2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: It's great and almost practica

2005 Mazda RX-8 Coupe - Consumer Review

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It's great and almost practical
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2005 Mazda RX-8 Manual Shinka Special Edition 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


Purchased w/10K miles on it. Have had no problems, just regular visits for O/C, etc. Car has been great (now 20K Mi). You need to get over 4K RPMs to appreciate the car, handling is great and it's plain fun to drive. Have used winter Dunlops and aside from high drifts, it drives great on snow. Trunk is deceptively large although back seat is only usable if the front seats are in mid position. Mileage is average and engine burns about 1qt every 1000 miles. For the price it's a great value, particularly with the 4yr 50K warranty. A good sportscar option less pedestrian than eclipse or Z. Have owned Acuras, Jags and MB's, this is fun & saves $!

Best Features

High revving, looooong power bands.

Worst Features

A bit low to get into for a +6' driver but it comes with the territory. Mileage has been an in city 19 mpg, again not bad for the category of car.
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