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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#734 of 1414 New Owner and Loving It
Mar 31, 2005 (4:23 am)
Hi, first post here so go easy I live in South Africa where our RX-8 model range is slightly different from NA. We basically have a "std. power" version running about 190bhp (140kW) and a 5-speed MT, and a "hi power" version pushing about 228bhp (170kW) with the 6-speed MT. I've just purchased a demo 2004 "hi power" in silver/black. Have to say, I absolutely love this car!
Interestingly, while you have several options available that we do not, such as NAV and auto-dimming RV mirrors, we have the auto climate control that you guys seem to be lacking. So while I don't experience your "cycling" problem, I do notice an audible hiss coming from the AC unit every 20 or 30 seconds while driving. Annoying. Will be asking the dealer about this one shortly.
In my local car market, sports cars are somewhat rare (Mazda has sold maybe 500 of these cars here), so dealers tend to be even less knowledgable about the car. I'm hoping I can find a service department with qualified mechanics/technicians. Considering the RX-7 was never officially sold in this country, we don't even have any of the older RX techs lurking about.
I had my first glitch the other day when my immobilizer refused to deactivate. I eventually had to drive home in a friend's car to fetch my spare key, but while fiddling around I disconnected the battery. As I am still reading my way through the manual (only had the car about a week) I now see many functions require recalibration/reactivation if the battery is disconnected, such as DSC and power steering. Interestingly, most of these functions were inactive immediately after getting the car started (as stated in the manual), but I never performed any of the recalibration techniques and yet they seem to have reset themselves. Any ideas?
No major issues yet, though I must say I can notice a lot of the smaller quirks mentioned here (misfiring occassionally when idling, whirring tranny sound when the car idles in neutral, solid "click" when moving into and out of 1st gear, and when engaging/disengaging the clutch when idling). Gonna bounce all these off the dealer next week, but just to confirm (there are a LOT of messages on this forum) are any of these cause for concern?
One last question (promise) does anyone know if the ECU reflashes (L, M, N) apply only to NA or are worldwide (would imagine the latter)? Fuel consumption is worrying (I expected this) and if you guys think you pay a lot for gas in NA you should try it over here, close on 4 times the price, so anything that may help in this department would be a good thing.
Thanks guys and sorry for the lengthy post!
#735 of 1414 check Engine Light
Mar 31, 2005 (1:29 pm)
I have 04 RX8 that I purchase used with 18,000 miles. I have had to take it to the shop 3 times because the check engine light kept coming on. On all 3 trips the service department told me the light came on because the gas cap was not put on properly. I am the only driver and I know I put the gas cap on properly. Is this a common problem?
Apr 01, 2005 (1:48 pm)
The gas can can be the cause...but Mazda has issued some TSB's to reflash the computer to address that issue. Have your local mazda dealer run your vin# to see if it needs to be done. If they give you a hard time, you can email me your vin number and I can run the number.
#738 of 1414 Re: jwt8 [audia8q]
Apr 03, 2005 (8:20 am)
Thanks for the information, I will contact the dealer.
#739 of 1414 driving much better
Apr 04, 2005 (9:14 am)
Took mine to the mazda service and it is driving much better. Balanced the tires ran the next update on it and as for the shake ordered new motor mounts. Pull has decreased quite a bit since the tire balancing. I had just had it balanced not even two weeks before. I don't regret buying it for those who wonder just make sure you have a decent service dept. They put the wrong oil in mine on the first change and now it is noted in my file to put in the oil recommended in the manual.
#740 of 1414 Re: Condensation and vibration [tokey]
Apr 04, 2005 (9:27 am)
I have an '04 with 6.8K miles, and had condensation in the right rear light cluster. I was going to try cleaning it out or warming the light with a hairdryer ( on low! ) but it has now gone away by itself.
I had the problem during the winter ( live in RI) but since the weather warmed up it has disappeared. I suspect the cause may be the lock access that penetrates the light fixture, allowing moisture to enter.
No problem with vibration. Just awful gas mileage. 18 MPG is a dream, even driven conservatively.
#741 of 1414 Re: chet2 - AT [tokey]
Apr 04, 2005 (3:55 pm)
Hey guys, I just installed a set of Tein lowering springs on my RX-8. They were suppoed to drop it 1.4" in the front, and 0.7" in the rear. I measured the wheel gap after installing the springs and the front only lowered 0.5" (from 2 1/8" to 1 5/8") and the rear measured exactly the same as stock. I took the measurements after I took the car hard down a windy road for approx. 20 kms. Is it normal for lowering springs to not lower the car immidiately? If so, how long does it take for them to set into their proper ride height? Thanks.
#742 of 1414 Re: Mazda RX-8 Owners: Problems & Solutions [KarenS]
Apr 05, 2005 (1:06 pm)
Has anyone been having problems with the stability control feature. Spring is here but the car spins completely out of control with a light dusting of snow. The stability control on the car is a joke. Would snow tires help? Just wondering. The care is unsafe in winter driving.
#743 of 1414 Re: RX-8 SHINKA [donalds]
Apr 05, 2005 (2:02 pm)
I'm with you bud. The company is terrible to deal with. Have you had any problems with it spinning out of control. If so, you may want to contact Washington DC. I have the number if you want. The next problem I need to tackle with them is the "RUSTING" on the brake drums. I will never be buying MAZDA again.