2006 Mazda RX-8 Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6A)
Great Car and talk about fun to drive!!! I bought mine used with 34000 miles on it. Fully loaded with every option available. The 6 speed A/T is excellent and what makes it even more fun is the paddle shifting. The handling is positive and very responsive. The ride is smooth and not stiff. The rotary engine is smooth and responsive. No need to rev it to 9000 rpm (red line) that's just crazy and asking for a early engine death. All I can say is, "I'm going to have a lot of fun driving my RX8". :-) You guys out there have fun with yours as well and take care! 22-23mpg mainly city driving.
DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)Tight suspension, Plenty of horsepower (212) Navigation system is great. Heated seats are great for the early morning commute. Bose stereo system is excellent!
Additional gauges would be nice. Charging system, Average mpg display.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
Need to give Mazda owners free upgrades for the GPS systems. Upgrade is ridiculously high.
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.