2004 Mazda RX-8 Overview

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2004 Mazda Rx-8 Gt Review by James
 — Obviously, I'm biased, as I spent a while picking it out from a big stable of competitors, but you really won't find something that handles this well and still rides comfortably. The suspension is ver... Read More
The Best Grand Touring Car For Under 100,000usd by Lane
 — I've had my Mazda RX-8 since I acquired it new, in October 2004. None of the horror stories you might hear about this car have ever reared their ugly heads. The car has always started on the first t... Read More
Overall A Great Car That Is A Blast To Drive. by Aaron
 — Overall a great car. Fun to drive, handles like a dream, acceleration a bit slow, however, when you get to about 4,000RPM, it takes off like a rocket. Love the suicide doors, and the back seat is ac... Read More

2004 Mazda RX-8 Overview

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2004 Mazda RX-8

When it was introduced in 2004, the RX-8 four-seat sport coupe was Mazda's first rotary-engined car since the RX-7 was discontinued
in 1995. And, in fact, the RX-8 was considered the successor to the RX-7, which was probably the most memorable and iconic car Mazda has ever made. Although the RX-8 hasn't generated the buzz that surrounded the RX-7, it's certainly a worthy 21st century standard-bearer of the RX name.
The RX-8 was powered by a small, super-lightweight rotary engine called the Renesi, which Mazda notes was smaller than the car's transmission. Yet in its first year, the 1.3-liter rotary engine produced 238 horsepower when the car was equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission, and 197 horsepower when linked to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda notes that the Renesis rotary engine has no pistons or valves, but instead consists only of two rotors and a crankshaft that continually rotate inside a housing to create combustion. As a result, the engine gives off a distinctive hum, rather than the typical sound of an internal combustion engine.
In its first year, the RX-8 was available as a solitary basic model. Standard features included power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, dual front and side airbags, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a tilt column, steering-wheel-mounted controls, a tire pressure monitor, and an AM/FM stereo system with a CD player.
Fast, fun, comfortable, agile, and responsive, the RX-8 was a hit with most drivers. The car's styling was a bit controversial, with some thinking it looked good but others believing the car's styling could be improved. Some also noted that their cars needed too many repairs. But the fact that the RX-8 was a sports coupe that had the functionality of a sedan was one of its biggest selling points.

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Mazda RX-8 Questions

MorningWood
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Howcome My 2004 Mazda Rx8 Only Goes Up To 124mph?

Then the governor kicks in... >:l any way to get it removed? I know its in the computer.

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Michael Lambert
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2004 Mazda Rx8 Total Loss Of Dash.

I was backing out of my drive way when I lost all power for my car, dash stopped working and it no longer will turn over to start. The radio also does not work anymore as well. I have no idea wha...

20 views with 7 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)
nbillin
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How Much Would A 2004 Mazda Rx8 Grand Touring Package Be Worth If It Isn't ...

The car is is pretty good shape other than it won't start. Could be something simple or could be major. I would like to know what I could ask for it not knowing what is wrong with it. It has small...

16 views with 4 answers (last answer about a month ago)
rk529
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This Is The Second Year In A Row. Put It Away For The Winter Comes Summer W...

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nbillin
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Where Are The Apex Seals And How Do I Get To Them To See If They Are In Goo...

I am trying to see if the seals are in good shape because the dealer said it may not need a new motor if the person who changed to spark plugs might have put them in wrong in shich case it would only ...

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