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Mazda RX-8, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#47 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [geckozoid]
by claires HOST
Jul 28, 2006 (2:54 pm)
You might want to post those numbers in our Ford Mustang MPG: Real World Numbers topic. Or, if you'd like compare and contrast the Mustang vs. the RX8, you're welcome to start a new topic.
#48 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [geckozoid]
Jul 28, 2006 (5:44 pm)
You think you might want to try the mustang forums? This is the Mazda RX-8 area.
#49 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [geckozoid]
Jul 29, 2006 (6:34 am)
MPG is a stereo typical consumer benchmark. It is meaningless without context. RX-8's are rev happy driving machines. 'Stangs are straight shot torque heavy brute machines.
Now lets take both cars to a non-NASCAR race track. Which car gets better millage going around the track. In the hands of a pro driver the 'Stang's MPG drops like a rock down to 5 MPG where the RX-8 gets 7 MPG. The way to drive a 'Stang around the track at it's fastest is much less efficient than the way to drive an RX-8 around the track. Plus the pro drivers would probably choose the RX-8 as they would be able to win more often with it's intelligent balanced drivability over the 'Stangs raw brutishness.
#50 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [trispec]
Aug 02, 2006 (10:09 pm)
I've been lurking in this forum because I'm considering picking up a used RX8. I've enjoyed reading your comments on the car. I usually hang out on a few of the BMW boards and over there we frequently get those "My [insert make here] is faster/cheaper/better then a BMW" postings. I'm glad to see we're not alone...
To paraphrase one of my fellow Bimwads, I doubt many RX8 owners lie awake at night wondering if they should have bought a Mustang
#51 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [div2]
Aug 03, 2006 (3:10 am)
I do enjoy 'Stang roasting when giving an opportunity. The MPG thread was just such.
Agreed 'Stang envy is not a problem here. An RX-8 sighted on the road still strikes me as "Wow that looks good, and I'm driving one". Where as the new 'Stangs looks like that '70ties show sans the chrome.
#52 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [trispec]
Aug 10, 2006 (9:15 pm)
I recently returned from a month-long cross-country trip, about 6800 miles, in my 2005 RX-8 (6-speed).
While I do like the Mustang's looks, I chose the RX-8 because of my prior experiences with the RX-7 (owned a 79, 83 & 86). In 35 years of driving, I have never gotten as much reaction and praise as I have with my little red rocket. I didn't buy it for looks, I bought it because it's fun to drive & makes me feel like a kid again. I now have almost 9000 miles on the car & it's been virtually trouble-free. Also, gas mileage was better than I expected -averaged 23-24 mpg on the highway, with a few tanks at 25 mpg.
Mazda needs to advertise the 8 more!!
#53 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [flipper897]
Aug 14, 2006 (10:45 pm)
I have to agree with Flipper897 Mazda needs to advertise the RX-8 much more often, I think it sells well enough with the current exposer but with just a little more push sales would explode, besides I'm getting tired of the same old Ford Chevy Dodge and Honda pitches. Lets see some RX-8 VS, ?? any model you make the call.
#54 of 96 Long trip on the 8, still bad mileage
Sep 24, 2006 (10:14 am)
I get around 13-15mpg in town in my 05 RX-8 GT w/6 speed. My commute is about 12 miles each way about 1/2 stop and go and 1/2 freeway.
I drove a 380 mile round trip yesterday it was almost 100% interstate with only a couple of stops. Speeds were 60mph up to 73mph, depending on which state and if we were in town or not. For the first tank, I got 21.5mpg.
For reference, in my 2005 S2000 I get 23-25mph around town and 27-29mpg on a trip - all with the top down.
They only good news is that gas has dropped here to under $2.50 per gallon for premium.
In the long term RX-8 test update in one of the car magazines, the commented on how expensive the 8 was to run in terms of always adding oil and how thirsty it was at the pump. "This is why no one else makes a rotary engine". The car is nice and fun to drive and the rotary is smooth, but I have owned 345 mph and 394hp (stock) cars that could deliver the same or better mileage and own a car with similar power and redline that gets a TON better.
#55 of 96 Re: Long trip on the 8, still bad mileage [dwynne]
Sep 25, 2006 (3:32 am)
This seems a bit trollish, but I'm gruff'n having just blown down I95 from Portland to Boston in my 2005 RX-8 AT. This time of year, between labor day and the beginning of leaf peeping season, the I95 Portland to Boston run is stunningly fast.
I got 23MPG averaging 85MPH.
I also believe, the RX-8 far surpasses all the competition. During the year I've own my RX-8 AT, I've driven 16K miles, where 6000 of those miles were highway. Long stretches of highway cruising needs a car to be roomy and comfortable, fun to drive, and capable of carrying the average U.S. family and all their weekend stuff.
#56 of 96 Re: Mazda RX8 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [pathstar1]
Sep 25, 2006 (5:06 am)
I'm not sure when the R100 was imported, but I had a friend who had a NSU Ro80 and it's fuel mileage was quite poor. Of course, Dr. Wankel's rotary design is not known for fuel economy.
I bought a new Mazda RX2 in 1972, and loved the car, except for the gas mileage. And, as "pathstar1" says, apex seals were a problem. I loved driving that car, and gas was cheap at the time.