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The Practical Sports Car
By Gripen on
2007 Mazda RX-8 Sport 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6A)
Bought this car used w/ 7500mi. The car, as of this writing, has just over 20k miles. Have not had any reason to take the car in for unscheduled visits to a mechanic. Best fuel mileage was 24.63mpg doing a constant 75mph on the freeway the day after I purchased the vehicle. Daily commuting in traffic has resulted in 16-17mpg six months later. Requires more attention on maintenance (checking oil level every other fill-up, premix to preserve apex seals, spark plug replacement should be more frequent than manufacturer's specification) compared to other vehicles in its class. Regardless of this and the abysmal fuel mileage, I have enjoyed my purchase. A very willing dance partner on a good road.
Unique styling, usable rear seats, rotary engine, strong brakes, pedal placement is excellent for heel and toe footwork, instrument panel lighting, good headlight coverage for high and low (halogen), no electronic "nannies", steering feel, and well-bolstered seats.
Paint chips too easily (Crystal White Pearl), fuel mileage, oil filter difficult to get to, a more potent A/C, and spark plug life.