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2004 Mazda Rx 8

2004 Mazda RX-8

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A sports car isnt meant for soccer mom

by from La Crosse on June 13, 2011

I am selling my RX8 on Cars.com I see all these negative comments. This one guy from maryland says you have to wait until it warms up to shut the car back off again or it will flood it. This is true...
I am selling my RX8 on Cars.com I see all these negative comments. This one guy from maryland says you have to wait until it warms up to shut the car back off again or it will flood it. This is true. However, Mazda covers flooding under this 8 year 100K extended warranty. They will pay for tow charges and new spark plugs to deflood it. If you dont contact Mazda about this and take it somewhere else, they will not reimburse you. This car is an amazing car. You have to know what kind of oil to put in it, You cant put just any oil brand in there. If its not light enough it wont lubricate the engine good enough. Read the OWNERS MANUAL. It clearly states, check the oil level every other gas tank. Its normal for these cars to burn a quart of oil every 3,000 miles (every oil change). You have to worry when THEY DONT BURN OIL! This means that the oil isnt getting around to all moving parts and it will sieze up. The 2004 models has a problem with their oil injectors ( a mazda dealership told me this). So, If you shift like a soccer mom around 2K, this engine wont like it. This is why the Automatic version of this car didnt do so well since the automatic shifted around 3k and didnt provide enough spin to lubricate the engine. I would never buy a Automatic 2004 Mazda Rx8 - they have the most problems. However, a manual rx8 2004.. shift around 5k and your good to go, you will burn more gas, however i think its better than your engine blowin up. About Gas, go to your nearest BP station, the engine loves anything ABOVE the standard 91 premium. It doesnt like the 91 for some reason. Well, I hope this helps ! I owned a 1988 mazda rx7 and now i own a 2004 manual rx8.. i love rotory engines :)
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love this rotary

by from maryland on November 10, 2010

I absolutely love my rx8! The only complaint I really have about it is a manufacturer problem where you cannot turn the car on and right back off without letting it warm the engine up. It will cause t...
I absolutely love my rx8! The only complaint I really have about it is a manufacturer problem where you cannot turn the car on and right back off without letting it warm the engine up. It will cause the engine to flood and is an expensive repair. It never happened to me yet, but it happened to the previous owner once. Other than that I love it! Very sporty and fun car.
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A Great Car if Treated Right

by from FraNKLIN, TN on April 10, 2013

I love my 8. It's fast, very comfortable, and handles amazingly. I've maintained it very well, including redlining it once a day (supposed to do this for rotaries), and it's never let me down. The Ma...
I love my 8. It's fast, very comfortable, and handles amazingly. I've maintained it very well, including redlining it once a day (supposed to do this for rotaries), and it's never let me down. The Mazda RX-8 isn't a normal car, in any sense. It has high maintenance costs, and requires quite a bit of maintenance and care. It's also quite expensive to modify because this car's market for performance parts is so small. It's an EXTREMELY fun car, and being so, you have to pay to play. It's not a car for people who do not have automotive knowlege...just buy a Camry. This car is for people who love rotaries and don't mind spending a little money keeping her going. If you don't maintain this car, it will bite you. Hard. But if you do maintain it, you'll love it like I do. If you don't have any extra money to put into it, don't buy it. But don't be an idiot like some people and give it a bad review just because you bought it and can't afford to keep it up. It's is designed to use some oil, and just because you don't like buying oil to top it off doesn't mean it's a bad car. It just means you didn't do your research.
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Don't Hesitate... Buy One!

by from South Shore, MA on May 13, 2011

I would like to quell the negative and naive comments posted. The RX8 and other rotary powered Mazdas are EXTREMELY reliable machines, given they have only 3 moving internal parts (the trochoids and e...
I would like to quell the negative and naive comments posted. The RX8 and other rotary powered Mazdas are EXTREMELY reliable machines, given they have only 3 moving internal parts (the trochoids and eccentric shaft). Yes, you have to follow a similar procedure to a turbocharged vehicle, letting it warm up prior to shutdown and you should rev an early model prior to shutdown. This is a small price to pay considering the performance you get. It's not the fastest thing around, but in the twisties, there are few cars that match it and no others at this price point. You will be visiting quite a few gas stations and it does require premium fuel, but you're buying a sports car. The engine noise at redline is simply intoxicating, and with exhaust work, it sounds like an old F1 car screaming down the road. Bottom line, make sure there is someone capable of servicing this car near you and don't hesitate to buy one, it is a fantastic car with lots of room, great performance and timelessly quirky styling.
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Most Fun

by from NOVA, VA on October 18, 2011

I've owned mine for almost 3 years now. Only had one issue since I bought the car (ignition coil). Other than that if you let the car warm up before you drive and NEVER EVER turn it off when it's cold...
I've owned mine for almost 3 years now. Only had one issue since I bought the car (ignition coil). Other than that if you let the car warm up before you drive and NEVER EVER turn it off when it's cold, this thing will be flawless. This is one of the only cars you can rev at such high RPMs all day everyday and it's good for the car. I love this thing, just wish it was a little faster. If this had the speed3 motor in it, it'd be too perfect. High end is OK but definitely lacks torque at low RPM's. On the highway from a 55 roll, I keep up with my buddy's 05 wrx, but from a stop, he's gone. Still the most amazing handling ever, I'm keeping mine till it dies.
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Love my 8!

by from Houston, TX on May 28, 2012

Buttery smooth power delivery. This car requires lots of TLC and careful maintenance and research. Not for grandmas. Only good for enthusiasts that do not mind higher total cost of ownership in order ...
Buttery smooth power delivery. This car requires lots of TLC and careful maintenance and research. Not for grandmas. Only good for enthusiasts that do not mind higher total cost of ownership in order to drive a magnificent car. Superb handling and styling. A unique endangered species.
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great toy

by from california on April 17, 2012

The car handles very well, it has 3 power bands 1-3000,3-7000,7-9600. Each with a noticeable difference in power.the gas mielage is truely low if you drive agressive but low rpm does well.it is a spor...
The car handles very well, it has 3 power bands 1-3000,3-7000,7-9600. Each with a noticeable difference in power.the gas mielage is truely low if you drive agressive but low rpm does well.it is a sports car and needs the maintnance of a sports car but the enjoyment of the engine revving and the handling are worth it this is not your girlfriends car.I was looking at the 04lexus is 300 this has similar style and comfort as well as 20+hp fully loaded leather/nav/bose stereo and 6spd trans it a fun car but will cost you...pay to play
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Greatest Rotary Sports car for the practical type

by from Carson CA on April 19, 2014

Ive owned my rx8 for a year now and bought it with over 100,000 miles and havent had a problem with it at all. Still has the original rotary engine and has never been replaced. This car has the greate...
Ive owned my rx8 for a year now and bought it with over 100,000 miles and havent had a problem with it at all. Still has the original rotary engine and has never been replaced. This car has the greatest cornering and handling ability for its class. Not so much torque but thats what your 9,500rpm redline is for, the car just loves to rev and its required you redline it daily, its not your average machine. It consumes gas and oil but creates a smile on your face. One of the funnest cars to drive out there on the market. The engine revs so smooth and it attacks corners without breaking a sweat. Seating is good enough to have a six footer such as i, in the back and front seat. I always get questions and compliment about my mazda and love the faces of the people who ask me how many miles im on with the original engine. This car is reliable to an owner who knows the cars functions. Its reccomended that anyone intrested in the car, should do research on it before they decide to purchase one. It differs from your average automobile and should be looked over alot. This car has never let me down and with the way it runs, i can imagine the same engine running strong even 150,000 miles later down the road.
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fun

by from califronia on November 21, 2009

this is a great car, but if you dont take care of it, it will bite back. since its a rotary engine, it need more maintanace then your avg car. it really picks up speed after 3rd gear but its really sl...
this is a great car, but if you dont take care of it, it will bite back. since its a rotary engine, it need more maintanace then your avg car. it really picks up speed after 3rd gear but its really slow in 1-2. for the price i got it, you cant beat that! and i love how the doors open, plus its a 4 seater!
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Super fun car! Drive it hard

by from tulsa, ok on March 18, 2014

A lot of people complain about having to replace engines in these cars, most people don't know that it's because they baby it and don't drive it hard. that's actually bad for the car, you have to driv...
A lot of people complain about having to replace engines in these cars, most people don't know that it's because they baby it and don't drive it hard. that's actually bad for the car, you have to drive it hard for it to last longer. It's a rotary engine so the higher rpms are good for the engine, keeps it from having carbon build up around the rotary. if you baby it then it builds up inside the engine and eventually goes out. Drive it like you stole it and these last forever plus it sounds great.
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