an early built one at any time).
#1032 of 1414 Dennis ... Bingo ... chessie mentions Ford ...
Oct 14, 2005 (6:29 am)
in her post. My sister bought a top of the line Ford Expedition a couple of years ago and shelled out a heck of a lot more money than any of us did for an RX8. Anyway, she never gets to drive it. It is back in the shop every couple of months for SOMETHING. She ended up buying a used Hyundai for 2 reasons: High cost of gas, and, she was tired of driving a loaner from the Ford Dealership all the time.
I think the problem these days is the fact that competition is so stiff in the car business. These companies have to be constantly cranking out new models to keep people interested and buying. Unfortunately, the folks that have to have "one of the first ones" ends up being the tail end of the R & D session. It does lead to some unhappy customers!!
#1033 of 1414 Re: FUEL PROBLEMS!! [sstbaby]
Oct 14, 2005 (8:22 am)
I just bought a RX8 and yes, gas sucks. They say 18 city and 24 hwy, but there is no way!! I too get around 215 per tank? I love my car but, I dont like putting gas in it all the time either. High Performance engine, I guess.
#1034 of 1414 Re: FUEL PROBLEMS!! [lkay]
Oct 14, 2005 (1:04 pm)
Still new? If so, you'll find the mileage will get better as you break it in. Be patient, it takes almost 10,000 mi. to start getting "normal" mileage (for an RX-8).
Oct 14, 2005 (1:07 pm)
After driving alot of RX-8's I have found the gas mileage to be accurate IF you don't drive the 8 the way it begs to be driven. LOL....Of course, I drive it like a nut anyway and the MPG reflects it....
#1036 of 1414 linda, I use my 8 for mostly in-town driving, ...
Oct 15, 2005 (6:09 am)
and the rare times I get it out on the open road, I tend to be a little "aggressive" in it. Even with my driving, my mpg's have improved over time. I have right at 5K miles on mine and my in-town has increased from barely 14 to right at 16 consistently. I have even down one highway trip that got me almost 22. I have always used premium gas, if that matters. Give it some time!!
#1037 of 1414 Carbon Buildup Problems
Oct 15, 2005 (8:07 pm)
Anyone, especially those with replaced engines, experience excessive carbon buildup in their engines?? From what I've been reading about this issue, seems to be a particular problem with Renesis rotary with the side exhaust port design. Also, the new PCM flashes supposedly increase oil pump volume to the seals, which would increase deposits and carbon buildup... has anyone else heard or confirm this??
#1038 of 1414 jason0820 ... I've heard about it being a problem ....
Oct 16, 2005 (6:50 am)
in the autos. If you don't use the paddle shifter and rev it pretty high sometimes, the carbon will build up. I have the MT and my service guy said to make it a habit of red-lining it every now and again to keep that from happening. He also told me anyone that drives like granny should buy something else.
I think if you look back through this thread and some of the other 8 threads, you'll find some good advice about this issue. Pathstar and some others really have the rotary nailed down.