2004 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)
The RX8 is very fun to drive! Great road feel and superb handling. If you want to drive this car where there is snow - get dedicated snow tires! This is not a 4x4 (that are all in the ditch because they start well but don't stop any better) but I regress. With the Potenza's that come with the car RE040(very noisy and rough riding) forget about driving in the winter. However, put some Pirelli Wintersport 210's on and have fun! I have taken it skiing in Colorado numerous times including blizzard conditions and heavy snow and it came through just fine. Also since the tires are an integral suspension component treat yourself to some Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Positions - will get you home.
Styling, frequent positive comments even 6 years later! Great interior and backseat that works well up to about 5'6". Large enough trunk for portable soccer goals and a dozen #5 balls. Let's see you do that in any other true sports car! Handling is fantastic and ride pretty good,keep pressure 30- 32.
Low rpm power is lacking. The cure is to rev to 3,500 - 4,000 at takeoff and you will have a smile on your face everytime. Gas mileage 16 in town and 23-24 at 80 mph (with a heavy foot most of the time). Reliability and body integrity have been great for me. Had problems with leaky tailight assembly