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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe

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By Ceejaayxx
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Grand Touring 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I love taking this car to the canyons. You could really feel the 50/50 balance of the rx-8 there. The cornering is perfect and the stock suspension is so beasty for stock. It looks and feels great. It can seat 4 people and it's 4 door! This car is hard to not fall in love with.


Best Features

Balance and Throttle response. Rotary Sound<3


Worst Features

AUX AND TURBO !!! That's all.(=


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Outstanding
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By LeConte
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe 40th Anniversary 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6A)


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This is my third RX 8 had a 2006 Shinka, a 2007 GT RX8 and now the 2008 40th Aniversary Edition. The looks never stop from people even from those in Porche and other sports cars. The handling is great on this one and much better than the 2007 that I had. As for the gas mileage as many before me have said who when they buy a sports car ask what the gass mileage will be. I have been driving Rotary engine cars going back to the 76 RX4 and I have never tired of driving one. All one has to do is drive one and they will know they have gotten into something special.


Best Features

Performance, great radio, and the stying is outstanding.


Worst Features

None leave it just like it is a sheep in wolfs clothing.


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Taking it all in
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By OCDaddy1958
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Sport 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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To be sure there are many vehicles out there that can provide exhilaration, but perhaps none at this price. I guess I dare not even put out there what I paid for this base model, but let's just say my 401K is still in tact. Something important here about the RX-8: The engine in the base unit is identical to leather upholstered top end unit, and without the constraints of a traction control system. This is sheer joy as you corner like a thoroughbred, for a pony-ride price. I bought this as gas was going through the roof, and made a steal, and now that gas is reasonable, I'm having WAY to much fun for my age, but I try to control my enthusiasm when the wife and kids are on board.


Best Features

This nimble beast has handling almost like the go-kart you drove as a kid. It's so phenomenal, you'll want a license frame telling others around you to "relax, it was only a lane change". To be sure, driving it IS the best feature. You'll go around traffic on the hwy like they're driving cones.


Worst Features

Even the gas mileage isn't that bad - get your mind away from the engine displacement (1.3L) because it means nothing - it has the same power and gas mileage as the mustang 4.0L six, and WAY better handling since unlike the 'stang with all the weight up front, an RX-8 is true 50/50 weight distributn


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Beep at 9k
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By L8R
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe Grand Touring 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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I've had my 2004 GT MT, putting 18k miles the 1st year, and about 3k a year since. I love it. It's nimble, quick in the power band, very responsive, hugs corners like a bear, shifts like butter, plenty of space for 4 regular size adults. Acceleration from 40 to 140 is quick in the power band and the shifter is faultless. Have not had 1 mechanical failure and I used to drive it hard. Windows down and sunroof up driving provides little wind disruption inside (although also prevents a good breeze in S Florida Temps). The stereo is excellent with good features and good sound production. The weight distribution and tossability of the car excels compared to any other vehicle costing less than 50k.


Best Features

Shifter. Power band acceleration at speed. Cornering and road handling. Interior design and features. 4 seats. Screams like a banshee UFO at 9k rpm. The beep it makes when you hit redline.


Worst Features

Turbo or 3 rotor version. iPod jack (fixed). Should have special compartment in trunk for quarts of oil. Range on 1 tank of fuel. Lower the RPM of highway cruising in 6th gear.


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40th Anniversary 6 speed
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By Dartul
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe 40th Anniversary 4dr Coupe (1.3L 2rtr 6M)


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Just bought this 2 weeks ago and have already put 1200km on it. The car is absolutely beautiful and amazing to drive. Handling is better than anything I have ever experienced and it has some get up and go once you hit the power band... all I can say is wow, thank you Mazda for this amazing car.


Best Features

Sound of the engine, hugging corners at high speeds and the very comfortable and stylish interior.


Worst Features

Better electronics gadgets, maybe a turbo.


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