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#2 of 81 RX8 Will Not Start
Dec 05, 2007 (5:23 pm)
Hello, Everyone! I have 2005 Rx8 and a few days ago weather changed (it got cooler) and Rx 8 wouldn't start. At the time it sounded like the battery, because engine turned very slowly. Since, I've changed battery, checked all fuses, and engine still doesn't start (though it engine turns fine). Would you please assist me with any info which will help me to determine what's wrong. I'm mechanically inclined but just don't have much experience with rotary engines..
#3 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [mmonterosa]
Dec 27, 2007 (5:43 am)
I'm in the exact same situation and would also love to know whats going on we thought / hoped it was also just the battery but we are also in the same state and need to know whats what asap HELP!!!!
#4 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [kev14]
Dec 27, 2007 (4:52 pm)
It's been warmed up, as signified by water temp reaching at least above the second mark on the left, it's been revved to be 3000 RPM immediately before turning the engine off, and the gas peddle is not even touched during the startup?
Also, while driving, RMPs are not allowed to drop below 2500 as this seem to keep the engine clear of carbon build up.
Here in Boston, the winter has arrived with an uncharacteristic punch. Engine starts have been no problem at all for my 2005 RX-8 AT.
#5 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [mmonterosa]
Dec 29, 2007 (1:51 pm)
Well to ad insult to injury! Our 8 has had the same problems for 3 years. Mazda has supposedly replaced 3 engine's. Additionally, everytime this occurs they indicate that the plugs and coils were replaced. We have to have it towed in and it comes out running...for a while. Yesterday, went out to start the car.........you guessed it! It would not start. It is now out of warranty. So I'm trouble shooting to get it running again. I personally don't believe a word Mazda or the three dealerships have told us.
Now that I'm done venting. Can anyone give advice as to how to get the thing to start? Batt is good, replaced and checked all relay's, control modules and fuses that are related to the problem.
Oh! The ac issue we all seem to share..........there is no fix for it. We've had it in the shop for three years with mulitple issues, including the ac prob. and as of yet there is not a fix. Mazda has produced a lemon with this one. I would advise any rx8 owner to get the extened warranty...YOUR GONNA NEED IT!
#6 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [uhohboy]
Jan 07, 2008 (7:53 pm)
I have also had my mazda in the shop for 3 years everytime it gets cold it wont start
they tell me that its something different every time i have had a new engine,new coils, new tail lights, new cd player, several new batteries also problems with the a/c
they assure me every time that the problem is fixed my warranty is about to run out. i had no idea there are so many people with the same problems i have had. I asked for the dealership to make this right and trade it in on another vehicle(not a mazda they have 3 different dealerships) i went with hopes of them doing that, talk about adding insult to injury i would lose the 12,500.00 downpayment and over 2 years of payments they wanted to pay off the car and give me 1,500.00 to put down on another car and start all over with payments. this just cant be right!
#7 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [uhohboy]
Jan 09, 2008 (6:51 pm)
You got it! Too many repeating problems for us. I've been told that these cars must have super unleaded fuel, the rpm's must get really high really often and that they flood easily. Such as moving the car out of the driveway for someone to get out.
In addition to the aforementioned problems. The interior components such as the hardware is faulty, loose, rattles, etc. The car is basically falling apart before our eyes in only 4 years. We are VERY good at taking care of our vehicles. Oil changes once a month for example. A little extreme but in my little mind it's the life of the engine.
If you keep your car you better get the extended warranty! We are currently car shopping. Nissan, BMW and Altima is along the line of car's I'm exploring now.
Can't wait to get rid of this piece of junk RX8...does the R stand for rottin'?
#8 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [mmonterosa]
Jan 21, 2008 (10:32 am)
Just to let everyone know.. I had my 2004 Mazda RX-8 in the shop on Saturday because it wouldnt start..My car has 42,000 miles on it.. As it turned out.. The dealership told me I needed updated Plugs as well as a starter.. The starter is much stronger than the original one that was in the car.. SUre enough.. once they put the updated plugs in there as well as the updated starter.. it was easy to start..Mazda paid for everything being that theres a 4 yr 50,000 mile warranty on that particular car.. they also did some AC work for free as well as my car wasnt cooling sufficiently.. PLease call your dealership and schedule an appt... By the way.. Mazda gave me great service on the day I came in around 12:30 on SAt... I Didnt have an appt but they worked on my car and had me out of there by 5pm .. I was impressed as it was a very busy service day and I was expecting them to tell me that they couldnt get to it.My email is tlang60736aol.com if you have any other questions.
#9 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [thyde]
Jan 31, 2008 (9:25 pm)
your story sounds exactly like mine- i have a 2006 rx8 and i have had the car in to the service department 18 times in the past year with the last one being that i needed a new engine! well like you i went to the dealership to see about just trading straight across for a new one with out losing any money-well you know how that one went. and just when i thought i was going to be stuck with this brand new worthless car someone told me to go to my state's lemon law web site-i live in az- and there my prayers were answered- iam in the process of getting all my money refunded and they can have the car back-check with your states lemon law web site-it sounds like your car falls right under that law- good luck
#10 of 81 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [al94]
Feb 21, 2008 (8:14 am)
Sorry to hear about the RX8 problems....You can get one of the few remaining Crossfires for $13-15,000 under sticker right now....they come with lifetime powertrain warranties....performance #s are virtually identical to the RX8s...+ top speed 151, I ave 24 mpg.....heated leather....homelink...esp.. buildt in Germany....by Mercedes! My 07 6speed is an absolute joy to drive!!! Production stopped on 12/17/07....76046 were buildt total ....maybe 50k came to USA.