2007 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Reviews

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2007 Mazda Rx 8
4.3
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best fo both worlds

by from Lockport, New York on September 12, 2010

I owned a 1981 RX-7 in the mid eighties and I had to sell it to save money to build my first home. I have missed that car for 20 years. I have had my eye on the RX-8 for a few years now and finally (w...
I owned a 1981 RX-7 in the mid eighties and I had to sell it to save money to build my first home. I have missed that car for 20 years. I have had my eye on the RX-8 for a few years now and finally (with some urging from my wife) decided to purchase one. I searched the country for the right combination of mileage, year, color, options and price finally purchasing a 2007 Grand Touring model in phantom blue mica color with 7300 miles. I love this car, it handles much better than the RX-7. I think it looks more aggresive and the rotary engine is silky smooth right up to the redline. These cars are not for everyone for sure. They have some special maintenance requirements that normal pushrod engines don't need. But it is all worthwhile once you slide behind the wheel and fire up that beautiful Renesis wankel engine. It would be a shame if Mazda didn't continue the rotary program once the RX-8 is phased out.
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Fun Functional Car

by from Apex, NC on October 15, 2007

This car is an eye catcher. I've been driving the RX8 for about a week in the GT version. Key features on the GT are things like 18 inch wheels, leather, Bose stereo and moonroof. Ignore the comments ...
This car is an eye catcher. I've been driving the RX8 for about a week in the GT version. Key features on the GT are things like 18 inch wheels, leather, Bose stereo and moonroof. Ignore the comments about tight back seat space, this is a sports car and if there is space in the back it is a bonus! It will fit a couple of kids no problem. Interior is very comfortable although the dash is a little plasticy Behind the wheel you'll get the urge to put it through its paces and it won't disappoint. Performance is excellent, but it will cost you at the gas pump. I'm getting around 16 mpg zipping around town. Road handling is very firm and precise as you would expect, and the 50/50 weight ratio really does show well cornering and on winding roads. I compared this to a 350Z, and the RX8 came out on tops for comfort, performance and general drivability, as I wanted something that will work for me during the week and on weekends. All in all a well rounded fun car!
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Zoom Zoom

by from West Virginia on May 13, 2010

It is a great car to own and I get compliments on it all the time. I live in a area where the roads have a lot of curves and it is performs better than any other car I have owned. Its fun to drive and...
It is a great car to own and I get compliments on it all the time. I live in a area where the roads have a lot of curves and it is performs better than any other car I have owned. Its fun to drive and looks great. The gas mileage isn't very good at all. If you drive pretty chill and keep the RPMs below 4 grand expect to get around 17 miles to the gallon but if you get out and play you'll get around 13. Other than gas mileage its a great car to own and a joy to drive.
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Great little sports car, with outstanding price.

by from Raleigh, NC on November 28, 2014

Tough to beat the money to performance value for my recently purchased 2007 Mazda RX-8. The rotary engine is silky smooth with no noticeable vibration through 8,500 rpm. Yes, I said 8,500 rpm! This ca...
Tough to beat the money to performance value for my recently purchased 2007 Mazda RX-8. The rotary engine is silky smooth with no noticeable vibration through 8,500 rpm. Yes, I said 8,500 rpm! This car doesn't hit the power band until about 4,500 rpm and then she takes off. My son says the handling is like a video game car with the balanced 50/50 ratio front to back. There's solid room for four people and even a little luggage space. A few idiosyncrasies related to the rotary engine: uses conventional oil only and burns a little bit as part of normal operation so they recommend topping off every other fuel up. If you start her up cold, you must run for 5 minutes or take her for a drive (in other words if you're moving her out of the garage to wash her). And she uses premium gasoline (although the RX-8 club website has a number of folks who have said they've run with no problem on 87 octane fuel). Great car for the money! You won't be disappointed.
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Looks and drives like a sports car.

by from Louisville, Ky on December 9, 2006

The new Rx-8 has finally been improved. When it was first brought back in 2004 the 6-speed manual was the only car suitable for the Rx-8 badge complete with the 238hp 6-port engine. If you got stuck...
The new Rx-8 has finally been improved. When it was first brought back in 2004 the 6-speed manual was the only car suitable for the Rx-8 badge complete with the 238hp 6-port engine. If you got stuck with the automatic then all you had was a sluggish 197hp 4-port engine with a 4-speed transmission. Well in 2006 Mazda upgraded to 6-port engines for all models and you get their snazzy new 6-speed automatic with quite a low first gear, good to get those revs up quick. You are still stuck with a 7500 rpm rev-limiter due to the mechanical in-ability of the automatic transmission being able to handle all 8500 rpm that this engine is capable of dishing out. Although the paddle shifting action of the automatic is quite confidence inspiring. The manual version goes all the way to 8500rpm. Driving impressions: At first this car feels like it has no limits. All cars do, of course and this one does as well. The sticky Bridgestone Potenza tires easily pull you trough amazing corners and the stability control allows you to enter a corner and just mash the gas and steer. It will apply the brakes and regulate the throttle for you. It is really a very amazing system that works very well. It doesn't pull the throttle all the way back and leave you flat like other systems, but instead just dials back the throttle enough to keep you from sliding, and if needed will apply the brakes as well. Engine: This 6-port rotary is fantastic. Lending only about 18mpg around town is one downside, but it is full of upsides. Put the throttle down and it moves. Once past 5000rpm you can lift the throttle and notice it is very quite and balanced. You would not even know your engine was running at levels that would destroy other engines. Slam the gas down and you feel a turbo-like rush that pins you to your seat. The engine unleashes a whale that sounds like a sport bike. It is very amusing for a car. All in all this is a very balanced sports car for people who enjoy spirited driving and good looks. Comfortable seats and easy to reach controls. Watching the large center mounted tach climb all the way to 8500 rpm will never get old.
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Beautiful, but.....

by from Atlanta on March 9, 2010

The car is just so beautiful I had to have it, but it is small if you are over 6'1" 250lbs. I fit, barely. The handling is great, but it looks like the paint won't last the car, already some scratchs ...
The car is just so beautiful I had to have it, but it is small if you are over 6'1" 250lbs. I fit, barely. The handling is great, but it looks like the paint won't last the car, already some scratchs and one paint defect. It was not a new purchase, but had 6700 miles. I really apprecate the red interior panel lites at night, and will upgrade the speaker system when i can, the production ones are not up to par with the car. The trunk is enormous! I can put a big 26" rall-around suitcase in, and two sets of golf clubs! Room for the laptop in the back seat. I entered a merging lane turn and hit the gas, just to see you know. I came out onto the merging lane doing 85 and climbing, yikes!
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