Sad Effort Mazda
By Colin on
2009 Mazda RX-8 RX-8 R3 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)
Disappointed, engine stalls. Also prone to flooding if you drive it for less than 40 minutes - not good news with inner city living needing you to shuffle parking spots. The final nail was a dropped rotor. Reported the performance drop off to Mazda, they "didn't find anything". Needed a full engine replacement, never again ... and then Mazda Australia comment of "no customer goodwill will be provided". Sure could try the legal route, but have not got the time.
Is great car to drive, be nice if it could hold its own in a straight run from the lights rather than just luck pretty - but does corner well. Does not live up the the rx7 blood lines. Plus anyone notice the average age of the people buying ... puts a dent in the ego :)
Interior trim needs work, marks easy and bland. Fix the flooding - not hard but may cost Mazda some $$, which I don't think they have for the rx8 - not enough numbers being moved. The lamest attempt was the alarm to advice when the engine was turned off early - and not to all markets [wrong message]