2006 Mazda RX-8 1.3L 6-speed Manual Consumer Review - Not an RX7, probably a
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2006 Mazda RX-8 Coupe - Consumer Review

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Not an RX7, probably a good thing!
By DARKCANUCK on

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

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I was feeling sentimental for my twin turbo RX7 when I bought this. There is a familiarity to it, but quite clearly not the same car. Like me I think it's a bit better behaved and more pleasant to live with day in and out now. I have had no mechanical complaints. Fuel economy and oil consumption are part of the "experience" of the rotary, but would have liked a larger fuel tank to compensate. I've also owned a TT and while the RX is not up to that in terms of fit finish and style, it's more fun to drive, has room for my kids and is a lot less money!

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Awfully fond of the sound coming from that rotary after 5000 rpm, room for the kids and no key!

Suggested Improvements

Bigger fuel tank, more realistic economy ratings. How about a couple of turbos? ( I'll burn my license right now and get it over with). Oil life/volume indicator. Touch screen Navigation.
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