Last post on Oct 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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#72 of 81 Re: Drive It Like You Stole It For 200K Miles Plus [hesuse]
Jun 13, 2012 (1:20 pm)
Yea Gary, you got to let it warm up to about half the temperature gauge. Even in winter you shouldn't have any problems starting it. My auto 2004 sits at work for 8 hours and I have no problems starting it. Altough I am having the shaking and stalling problem and I just got done replacing the engine mounts and catalyc converter. But I had the dealership do a full service and inspection, if there was a problem you would think they would have found something.
Apr 19, 2013 (12:45 pm)
Has anyone else heard of the passenger side air bag recall on the 04 RX 8's ? Honda's,Toyota's,Nissan's,and the Mazda 3 2003/2004 are all involved from what I read in the newspaper last week.
Doug H. North California
#74 of 81 Re: RX 8 air bag recall [bullwinkle fan]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Apr 19, 2013 (11:16 pm)
It doesn't look like there are many RX-8's involved, but they're all 2004 models, according to the Washington Post:
"Mazda said it will recall just 149 vehicles in the U.S., certain 2003 and 2004 Mazda6 and 2004 RX-8 vehicles. Worldwide, the Mazda recall population is estimated at 20,000."
Airbag Recall Affects 4 Japanese Automakers, BMW, GM
Automotive News & Views | Coupes & Convertibles
#75 of 81 Problem starting car
Aug 11, 2013 (10:19 pm)
people tell have told me i am insane for keeping this car and im starting to believe them. I've had my 2003 rx8 for less than 6 months, first couple of months ran like a dream then its all started going downhill. ever since my stupid ex bf flooded it..had the starter motor fixed at mazda. worked fine for a month now i cant even do any small errands as car wont start and i have to give it a 10-15 break for it to more or less catch its breath lol or settle down then try restart and it will eventually fire. i don't want to wreck my car and I'm scared that it turning over so slowly when trying to start is doing more harm to it. Mazda said i will always have these problems with it and that i need to upgrade starter motor and a bunch of other things which is going to cost in the thousands and i just don't have that kind of money to spend. has 2003 model had any recalls? is it on me to have to keep fixing this re-occurring problem as my mechanical insurance wont pay for it because its technically an "upgrade"because 2003 model had faulty/shitty starter motor. Really if its the only way to fix it then they should pay for the new one whether it is new or an upgrade??
Someone please help me, I'm sick of being lead around in circles here from dealership, mazda and also my insurance. Also if anyone has any advice on things that i should be doing to maintain my rx8 apart from the obvious as i haven't owned a rotary before. the old owner use to drip oil in when he pump the gas...do i need to do this? whats this i hear about them not liking low revs...mine is an auto and low revs a lot so does this mean its ok to get the revs up sometime/if not do it some good. hope I'm making sense. any advice it hugely appreciated!!!
#76 of 81 Re: Problem starting car [brookerxx8]
by bullwinkle fan
Aug 12, 2013 (7:32 am)
Some other owners have had similar problems. I was unaware of a 2003 yr. I thought my 04 was the first yr. made. ?
I'm not an expert like some on this forum but you might start with new coils (4) and plugs (2) leading, (2) trailing. That is about all I have ever needed to replace every 30 k. I now have 83 k and still running strong. I wish you luck.
Doug H. No. Cal
#77 of 81 stalling at idle and running when hot
Aug 13, 2013 (8:43 pm)
04 rx8 starts up fine hot and cold. Tomorrow plugs will be replaced but the issue seems bigger than that. After being in traffic for over 20 minutes it shuts off at lights. Sometimes when I'm running on a country road, then hit slower traffic it stops while I'm still cruising. Runs great i get a steady acceleration and smooth idle otherwise. What could be wrong?
- 135xxx miles
- original motor
- third owner.
- no previous problems
#78 of 81 Mazda RX8
Oct 25, 2013 (8:07 am)
Sorry to bother you all im new so dont know if this is the correct place to post if it is not i do appologise. I just have a question if you have the time to answer. I have just bought an RX8 04, it seems to take 30 or so seconds to start when constantly hold the key, also it is hard to select gears when the car is on, it fine when its off but not when it's on.
#79 of 81 Re: stalling at idle and running when hot [chilli04]
Oct 25, 2013 (12:51 pm)
I had the same problem you might have to replace the idle air control sensor (dealers part)
#80 of 81 Re: Mazda RX8 [speirs]
Oct 25, 2013 (1:11 pm)
If it takes that long to start you might need a tune up or have your spark plugs change and engine flushed out there might be carbon build up on the sensors. As for the problem selecting gears when the car is on. If it won't go into gear while it's running then the clutch is not clearing the flywheel when you push the clutch in! With the clutch pedal pushed down and the clutch is still hitting on the flywheel the gears inside the transmission is still turning and preventing you from changing gears while it's running ! adjust the clutch so it will clear the flywheel when you push the clutch down
Oct 27, 2013 (2:25 pm)
I have a 04 rx 8 with automatic. 85k mi's,Never had tranny shift troubles, I had fluid changed at 70k. You should have plugs and coils replaced every 30 to 40k to help starting. I need to have mine changed soon because it takes longer to start but, not 30 seconds, only about 5 to 7 sec's. Be sure to use premium gas or mid grade will work in a pinch. Never use straight regular gas !
Doug H Nor Cal.