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Experiment in Beauty
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By Stenn
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual Shinka Special Edition 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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As much as I love my 6-speed Shinka, I'd have to admit it's more an academic exercise in engineering and beauty, a "proof-of-concept" of the rotary engine, than a practical 21st century car. In this age of drying-up oil supplies and soaring fuel-cost, the gas-mileage on this work of art will "kill" you. I'm getting 14MPG no matter how careful I am, while my old, heavy, automatic '95 Nissan Pathfinder regularly gets 17MPG, go figure! Just driving normally ends up with 14mpg. I've only seen one owner-review that says he accomplishes the advertised 24/18, and I'd REALLY like to know how!


Best Features

What else is there ... the styling and power, of course! That's what this car is ALL about. Regardless of the fuel economy, I can't take my eyes off the car, I still find it breathtaking, a work of beauty and art, even as I watch the gas-gauge visibly drop. I actually feel guilty driving the car.


Worst Features

Obviously, GAS MILEAGE! And rear-visibility, especially at the 4 o'clock position, is significantly restricted and takes some getting used to. I would also suggest bigger side-view mirrors, they are a bit too small.


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Great Car
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By Fun to Drive by Bob
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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This car is so much fun to drive. We did a test drive 6 months before we bought and fell in love with the car. It handles like a dream and is too fast for local streets. The car takes every corner with no problems and puts you back in the seat with each gear. I love it. Gas mileage is what is expected from a sports car. Did I tell you it goes really really fast. WOW!


Best Features

We got the Snow White Pearl finish. It looks so sharp.


Worst Features

Nothing. I got the car fully loaded and it has everything I have ever wanted in a sports car. It is my dream car.


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Love My Rx8
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By tecatemn
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I have owned this car now for over six months. I have had only a couple of issues with it such as the center console, replaced once, seems very fragile. Also had a clip replace on the front spoiler. The car drives great very responsive with excellent steering. Not a powerhouse but by no means a weakling.


Best Features

Handling, steering & cornering, looks.


Worst Features

More torque, better gas mileage, & oil consumption.


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pretty darn good
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By jrod64
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Great nicely fast and handles like a dream. A little idle shake but anything over 1000rpm it's silky smooth.


Best Features

Everything; I guess I'm a Mazda guy.


Worst Features

Forced induction.


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Fun to drive
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By Dave
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I absolutely love my RX-8. It is so fun to drive and get those RPMs up. Gas mileage isn't great and it is horrible in the snow, but it is worth it.


Best Features

The gas pedal.


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