2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Reviews

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2005 Mazda Rx 8
4.2
Average based on 21 reviews
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This car rocks

by from Southern California on January 29, 2012

60,000 miles and completely reliable. A blast to drive and it seats 4 adults. There are a few quarks to the care and feeding of the RX8, like never shut it down cold and drive it like you stole it. Fo...
60,000 miles and completely reliable. A blast to drive and it seats 4 adults. There are a few quarks to the care and feeding of the RX8, like never shut it down cold and drive it like you stole it. Follow these simple important guidelines and the car is as trouble free as any I've owned. Could use a few more ponies, but that it a small negative compared to all the benefits. Very comfortable ride and handles like an Indy car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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The way to drive is the RX-8 Revolution

by from Ann Arbor, MI on June 27, 2006

There is not a single feature of this vehicle that I can truly complain about. It is truly awesome and in its own class. I have a 2005 RX-8 6/Speed Grand Touring. Every sports car enthusiast I have le...
There is not a single feature of this vehicle that I can truly complain about. It is truly awesome and in its own class. I have a 2005 RX-8 6/Speed Grand Touring. Every sports car enthusiast I have let drive it feel the same, some are at a loss for words, but heir faces tell the true tale they just want more! One guy didn't want to give me back my key. It is really what a sports car is meant to be! The gas mileage is the only thing that could be better, but it is directly proportional to the way I drive it (the way it was meant to be driven.) Rotary engines are true road racers not necessarily dragsters, but with the high R's it can out run many over the distance It handles remarkably well and very balanced. It is a true sports car and needs to be compared at that level to other luxury sports cars it out-performs. I would say it even handles better than some SUV's with snow tires on it in the winter, if you are a good driver. This car is meant for real drivers, the skittish need not consider it for they would have no appreciation for its true attributes. My girlfriend always wants to take though! The style is in its own right a stand-out amongst other vehicles in its class this is a "Drivers Car" and the look of it says "Take me for the ride of your life"!
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buy

by from Georgetown on March 5, 2011

I have a Rx8 with 28,500 miles. Never a problem. I was sceptical about buying this but am glad I did. There is alot of bad reviews from this car but people dont know how to take care of them. If you c...
I have a Rx8 with 28,500 miles. Never a problem. I was sceptical about buying this but am glad I did. There is alot of bad reviews from this car but people dont know how to take care of them. If you can maintain it like required it is a perfect car. Rx8 for life for me : )
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Best Car I've Owned

by from Vancouver, WA on August 20, 2012

I recently purchased this car and am very satisfied with my purchase. The price was lower than most and the condition of the car was great! The service was quick and friendly. I left very happy and wo...
I recently purchased this car and am very satisfied with my purchase. The price was lower than most and the condition of the car was great! The service was quick and friendly. I left very happy and would recommend this dealer to any of my friends.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Best car short of a Porsche

by from Orlando, FL on August 25, 2007

Absolutely the best bang for the buck available, period!!!This car is the funnest car to drive short of a GT3 or 911 Turbo for a mere fraction of the price, and I have driven alot of exotic cars. I dr...
Absolutely the best bang for the buck available, period!!!This car is the funnest car to drive short of a GT3 or 911 Turbo for a mere fraction of the price, and I have driven alot of exotic cars. I drove a Nissan 350Z after driving an RX8 and the better car stood out in leaps and bounds; the RX8. The 350Z is noisy and slow for a 3.5 liter. Don't waste your money on the Nissan. I even drove a 2007 Shelby Mustang. If you want coarse, harsh, noise, and a plastic, low-class interior, go ahead an waste your money. The engine vibration on the RX8 is non-existent, and the noise sounds similar to a turbine-jet engine and just as smooth. A S2000 is just as fun, but has NO-torque and is amazingly small and expensive. Do yourself a favor, find a used RX-8 and you will not get a better car for your money. A true DRIVER'S CAR !!! The only downfall is the gas-mileage, but if you expect sports car performance you can afford a little more gas.
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Great car!

by from Indiana on July 6, 2012

Great car! Bought used but held up very nicely. You just need to know a little bit about a rotary engine so you don't blow it up. But it's not that hard. It's a fun car for an awesome price! And the h...
Great car! Bought used but held up very nicely. You just need to know a little bit about a rotary engine so you don't blow it up. But it's not that hard. It's a fun car for an awesome price! And the hidden suicide doors in the back are an amazing little suprise. You can't tell from the outside that there are 4 doors but much easier getting people in the back without having to get out of the car everytime. Very useful! Love this car!!
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Didn't know driving could be this much fun!

by from Location (Example: New York, NY) on July 3, 2007

Just bought my 2005 RX8. This is the most fun driving I've ever had. I can't believe how many people have approached me and told me they love the car. It is fast, sporty, and very comfortable.
Just bought my 2005 RX8. This is the most fun driving I've ever had. I can't believe how many people have approached me and told me they love the car. It is fast, sporty, and very comfortable.
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sweet little speedster

by from Hudson Florida on September 30, 2010

6 speed is the only way to go Not quick off the line but holds it own with the big boys I feel right at home in the drivers seat the 1.3 liter, 80 cubic inch power plant delivers every time
6 speed is the only way to go Not quick off the line but holds it own with the big boys I feel right at home in the drivers seat the 1.3 liter, 80 cubic inch power plant delivers every time
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Uses car for Commuting

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Worst money pit ever bought

by from Nashua on January 26, 2015

Bought 2005 6spd with 80K on it. Car handles very well. Changed oil every 3000mi. Clutch bracket assembly went twice rendering the car immobile. Car claims 240ish HP but it extremely low torque which ...
Bought 2005 6spd with 80K on it. Car handles very well. Changed oil every 3000mi. Clutch bracket assembly went twice rendering the car immobile. Car claims 240ish HP but it extremely low torque which makes it useless. All show no go. Engine is prone to flooding. I got my Rx-8 up to 120K mi before they told me the engine needed to be replaced. Had I known that the renesis engine only lasted for 120K or even less in some cases I never would have but the worthless car.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Stay away unless you want to baby it

by from Los Angeles, CA on August 31, 2014

I had my 2005 RX-8 for 7 years and had more problems with it than with any other car I've had in 40 years. It was the snazziest car, but the most unreliable. There were major engine problems to the po...
I had my 2005 RX-8 for 7 years and had more problems with it than with any other car I've had in 40 years. It was the snazziest car, but the most unreliable. There were major engine problems to the point I had to get a new engine (glad it was covered), but before they would cover the engine, I had to pay thousands of dollars for several other possible fixes first. After the engine replacement, yet another problem occurred with the engine and this time it was a $1000 tiny part UNDER the engine that wasn't covered. That was enough. This is a fun, beautiful car with a bad engine that I wish I'd never laid eyes on.
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Does not recommend this car

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