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Mazda RX-8, Auto Repair, Engine, Oil, Car Warranties
#46 of 99 Re: RX8 Purchase [buria]
Jan 06, 2010 (1:16 pm)
Flooding happens, the water sits on the plugs and new ones are needed. This only happens in cold weather, I was told if the engine is not warm the engine floods, so to prevent this, if you are moving the car from the driveway to the curb (or a short distance) take the car up to 5-6 rpm then shut it off, otherwise you flood and ur starter engine could go...
1,000 bucks later im wondering why no one ever told me...
#47 of 99 Ice sludge effects RX-8 electrical?
Jan 08, 2010 (9:37 am)
The last two winters, a few days after big snow blasts here in Boston, my horn would start blasting randomly. I would punch the steering wheel and the blasting stops for a while, but then it would start again. Last year, I just pulled the horn fuse to stop it. When I ask the dealer to look at it, they couldn't find anything.
Then after another snow storm, the engine light came on and stayed. Took RX-8 to the dealer who said the diagnostics showed an air intake control error. It tested fine on the diagnostic machine, so I didn't need to replace the $500 air intake control. The dealer said it could happen again though.
This year, the engine light went on again and the horn started blasting within days of each other, after the first big winter blast. I didn't pull the fuse and didn't visit the dealer because I figured that things would fix themselves again. After a week, both problems went away.
So my question is, where is the most likely place for the horn and the engine check light circuits to be exposed to the winter elements? Or is a heated garage in winter time the best bet?
Jan 08, 2010 (12:16 pm)
Well I'm not sure about that...would try a garage to see if that helps. The dealers only say and do what they feel. I got screwed...nothing was covered i had to pay the 500.00.....let's see if they fixed my promblem! Good Luck with urs.
#49 of 99 Re: having some issuses [drgonzales]
Feb 07, 2010 (12:13 am)
I had the same problem and I replaced the Ignition coils. They are known for going out in these cars as soon as 30,000 miles. You can replace your self and save alot of money. All you have to do is remove the air filter housing by pushing forward with excessive force then lifting it out to acess the ignition coils. You can purchase online for about $34.00 each with shipping (4 total). I relaced mine within 15 minutes. If you would like more details look me up on here.
I am having warm engine start problems now with my Rx-8 and am wondering if it is the starter. Does anyone have any advice out there?
#50 of 99 Re: having some issuses [sklukas]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:06 am)
OMG wish I had known this....my son just had coils replaced in his Mazda RX8 at 32k miles and cost $703!
#51 of 99 Mazda RX-8 engine problems
Feb 18, 2010 (8:18 am)
My son purchased a 2005 Mazda RX-8 brand new. He did all the research, learned about the rotary engine and its quirky letting it warm up regime before moving. He now has 32,000 miles on it and has had it in the shop 2 times in 12 mos at the tune of $1400! The first time, they blamed him for the carbon in the engine and replaced the battery and it barely squeaked through the compression test. The man told him he would probably end up needing a new engine because these are defective. Six months later, it started, then lights came on for the engine, and had this odor, and then would not start. Took Mazda road side assistance 2 days to come tow the crap. They told him carbon in the engine and needed new coils! Cost...over $700! People, Mazda extended the warranty on the engine which is defective and they know it! YET this engine causes other problems which are not covered and are costing people hundreds and thousands of dollars. Don't you think it is time that Mazda quit beating around the bush and giving Mazda RX8 owners the run around and recall this hunk of junk? They had the audacity to say this car is not for short distance driving. Hello? Was that disclosed on the sticker on the window? Do you know how many people would have bought these things if they were told they would need a new engine at 30,000 miles? After many calls to Mazda HQ, they also give the run around. They paid for the decarbonization by the way. Big freaking deal. In the meantime, car floods, runs rough, has no power, and probably would serve better as a boat anchor.
I think a letter writing campaign is in order and maybe the major news station and consumer advocates should be made aware. How about it?
#54 of 99 Re: having some issuses [sklukas]
May 22, 2010 (3:07 am)
Hi Jus wanting to ask u about changing the plugs for my rx8 2003 coz im gonna giv ita try doing it myself instead of hearing the ridiculous quotes from the mech, so can u help me by providing the website where i can purchase the plugs from & what i have to do to check when the plugs are in that my car is running fine?
thank you very much.
#55 of 99 low compression
May 22, 2010 (3:17 am)
hi i am havin problems with my Rx8 2003 AT.
iv left my car for over 2 months without driving it coz i hav to go overseas n it needed it plugs changed n when i came back it wouldnt start (Flooding) so iv towed it over to the nearest garage to fix n changed my plugs at 11am later i receive a call from em (3hrs later) saying they cant fix my car cos it has compression failure n advise me to see a specialist so i came there 2 c my rx8 in its position that i left it there like it hasn't been touched n got charge $55 bucks so i wasted my time n money n now decided to fixit myself by changing the plugs myself as the specialist advise that the car needs to plugs to be able to build compression.