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14 of 29 people found this review helpful
Fun to drive
By riqqie on 11/01/12 20:44 PM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe 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.
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Fair review for the last Rotary
By zero11534 on 05/02/12 01:03 AM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

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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 ¼ 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 up’s. This is a good daily driver for hwy only commuters
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21 of 63 people found this review helpful
Amazingly Expensive
By themare on 02/16/12 20:53 PM (PST)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe 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.
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58 of 70 people found this review helpful
BAD REVIEWS GIVEN BY CLUELESS PEOPLE
By rottenrotary on 12/29/11 12:28 PM (PST)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

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The rotary is an amazing engine but different from regular piston engines & should be treated w/ that in mind. Many of these bad reviews stem from individuals who havent researched or properly cared for it. There are a few minor issues & if you RESEARCH it you will easily find ways to avoid those- not to mention 10 yr/100k mi warranty on the engine core components is a nice bonus should it be necessary. A rotary engine needs time to warm up. Turning the engine off while its still cold will flood it. There are reviews of people complaining about this but you can easily avoid it by letting it run for a minute or 2 Thanks to researching the RX8 first, I've never had an issue.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
True Drivers Car
By zero11534 on 04/06/11 08:12 AM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

Review

The Mazda RX8 is not a car for everyone as it has a 1.3L rotary motor in it. But if you are looking for a well balanced, excellent handling decent accelerating sports car then this is the one for you (although it's not a true SC since it's got 4dr). The best 0-60 I've done is 5.9sec launching at 5k and no roll out on Perli Zero's. The Renie motor more reliable then the 20B was, however do to no forced induction the motor losses a bit of tq and a few hp. But no need to worry as she makes up for it in the corners. This is a true lux sports car for a very well equipped price of 25k with heated seats 6spd man 6disc cd changer and many more options. Drive one just know the limits of the motor.
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Don't buy an rx8 Mazda will not help you
By Lou on 11/11/10 00:00 AM (PST)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

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Hello I purchased an 04 rx8 in April 2010 I have 135,000 miles on it now worst investment ever. There are recalls after recalls and if the car has more than 100,000 miles Mazda could care less unlike Toyota who fix their mistakes Mazda won't. Let's start with the airbag recall $1200 to fix Mazda won't fix it for me bad harness, crack in clutch pedal $600 Mazda won't fix it, lower ball joint I replaced roughly $50 Mazda wouldn't. All of these items are recalls. Also lousy fuel to power ratio and extremely high maintenance and cost. Go to a search bar and type Mazda rx8 complaints and recalls pages and pages will come up.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Fast, Practical, and Dignified
By daniel on 09/24/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

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I've owned BMW's Audi's, VWs and other exiting cars, and this is one of THE BEST. A coupe with all the practicalities of a sedan without the drawbacks. If you have passion for exciting cars, this is the right for You.
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Car just great
By gfschoone on 09/10/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

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I bought brand new a 2004 rx-8 and had no problems, for 5.5 years. Not bad. had 75k on it when in 10/09 discovered the oil cooler line(s) was/were rusted. Common problem (they should have been anything but rust-prone metal), and they were recalled in Canada. Anyways, the car sat for 9 months ($2500 repair approx), and was started with not much problem. I temp repaired it with a hose clamp and drove it for a month now (still leaks a good bit) , but it drives nearly as good as in march 2004. You either love this car or hate it, and i do feel for those who "have towed it 8 times to the garage in its first year", but i have had NO reliability problems; peace; out!!!
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Nothing but problems
By MBates1969 on 08/08/10 18:26 PM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

Review

Everything from not wanting to start on days at 50 degrees to starter problems. Cd player crapped out, brake sensors, air bag sensors, you name it. My girlfriend's is currently sitting in the driveway with a failed starter. I guess the way you have to crank these cars to get them started really takes it toll on the part. When it drives, it's great, but it just has way too many problems. Not worth the aggravation, in my humble opinion.
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Super fine and super fun
By aquab1 on 07/13/10 21:39 PM (PDT)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)

Review

I think 2004 was the only year for "mellow yellow" love the color. The exterior design is sleek, confident, gorgeous. The interior fits perfectly--I'm 5'10", much taller wouldn't work. The gas mileage isn't THAT bad--I average 18 and get 22 on the highway. Driving something that's this much fun. I actually think, "This car is awesome" almost every time I drive it--is worth a few extra mpg. Flooded it once, my bad. No significant repairs in 5 years. Everything original 2004 except tires and breaks. The rotary engine sings like a jet engine all the way up to 8500 rpm. The RX-8 is super fine and super fun. Handling in rain is bad and in snow is downright hazardous.
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