2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: A Balanced Sports Car

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A Balanced Sports Car
By Tom Reese on


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


In sum, my RX8 represents great balance between style,performance, handling and fun. Great exhaust note, close ratio gear box. Stock Potenza tires are very noisy and wear quickly. Just installed Pirelli Wintersport 240 tires and they are quieter than the Potenzas. Lumbar support should be standard on all models. Do not use synthetic motor oil (Mazda should publish this in the manual). Use Mobil 1 synthetic in gearbox & differential and a K & N air filter - getting 24MPG Hwy, fully loaded - avg 70 MPH, using 93 octane fuel. No wind noise at the window, tight cabin - excellent build quality. 12K miles in 2 months without failure in any component. Velocity Red paint is flawless.

Best Features

Gearbox, powerful brakes, exhaust note, paint application, unique style, handling characteristics, DSC. Overall "fit and finish".

Worst Features

Lumbar support, larger side mirrors, telescoping steering wheel, improve stock tires - Potenzas are really sub- standard, very loud and wear quickly. Seat cloth could be greatly improved. Spare tire and auto dim mirror should be standard.
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