2004 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Fun little car, not too Reliab
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2004 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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Manual Coupe (1.3L 6-speed Manual)

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Fun little car, not too Reliable
By Brazuka on

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

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I purchased this car in 2006 with only 11K miles on it. It is loaded including navigation. Overall I love the car, the way it looks, and particularly the way it handles. Throughout its life I noticed a steady decrease in power, and in gas mileage. Complaint about it several times to Mazda with no fix. The doors also rattle quite a bit after you have it for about 40k. The car now has 67K miles, it is at the dealership for a new engine; and somehow I am still responsible for the "bad" O2 sensor which probably was damaged by the overwhelm amount of gas going thru the cat converter. I also had to replace the clutch at 62k.

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Style, interior layout, handling

Suggested Improvements

I am assuming by now Mazda has fixed most of it not all the bugs with the engine. I would like to see the car built with more expensive material, better heat shield (cup holder area gets hot), and insulated doors so speakers won't rattle. They also need to beef up clutch and transmission.
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