2004 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Rotor head; GT 6mt

2004 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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Manual Coupe (1.3L 6-speed Manual)

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Rotor head; GT 6mt
By timqua on


2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


I bought this car January 2005, getting a 2004 model which saved me 1k. It is a joy to drive based on shifting, cornering, speed at mid to high range RPMs, responsiveness and agility. Gas mileage is poor and range is sad. I filled the 15 gallon tank about every 1.5 weeks, until I parked it and use it only for joyrides. I replace about 1/8 quart of oil every other tank fill-up. Engine flashes were all performed without difficulty, I experience rough idling and occasionally idles to a stop if not allowed to warm well before driving. A rear taillight was replaced for condensation. I've had zero mechanical or engine problems in 4 years. Truly a joy to drive.

Best Features

Cornering, responsive, ability to weave in and out of traffic. Mid and high speed acceleration. Slick transmission.

Worst Features

Overall HP, increase lower end torque so fuel consumption improves, possible turbo or 3 rotor model; electronically adjustable suspension; idle and overdrive RPMs
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