Fun sports car for fairly mild $$
By tkmmusic on
2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)
What a fun car to drive. Even makes going to the supermarket enjoyable. Very reliable, definitely sporty (but not brutally so) -- as a matter of fact, other people that have driven it or have ridden with me have all commented on its smoothness. It also has a surprising practical side -- you can carry quite a bit of stuff in it when necessary. I'm very happy with it.
Fun factor, value for $, build quality, interior, handling, brakes, steering, chassis, smoothness of engine, sound and nav well integrated into interior, excellent seats.
Mileage (16-20mpg), door detents weak (the door closes on me nearly every time I open it!), opening to trunk very narrow (hard to put larger items in). Also, I'd appreciate some sort of gauge that lets me know when the oil is getting low -- a factor here because the Renesis engine consumes oil.