2004 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)
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
The car LOOKS great - but that is all. JUNK...
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.