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Lot of engine for a little car
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By victor
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I've had my RX8 for three years, and I still get comments about it every now and then. It's a unique car, considering the rotary engine. Let me start there: The rotary has a great range, getting up to 8,000 rpm. It really starts to sing once you get above 4k. You can tell Mazda's engineers spent most of their time and money on the engine. Inside, you get most of the typical features for this kind of car. The gauges look really cool, but that's really the only thing inside that was engineered. The backseat is comfortable enough, and surprisingly roomy with the four doors. This car is a blast to drive, but it can be a rough ride, especially with the Bridgestone OEM tires. Somewhat rattly.


Best Features

Engine, Xenon headlights are great, four door design (only if you look closely!)


Worst Features

I hear a lot of rattles in this car, and they started around 20,000 miles. Part of it is the short wheelbase and summer OEM tires give you a rough ride, but you can hear rattles coming from behind the dash whenever you hit a bump. No big deal if you have the engine revved! :)


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Awesome sports car!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Drek4
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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This car is awesome. The best car that I have ever driven. The sweet spot for this wonderful rotary motor is between 5000-8000 rpm, below that it`s just a civilized sedan. I love this car on the highway, so comfortable and at ease with any speed you drive it. The handling of this car is just fabulous thanks to the 50/50 weight ratio front/rear. Even the looks on this car are too good to be true. I don`t know why everyone says to always check the oil level on this car…I've driven about 2500 miles with it since I got it and still at the same mark on the stick. The front seats are nice and comfortable. The BOSE sound system is nice and has a decent surround effect with it's 9 speakers.


Best Features

Looks, power, handling & comfortable.


Worst Features

Needs premium gas and has poor mileage.


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Dream come true!
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By Drek4
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Just purchased this awesome machine a little over a month ago. This car is real fun to drive and really stands out by it`s looks and rotary motor. Only thing I don`t really like about it is its fuel consumption but other than that it`s a sheer pleasure to drive. I read a lot of people need to add oil, but have done 2500 mi without needing to add a drop. The best place for it is on the highway, mind you curving roads are fine if you don`t mind the bumps. Suspension a little firm on this car. The Bose sound system is just fine and has a great surround effect and the front seats are very comfortable for 2 hour + rides.


Best Features

Great looks, good performance and stands out!


Worst Features

Fuel consumption!


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so sexy!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By wy
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual Shinka Special Edition 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I just bought my car with barely 30000 miles and I love it!! I have always owned sports like cars but this one, hands down, takes the cake!! I was sketchy about buying a mazda because the last mazda i owned (a mx3) gave me alot of problems :( true this car may not be good for grocery shopping etc, but if you let her warm up and rev the engine before you kill it (not that hard rt??) she is a sexy lil thing to drive and I love her!!


Best Features

Everything!! need i say more??


Worst Features

no improvements but maybe a more elongated rear end. might look more sleek, and tougher! plus that would probably allow more trunk space (which there"s barely any)


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By RotorHead613
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Rx-8's are good/great cars but few people know how to take care of them. They are amazing for handling and they are engineering marvels when it comes to the motor. The problem is most people who buy them, do it for the looks not the motor. Rotary is an amazing thing. YOU CANNOT BABY IT! When you buy a car do some research. Understand what your driving and what you need to do. rotary has a different oiling system and it requires the motor to be run at high rpm to keep it well oiled. I own a R1 93 RX-7 and My Rx-8 i know how to take care of them and if u listen to these words you wont have an issue. Check the oil every 750-1000 miles to make sure its full.


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ROTARY! them motor is grate if you know how to take care of it. Like i said check the oil every 50-1000 miles to make sure its full. Rev the motor past 6.5-7k rpm at least once to twice per day to get the oil into all the seals in the motor. i haven't needed service since the day i bought it.


Worst Features

Drop some weight there are a lot of unnecessary things in the car that make it heavier. gas mileage could be a little higher but that could be solved with thought 1. More options for RIMS. the factory gray and chrome dont match any of the paint colors offered. Get black ones they make it look perf!


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