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#571 of 1414 Manual Transmission
Oct 27, 2004 (8:55 am)
I recently purchased a Mazda RX8 6 speed. This car has had more problems than I can explain in a short message.
About a month after purchasing the vehicle it wouldn't start one morning. I later got it started and took it in to the dealer. They did a Flash update on my PCM and everything was fine after that. Approximately three months later I began having trouble with my transmission. I was on vacation in Carlisle, AR when the car broke down the first time (8/9/2004). My car was towed in to North Point Mazda in North Little Rock, then got towed to Crain Mazda in Little Rock, without even informing me. After replacing approximately 87 parts in the transmission, I got my car back 40 days later (9/18/2004). Immediately after driving the vehicle I knew it wasn’t right. It was making noises, wouldn’t shift in to 2nd, 3rd or reverse without grinding. I took my car to Town North Mazda in Richardson as soon as I got a chance (9/27/2004). I was told "2nd and 3rd gears are fried" and they would replace the transmission and clutch. After replacing the clutch and transmission I got the car back 11 days later (10/7/2004). I knew the car still had a problem so I scheduled to have the car taken BACK in on 10/12/2004. I drove about 2 miles from the house on the way to the dealer when it went out again. The car still to this day remains in the shop again. My car has been in for repairs for over 60 days since 8/9/2004!!!! I got a call on 10/20/04 from the dealership that has my car. They told me Mazda declines coverage becuase of neglect or abuse. I absolutely "babied" that car because I knew it wasn't right! Any suggestions?
#572 of 1414 Re: Manual Transmission [slims8]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Oct 27, 2004 (9:46 am)
Rather than taking the dealership's word, you should personally contact Mazda about the situation. The Mazda Corp. address and phone number can be found on their site: www.mazdausa.com
#573 of 1414 Re: Manual Transmission [KarenS]
Oct 27, 2004 (10:12 am)
Mazda has been contacted and they say they decline coverage. After being without my vehicle for 60 days since the first incident, and only driven the car for 5 days, about 400 miles, how can they say they don't cover it? They just replaced it! There is obviously something wrong!
#574 of 1414 Re: Manual Transmission [slims8]
Oct 27, 2004 (9:41 pm)
During the 60 days you were without a car what did you use to get around? Did Mazda have the courtesy of providing a loaner?
#575 of 1414 Re: Manual Transmission 
Oct 28, 2004 (7:05 am)
Mazda provided a rental during the first 2 attempts, but are not now. My vehicle is literally in pieces and I am paying abou $720/mo for the car and insurance and it's broke down in my driveway while I am begging for rides to and from work!
Please, don't let me completely influence you. There are a few people out there who haven't had any problems.
#578 of 1414 sounds liks slims8 got a really bad lemon
Nov 02, 2004 (9:29 am)
but don't let that be a detractor from looking into getting a RX-8, as there are THOUSANDS of current RX-8 owners just enjoying their perfectly running RX-8s compare to one bad lemon
#579 of 1414 To Buy or Not To BUY for unpocoloco
by bullwinkle fan
Nov 04, 2004 (2:16 pm)
When times are good and things are right we dont complain. When something goes wrong all you hear is complaining ! I would post my complaints too and make them as loud as I could to warn others, but I as well as many others DON'T HAVE any COMPLAINT's with my RX 8 that has 6K mi's and is 10 mo's old. I hate to brag but I get 20 mpg's in comute trafic ( mostly just slow an go ).The mpg was lower before the "M flash update" (18 mpg).Mine is a AT and I am having the best time of my life (in and out of comute trafic) driving mine.I didnt want to settle for less and I have no regrets !!
I want to thank all of you for the interesting and entertaining discussions that I have read over the last year.... THANKS !
#580 of 1414 Re: Deer Update and beyond [flatpick]
Nov 07, 2004 (5:34 pm)
I got approximately 11,000 miles on RX8...1 year of owner ship last week of Oct...I've replace/recall oil pan, air bag, M Flash, Temp Knob...I hit a deer Sept 2004....I have no major complaints...I realize first year recalls are the norm...after M Flash mpg 19-20 ave...transmission is little notchy, but acceptable...I'm having fun with it....