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#1285 of 1414 MazdaUSA Customer Care
Jun 12, 2006 (11:21 am)
Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I have to say that I could not be happier with Customer Relations at Mazda. I just purchased a 2006 Phantom Blue RX-8 AT w/ GT package. I LOVE THIS CAR!!! Well, with not even 450 miles and less than 2 weeks of ownership I ran over something on our lovely Los Angeles freeways and got a flat. Roadside Assistance came right out and plugged the flat, but told me to get to my Mazda dealership and get it repaired properly. Went the next day and when they took the tire off they told me that the damage could not be repaired and that I would need a brand new tire! Of course I was furious and while I know quite a bit about cars, I wasn't sure if I was being taken and because my wife drives the car with our daughter in it I didn't want to take a chance. So of course I dished out the $350.00 for the new tire. I emailed Madza and received a quick response and although the tire is not covered under warranty they are going to reimburse me for the cost of the tire. So as of right now, I am very pleased with they way Mazda takes care of the customers. Just thought I would share.
#1286 of 1414 Re: Adding HP [joedirt]
Jun 12, 2006 (12:08 pm)
Yep. I called up Jon Etheridge from the Car and Driver article . He said they were still gathering the various pieces needed for the kit from all over the country and world.
Pathstar posted enough cautions for me to wait and see, although the low end and midrange 80% torque increase looks mighty fine. Fine enough to think about some of those super wide tires.
#1287 of 1414 Re: Shut down procedure AGAIN! ugh, I know. [trispec]
Jun 19, 2006 (9:33 am)
I frequently do the same thing trispec. Rev to 3000-3500 for a few seconds and kill the engine as the revs wind down. My dad had a 79 RX-7 when I was a kid (one of the first two shipped to Milwaukee) and he always did the same thing with that car. I have not had a single starting issue here in New England with my 2004 6-sp.
#1288 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [fishnhard]
Jul 01, 2006 (2:07 pm)
I just bought a rx8 and it seems to have really squeaky brakes it only has 4000 miles on it but i think someone may have scraped a curb real good judging by the look of the rims! I also seem to hear a rattle but unsure of where it is comong from...did you ever solve the question?
#1289 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [shannonk374]
Jul 01, 2006 (2:26 pm)
Break squeak is normal, but there is a service procedure that supposedly fixes it.
As for the gurgle/popcorn/rattle sound that I still hear at lower RPM ranges when accelerating, I've concluded that it's part of the exhaust systems explosive detonation of the remaining gases as left over from the engine.
I've only registered the issue with Mazda as there are no other problems like check engine lite, loss of power or engine roughness.
The noise seems to be less and less noticed however and so hopefully, it's just a continuing break in issue, like the limited slip differential vibration. Do you have the limited slip differential issue?
#1290 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [shannonk374]
Jul 02, 2006 (7:38 am)
Brake noise is caused by hard pads (performance type usually). The Mazda RX-8 pads are known for this. They have new pads that are supposed to be quieter, and they -may- change them for you under warrenty.
If the rims were damaged, check the tire sidewalls carefully. If there is evidence of damage on the sidewalls, I'd be tempted to have the tire pulled off the rim and inspected internally. It is possible to damage a tire sidewall by scraping it hard on a curb - and you don't want it blowing out at 75+ MPH! If there is no damage evident on the sidewalls then the tires are probably ok.
The exhaust can cause rattles - the most common cause is loose heat shields. I've even seen gravel between the heat shield and the exhaust pipe cause rattling.
#1291 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [pathstar1]
Jul 02, 2006 (1:37 pm)
Wow, totally missed that he was asking about a real rattle. Funny though, I remember the heat shield on my '87 RX-7 rattled.
#1292 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [shannonk374]
Jul 02, 2006 (4:52 pm)
Hi again all,
Yes the brake squeak can be fixed under warranty. There is an updated brake pad and shim kit that Mazda has out. It fixed mine. As far as my rattle noise, mine has still to be fixed. I have had the computer removed and re calibrated and flashed. Still have the rattle, even changed fuel brand as per the tech line request. No change. Mine goes back in again on July 3rd. If this doesn't fix it then I will be talking to the Mazda regional manager of my area about them replacing the car.
In fact I was out car shoping yesterday, the most any dealer will give me for an 05 RX-8 sport with 7200 miles is 19,000. That was even from Mazda. The retail is 25,000+.
#1293 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [fishnhard]
Jul 02, 2006 (5:35 pm)
Ouch. But I thought there was a noticed performance increase for your RX-8 AT after the rebuild on your PCM.
I still hear the gurgle/popcorn/rattle but only after the car has warmed up. I believe there is less of the noise as well, but I could be less sensitive to hearing it at this point.
PathStar seems fairly sure that's the normal explosive exhaust burning up left over gas. My gas millage is unchanged.
I have registered the issue with Mazda USA.
#1294 of 1414 Re: Squeeky brakes are gone!!! (hopfully for good) [shannonk374]
Jul 03, 2006 (10:18 am)
i just got my squeaky brakes fixed. I mentioned it in the service dept at the Mazda place when i was in for an oil change. they told me my brakes were fine and showing normal wear = no problems.
When I got home to the internet, I looked up the TSB's for the car and saw there was one. I called them back and told them there was a TSB for squeaky brakes and they ordered me a new brake kit immediately. I still have a squeak from time to time (not nearly as bad as the squeeling demon sound they were making), but I'm satisfied with the fix.
Those TSB's were listed on a Mazda dealer website and I'll be happy to post a link here if I can find it again.
PS Both front sway bar links were also popped out of socket and they fixed those during the bake job.