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#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.
#1375 of 1414 Dent repair by my dealer is stunningly good!
Aug 31, 2006 (6:47 pm)
OK, I'm just a fifty year old kid, I know, but I've got to tell everyone about the repair really ugly dent in my RX-8. I was travelling 75MPH in the left passing lane and there was a loud bang from the front of the car. The bang turned out to be a deep quarter size dent and scatch right on the sexy crease of the fender, marring one of my favorite visual parts of the car. I couldn't get into the car without seeing the horrid dent.
Mazda Gallery of Norword Mass told me $500 and said the reason for the cost was the entire panel needed sanding and clear coat edge to edge after the dent and area paint. I checked around and that was a reasonable price. It was totally worth. I feel like I just picked up a NEW car.
#1376 of 1414 Re: Clutch slipping? [pathstar1]
Sep 03, 2006 (11:00 pm)
I just got my RX-8 back from the dealer yesterday and wanted to report what happened. Apparently, the "vibration" I have been feeling when I start the car from still for last month was not clutch problem. It was the engine. I had an appointment for Friday and drove the car Thursday morning to postoffice and after parking the car noticed that smoke is coming from under the hood. I immediately called roadside assistance and towed the car in thinking that it could be oil pump not working therefore the engine is fried. The next day, I got a call from the dealer and they said my car is ready already. It was a shorted iginition coil. You were right on, Pathstar! I still don't understand why it did what it did when the ignition coil is out.
While at it, they performed three outstanding recalls. In the worksheet everything is in code so don't know exactly what they are. (The codes are: 3305G, 3405G, 4206F) There are parts listed for two of them, so I can guess what they are. (pad insulation and plugs) I also asked about the one recently talked about on this board - vacuum test and they said they did that, too. I guess my car passed that test and the service advisor said even if it fails the test, it does not mean the total replacement of the engine. Hmm...
Anyway, my RX-8 runs like new again. No vibration whatsoever and the acceleration is back to what it was like when I first test-drove it. I was losing my faith in it but well... I must admit it is quirky, huh?
I want to hear people's opinion on one thing now. I am going to move back to my home country, Korea and thinking about shipping my car. But alas, it turns out Mazda does not have a distributor in Korea. Does this mean I can't get service in Korea? Should I give up the idea of bringing my beloved red hottie?
#1377 of 1414 Re: Clutch slipping? [articist]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 04, 2006 (6:32 am)
I find that hard to believe that Mazda is not situated in Korea, unless you are going to North Korea (gee I hope not). I guess it's presumptuous to tell you about Korea but maybe you should check again on that.
#1378 of 1414 Re: Clutch slipping? [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 04, 2006 (9:33 am)
Well, I don't think North Korean government will allow driving a hot red car unless I am the son of Jeong-Il .
Anyway, it's hard to believe but from Mazda's website, that is what I found out. I have posted a question about it on a Korean message board about cars and waiting for more answers. Some said there is Ford Korea, which in the past distributed Mazda cars like 626, so getting parts won't be a problem. I would think one can order parts from Mazda in Japan directly but I am wondering diagnosing problems and actually servicing the car would be easy for any mechanic who is not trained specifically for RX-8, which is also a very sophisticated, computerized car.