Last post on Aug 09, 2008 at 8:31 PM
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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#11 of 12 Re: Rx-8 quality [jclemmer]
Jun 05, 2007 (2:28 pm)
I've had my '04 RX8 MT Tour Pkg since Oct 03...driven just about every day since...38K miles on it.
No troubles with engine...oil light warning came on a few times....had all the recalls and flashes done....MPG aint wallet friendly these days. I've had the water condensation on the oil dip stick in the winter problem since I got it, but haven't really worried about that.
Never had any problems with cranking or stalling or plug fouling.
Non engine woes: silver finish on shifter flaking off, temp knob broke off once (recall item), plastic battery box cracked.
I had the 30K mile tune up....they replaced a wheel bearing and the battery.
#12 of 12 Re: Rx-8 quality [flatpick]
Aug 09, 2008 (8:31 pm)
We've had our RX-8 for nearly four years now. Absolutely no problems, and not even a rattle from the tight as a drum cabin.
I honestly think this is an amazing value and very under appreciated motor car.
It's handling is nothing short of amazing, the rotary engine is very quick as long as you keep the revs high, which is easy to do since the engine is so incredibly smooth, and the car's ride quality is spectacular for a sports car, especially given the amazing handling.
Driven easily, this car is a freakin' Lexus. Driven quickly and tossed into corners, it's damn near a 911 (with perfect 50/50 weight distribution to boot).
And the fuel economy is not exactly horrid for a sports car, either, contrary to so much discussion. 21mpg, which is about what we average, is not too shabby, with the 6 speed manual.
The only thing you need to do is check the oil level once or twice a month, depending on how hard you drive it. That is not a big deal. The motor has oil metering pumps that are programmed to inject oil into the rotary chamber to keep the apex seal appropriately lubricated.
I will say this: If you buy an RX-8, just buy the manual. The automatic has a weaker motor, and you just can't hit the 9,500 redline as you can with the manual.
How many cars will you buy again? We will definitely get another RX-8 which speaks volumes.