2004 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

2004 Mazda RX-8 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"handling" 64 reviews
"power" 63 reviews
"ride" 60 reviews
"speed" 24 reviews
"style" 14 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 72 reviews
"power" 50 reviews
"oil" 14 reviews
"expensive car" 9 reviews
"high maintenance" 8 reviews

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2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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4

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The amount of power that comes from the car, the ease of handling, Digital Speedometer, looks great. Suicide Doors for easy rear access

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Trunk Size isn't anything special

Jambrosee
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An Overall Great Sports Car — Over all a great car, It has a nice little 238Hp which is more than enough for such a small car, but at times it does feel like it could have more, I love the nice 9,000 RPM top out, where a chime hits in every time you reach 8,500 RPMs. I think this is one of the best cars out there for handling before you drop serious money into a car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tjcook07 writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Sporty, Quick, Amazing Handling

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Bad Gas Mileage, Small Trunk Space

tjcook07
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You Will Never Find A Sportier Car For The Price! — The looks of the Rx-8 are amazing. They have people staring at them all the time. I dont know how many times I have had people comment on the car and how it looks and sounds. The car is also very comfortable. It keeps the driver engaged with multifunctional seating and lumbar support as well as a sporty steering wheel to make the cars over the top amazing handling all that much better. The build quality of the RX-8 is rather good. The engines are peppy in mid range temperatures and like to hit high screaming RPM's quickly and efficiently when needed. However this car is not for someone who does not check everything on it often as its oil should be checked every other fill up at the gas station, which is quite often as I am averaging 19.5 MPG out of 2000 gallons I have tracked over the last few years. Its repair costs are also quite high as it has a unique engine (Rotary Engine) and those who are interested in these cars should do their research before deciding to purchase one. Ohhh the performance of this car. The way it handles curvy roads will leave you wishing they made roads everywhere curvy. This car truly is a performance machine. Its braking is also very good. In my opinion, if you are wanting a very fun, peppy sports car with lots of cosmetic perfection built around a mostly solid and high power engine then look no further than the Mazda RX-8.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Vikram writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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Compact, fast, low maintenance, beautiful!!

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Back seats aren't comfy.

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Small Speed Machine — Drinks oil and uncomfy for a family!! Need to upgrade to. Family car soon. I wish I could afford to keep this and a second car, but have to let this one go. It's low on maintenence and I am the second owner.

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twistedwankel writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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A great driver's car.  Super bang for the buck.

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Gas mileage can suffer if you have a lead foot.  22-24mpg is only possible in 6th gear at 65mph.  I normally see 17mpg average city/hwy.  Like any performance car out there.

twistedwankel
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Best Handling 4 Door Out There With A Usable Adult Back Seat. — I have owned a dozen first generation RX7's and love the rotary. The RX8 got a bum rap due to engine issues of flooding due to not warming them up or driving in the city and carboning up the engine requiring new seals. This was Mazda's fault and they made it right with an 8 yr - 80k engine warrantee. My car got a rebuilt factory engine at 55k miles by PO and the way I drive it hard it will last over a 100k now. I treat my rotary like my aircooled motorcycle. I let it warm up before exceeding 3k rpm. Every time I drive it I go at least 10 miles and rev it at least once to 8500rpm. I replace spark plugs and coils every 30k miles. I change oil @ dealer with non-synthetic 5W-20 every 3000 miles or 6 months. I have installed a new aluminum larger radiator, bigger factory starter, new rear springs and Koni adjustable shocks. This car is better than when new now and a pleasure to cruise on highway or autocross. I would not recommend this car as one's only commuter daily driver as it kills them. They are a reliable performance car to be enjoyed.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jonathan writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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fast car, good looking, cheap

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small for a big family

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Mazda Rx8 — good acceleration, braking and handling, i love this car, for a young couple or a single its really fun to drive it, the maintenance and the gas are ok, no too cheap or expensive, its good for one that kind of cars...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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ayva2012 writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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Nice car runs great, sounds nice, very smooth.  Great high end power.

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4 Speed Automatic transmission kills the all the lower end power this power has.

ayva2012
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Its Ok — Nice car runs great, sounds nice, very smooth. Great high end power., 4 Speed Automatic transmission kills the all the lower end power this power has. Works great for those who are not looking for speed but mainly style and comfort.

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docjo writes:
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power

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not a good winter car, or to the store and back.

docjo
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Nice Car For Younger Pepole — has a lot of speed handles very good ,is a fun car .loud music the perfect car when I was 25-35 .too low to the ground for 6' foot old man and wife. It's a car that will make a young man hot than he all ready is.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Myniceride1 writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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There are many pros to owning an RX8 but the main one would be its performance and coming in close second would be how sexy the car is. LOL.

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I have owned various makes and models of vehicles, I am really particular about visibility. So I was extremely please with the excellent visibility in my RX8.

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My Overall Impression Of My Rx8 Is That It Was A Well Built Vehicle, Very Solid. — It took me a couple of months to get use to the rotary engine but now I love it. If you just get to know what is expected to maintain the rotary engine you will be fine and enjoy owning one as much as I'm.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Katie writes:
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Everything

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Nothing

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My Dream Car — Love the car! Beautiful! Uses a decent amount of Premium gas and repairs can be very costly because it's not being made anymore and it's a rotary. Still my weekend car! So much fun to drive and to show off!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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ubiquitouscandor writes:
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Peppy and hugs the road like its got gecko in its DNA

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30k tune up interval.

ubiquitouscandor
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Screaming Engine! — Love the engine and its sound. Materials quality is on par with a Japanese sports car. Plenty of bang for your buck. Goes like mad you never realize how fast you're going because you're always just lost in the pleasure of performance.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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