Since I have had this car for the last four months the dealer has had it one month out of the first 3 months. There is very little acceleration and it has been taken to the dealer. After Mazda had it for a week they called and said take it home, go through two full tanks of premium gas (that's all I use anyway ) and then if it still has no acceleration we will look further into it (in other words they do not quickly stand behind their car).
Great for daily driver or long distance trips. Excellent seats, plenty of storage space, even the trunk has more room than you think. Went on a week long vacation and had plenty of room for luggage and items purchased using the trunk and rear seats. Looked at the 350Z but found that you get a lot more options with the RX8 for the money. Loaded with safety equipment and drives like a go cart. Not the fastest or most powerful car out there but can you really use all that power and speed in the real world and still obey the laws? This car is not for everyone. Rotary engine takes a little more attention than a piston engine. Heard all of the downsides of the rotary but have not had any problems.
Great ride comfort, handling and some of the best brakes out there. Car makes you feel like you are a part of it and it a part of you.
Find a better place for the oil dipstick and try and get a little better fuel mileage.
I have owned 2 previous rotary engine cars in the past, plus 2 Mustang GTs and 1 Corvette. This car has been great so far. Very fun to drive. Shifts easier than the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire we own. Very rare on the road (unlike Mustangs). Ample power and torque spread across a wide powerband. Gas mileage is mediocre.
The manual transmission. The smooth revving engine. The Bose stereo system with 6 CD changer and 9 speakers. The front seats. Comments and attention every time I drive it.
IMPROVE gas mileage. A little bit more torque (but as the previous owner of a 96 Vette, this car has ample power).
The car is very fun to drive, its handling dynamics are excellent. Interior is well done with everything nicely laid out. Good storage for a small car. Back seat room is good, adults seat comfortably. Truck space is good for a sports car but small opening. Over all this is a very livable sports car. Now the bad, gas mileage is the worst I have ever experienced in any car. I get 11mpg city while driving normally. I have had the car to Mazda who tells me that it is normal mileage and they will do nothing about it. Mazdas service is very poor and the company does not likes to support this car. Mazda has given others a hard time on warranty work or refused to acknowledge problems.
Good looking, well built, fun to drive. You'll look forward to your ride home. Very livable for a sports car. Not many on the road.
Mazda need to address the fuel problem with some of these cars and fix it. More torque would be helpful. Mazda service and the company in general need to become more customers friendly. Mazda needs to support and stand behind the product they make. Don't treat the customer like trash.