Last post on Sep 05, 2013 at 1:25 PM
You are in the Mazda RX-8
What is this discussion about?
Mazda RX-8, Auto Repair, Engine, Oil, Car Warranties
#95 of 115 check engine light high rpms
Aug 31, 2012 (6:03 am)
I wanted to see if anyone experiences/ have experienced the same problem as I have. I have a 2009 rx8 r3 package.
Every time i get on the highway and i go about 70-80 at around 4000 rpm in 6th gear my check engine light goes on.
If i go faster or slower there is no light.
Is there anyone that can shed some light on this issue. Is it electrical or do I have a leak somewhere??
#96 of 115 Re: Replacement Engine - Mazda RX8 reliability [trex8]
Jan 21, 2013 (8:58 pm)
Hello, you seem to know a lot about these kinds of cars. I actually am getting into a 2004 Rx8. What are some things i need to know about. The dos and donts with rotary engines.
#97 of 115 Re: Replacement Engine - Mazda RX8 reliability [newtorx8club]
Jan 21, 2013 (9:19 pm)
Did you get a compression check of the rotors? That's what can shed light on the seals.
Otherwise, use the recommended oil... Stay on top of all maintenance. Seriously, if you have even a slight mechanical ability , you can change plugs, wires, coils yourself... Buy them online for 1/2 dealer price... Took me 2 hours first time... Takes me 30min now.... It's important to replace every 30k miles.
Check out RX8club.com great group of support there!!
Good luck! My 2095 has120k!
#98 of 115 2005 Mazda RX8 Automatic - Third Motor!
Jan 30, 2013 (9:38 am)
1st motor replacement: 20K miles
We just had the third motor and cat installed after 60,000 miles under the 100K/8yr extension.
Symptoms included: Very sluggish during take off, car occasionally dying at stop signs or backing up
The car was flooded, would not start and needed to be towed. The service department started the motor and ran the diagnostics for compression under the service bulletin (~$350). If the car was drivable and we had driven the car to the service department we would have been charged that fee. They found that the compression was low and eligible for another motor replacement at the cost of Mazda. They also found that the cat had excessive carbon build up.
Out of pocket expenses: $520
~$120 to start motor
~$400 for new coils
~$20 for a new belt (one of the ribs was broken)
The cost for motor replacement and cat including labor: ~$7000 (covered by Mazda).
Service center also recommending replacing coils at cost of owner.
Issue per the service department: Driving the car like a honda will cause excessive build up in the cat and plug the cat causing the spark plugs to foul and apex seals to fail (aka motor failing).
Recommendation from service department: Refrain from driving in automatic and drive using the paddle shifters whenever possible or at all times. They also recommended to drive between 3-5000 RPM, the harder you drive it the better it will treat you. On the freeway I can cruise at 75 at about 4000 rpm in third gear. They also suggested not to shut off motor before the car is fully warm, if you do rev engine for 10 seconds at 5000 RPMs.
Mazda should have installed a transmission with a gear ratio that does not lug the motor.
Right now the car drives like brand new. Although, I am concerned when the engine will fail (again) and it will likely be out of warranty. For this reason, we may end up selling the car and buying a new one without the rotary problems, or may just drive it until it fails again and sell it at a reduced cost.
Has anyone filed a lawsuit with Mazda? What was the outcome?
May 22, 2013 (2:31 pm)
Ok, so I'm an ASE certified technician..but however have never had any serious complaints on one to have a lot of knowledge about this engine so I wanted to see if anyone can shed light to my issuDeceleratione...it's a 2005 model, only at De acceleration that the engine makes a noise like a baseball card in bicycle spokes,, but goes away upon acceleration....I'm just getting into the diagnostics and thought about trying this for my first time to see what somebody else may have experienced like this...thanks
#101 of 115 96 month warranty and mine failed at month 97
May 24, 2013 (12:38 pm)
If you own an RX8, please read this message.
From time to time I've experienced many of the issues discussed here. I've had the car stall on a hill. I've had difficult starting. I have stalled at traffic lights. I've experienced rough idling. And a lack of acceleration. These things didn't happen often and occurred over a period of months. I thought it first it was bad gas. I use premium.
To make a long story short, after having read comments in the RX8 club forum, I went to the dealership and had a compression test. My car went out of warranty on April 24 less than one month ago. The dealership wants me to pay $5500 for a new engine. I've contacted Mazda corporate and they're adamant that they will do nothing for me. They won't even prorate the repair. I tried to explain that I'm 97 months into the engine and for the lack of four weeks out of eight years they're punishing me.
I'm on a crusade to see that every RX eight owner whose car is in warranty knows how important it is to get the compression test done while it's still in warranty and get a new engine. If you know of any other places where I can post this message to reach Mazda owners before they wind up like me, please let me know.
Jun 20, 2013 (1:05 pm)
My first clue of impending engine failure was at about 23,000 miles when I turned on the air conditioner and hot air started pouring out of the vents. A mechanic at my local dealer mentioned that was an early warning sign of a misfire issue, which when I challenged it with the service manager, they denied.
One day, after about 45,000 trouble free miles, my check-engine light came on. After a diagnostic, my mechanic suggested I take it to a dealer, that there was a misfire warranty issue and there might be a recall. My local dealer start to back-pedal (the ones that had first insisted I had no motor issue at 23,000 miles) so I took it to a different dealer further away. They replaced my engine promptly after running some specific required tests. They made me replace the motor mounts and clutch at my own expense, which was pricey, but the car has been fine ever since.
One thing that happened recently was the driver's side visor cracked in two while I was driving, and was dangling dangerously in front of my face by some wires. I had no choice but to pull it free. This took out much of the security system and dashboard readings. I was alarmed at the number of reports of the same thing, and it appeared to be a safety issue, however Mazda was not recalling cars to replace these. The replacement visor was over $300. and had to be special ordered, so I ordered an identical visor from an after-market competitor for $66 and free shipping.
The RX8 is clearly not the car the RX7 was. I had two of those, and loved them. I'm hoping this is the last of my problems.
#103 of 115 rx8 milage
Jul 04, 2013 (7:19 am)
has anyone gotten over 100000 miles on their rx8 engine without any problems.My 2004 has 53000 miles on it with no engine problem except for an emissions leak problem.Thanks
#104 of 115 Re: rx8 milage [tomb10]
Jul 04, 2013 (9:27 am)
Yes. I have 118,000 and no problems! I drive the he%?* out of her every day.
I've maintained her by the manual. I seriously red line her every day and I do rev her to 5000 RPM then pull the key. I've never done the carbon build up clean out procedure with the Mazda product or Seafoam but Im curious and may do it soon.
check out RX8club.com there's a thread there specifically for 100,000 milers. One even claims 170,000. That's what I'm shooting for!