2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Review: Rotar-heads first rx-8

2005 Mazda RX-8 - Consumer Review

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Manual Coupe (1.3L 0-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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


I've owned 4 rx-7s. Only one of which was a lemon because I purchased from a friend and it was not well taken care of. I love the rotary engines and they have all been great. As long as you make sure the oil is filled with quality oil and the coolant is full all of the time you should be fine. The Rx-8 is less of a car in some manners and more in other areas than the rx-7. I love them both but think the rx-7s had more character to them. They were simpler and not so many sensors and design flaws. I hate the gas mileage and some of the rattles inside but the car so far is good. I have had it in the shop to repair many things/rattles and other things and so far they have not complained.

Best Features

The 18inch rims, sound system and sunroof.

Worst Features

Gas mileage, an auto-trans that does NOT engage the 4th gear until at least 40 mph. This is bad, it can engage in as low as 25 mph? what is with that? Dumb design. What was wrong with the overdrive button that was on the 2nd gen model?
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