by tw_direwolf on May 5, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)
I've had my 2005 RX8 Grand Touring for just over a year.
The worst i've had to do put it in the shop for was because someone (previous owner) bypassed a fuse and shorted a brake light out. Have already been informed of some problems i currently have and know how to fix them. Even with the known problems the car still runs great, gets decent fuel economy ,16-21 mpg, and is extremely fun to drive.
I wouldn't trade it for anything. Do plan on doing an RX7 FD Twin Turbo engine swap to it when i get to around 110k miles and rebuild its stock engine (miata's are fun with rotary engines too.)
by turtle21 on Sep 12, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)
I had my car for 4 years and it is the worst car ever! I've had 3 engine replacements and 3 transmission replacements. The car has left me stranded numerous times and the brakes even go out on me. I've also had to replace my coils every 3 months. And once the warranty is up good luck trying to get the thing to run!! It overheats and shuts off when driving long distances. It looks nice but runs like crap I wish I never got this car. And now getting rid of it is even harder due to all the problems it has.
by scullymo on Apr 26, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)
This has bee one of my worst car buying experiences. Its hot, and fun to drive and all that, but the air conditioner never works. I have taken it to dealers in 3 states and they all say the same thing, "that's just the way it is, get used to it." I will never drive another Mazda because their customer service everywhere is awful!
by firebabe on Feb 15, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)
The rotary engine is horrible, you have to treat it like a diesel in cold weather which we didn't know and got it flooded.
It ended up costing us $1500 to finally get it started and to help prevent it from happening again but now I want rid of it.
Check engine light is on all the time and no one knows why.
It now sounds bad and every one is now telling me after owning it for 6 months with 69,000 that the rotary engine don't live past 60,000.
I know I'm going to lose with trading it in put I can't afford to keep it running.
Wish I had never seen this beautiful car but the rotary engine is horrible.
by 2rx8 on Sep 19, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)
My first RX8 was totaled in an accident (hit by red light run side driver door impact). Fire/EMT said side airbag saved serious head injury if not my life. When seeking replacement car I didn't hesitate to get another RX8. I've not been disappointed in the past 6 years and don't want to part with my RX8. Previously had RX7 and had problems with restart on cold engine, but never with my 2005. The only thing I've had to replace is the battery and tires. Love this car! And I have a Viper so I have real comparative performance. Not that the RX8 is anywhere near a Viper, but when I don't drive the Viper I don't at all mind my RX8.
by FLLawyer on Jul 14, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)
Bought the car because of looks and the zoom, zoom, zoom when I accelerated. Then the dealership made a recommended adjustment on one of my visits (due to a grinding/rattle noise on sudden accelerations from day one) and the responsiveness was never the same. Right after the 5 yr warranty ran out, the dealership in St. Pete announced that the vibration I was feeling was the engine mounts being kaput. This was a known problem they got a bulletin on. Never told me. They quoted $700 to fix. We bought Mazda mounts from a dealership on line and Midas installed-total cost $300. Soon thereafter the airbag light went on. It flashes or stays on permanently. So got to take it in again.