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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#41 of 903 Under MSRP - odycee
Aug 17, 2003 (11:12 am)
I agree with rxgreat. Anything under MSRP is a great deal.
You were wise to choose the appearance package. It's make a big difference in giving it that "meaner" look. You definately won't be disappointed when you receive you car.
Aug 17, 2003 (1:56 pm)
Congrats.....after you're done with the "barneymobile", you're going to love the RX8
#43 of 903 RX8 left side blind spot
Aug 17, 2003 (6:08 pm)
Anyone notice the blind spot when changing to the left lane?
RXZoomster - the appearance package makes the 8 looks mean with nice touches.
Aug 17, 2003 (6:30 pm)
What's your average MPG around town and highway driving ?
#45 of 903 odycee - Blind spot
Aug 17, 2003 (11:46 pm)
There is a larger blind spot then some of the other vehicles I've driven, however it doesn't seem to be a problem. Make sure you have your mirrors adjusted like this, and you shouldn't have as big a problem.
Thanks for the compliment on my car. The appearance does give the car a more aggressive stance.
Aug 17, 2003 (11:51 pm)
I can't give you much detail on MPG's yet. My car is still break-in mileage (<600 miles) so we haven't rev'ed it higher than 4500 RPM's.
So far we have gotten 20 MPG in all city driving.
I should be able to let you know today or tomorrow on the hwy MPG, since my wife should be returning from a 270mi. round trip with almost all hwy mileage.
I you drive it conservatively, with not to many excessive redline shifts, you should get the EPA rating of 20 city / 24 highway.
Aug 18, 2003 (5:14 am)
I'm not so gentle with mine during break-in. I don't know whether I'm limiting my long term durability or not, but the Mazda Master Tech at my dealership said he would not do a bunch of redlining, nor lug it along at low RPMS (his definition is anything under 5K RPM as "low revs") the entire break-in either. The tech's feeling (been a rotary technician for over 10 years) is to give the engine a vast variety of revs and driving conditions, while throwing in some higher revs to get everything "seated" well for the first 500-600 miles.
While I haven't had mine above 7K RPMs, I have hit the number a half dozen times. Owners manual only says that break in should stay away from full throttle revs and hard breaking for 600 miles.
I'm on my 5th fill-up.
1st tank (partial) I got 15 MPG almost entirely city driving.
2nd fill-up I got 17 MPG almost entirely city driving.
3rd fill-up I got 20 MPG is mixed driving (about 50/50).
4th fill-up I got 24 MPG in almost all highway driving.
So mine, after putting a few miles on it, is getting exactly what the sticker says....18 MPG city, 24 MPG highway.
Aug 23, 2003 (7:25 am)
I'm a salesperson in Minneapolis. It's difficult to present a loaner vehicle for insurance purposes. Most insurance companies do not allow dealers to give "loaners" out.
However, if there are special circumstances, such as a person who has sold his or her vehicle and needs transportation. In this situation, we would have our client complete a "test drive" form out, releasing us from any obigation if the loaner is wrecked.
You present a very clear case. Your salesperson promised you a loaner vehicle in order to earn your business. He most likely was not authorized to make such a promise and was reprimanded when he presented this to his sales manager.
However, what remains clear is that a deal is a deal, verbal agreement or not.
I agree with many postings on this site; present your case to the owner or general manager.
Inform he or she or the verbal agreement between you and your salesperson. After all, you are not trying to be unreasonable--you just need a car!
I would advise you to not be rude or confrontational. This will get you nowhere.
Regarding your deposit, I've worked here for six years and have NEVER kept any deposits. I'd rather sell a vehicle and earn a customer, not a deposit.
They won't keep it. Trust me. They would much rather sell a car!
If you don't get anywhere with this dealer, call your credit card company, get the deposit situation resolved. Take your business elsewhere.
#49 of 903 About the mirror thing...
Aug 23, 2003 (10:30 am)
They were a little vague about exactly how to set up those mirrors. The way I do it really eliminates your blind spot. When set up correctly, as soon as a passing car leaves sight of your rear-view it will enter sight of your side mirror. As soon as it leaves sight of your side mirror, it will enter your peripheral vision. I posted this on Edmunds a long time ago, but here it is for those who didn't catch that.
The way you do it is get in your car and have the seat set up the way you like it (athough this probably won't work if you drive with your seat all the way back like a "gangsta").
Then press your head against the drivers side window and adjust your drivers side mirror so you can just see the rear of the car in the inside corner.
Then lean over so you head is in the approximate center of the car. Adjust the passenger side mirror so again you can just see the rear of the car in the inside corner.
You might look like a fool while doing this, but try it for a while and I think you will find it really works.
Oh and about the car... i want one! I think this is the prettiest car to come out of Japan in ages.
#50 of 903 About the mirror thing - revdrluv
Aug 25, 2003 (10:23 am)
I don't know if you use this similiar technique, but this is what I use. Works very well for me.
I believe I posted this once before, but I don't remember.