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Amazing car....
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By tjausti
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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This car is amazing.... It is like no other car I have owned. It is fun, sporty, sexy and fast. It may not be the fastest in a straight line but if you are concerned about that you have missed the point of this car. I live in east TN where there are twisty roads everywhere. This car is as close as you are going to get to perfect handling for the money. my only concern is gas mileage. mazda really needs to spend some time on this. I understand this engine is in a high state of tune and it is a sports car but averaging 18mpg is pretty sad when you drive mostly highway. Before buying this car please read the FAQs page on RX8club dot com. there are many things that are unique to this car.


Favorite Features

Fantastic handling, Great fit and finish, Cheap insurance! (listed as a 4door 2 cyl 1.3 liter), A true sports car for people that cannot live with a 2 seater.... There is not a single thing I would change about this car.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage is pretty poor, but it is a sports car that is a blast to drive... I still love it even if it is thirsty....


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Quirky Fun
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By Denny
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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After a few years - Still tons of fun to drive, but not good for heavy traffic commuting. Don't drive it on snow or ice - you will die. On the other hand, its a great road trip car and the handling is amazing. Turns and stops better than anything I've ever driven. It will do a decent 0- 60 if you are willing to abuse the gearbox and clutch, but why? The thing really turns on above 5,000 rpm and is a hoot. It took some time and practice to learn how to maximize the performance, but once you figure out the engine it is the easiest car to drive fast that I've ever experienced.


Favorite Features

Surprisingly comfortable, and everything is in the right place. Interesting looks. The front end is wonderfully styled for my taste.


Suggested Improvements

The tail lights look like kitchen appliances. Sure would be nice to have another rotor or two in the engine


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Cool Car
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By JW79
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Tons of fun to drive + has turned a lot of heads. I have had many compliments on the design from friends and strangers alike. A police officer told me to roll down my window + I figured my sticker was past due or I had committed an infraction + instead he inquired about the car and told me how much he liked it. The handling is great! Tons of fun around corners and curves. It should be a little faster off the line + this is a significant drawback considering the horsepower + the poor gas mileage. At first I was unsure about the lines but now I love the look. I love the suicide doors + at least 3 adults can fit in the car as long as everyone isn't tall. You need snow tires bad in the snow!


Favorite Features

It's a lot of fun to drive. It's quick + handles the curves beautifully. It's very agile. I also love the way the car looks inside and out. It's dark gray with tan and black leather seats. The two-tone leather seats look fantastic. In many ways looks and feels like a car that's much more expensive.


Suggested Improvements

The gas mileage is poor! However, the small rotary engine is largely responsible for the great handling. A car that goes 148 MPH should be faster off the line! When I fill up the tank the automatic shut off at gas stations doesn't stop. It overflows with gas. I have to watch it.


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RX-8 Delivers Maximum Smiles per Mile!!!
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By Froggy RX-8
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Test drove RX-8, fell in love at 9,000 rpm redline, bought on spot. Screams like a 4-seat F-1 car. This canyon carver runs down M-3s, 911s, and occasional Lambo on CA P.C.H. Hwy 1. Driven 36,000 miles so far, very reliable, comfy seats, compliant ride, good Bose stereo. Not lazy to drive like Chevy V-8. You MUST adapt your driving style to get max speed. Keep it from 5,000 to 9,000 rpm and rotary happily howls. Tiny low weight engine allows for mounting low and rearward in chassis for near mid-engine balance, low center of gravity. Rotary uses oil to lube its seals so top off oil at about five gas fill- ups. 17-20 MPG fine for fast car. If you need big mpg skip all sports cars.


Favorite Features

Performance, perfect trade-off between awesome handling and comfortable ride. Great value for the money! Fast but has good back seat, decent size trunk, can serve as a fun, reasonably practical family car. Not common around town. Screams like F-1 Race Car all the way to 9,000 R.P.M. Redline


Suggested Improvements

Gas tank tiny at 14.5 gallons. How about special light weight turbo charged performance edition with track suspension option, carbon breaks, no back seat? Better training for dealers as some dealers not familiar with car. Check out dealer service dept before buy, be quick to find different dealer


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Two kinds of RX8 owners
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By Apexman
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I have an '06 RX8 with the six-speed manual. I wouldn't even consider the automatic because it's down on power (212hp for '06/197hp on '04 and '05 models- pathetic considering the manual has 238hp and redlines 1500rpm higher). Basic things to know before buying: rotaries consume more oil (check often) and gas than similar-sized piston engines. Standing-start acceleration is underwhelming but from 30mph and up, watch out! Rotaries need to be revved above 5000rpm to get the best performance. Run the car for at least 5mins to avoid flooding the engine. Handling on this car is phenomenal, a renowned Mazda trait. Car is not designed for snow/ice so don't bother driving in it.


Favorite Features

Best handling car in this price range. mooth six-speed manual. Communicative steering. Nice two-tone leather seats. Can easily put hi-end sports cars, to shame in the twisties, but don't expect to win stop-light drag races. Fun, fun, fun!


Suggested Improvements

Would like a 2-seater version like the gen3 RX7 was (I owned two), with either turbo-charging or a three rotor engine. It needs more torque (gen3 RX7's had 255hp/217lbs torque). Not a car for those who've never lifted a hood: Buy a Honda instead. Serious, competent drivers only :)


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Quiet Kicks
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By Fun at the Wheel
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I have owned a sports car of one type or another for the last 25 years. The RX-8 rocks. I have had mine to 155 mph and it feels like it's glued to the road. It's humorous for the Toyota dudes and the Mercedes sweeties to challenge it. The only thing that comes close is a Mustang GT until you get into the first turn. Then you will see them in the rear view. The Porsche, BMW sports models are plusher but more sluggish in the turns. The Hondas are not in the same league and Nissan Zs. The car can handle a turn like no other. Some complaints regarding the car are the gas mileage (find another car that gets good gas mileage and can go 175+.) For under 30k new you can't beat it.


Favorite Features

Handling, forget zero to 60, how about 20-140. How often do you end up beside a Corvette or Ferrari at a stop light? The handling and quiet engine. The four seats are perfect if you aren't carrying the basketball team around. The back seats can handle guys but they are perfect for ladies.


Suggested Improvements

Need to give Mazda owners free upgrades for the GPS systems. Upgrade is ridiculously high.


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not bad, if you can spend the money
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By chris
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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First off this car is a blast to drive. Handles very well. I average around 18 mpg in mine and it is on premium fuel. I personally haven't had any reliability issues, but I go easy on the rotary. Plenty of aftermarket parts available for it and turns heads everywhere. Overall a great car if you're willing to spend a little more on gas and maintanance.


Favorite Features

Seats, handling, style and prestige


Suggested Improvements

More power, better fuel economy, more reliable


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I love this car
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By Opus37
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I purchased an RX8 after driving a lot of similar sports cars. This one just feels right. The rotory engine sounds wonderful and has plenty of power. This handles like a dream even at over 150 mph. (it goes faster than that). I smile every time I'm driving it. I can get up to 25 mpg on the road or down to 16 mpg if I drive agressively. The ride is a little softer than other sports cars but that does not affect handling. It improves the ride.


Favorite Features

Handling, rotory engine. Red and black leather interior. The door system that allows easy access to rear seat.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage.


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not in the snow
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By iowa mike
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Loved the car except I live in Iowa and the car should not and in some cases cannot be driven in the snow. Had problems getting up even the smallest grade when streets were the least slick. Tires are very sticky and that added to handling, but the down side is they only last about 10K miles. Overall loved the car (my third rx) but it had some problems that were too much for me to handle in the winter. Anywhere without snow, this vehicle kicks. Wish they offered a convertible.


Favorite Features

Looks, ability to get reasonable insurance due to the back seat, the way it is put together is great.


Suggested Improvements

Convertible, maybe different tires for those of us with snow, and either make it a real quick acceleration or improve the gas mileage. Could like with either.


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More Power, Please
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By Bobby
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Ive had the car now for 2 months, and ive noticed some rattles and loose body parts on the interior of the vehicle. I enjoy driving the car alot, but as much as i enjoy driving this car the gas mileage is very poor. The power is there if your not a lazy driver. I noticed that you have to keep it above 4000 Rpm for the real power to kick in, the power kicks in 2 stages. 1st at 5000 Rpm and at 7500 Rpm....


Favorite Features

The red and black interior. The 9500 RPM red line. The keyless entry


Suggested Improvements

More power.. More torque. Dont like it when the dealer tells me its normal when theres a problem with the car.


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