2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: A Balanced Sports Car

2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe - Consumer Review

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A Balanced Sports Car
By Tom Reese on


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


In sum, my RX8 represents great balance
between style,performance, handling and
fun. Great exhaust note, close ratio
gear box. Stock Potenza tires are very
noisy and wear quickly. Just installed
Pirelli Wintersport 240 tires and they
are quieter than the Potenzas. Lumbar
support should be standard on all
models. Do not use synthetic motor oil
(Mazda should publish this in the
manual). Use Mobil 1 synthetic in
gearbox & differential and a K & N air
filter - getting 24MPG Hwy, fully
loaded - avg 70 MPH, using 93 octane
fuel. No wind noise at the window,
tight cabin - excellent build quality.
12K miles in 2 months without failure
in any component. Velocity Red paint
is flawless.

Best Features

Gearbox, powerful brakes, exhaust note, paint application, unique style, handling characteristics, DSC. Overall "fit and finish".

Worst Features

Lumbar support, larger side mirrors, telescoping steering wheel, improve stock tires - Potenzas are really sub- standard, very loud and wear quickly. Seat cloth could be greatly improved. Spare tire and auto dim mirror should be standard.
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