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October 12, 2008 · Print This Article

The RX-8 is anything from an ordinary car. From the unique 1.3 litre Wankel rotary engine to the rear-opening passenger doors this car is truly a modern marvel. Below is a compiled list of some of the more interesting hidden-features embedded in each RX-8. These fun facts were borrowed from the knowledgable forum members here and at RX8Web.com

  • The RX-8 has an aluminum hood that incorporates Shock Cone technology to minimize head injuries in the event of an accident with a pedestrian
  • The RX-8 power steering is electric instead of the old style hydraulic systems
  • The RX-8 has a return-less fuel system. This means warm fuel isn’t returned to the tank and fuel evaporation is reduced.
  • The RX-8 actually holds approximately 7 liters of oil, but when you change the oil only 4 liters are drained and replaced. This is because the oil cooler(s) are not drained when you drain the oil pan.
  • The RX-8 has an electric power steering system. If your RX-8 engine stalls for whatever reason (i.e. run out of fuel) then the electric power steering continues to operate allowing you to steer safely to the side of the road.
  • The electric power steering management is based, like the engine AFRs, on a programmed map that takes into consideration vehicle speed, steering input torque and engine speed.
  • The RX-8 steering wheel has a magnesium core to save weight.
  • The front seatbelts can be buckled into the rear seatbelt clasp but cannot be unclasped. DO NOT DO THIS.
  • The bonet and rear doors of the RX-8 are aluminum. Additionally, they arent welded together but instead joined via friction.
  • The combustion chamber is covered with a resin coating to improve the initial engine break-in.
  • The Eccentric shaft has a bypass valve that opens when the oil is cold to allow cold oil to bypass the rotors and help reduce the engine warm-up period.
  • RX8s already have the seat heater wiring in place in the center console, even if you dont have leather seats or seat heaters.
  • The RX-8s fuel tanks contain two roll-over valves that close and stop your charcoal canister from being contaminated with fuel in the unlikely event of an RX-8 rollover.
  • The glove compartment light is on all the time while your headlights are on.
  • It is possible to disable the TCS/DSC completely on an RX-8 by pressing and holding the DSC switch until both indicator lights illuminate.
  • Additonally, the dealership technicians can tell if youve set the DSC/TC to full off mode because doing it stores a fault code.
  • The RENESIS rotary engine utilizes a metered oil pump to inject a small amount of oil onto the apex seals of each rotor to keep them lubricated and reduce failure.
  • The RX-8 Tire Pressure Monitor System has both a low pressure and a high pressure setting.
  • The high frequency sound you hear under the hood when the key is on but the engine is off is the electric throttle actuator pushing the throttle butterfly toward closed, waiting for you to start the engine.
  • Every time you first start driving the RX-8 there is an aduible thump heard from the car. That is the ABS braking system performing a self-test.
  • The manual RX-8 models have a carbon fibre drive shaft (the non-UK auto has a steel drive shaft).
  • The carbon fibre drive shaft is protected from damage by shields and the connector pipe of the exhaust system.
  • A spare tyre is not supplied as standard.
  • Not tightening your gas cap correctly after fueling will cause a CEL (Check Engine Light).
  • Using the factory supplied tire sealant as a repair requires the replacement of the tyre.
  • The RX-8 clutch pedal height is adjustable.
  • There is an audible alert tone when your car reaches 8,500 RPMs.
  • Chassis Dyno-ing an RX-8 will make the ABS/DSC system think it has a malfunction and give you a CEL. However, if you shut off the DCS and TCS you can dyno the car without causing a CEL or DTC.
  • The RX-8s automatic headlight adjusters, for the HID equipped cars, sensor is on the REAR anti-roll bar, which is why a lot of folks complain about headlight aim after they install lowering springs.
  • The catalytic converters contain Platinum and thats why theyre so expensive to replace.
  • The steel exhaust systems grow in length by about an inch when they are up to temperature.
  • It is possible to listen to sounds coming from each individual speaker of your car, in a prescribed order. With the radio on, Press the power button and AUTO-M at the same time for 1 s. The speakers will then sound in the following order: Front passenger side speaker and tweeter, drivers side Front speaker and tweeter, drivers side rear speaker, and finally passenger side rear speaker.
  • The early RX-8s had black windscreen washer tanks, and later ones had opaque white so you can see contents without taking cap off.
  • All the instrument cluster warning and indicator lights are LEDs.
  • The 18″ (non-bright finish) OEM alloy wheels are painted and clear coated.
  • The RX-8 has drive-by-wire. There is no accelerator cable. The accelerator pedal sensor is a dual sensor that outputs to the PCM dependant on pedal position. Each sensor is a backup to the other if one fails. The PCM outputs to the throttle body which also has dual sensors.
  • The MAZDA RX-8 has a 5-Star roll over rating from the NHTSA. The RX-8 was the only auto in the US that got the 5-star rating.
  • The rear brake rotors have 60 vents, while the front rotors have 54 vents. Additionally, the front disks are the largest ever offered on a MAZDA production car.
  • The Power train Control Module (PCM) carries out a full sixty step test of the Metering Oil Pump (MOP) every twelfth time the engine is turned off.
  • Zoom-Zoom-Zoom is from a 1994 soundtrack CD Only The Strong & was written by a guy named Kao Rossman, performed by Serapis Bey.
  • The roof on the RX-8 has structural members that are constructed of nitride treated steel? Nitriding fuses titanium to the steel with nitrogen through heat. This produces a very strong, yet lighter weight (2.2 lbs less than ordinary steel) roof and contributes to better handling.
  • The RX-8 employs mode control panels which are 2 circular depressions in the floor panels. These two circles vibrate alternately creating waves which cancel each other out and reduce noise and vibration in the cabin.
  • At about 13,000rpm harmonic vibrations will destroy a RENESIS, but it could theoretically live its entire, long life just shy of that.
  • There are four side seals in the RENESIS rotor. A keystone to scrape carbon buildup from exhaust gases, a cut-off seal to eliminate blow-by between intake and exhaust ports, and twin oil seals to well, you know, keep the oil where it needs to be.
  • There is a Seat Track Position Sensor that tells the onboard airbag system what position your seat is in.
  • There is also an airbag sensor in the front seatbelt buckles to tell the system that your seatbelt is unfastened.
  • The 190 has larger secondary fuel injectors than the 230.
  • The clock on the NAV system is nearly perfectly accurate thanks to GPS.
  • The Automatic Level Controls for the radio incorporate a microphone that was tuned to listen to the sounds your car makes while ignoring sounds of other vehicles in order to automatically adjust volume appropriately.
  • The boot lip spoiler is fitted in Europe for fuel economy reasons.
  • As the rotors rotate the apex seals are actually sucked away from the rotor housing and therefore a spring is needed to keep the seals planted against the trochoid chamber walls.
  • The rear differential doesnt use clutch disks like normal LSDs do? Instead it uses a complex series of gears to allow the wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds, but still lock under given conditions.
  • The front wheel arch vents are not just for show, but do indeed help to vent hot air from the engine bay.
  • The RX-8 employs a first ever multi-link rear suspension for a MAZDA production sports car.
  • Each Renesis engine is hand-built (assembled) from start to finish by a single person.
  • There’s a special compartment for coins to the right of the steering colum no need to use the ashtray!
  • The slot in the driver’s sun visor is handy for car park tickets!
  • The ‘virtual’ b-pillar in the rear door is a structurally sound as any saloon car
  • The patches on the bumper of the 230 are the headlamp washer covers, and pop out about 7cm under wather pressure to reveal the nossels that spray the headlamps, to prevent the xenon beams from being scattered by dirt. They can be manually pulled out for cleaning.
  • The RENESIS name stands for Rotary Engine Genesis But also for Rotary Engine for the New age with Exhaust on the Side and Intake on the Side.

Comments

118 Responses to “Mazda RX8 interesting facts”

  1. Tom Hectus on December 15th, 2008 8:54 pm

    My wife just got rid of her RX-8, thank goodness. Brand new in
    September, 2004, the car has been towed in four (4) times, all due to problems with the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). The first three times were all under warranty, which expired in Sept. ‘08. The last time was last week. And I do mean the last time, for us at least. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Her new Acura RDX is quicker, more comfortable, and a sportier drive than the RX-8. The RX-8 rotary is simply no match for Acura’s turbo 4 cylinder. The only advantage I’d give the RX-8 is dry weather handling (it’s ranges from positively dangerous to merely useless in wet and snow/icy conditions). Sorry Mazda, but there really is no Zoom Zoom Zoom with the RX-8.

  2. Richard on March 5th, 2009 12:31 pm

    Great car!!!

    excellent handling, superb performance a ideal car for those who don’t want to follow the masses!

  3. Duncan on June 19th, 2009 4:56 pm

    The RX8 is an awesome car. You need to look after it though so no good for numpties with no clue about cars. Wet and snow handling isnt great but then few cars with lots of power, rear wheel drive and fat tyres are.

  4. Mark on June 28th, 2009 4:37 am

    Better ride than my old 350z, nicer handling than the ‘02 mustang and more bells and whistles than the ‘92 corvette.
    I reserve total judgement for now. However it is growing on me quickly!

    You drove your sports car in the winter?? I’ll save you time and money- dont do that with any of them. Buy a truck or beater.

  5. jojo on July 21st, 2009 5:14 am

    well….ya know if you knew how to service the car yourself and actually knew howto drive in all weather conditions, it wouldnt be so scary oooooo

  6. john on july 22 2009 on July 22nd, 2009 1:01 am

    poor reliability,better cars around

  7. Jared on July 27th, 2009 9:12 pm

    Acura better? I guess you can say that if you’re the type of person who is ok with being seen in a Honda…

  8. Bryce on July 29th, 2009 8:21 am

    I agree very much… I am 16 and have one. i love the car. it is very unique and runs very well!

  9. Bryce on July 29th, 2009 8:22 am

    Also i have had it for 2 years and i have never had a single problem.

  10. Richard on September 7th, 2009 8:35 pm

    Just bought 2004 RX8 w/ 57k miles-already have issues w/ power steering -light occasionaly stays on and power steering goes off-also both sun visors are useless due to cheap plastic construction-had A/C suddenly blast hot air out of no where? Seems like this car is possessed! HELP

  11. Charla on October 15th, 2009 2:32 am

    I have an 04 RX8 and absolutely love it. It is extremely temperamental but if you love it enough to learn how to drive it and take care of it, you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. Yeah, it’s a high maintenance car but I think it’s worth the maintenance. Main point to remember, don’t hop in it and move it with out enjoying a ride around the block first or you’ll be without your wheels until you get it flushed.

  12. Taz on October 18th, 2009 5:53 pm

    I love Mazda RX8, I just bought it yesterday. Its awesome!!!. there is only one problem. Today when I was driving the accelerator pedal just went all the way down and stucked, The engine started reving so bad that i had to switch off the engine. Then after few minutes the accelerator pedal was back at its original position.
    please help

  13. Phill on October 23rd, 2009 4:59 am

    I got a 05′ RX8 Auto with paddle shift imported from Japan and i absolutely love it! Never had a problem in the last 2 years, amazing handling and brakes! only thing im gunna do to it is maybe fit a new exhaust and tune the car as its an auto. One thing is that you should regularly check and top up engine oil as they do drink up oil!

  14. Mat on November 8th, 2009 5:50 am

    Bought my RX8 last year at 49xxx kms now it has 79xxx never really had any MAJOR probs with it just the starter went and i have to change the Oxygen sensor and the brake pressure sensor nothing big when its covered under warrenty. The only bad thing id say about the car is the gas mileage but what do you expect its a sports car. I guess when they designed the rotary they figured it has the power of a V8 so why not have it use as much gas as a V8 HAHA. And yeah for those who say it doesnt perform well in icy/snowy conditions all i have to say is what the hell are you doing driving it in those conditions? Look at the car .. does it look like a winter car? Exactly

  15. Sven Bollen on January 28th, 2010 10:14 pm

    I bought my RX-8 a month ago. Due to the Belgian goverment rules. You have to import it as an 2600cc. So high taxes. That’s the only down site that i can think of. Oh yea the miles per gallon (liter per 100km) when you’re a person who loves great cars. Then those to things are no reasons not to buy an RX-8.
    Man I love my car. And so do the people who stop at crossovers to take a second look. In Belgium i gues an RX-8 is more exclusive then the Lambo’s, R8’s or Ferrari’s who’re bombing by almost every day.
    Let’s hope my car doesn’t suffer from those elektronic malfunctions.
    greetz.

  16. Daniel on February 3rd, 2010 1:03 am

    Great Car, Just had 20″ rims on, full cat & exhaust system and a huge turbo with new catch can oil coolers etc…Nothing short of awesome!

  17. ellie on February 14th, 2010 11:29 pm

    I’m gutted about the RX8, this is one fine looking car and the sound and performance are stunning, I mean a 1.3 that delivers 231bhp, how exciting, novel and interesting. However, I bought one two days ago., 7 years old but Full main dealer Service History, and low miles (34k) on the clock. Drove home lovely. Couple of days later after sitting on my drive, it is totally broken. Now I realise this car is is hugely tempramental. It is a only a car for godness sake, why cant you just move it about without needing to have the engine flushed??? I’m sorry I am a petrol head, but clearly not enough for this car. Surely any decent car could do 30k on the clock without major engine overhaul???? What is this an Alfa???Looking on the forums, this car needs more tlc than a classic Ferrari. And it is only a Mazda. Nissan and Toyota have given Japenanese cars a reputation for reliability that Mazda cannot fulfil.

  18. Anonymous on February 18th, 2010 12:40 pm

    well ellie.. you should have done a compressio test before buying an RX8… it alll about how it was maintained before you.

    Buy a new ONE or one in good shape, treat it right and you will reach 100k km with no problems.

  19. cindy on February 22nd, 2010 7:52 pm

    have a 2004 RX8 having lots of problems.. newest is today.. the “AT” light came on books says ” transmission electrical” any help hints before we take it to the dealer..? also have had problems with lots of wabble.. tried new tires… now it seems they say 2 bent rims..any ideas on replacement rims other than the dealer..?

  20. Jim on March 2nd, 2010 5:30 am

    The problem with “moving the car” is mis-stated here. The real problem is that, if you shut off (or accidentally stall) the engine before it warms up, the computer gets confused and the NEXT time you try to start it it will flood; and a flooded Wankel rotary will not self-clear. That’s where the mechanic comes in. All you have to do is NEVER shut it off before it has a chance to warm up. Normally you only need to wait just until the temperature gauge needle has come off the pin.

  21. Jim on March 2nd, 2010 5:33 am

    P.S. The flooded Wankel engine is in no sense broken; it just needs to have the spurious fuel cleared out, after which it will run fine. The problem is that clearing the flooded engine normally takes a mechanic, and is thereby both inconvenient and expensive.

  22. Nick on March 10th, 2010 8:48 pm

    I’ve had my rx8 for over a year. It’s an 05 shinka. The only so called problem I’ve had is that the clutch pedal bracket broke which I guess is common since Mazda went cheap on that. Everything else is amazing! If you have engine problems, it’s because you aren’t driving it right. You drive it like a Honda and not the sports car it is. Never shut it off before it’s at normal running temp. If you need to, rev it to 3000 rpm for a couple seconds and then hit about 6000rpm+ to clean out the engine. You won’t have problems. Also it’s a good idea to hit red line every now and again to clean out the carbon in the engine. It’s a drivers car, not a Honda!

  23. Nick on March 10th, 2010 8:50 pm

    Ps. No need to take it to a dealer if it’s flooded. Just go by the manual. If that isn’t working, take drivers side tire off, take out the sparkplugs and kick it over for a few seconds. Fuel will come out. Put the plugs back in and it should start up fine.

  24. Georgina on March 18th, 2010 3:15 am

    You have got to be kidding me! I love my 04 RX-8 in all its glory. However, In the pass year I had nothing but trouble with my car. I have replaced my spark plugs about four times(in the dealer). For every time I carried it to them, they had no clue as to what can cause the spark plugs to go bad. I now have a private mechanic who is really good, but still no clue as to why my car stalls after getting off a highway. Can any one give me a clue as to why this is happening?

    Ps. I always allow my car to reach its normal temperature before driving.

  25. Anonymous on March 19th, 2010 2:11 pm

    @Georgina : You probably need to change your ignition coils as well, not only the spark for better fuel burning.

  26. JD on April 29th, 2010 5:27 pm

    Same problem with stalling after highway use, apparently it could be a bad catalytic converter. I’m going to have mine checked this week. Of course I’ve had 3 sets of plugs, wires, and coils in 20K miles and the dealer is clueless too.

  27. TC on May 14th, 2010 3:19 pm

    Ignition coils. They’re known to go bad every 25K or so. Check it out.

    I LOVE my RX-8, I hope to drive it forever. And then some more.

  28. Andy Milne on May 15th, 2010 10:39 pm

    looking to buy a rx8 192 and need to know more info, such as the things to be aware, and any other important info on the rotary engine as my knowledge very little of them

  29. Andrea on May 22nd, 2010 4:34 am

    I have a 2005 and in the past 2 months my check engine light has turned on 3 times. the dealer first told me it was the gas cap, then it was the evap pump shorting out along with the purge valve was sticking. I don’t trust the dealer anymore so does anyone have an idea what it could be?

    I love my car, but I’m getting so tired of getting it fixed.

  30. Disturbed One on May 23rd, 2010 9:03 am

    Like everyone mentioned B4, its not a honda, just put better oil in it, i use 5w 30 non synthetic better lubrication than 5w 20 of course, maintain it like its a newborn they tend to be bi polar sometimes but when you treat it good it will pay you back 100x better.

  31. Andy R on May 26th, 2010 11:42 pm

    Just read comments about flooded engines. I called out Mazda Assistance the first two times this happened to me but all you need to do is remove the fuel pump fuse and then turn the engine over for no less than a minute, pop the fuse back in and fire her up. This works for me everytime. I’ve been told and it has been proven that if I take my car out the garage, clean it and then some time later put it back in the garage - it will be flooded. The moral here so I’ve been told by Mazda is to run the engine up to temperature before cutting it out. If you do want to turn the engine off quickly shortly after starting then rev the engine to 5,000 rpm and then switch off straight away. Hope this helps some of you.

  32. annie on May 28th, 2010 8:16 pm

    had my rx8 about 4 months no problems at 43,000 just had my oil changed and now it runs like crap you can hear a bass sound throughout the car while running and its terribly hard to start hangs a little bit and it doesn’t have the perk it did before the oil change i’m kinda frustrated now!!

  33. Broke my pedal on June 22nd, 2010 9:23 pm

    If your clutch pedal has broken please do everyone a favor and report it as a safety issue to the NHTSA. Not only does that increase the odds that there will be a recall and we get reimbursed, but it may prevent someone from getting killed. Also, it will encourage manufacturers to make better products and own up to their cheap designs.

  34. RED JUNE 23RD on June 23rd, 2010 11:28 pm

    My son and I test drove 1 today. I drove, I absolutely loved it. The car is a rocket, and handles like a dream. After reading these blogs though, I not sure that my son could give it the tlc that it needs. Plus, I was wanting something w/ a little better gas mileage. He already has a gas hog.

  35. marcarlyle on July 5th, 2010 7:58 pm

    bought a used 2004 2 yrs ago at 78 000 km. There is 122 000 km now. No major problems, Just pull fuel pump fuse turn engine over for two or three minutes then replace fuse to correct flooding problem. Then get oil change immediately. Drivers side sun visor an issue. The car is fun to drive first thru third gears is very quick. And know that engine burns a bit of oil, so do not panic when oil light comes on.

  36. DENNIS on July 14th, 2010 2:31 am

    JUST BOUGHT 05 this car is amazing, its like having a unique looking car you don’t see one in every driveway. yes it does have some quirks like warmming up befor restarting and likes its oil other than that a real pleaser to the road mine is a manual been up to one thirty mph still had some more handling was impressive one sweet ride also had a custom cat back exhaust with glass packs sounds better than aftermarket. i’ve had a lot of sports car i like this one the best!!!!!!!

  37. Brian on July 22nd, 2010 4:45 am

    Just bought my rx8 three months ago. I love the car and don’t regret buying it. It has the automatic trans with the slapstick which i like, but it does have the power steering problem that others have been talking about. I’ve been a mechanic for over 20 years, but I haven’t took the time yet to crawl under it to find out what’s going on with the PS. When I do, I will post what I find. I have put the scanner on it and it does show a torque sensor code, but I talked to a guy at mazda, and he said it’s a connection problem, but he didn’t say where. As I said, when i find it, I’ll post it on here to help others fix their own cars and save some money.
    Other than the PS problem, I love the car. I plan on keeping her for a while.

  38. paul on July 23rd, 2010 5:39 pm

    I BOUGHT MY RX8 HI POWER NEW IN 2004 ,I LOVE THE CAR ,BUT EVERY THING HAS GONNE WRONG,2 X CLUTCHES,1X GEARBOX,ENGINE REPLACED @ 99000 AND AGAIN @ 120 000,LAMDA SENSORS,CAT THIS CAR HAS COST ME A LOT OF MONEY AND IN SOUTH AFRICA PARTS ARE NOT CHEAP,IM THINKING OF PUTTING IN 20B TWIN TURBO,ANY IDEAS

  39. Andy on August 15th, 2010 3:05 am

    OH MY GOSH! i never would have guessed there would be so many problems with this car. I want one. Am about to buy one…but i just dont know anymore. the car im looking at is an 04 RX-8 with 67,000km on it. It was never in an accident and only driven in the summer. I dunno if i should get it or not. i dont want to replace the engine at 90 or 100k either. Any tips on what i should do?

  40. Andy on August 15th, 2010 3:07 am

    However i have heard of these cars going 200,000+ km with little or no problem. and trust me if i get it. im giving it lots of love. still im alittle on edge about getting it now.

  41. Andy on August 15th, 2010 3:15 am

    Oh and by the way from what I’ve heard about turbos they give you more power but reduce the life of your engine. so if you don’t want more problems then i wouldn’t really recommend getting it the turbo unless your desperate for more power.

  42. Jamie on August 26th, 2010 5:27 am

    I have an 07′ rx8 6 speed manual. I love it! After lots of research, I’ve learned that the rx8’s with the most problems were the 04’s and then the 05’s and 06’s. They take about a quart of oil every 1,500 miles. It’s best to top off your oil every other fuel up. The coils, plugs, and spark plug wires should be replaced after about 35,000-40,000 miles. I recommend buying a new ignition kit from BHR (Black Halo Racing). They are far superior to the stock ones. It explains it on their website. I rev my engine between 3,500-4,000 rpms and then shut it off while it’s within this range everytime I shut it off. You are supposed to rev it everytime you shut it off and I’ve never had a problem starting, not once.

  43. EBRAHIM on August 26th, 2010 1:02 pm

    GOT AN ‘05 FOR ALMOST A YEAR.BOUGHT IT ON 52,000KM & NOW ON 72,000KM.FLOODED ENGINE TWICE,ALMOST BURNT OUT STARTER LAST TIME UNTILL I READ ABOUT FUEL PUMP FUSE.ALWAYS REV IT TO +/-3500RPM BEFORE SWITCH OFF BUT STILL HARD STARTS AT TIMES WHEN ITS HOT-ANY SUGGESTIONS.OH AND IN SOUTH AFRICA WE CANNOT GET NON SYNTHETIC OIL ANYWHERE-ANY IDEAS GUYS.AND FINALLY FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS THE ASR & DSC LIGHTS COME ON INTERMITTENTLY AND AT TIMES REV COUNTER DROPS TO ZERO & BACK UP-ANY CLUE.LOCAL DEALER RECKONS ITS MY CLOCK SPRING THAT NEED REPLACING & QUOTED R3000 FOR REPAIRS.THEY ALSO MENTIONED NEED A NEW MOTOR.AND THE GAS MILEAGE IS TERRIBLE-YOU SEE THE GAUGE MOVING WHILE DRIVING.OH AND DEALER REPLACED EXHAUST HEAT SHIELD ON CAMPAIGN-CHECK IT OUT PAUL.

  44. Jabba on September 13th, 2010 9:28 am

    Going to get a 03 RX 8 with 115K km mileage. It got 3 years limited warranty for some parts and labour. But I have limited knowledgeble about cars, yet love the test driver I had with it.

    Having reading reviews, I’m bit concern now, as it seems this car difficult to maintain. Not sure is this worth buying? please help me with you suggestion

  45. Cyndi on September 19th, 2010 5:45 pm

    My 2004 RX8 Differential light comes on and stays on after driving about 10 miles down the road. The dealer said it was the sensor not a problem with the Differential. Just put new tires on and after 3000 miles the back tires have lost half there tred. Also it feels like the back of the car is always fish tailing.

  46. Clutch pedal broke-9/18/2010 on September 20th, 2010 5:09 pm

    While driving my clutch pedal broke. My car has about 75K on it and is a 2004. I was really shoked when this happened. My car was in the middle of road and I had to call AAA to have my vehicle towed. Being that it is out of warranty I refuse to go to the dealership. I’ll pay $80 an hour over what those crooks would want. Car was running great until this happend. Not sure what the end result will be.
    Sal

  47. liam on September 27th, 2010 7:12 pm

    ha dudes

    i have had 2 rx8s, i got my first in 07 from new and had it for 3 years. i dint have any problems at all, i love the rx8. i have just got my new one, the R3 and its perfect. if u do as the book says and rev befor you shut off, check the oil and servece when you should it should run fine. i reconmend to any one thinking of getting one.

    P.S i got 158 out of mine on the german hightway, LOVE IT

  48. merkur stet on September 30th, 2010 2:24 am

    i’ve had my rx8 4 1/2 yrs. bought at 13k miles

    new motor at 62k. cost me $800 to determine it was their fault, bastards.

    broke clutch pedal at 40k, i had a stage one in, didn’t know you guys were braking them stock. bad part, ya.

    now the powersteering thing, went out at 58k, this eletric shit is bullshit, i refuse to replace and pay for something that will brake again. just man up and trade that comfort for all the other pluses. mazda ain’t fixing that problem for us 04 and 05’s, it’s now 2010, haha

    love the car, disappointed my pimp ride will never have power steering, lol. does handle better withe a manual rack and drive more like a race car as well as safer for drifting.

    just drive it hard, change coil packs every 20- 30k miles, oil regularly and look forward to learning how to replace apex seals once the money pit runs outa warrenty..

  49. chris on October 14th, 2010 1:24 am

    Just purchased a 2005 rx8 the headlight aim light is on , any other way to fix it or can it be unpluged. new sensor cost $1000.00 for the 2. tryied not work.the fix but did

  50. knicole on October 15th, 2010 12:01 pm

    I have had my rx8 since 2005. It is a high maintenance car, but it is well worth it. I have had several problems with the car, but I have to admit that they were all actually my fault. This was my first car that I got when I was 16 and I had no idea about the maintenance that it required. I do suggest that if you plan on purchasing a rx8 that you talk to the dealer about the car and even do some research on your own. I flooded my engine two times before anyone at the dealership actually told me what I was doing wrong (turning the engine off cold). I can say though, if you do everything as you should, you won’t see any more problems out of this car than you would any other. There is no way I could go back to driving a regular car now. When I decide its time for a new car, it will most likely be the newest rx8. The reason you hear so many bad things about the car is because some people don’t know how to take care of them, or do know and just don’t take the time to maintenance them like they should. I have had some horrible experiences with the car, but like I said before, it was 100% my fault.

  51. Jim on October 20th, 2010 1:35 am

    I have 2004 Mazda RX8 that I have loved until recently. While driving the electric power steering went out. Mazda has been looking for parts for well over a month and the only ones are in Japan on back order. While reviewing the Mazda site, this is a common problem…one that will cost me $3,000 for a car with 38,000 miles. Additionally the harness is gone resulting in issues with the airbag. Another $500. It keeps on going. Any suggestions? Who do I write to…i.e. V.P. Customer Service. It appears this car is under the lemon law and was purchased back by Mazda for engine issues. Any help would be appreciate as I am still sitting without my Mazda wondering if it will ever be fixed and if I can get some assistance with this horrendous bill.

  52. FL410 on October 22nd, 2010 2:43 pm

    i have a mazda rx 8 i bought it used and have had nothing but problems with it. The power steering went, it has an oil leak, the radiator has to be replaced, it has a transmission leak, a few sensors have to be replace. I really like the car but it has 81,000 miles. I’m kind of disappointed not so much in the car but the dealer who sold it like that not telling us. Is it worth fixing the car

  53. Dixon on October 24th, 2010 2:35 pm

    I just bought my first RX-8 last week, Its a 2005 Model GT. I have read about numerous issues with the car but mostly it seams that its due to people no knowing how to care for the car. I am reading everything I can so I can minimize the problem times and money.
    Knowledge is power they say. I have an aftermarket in dash pioneer GPS NAVI/Stereo system, which when installed the existing programming for the cars systems needs to be overwriten with something called a Turbo 2 Interface system-module. the previous owner has customized the existing mazda display screen with his name etc.. and i need to change that or my own name lol. Is anyone familiar with this and can share some info on how to do this or where.

  54. DrRotorX8 on October 29th, 2010 6:05 am

    Take good care of it and you will enjoy your ride for years to come like I do with my ‘05 titanium grey GT, obviously need an honest and reliable technitian.

  55. DR on October 30th, 2010 1:28 pm

    I have a 2010 RX8, have done 12,000kms and LOVE IT. We have turbo V8 in the shed, and I know which one I prefer to drive up and down the coast, winding and climbing - definately my little RX8. Best toy we have! Can’t see I will EVER go back to a standard car.

  56. Gord on October 31st, 2010 1:00 am

    I have a 2005 RX, I have 90,000kms on it. I just did a road trip, put on 7,000kms in 17 days and used less than 1 liter of oil. It runs great is awesome to drive. It is stock other than an after market stereo system with sat nav. I will do a major over haul on brakes, suspension , intake and exhaust, this winter. I feel this is a car I will keep as long as possible and just re and re it when it needs it or I feel the urge to. Best toy I own.

  57. Bulent on November 6th, 2010 1:32 am

    I just bought 2006 RX8,blk/blk only have 39000kms which is smthg like 25000miles,You have to love this in order to get the highest performance..just installed Borla Catback Exhaust System +AEM Cold Air intake+Chip+No Catalytic Converter=260hp approx :) Aluminium Billet Grill+Halo Demon Eyes Kit,18” black rims,it’s a dream car.. It was so much fun to kick Honda S2000 ass,could not make it with me,hahaha :) every men on this planet has to drıve one of these.. This is definitely a dream car.. I love it…

  58. Concerned RX8 Owner on November 23rd, 2010 11:16 am

    I just had a stuck accelerator issue. “Taz” on October 18th, 2009 commented on the same problem.

    Anyone know anything about this or have the same issue??? I’m taking it into the dealer for sure.

  59. Down-under on November 26th, 2010 3:35 pm

    I have had my 2004 RX8 from new. It now has 182,000Kms and have never had any problems. I have read about the flooding problems, yet this has never happened to me and I have stalled when cold but it restarts no problem. Oil consumption has decreased - now about a litre per 10,000kms. Have always driven it quite hard - it likes it!

    I started to look around for a new car, but I don’t want anything else. I have never been as passionate about a car as I am about my RX8. Brilliant car!!

  60. Daz_gizmo on November 30th, 2010 6:31 pm

    Well, just had in Bit of a shock!
    Got to have a new cat and oxygen sensors fitted to my Mazda RX8 04…….Ouch £1,970.00!
    Daz….

  61. ERIC on December 3rd, 2010 6:45 am

    FROM WHAT I HEAR AND UNDERSTAND, THE 04-06 MAZDA RX8′S ARE KNOWN FOR HAVING ENGINE PROBLEMS.

    I bought my 04 rx8 about 2 months ago with 77,000 miles on it… Its been a lemon ever sense… something new is wrong with the car everyday. Not to completely dog the car or nothing… cause i love all its features and the weight distribution is off the charts amazing… makes for great handling!!! But the car has been unreliable never the less.

    The latest problem….. I hopped in my car only to find out there was NO power steering.. I figured maybe the belt came off (not knowing that my power steering was electric) so i checked to make sure it was on… and of course it was.. what puzzled me the most was that it would work every now and then…. Now i realize that the power steering is all electronical… Can someone PLEASE tell me what makes it turn off and on! this is becoming soooo annoying!

  62. Cingstars1986 on December 5th, 2010 6:02 am

    Help on Power Steering Problem

    My car had the intermittent no power steering problem.
    I have been a mechanic for over 20 years, So I wasn’t about to take it to the Dealer. I finally got the time to check it out and this is what I found on my RX8.

    There are 3 wires running from the Torque Sensor (Located on the Steering Column where the column bolts to the rack and pinion)
    These wires run up under the breather box over to the right side of the car. You will need to move the computer out of your way and the EPS module is underneath it. I checked all three wires with an ohm meter and sure enough, one wire had a break in it that was causing my power steering problem. I cut out the bad wire and spliced in a new piece of the same gauge wire and my power steering has worked great since then.
    Cost to fix - $0.00.

  63. Cingstars1986 on December 5th, 2010 6:06 am

    Just to add to my previous post.

    If anyone has any questions about my post they can email me at -
    Brnstreet@insightbb.com

    I hope this has helped .

  64. GoSu on December 25th, 2010 4:59 am

    Bought my 192 2004 ,5months ago with 24k on the clock. No problems yet. Went through mot no fail. Never flooded. Only done 700 miles within 5 months. Only problem is the battery. It died on me because I didn’t use it for a long time. That was sorted easily.
    I redline the car once a day when the engine is warmed up. I never go over 3k when cold. Running smooth for me :)

  65. Basalard on January 2nd, 2011 6:31 am

    A mechanic gave me a tip about the ‘flooding’ issue. Put the gas pedal to the floor when trying to start a flooded engine. Doing this will cut off fuel to the injectors.

  66. NorCalsRx8 on January 2nd, 2011 1:13 pm

    To Mr. Tom Hectus or w.e Thier is plenty ZOOOMZOOOMZOOM in the mazda rx8, you dont understand that an automatic rx8 loses a ridiculous amount of horsepower compared to the manual, i’ve reached 148mph on my car on 5th gear at 8k, the topend on this cars are never ending..

  67. 13B PWR, USA on January 5th, 2011 10:25 am

    I’ve owned rotary cars for about 8 years now. My first being a 1986 RX7. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience I had with it. The flooding, the maintenance, and all the repairs. Now though, I have a 2008 RX8 Touring and have never had any issues with it. the thing about the rotary engine is that it’s really no different than any car. You put the proper gas in the tank, check the oil (like you’re supposed to with any car), and check the air in your tires. Really, it’s like any vehicle, even your mom’s Honda. Now being it is a rotary sports car, you’ve really gotta red line the engine once a day. Really! A red line a day keeps the mechanic away. Also there are two main things to watch for in your RX8. Flooding and oil consumption. Flooding is easily preventable, either by fully warming up the car before shutting it off (temperature needle towards the middle of the gauge) and doing the proper maintenance when the time comes (spark plugs and/or new coil packs). Oil consumption in this unique engine is normal as well. The engine will burn approximately 1/2 to 1 quart of oil for every 1k - 1 1/2k miles needs to be topped off. Please do not wait till your oil change; oil starvation kills any engine, including the rotary in the RX8. Now if you are in the market for a used RX8, please check all service records for all major repairs done. The 04-06 models should have longest sheets of repairs because quite honestly those years had many kinks that needed to be worked out. The 07-current models have shown great improvements with reliability as well as drivability. Also, Mazda has extended all engine core warranties to 100k miles/8 years which covers engine failures in the US. Please keep in mind this does not apply to external components such as the water pump or the alternator. It’s a warranty on just the engine itself. If say the engine exhibits loss of power or floods often, then these problems can POSSIBLY be linked to bad compression in the engine which can only be remedied with a full engine replacement. That’s what the warranty will cover. Please go to your dealership and find out if Mazda is offering that coverage to you. I know in the USA it is being honored but I am uncertain of other places. Anyways, I’m sure this has gone much longer than I had hoped but I really want people to understand that the RX8 is not any more of a headache than any other car. It truly is a joy to have and with the right one you can experience the same joy that so many others have found. Be safe and keep pushing that loud pedal! Also, Knowledge is power so please educate yourselves at RX8club.com many questions you have can be found by searching the forums.

  68. Former RX8 lover on January 19th, 2011 5:30 am

    I recently hit a deer and did almost 13k damage to my 2007. The deer jumped right in front of me and I had no time to react. Upon gettting the car back from the shop and taking my first night drive it dawned on me that the headlights, when not on bright, seem to shine down at an angle that only seems to give me about 25 feet of vision in front when driving in dark, rural areas.
    Unfortunately, the road I drive has a lot of cars going in the opposite direction and I can’t use the brights very often. I’m surprised to not have found anyone else address this. Does anyone else know what I’m talking about? (I know, I could get foglights….) I’d love to hear another opinion about this. thanks.

  69. Sal on January 21st, 2011 10:23 pm

    I have had nothing but problems with my 2005 Mazda RX8
    First water in the break lights…then the heater didn’t work. Now its been in the shop 3 weeks because of the engine. Which they are replacing but the engine is on backorder???????????? I hate this car!!!! Can’t wait to get rid of this junk…….

  70. Anonymous on February 3rd, 2011 9:27 am

    These cars are underestemated in performance. Most of the people who underestemate the Rx8’s are the original 13b rx drivers, such as the Rx7 series 6. The guy who was talking about his acuras turbo…. Turbo’s are just big cheap hairdryers that have air intake that sucks possems out of trees.. absolutely pathetic

  71. anthony griffiths on February 15th, 2011 7:03 pm

    i bought a 2007 reg rx8 from a second hand dealership in haverfordwest, wales, united kingdom in sept 2010. A fter driving it for a couple of days the engine made a strange noise! after just getting back to the garage they examined the car. After a couple of weeks of deliberation i recieved a phonecall to say that they had put a brand new engine in the car! i was so lucky that this happened under warranty! now the engine management light comes on and off intermitently. i have been told that this could be the fuel cap not being tight enough! apart from the major hiccup it is a great car! whoooooo

  72. Sam on February 17th, 2011 4:32 pm

    my 2004 rx8. powering steering turns on and off when im driving.. what should i do? do i have to take it in to fix it or can i do it myself.

  73. Stuart on February 28th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Anyone else found a real issue with the power of the headlights? The first few times I drove it, I thought the lights were broken - they give little or no illumination to the road ahead. I only got any power to the beam either by switching the full beam on ( impractical ) or by driving with the front fog lamps on ( illegal! ).
    Is this common to the RX-8 model, or are my bulbs just needing updated to a higher spec?

  74. Mitch on March 6th, 2011 4:04 pm

    I purchased a 2004 RX8 with all the bells and whistles about a year and a half ago. Now nearing 100,000 miles, I have done several cross country trips(coast to lovely coast) and love the car. My other driver is a 69 mustang packing over 600 ponies-you could say I love to drive powerful machines. The 8 has treated me right and I have done the same. I have experienced no problems in any weather condition including winter in the hills of Kentucky (@2-4 inches). I ,like many of 8 owners ,have flooded the rotory but that was my fault and it only took 20 minutes to fix. It would help to know your way around a vehicle before owning this vehicle because the top end power and handling that surpasses most drivers’ abilities. It also burns oil by design- got to be vigilant about oil checks(even if you forget when it is low the oil light comes on). If you use common sense read up on the advances the vehicle has-you will love this car. If you are an average guy , then you and the three beautiful girls you picked up will enjoy the ride. Cool, comfortable, cruising,fast,nimble,and unique are just some of the adjectives I use to describe it. Oh and did I mention it was economical? Insurance runs it as a sedan because its a four door. I guess the best compliment I can give it is that I want to keep it . I also compare it to any prospective vehicle purchase I would make.

  75. anon on March 17th, 2011 10:54 pm

    2004 RX8 my family owns seems to have reoccurring start up issues.

  76. susan on April 26th, 2011 10:23 pm

    Really what you are all saying is too many things to go wrong! I love the look of the car, have wanted one and the only thing that was putting me off was the road tax now after eading all these posts i wouldn’t have one in a lucky bag!!!

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  98. neptune on May 6th, 2011 4:56 pm

    Had my rx8 for over 2 weeks now, go out at lunch from work and redline every day… Awsome machine, Awsome sound

  99. RX8 problems on May 8th, 2011 8:57 pm

    My extended warranty just expired last month and now i have taken the RX8 to the dealer twice and now the dealer is telling me that i have some bad valves no idea whats going on, since i got the car with 15k i have taken this car to the dealer so many times that is not funny, now i was told by the dealer about some valves, catalic converter, some sensors and they still not sure if thats all, they stimated me about $2000 and i am still paying for the car, sucks please some help

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    This one takes the cake above…”I needed two new rims they were bent, worse car I ever owned”…why because YOU bent the rims..
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  101. Clarkster on June 14th, 2011 6:04 pm

    purchased 2008 new in May ‘08 (end of model year) for a song really, as gas here in US was above $4 gallon - I have had way too much fun for someone my age - 45k miles so far. Going in for spark plugs this week (OVERDUE and it’s scarring me).

    Can’t begin to believe how well this car runs and handles . . . especially for a car in this $$ range. Agree with comment above, WAY better ride than my neighbors Z and better handling than the ’stang with the same top end HP as the 6 cyl.

    I love how it hunkers down on the freeway, and I can go around slower cars like they are cones or something!

  102. Harry on June 16th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Hi all
    I have mine for 2 years now, 18000kms
    No problems at all, really hard driving, not in the track yet..
    Fantastic !!
    only if you want something with 231hp, fantastic steering, handling and brakes..
    If you are interested about miles per gallon, maintenance free, long lasting tires… you should look somewhere else.. !!
    It is not a toy for amateurs, fortunately it has all electronic safety systems and they work!!

    Best wishes to all

  103. Tona on June 28th, 2011 10:40 am

    Hi can any one help or has had similar problem with their mazda RX8.
    I bought a rx8 about 2 weeks ago a late 05 model with 53.000 miles on the clock at the start it had a engine coolant warning light on was told by the dealer that it was probably a faulty senser that I should get checked out now having only driven the car a handful of times it drove well with no problems coolant temp and water temp normal but recently started her up and switched on air con as it was a blistering hot day I drove a couple of yards then the car would not rev past 2000 rpm then engine warning light came on any ideas pls help

  104. John on July 3rd, 2011 4:56 pm

    @Tonya
    Sounds like the car has gone into limp mode. To keep this simple I suggest you have it connected to a diagnostics machine and go from there.
    Good Luck.

  105. Mike in Iowa on July 18th, 2011 7:24 pm

    Last fall I bought a mint 2006 RX8 GT,17k miles, fully optioned except Nav system. This is a great car! It handles better than any car I’ve ever drove over the 35 years I’ve driven and collected cars. I have always been interested in the rotary power plant and I love the high rev capability of the engine. I’ve only put 3500 miles on it but every drive has made me grin! It’s my summer car and I adhear to the few rules about treating the car proper. Do not rev these engines with no load on them! Wind them up in gear down the highway. If you have to get into 2nd gear to avoid speeding, then do so. I rev mine up once each time I get it out after a warm up. It reminds me of my sportbike, performance and high rpm! Zoom/Zoom. We own 3 Mazdas in our family!

  106. Zig on July 31st, 2011 9:17 am

    I’ve always wanted one, I’m in South Africa. I drive an Alfa-Romeo 156 2.5 V6 so I know all about horrible fuel consumption and expensive parts, bad service from dealerships - long waiting times for parts and babying my car, but I gotta say, the RX8 seems even more temperamental than Alfas, and you guys all convinced me that it gives a lot of problems - expensive ones at that. Being a rep I need a reliable car which my Alfa is. Took me long enough to find a specialist mechanic who doesn’t charge the world for service and parts, but also knows what he’s doing. I love the styling love the screaming engine, and I know the handling will blow my car out of the water. But ultimately the RX8 will be admired from a distance by me. Better the devil you know I say! A special car the RX8 will always be.

  107. mworkman422 on August 6th, 2011 2:03 am

    Bought an 04 rx8, for 2,400$ which was a steal in my eyes.I love my rx but am having problem with after about 20 minutes it acts like it is running out of gas,then it will die or almost die out.So I turn it off for about 10 minutes & crank it up & it runs normal?? I do take care of it.check oil,run 93 octane,red line it every now and again,does anyone know why it acts like this??
    As for the EPS,have learned that under air box there are some plugs,take contact cleaner to those & power steering will be fine.I had done research to figure that one out.Hope it’s a bit of help for the EPS

  108. schmittj on August 12th, 2011 4:38 am

    I am also having the same issue. I bought mine in April and last week it started losing power after about 20 min. of driving. It will eventually die, but always starts up then eventually dies again. I replaced the plugs and did oil change when I got it, so I think it need new ignition coils cause not sure when they were last replaced. ANy suggestions. Has 90,000

  109. vasiliadhs kyriakos on August 13th, 2011 7:56 pm

    i read some of those which written about rx8.i am really dont understand why some people,bye this car,when they know or they dont want to know some things about this car.okay,bye a piston is more realiable.renesis is a rotary,wankel engine so you can not treat it like a piston engine.get that well on your mind when you are planning to bye this car.respect wankel,don’t push it on its limits when its cold,dont leave the engine without oil,full -fill oil when its neaded.renesis dont burn oil,it uses for the rotors.dont start the engine and after a few metres turn it off,thats when it floods.turn it off only when the tempetuare of the engine is about 65 degrees celcious,i do that no problem so far.respect the car dont drive it on high rpm’s when outside tempetuare is above 38 degrees celcious.we have a “hot” car whose enemy is the very high tempetuares,so we never,push it on its limits after 98-100 degrees.so mercy,with the realibility of rx8,its has an excellend realibilty if we treat it as a wankel-rotary and not like a piston.
    kyriakos-mazda rx8 red challenge.

  110. rx8 gt on August 18th, 2011 9:38 am

    i oun a rx8 Gt or R3 in american in Ausrtalia. we pay $62000 Aust dollars for a new one , about $63000 USD. double other countrys because of taxes and dealers masive mark up.
    even costing that much its well worth it due to the amazing build quality and design.
    I was a Honda mechanic and fan , RX8’s are as good if not better than Honda’s in build but the perfect handling of the light rotor is as good as an NSX.
    the only flaw is power.
    i have just finnished coverting to E85 and turboing it.
    now its the perfect car , power and handling.
    stock it recorded 100KW atw now its getting
    230KW atw.
    long live the Rotor

  111. Vladimir on August 19th, 2011 10:44 pm

    I though only here in Dominican Republic our cars are expensive, USD 55,000.00 for GT. I paid 38,500 for mine totally new 1 1/2 year ago

  112. Mike on September 15th, 2011 6:52 pm

    I owned a 2003 auto and saw my fair share of problems. However, when i stopped letting Mazda mechanics work on it and started repairing it myself, things got a lot better. I would sum my RX-8 ownership up as such,”It’s a fun car to drive, but not a fun car to own.”

  113. Brian on October 11th, 2011 10:36 am

    I own four rotaries two FCs and two RX-8s a 04 auto and a 05 manual. I’ve never had any problems other than my coolant tank sensor. Replaced the tank and no more light. I’ve been driving rotary powered cars since the early 90s. The only thing the 8 lacks is power. And for all the people scared of winter, don’t be! Good snow tires and you’ll be fine. Now if your like me and look forward to the fun u can have and u drive like I do then u might need new shocks and bushings yearly really those are the only things u can hurt in the snow. Maybe burn ur clutch up a lil faster spinning tires. Nothing beats the looks u get when u drive right past a 4×4 having a hard time. Like any other car u take care of it, it’ll last. Check and change your oil regularly. Last thing for u guys with the flooding problems, everytime a rotary floods you are supposed to change the oil! “according to Mazda all that gas goes right into the oil. Don’t blame the car for your mistakes.

  114. JOrgejrmac@hotmail.com on October 16th, 2011 12:16 am

    Where are all the 2004 RX-8 owners who had a cracked engine (kept quiet by Mazda until the recall came), and then as a result had the Catalyc Converter go, and the the Monitoring pump. Once this happens your car will not accelarate with any poer and will only rev up to 5,000 and your top speed will be limited to 55 to 60 miles per hour. The Monitoring Pump is a $1,500 item..

    I have read some articles of people running their Mazda RX-8 without a monitoring pump by premixing 2 cycle oil with their gas. I have not been able to confirm it with consistency. Has anyone heard of this or is doing with consistently without problems. If you have, please let me know.

    Thanks

  115. Reload on October 19th, 2011 11:20 am

    I bought an 05 (September build) RX8 with 89k on the clock 1 month ago and I bloody LOVE this car. The last car I drove which was this exciting was a 2007 Porche 911 Turbo which I had for 5 days. If I owned a Porche, I would definitely have one of these babies as my daily driver.. the handling, performance and styling of the car is amazing! The interior is really nice too and quite spacious.. of course the 4 doors makes things very convenient! Yes the car drinks abit of petrol and oil but when you love your car as much as I do its a small trade off.. Thankful through a bit of reading I’ve established NEVER to turn off the car if the engine is cold and if absolutely necessary rev the engine to ~5000 revs then turn it off. Check the oil levels every couple of weeks to be on the safe side .. let the engine warm up a little before moving and warm up completely before spirited driving.. service the car regularly .. change the oil every 3000km with the recommended oil (its in your owners manual). Try and use Premium Petrol, although not absolutely necessary if you cant afford the extra coin - do it. This is the first rotary car i’ve ever owned .. fingers crossed all goes well. I used to own a 200sx and argue with rotor heads through out school about how crap they were - but what a blast they are to drive!

  116. Rotary Master Tech on November 8th, 2011 8:01 pm

    To all those complaining about how bad and unreliable this car is, I’m going to complain about how bad and unreliable of a consumer/owner you are. Yes it’s not the car, it’s you. I’m a ASE certified Master Technician and has worked with Rotary engines for 8 yrs. I have a 87 RX-7 turbo and has original 215k and is still running good. I also have a 95 RX-7 twin turbo with 125k original miles an still running strong. I also have a RX-8 with 60k miles and running fine, no problems besides sun visor and coolant tank sensor. also the starter.

    Now to say a car doesn’t have it’s common problems is a lie. Every car has problems because it’s man made after all. The first 3 yrs of a model will have the most problems because there is no time for a dealer to drive 200k miles before selling a car and finding out all it’s little problems. Sorry it doesn’t work that way. We are the long time testers and through us reporting things will help make the car better with updated parts, so stop complaining and start helping.

    Now like I said earlier, it’s the consumer/owners responsibility to make sure maintenance and everything is in working order. When u trust a shop to do all that for you, that’s where you are already messing up. I’m a good tech but I can’t speak for every tech out there. Keeping that in mind, do u think every tech is going to be on every issue of the car? No he’s only going to do a quick check on ur car and solve the complaint. Sad to say people don’t care about ur car because it is your car and not theirs. They can only assist you in maintaining your car. The tech is not going to be there 24/7 to let you know how it’s running, and that’s where it comes down to you as the consumer to know how to check certain things, like oil for one. The rx8 normally injects oil to lube the seals and normally after 3000 miles it injects one quart. Which is ok, because by that time you need another oil change. But if you have a leak and you lost 1 qt plus the qt injected, you jus lost 2 qts. And if you wait 6000-9000 miles with the leak and injecting oil, then you would lose 6 qts and guess what you have no more oil, and a bad engine now because of bad ownership. Most bad engines on the RX8 is due to ran out of oil, or flooding the engine too much because the starters were weak and got an updated design and tsb letters are sent out even and owners don’t read them and don’t get the updated starter. Also plugs and coils need replacing as stated at 30,000-45,000 miles and no one does it and it floods because of that and the engine goes bad.

    So I guess to sum things up is if you are a dummy when it comes to cars and don’t have money to take it to the shop at least every 3000 miles or 3 months then don’t get one. I recommend a good rotary tech also because the normal tech does not understand how the engine works and will not even try to understand half the time thinking they know everything. Better yet be the mechanic yourself and learn how to take care of one.

    Also someone was asking about using 2 cycle as premixed gas. Yes it works and is the best as a performance upgrade also. Mazda won the 24 hours lemans race with a 4 rotor 800hp rotary and had no problems but the jaguar and porsche favorites had problems and lost. Led to no longer allowing rotarys to race in the lemans.

  117. Felix on November 10th, 2011 4:20 pm

    Just got my Rx-8 and I love it. It’s a lot faster than any review will have you believe, and the memories about the Rx-7’s of my childhood and how much I wanted a rotary car make owning one now priceless.

    It’s still a head turner, just fantastic car all around.

  118. Felix on November 10th, 2011 4:24 pm

    And oh btw, $23,400 brand spanking new.

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