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2004 Mazda RX-8

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Rotary Engine-MAJOR PROBLEMS
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By raya4
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2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


Review

I bought the car on a whim because of how much fun it was to drive without doing much research. After buying the car almost EVERY mechanic I knew told me that I made a terrible choice. These rotary engines in these cars suck. My engine blew at 80k miles and mine lasted longer than most. Buying this car was a waste of money.


Suggested Improvements

Get rid of rotary


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Fun to drive
17 of 43 people found this review helpful
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By riqqie
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2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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This car is great. It is amazing to drive. It grips the road and corners like a dream. It isn't the fastest car from a stop, but it more than makes up once you get moving. If you plan on buying though, do some research. The rotary engine should not be driven like a normal piston engine. It requires high rpms to run correctly. If you try to baby this car, you will have problems (carbon build-up, flooding). The best advice Ive seen about this vehicle is drive it like you stole it. BTW, get the manual transmission, it gives you a lot more horsepower than the automatic version. Make sure you check that the engine recall was taken care of before you buy and you shouldnt have any problems.


Favorite Features

The seats are so comfortable, they really hold you in place. The suicide doors are great for the kids. There are airbags everywhere! This car has a lot of bells and whistles.


Suggested Improvements

The AC is not the best because it goes into a power saving mode at stops.


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Run Far Far Away...
11 of 35 people found this review helpful
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By gregtheowner
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2004 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)


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I bought my 2004 Mazda RX8 in 2004 - brand new with 4 miles on it. I treated this car like royalty: and it didn't matter. Engine was replaced at 20k for warranty - THEN the engine failed again just 2k outside of warranty - I paid $7,000 for repairs; The spark plugs cost $100 a piece, Tires are $200. MUST have premium gas (At premium prices) and MPG is horrible. $5 in gas won't get you out of your neighborhood. Now -2012 - I finally got rid of it. PROBLEMS from day one til the last day. Car shuts off at red lights, when its too cold, and when its too hot. MUST warm-up engine for 15 min. before driving anywhere - I can go on for days but my space here is limited. DO NOT BUY a 2004 Mazda RX8


Favorite Features

The car LOOKS great - but that is all. JUNK...


Suggested Improvements

I'd say that Mazda should stop making them, but they have now. They actually expired the recalls on the engines shortly after acknowledging, because EVERYBODY was having their engines replaced $$$. I will NEVER buy a Mazda again. And I won't let my children ever buy a Mazda either. No reliability - and WILL leave you and your kids stranded on the highway. COMPLETE LEMON.


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Fair review for the last Rotary
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By zero11534
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2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


Review

The RX8 is a true 4 door 4 seat sports cars, what it lacks in low end torque it makes up for in handling. Rotary motor propels the 3100lb RX8 to 60 in 6.0 sec. and a ľ mile in 14.9. Fuel consumption for the RX8 was Avg for when it first came out, 17city/24 Hwy. The cars light weight stiff chassis and electronic steering makes this a point and drive sports car allowing even the novice of sports car owners the ability to get behind the wheel and take the turns like a pro. This car does come at a price requiring you to add oil about ever 4 fill upís. This is a good daily driver for hwy only commuters


Favorite Features

The Rotary engine exhaust note, nothing else sounds quite like it when hitting high RPMs. One of the best handling cars on the market today, even it's big brother the RX7 can not handle the turns the same way, yet still give you a comfy ride on the street. The cabin lay out is excellent while at the same time providing room for 4 adults 6ft and under. (not a car for larger people, if your over 6ft and 210lbs I would look at other cars as this may not fit you well).


Suggested Improvements

It would be nice if it did have more torque, however it is a Rotary and with that 150tq N/A is pretty good I do recommended a Greddy Turbo kit. Engine Coils, wires, starter and battery all were upgraded on 05+ models, due to issues of flooding the motor so be advised with that if the car has not had those upgrade. At min the Battery needs to be at 640CCA. Factory coils go bad at about 25k miles (they are easy to change for even a novice of car owners) taking about 15 mins to change. You tube has a lot of videos on that. I would purchase NGK spark plugs, Magnacore wires and ESMERIL or Black Halo coils. Remember 29 developers on the Rotary 10000's on the piston motor, so it will have quirks.


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Amazingly Expensive
21 of 65 people found this review helpful
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By themare
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2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Bought it used at 76k miles, and had it until 86k miles for only one year. One of the most fun to drive cars, but also one of the most unreliable and expensive cars to own. Spent over 12k in one year in maintenance alone. PROs and CONs are listed in the full review.


Favorite Features

PROS: ABSOLUTELY FUN to drive. One of the most amazing experiences while driving this car. The handling and throttle response is beyond comprehension. Horsepower is adequate enough to please most people in CA freeways/highways. Torque is just enough to give you little kick, although just a bit more would be a blissful dream. EXTREMELY sporty looks on the exterior and in the interior that would surely turn heads. Adequate sound system Great room usage for such a small sporty car.


Suggested Improvements

CONS: Total cost of ownership is expensive mostly due to maintenance/repairs Reliability of these vehicles are HORRENDOUS. Engines are very fragile, and must be maintained extremely carefully, and must be driven a particular way (recommended not driving at low RPMs) Maintenance can be VERY EXPENSIVE, especially at the rate your vehicle may be going to the garage. MPG is BELOW AVERAGE with most people averaging around 16MPG in this car. Gas also requires premium, which makes it more expensive for such a small car. Avoid heavy traffic at all costs. MPG drops a lot more in traffic, and driving and stopping damages your engine components. Front Cup holders are in a bad position Small trunk


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