2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Nice car
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe - Consumer Review

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By fredo on

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

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More than adequate acceleration with great handling characteristics. Like the style and design in silver -- looks like the sports machine it is. Have had no mechanical problems to date although just got a recall notice about possible engine cooling problem. Did run the car hard during our peak hot week -- temps mid-90's for 600 miles with little stopping along the way and everything worked fine; comfortable ride with no excessive heating indications. Lots of inquiries about "what's that?" with lots of positive comments about the car's design. Gasoline consumption depends on how you drive it. Did check on one throughway trip at average speed of 70 and got almost 24mpg. Less when playing in city.

Best Features

Style, handling, interior ride comfort, neat acceleration growl, Comfortable long distance ride for a sports car. I'm 6"4" and ride with the seat back to the max. With the convenience of the wheel mounted cruise control cruising is a comfort -- even for me. Like the passing power at the high revs.

Worst Features

Engine makes unusual noises -- whirring clicking at high heat acceleration. Either remedy or inform potential buyers to alleviate concern over sounds of "pre-ignition knock". Leave the "extras" off. The car looks great without the spoilers, bras, and other add ons which are really not needed.
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