2008 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Rotary is Not For Everyone

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Rotary is Not For Everyone
By WR Jones on


2008 Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6A)


I bought this car as a disabled adult that needed a car with room and access for my wheelchair, the rear doors are ideal for quick storage of the chair. There are few cars sold with two doors and access for those who use a wheelchair, combine that with an auto transmission made available, Mazda allows me to drive a great sports car. Slapping the stick over to manual and using the six speed paddle shifter is the closest you will get to driving a standard stick if you use hand controls, a simply amazing experience. The difference between auto shift and manually shifting is dramatic, the car jumps to life, surprising many who have taken a ride in the car, including myself!

Best Features

Seats! Paddle shifter, Go-Kart feel, Four doors without looking like it. Handling of a car costing much more, true 50/50 weight distribution. Great interior styling.

Worst Features

There won't be any improvements, Mazda has discontinued the RX8 in 2011 in the USA, unable or unwilling to meet new emission standards.
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