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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#1365 of 1414 Re: Its a shame this car has so many problems. [slingshot80]
Aug 29, 2006 (6:32 am)
Well, we just got our "recall letter". That site is full of it. The "recall", in Canada at least, involves a free extended warrenty.
Even if it was as the site mentioned, why would anyone complain? You would get a free new engine when you've put, what, 30,000 to 50,000 miles on the one you have now. I don't see the problem!
#1366 of 1414 pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand?
Aug 29, 2006 (6:40 am)
lots of scoop on the "other" forum that our engines will be replaced with remanufactured ones. I was really worried about that. I have an early (july 03 build) 04 and just knew I was gonna be one of the "lucky" ones, even though I have had 0000000000 problems outta my car. My car has less than 9K miles.
However, if they're gonna replace with NEW engines where necessary, I feel better!!
Keeping my fingers crossed that Rex got good guts from the factory and I don't have to think about it any more!!
#1367 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [lhess]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 29, 2006 (7:04 am)
Nothing wrong with a factory remanufactured engine. Might even be better than a new one in that original defects are sure to have been corrected; whereas if they take something off the shelf, or make you an identical one to the one that gave up, well.......
#1368 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 29, 2006 (7:43 am)
Maybe so, but there's a stigma that goes along with having a remanufactured engine and it certainly won't help resale numbers any.
Also, if they haven't fixed the problem in the new ones, what's the point??
#1369 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [lhess]
Aug 29, 2006 (5:21 pm)
Yes, we got the letter. Failure of "the test" will result in replacement of the engine. Little detail there, other than it's unlikely very many engines would be replaced. I mean, where would Mazda get them (the replacements)? They were short of engines just a year ago for production.
Best part of this though, is Mazda is giving us all an extended warrenty. Free!
I'm not sure I've "come clean" with all of you but our engine failed in 2004 - fall. We got the first RX-8 in Edmonton in late July of that year, as I recall. We think it failed from lack of lubrication (it sounded like a bearing failure, possibly caused by a metering oil pump failure), and we got a new replacement. Mazda never told us, of course, what failed. We surmize this because in hindsight, we realized we didn't have to add oil and didn't see the level drop for a while just before the failure.
From the limited info. on the current issue, it's probably a different problem. Just the opposite. Oil leaking out of the engine and getting into the exhaust or something.
#1370 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [pathstar1]
Aug 29, 2006 (5:53 pm)
OK, checking the mazdausa.com site under the owner profile, there is now a recall notice, where there has been none since I purchased my 2005 RX-8 AT last September.
And now for my question: Is the popcorn/rattle I still hear related to the recall? I had just gotten over my worry over the friendly little noise from my engine/exhaust system.
And the vacuum test, are dealers able to do it now? My RX-8 is in for the 15K service right now. Should I ask them to do it?
#1371 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [trispec]
Aug 30, 2006 (6:43 am)
I don't think your noise is related. It's oil out the exhaust damaging the cat. as I understand. That's probably why Mazda had to deal with it in this manner - pollution related.
I'm not sure what Mazda's procedures are, but usually you have to wait for the letter for any recall related work. They call you, you don't call them.
#1372 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [pathstar1]
Aug 30, 2006 (7:10 am)
OK. I'll be happy about my popcorn/rattle. I use the sound to guage wheather I'm effiently burning fuel and let off the gas peddle.
I add half a quart of oil every three or four fill ups. That seems normal from what others have said.
You are correct I think about the dealers. My car is in for the 15K service now and when I asked them about the recall, they said it would be October at the earliest. They also said the focus is on cars in hot climates, Southern Cal, New Mex. Tx, Florida, etc.
I've been in Texas for the last week. Texas has had 40 days straight of 100F plus in Dallas. Hot weather, can not be imagined, only experienced. Walk very slow and drive very fast is good advice down here.
BTW, I went by the Austin based PTP shop to see their turbo kit. They didn't have an install to look at, but they say they are able to pump out 350HP on the AT. They just don't recommend driving over 6000 RPM for very long. Torque from 4000-6000 is 70% greater. $12,000 is what they recommend as the whole system, but there is a question about routing some pipe download below. They haven't done an AT yet. They don't lower in the Renesis the compression at all.
#1373 of 1414 Re: pathstar.... you have the letter in your hand? [pathstar1]
Aug 31, 2006 (6:52 am)
it's unlikely very many engines would be replaced. I mean, where would Mazda get them (the replacements)? They were short of engines just a year ago for production.
It looks like quite a few will be replaced...mazda has an engine reman. facility in the Carolina's where the Rotary engine gets re-manufactured.
#1374 of 1414 installing a radar detector
Aug 31, 2006 (12:10 pm)
Well we got our gorgeous 2006 RX-8 AT GT w/Nav in Winning Blue on August 9. We waited patiently since last August to order one, and as I noted before, we were just able to order the '06 on April 8. It is all we expected and more! We are really happy with it. I have a question...my manual states to take care when washing interior rear window so as not to damage the antenna. If the antenna is in the rear window, what is across the upper portion of the windshield interior?
I want to install a radar detector above the rear view mirror, but the suction cups would be on the material I previously mentioned. Thanks.