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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe

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By Double Wankel
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Great looking car in Velocity Red Mica. Good lines, and the suicide doors prompt plenty of interest. Adults fit in the back comfortably if the front-seaters scoot up a bit. Plenty of head room. The rotary lacks impressive stoplight torque, but the ponies wind up quickly. It's a great passer - drop to 3rd, floor it, and you're blowing their doors off just before you slip back out of the oncoming traffic. The gas mileage is poor for a smaller car - I'm getting about 21 mpg when driving smoothly on the back roads at about 65 mph. I shudder to think how bad it would be if I frequently drove aggressively. Premium vs regular makes no difference.


Best Features

The double Wankel, suicide doors, surprising back seat room, Velocity Red Mica.


Worst Features

Better mileage, better low-end torque.


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DO NOT BUY!
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By POSRX8
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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i bought the car 10 months ago. It has been in the shop for over 60 days total so far. It gets horrible gas mileage; I have never got better than 15 miles to the gallon. It burns through oil like crazy. mMy car has had 3 engines in 10 months! Mazda has replaced and paid for everything because there is a bigger problem with their engines that they don't want to get out, I'm smelling major RECALL! Not reliable at all, uncomfortable seats, very slow off the line. Do not buy this car, because if you have the same problems and try to pursue the lemon law like i am, Mazda will just ignore you and not return your phone calls, so do not buy this car!


Best Features

Nothing.


Worst Features

Engine, gas mileage, oil consumption, front seats, lower rpm power.


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Not made for long distance driving.
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By Ty
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Automatic 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)


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It is a nice looking car. Not as comfortable as I would like but hey, it's a sport car not a family sedan. The bucket seats are not comfortable for long distance trips. It's kind of slow off the line but once it hits about 3500 rpm, this thing can go. Like many other people, I would like a bit more torque in this puppy. It is nice on the freeway, only if you're not living in LA. I am just wondering what is the top speed on an automatic? If you are looking for a fun car to drive and want to be different then everyone else, this may be the car for you.


Best Features

The controls on the steering wheel is very nice to have. I also love the sport package, it comes with 18 inch rims which give the car a nice look.


Worst Features

Please increase the torque and the horsepower for the automatic. Everything else is fine.


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RX8 6-speed can't handle the power
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By alamoman
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Manual 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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We have had an 05 RX8 with the 6-speed for 18 months. The rotary engine is much improved over the old one. My wife loves to drive it and we both like the styling. I enjoy hearing a motor rev about 7,000 rpms. We have had to replace the transmission, starter, and spark plugs. Too high maintenance for me.


Best Features

It's fun to drive with the 6 speed. Great styling and the suicide doors are a great idea for a sports car.


Worst Features

The transmission is too weak for the power. The trunk is small so the rear seats should fold down. To add an XM radio is $500. Make the stereo upgradeable.


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awesome
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By na
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Automatic Shinka Special Edition 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 4A)


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This car is amazing. Fun to drive as long as you got the gas money.


Best Features

Smooth acceleration, beautiful interior and exterior, great handling and it's a rotary.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage, more hp and torque but the car is still new.


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