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" 62 reviews
"power" 61 reviews
"ride" 60 reviews
"speed" 22 reviews
"style" 14 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 70 reviews
"power" 49 reviews
"oil" 14 reviews
"expensive car" 9 reviews
"build quality" 7 reviews

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2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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5

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Handling, Ride Comfort, Great Noise, Great Looks, Fast, Practical (for a sports car)

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Upkeep (Fuel economy/Oil usage), Lack of low-down grunt, occasional weirdness from suicide doors

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2004 Mazda Rx-8 Gt Review — 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 very good - it prevents body roll while somehow smoothing out all the bumps; it makes the car feel more expensive and luxurious than a Mazda should be. The Wankel rotary engine makes this car, for better and for worse - on the plus side, it'll rev to the point where reciprocating engines explode and *keep* revving until nigh-on 10,000 without a sweat. It sounds like a jet turbine (or less charitably, a giant vacuum) and delivers instant response when you punch the gas. It spits out 232-ish HP from something the size of a smallish watermelon and only displaces 1.3 liters. It's not a very torquey motor, though, and you won't be keeping up with brawnier cars like the 350Z or Mustang GT in a stoplight drag race. Thing is, if you're looking at an RX8, you're probably not the kind of person that wants to race between stoplights in the first place - you have to realize that while you won't have the grunt, the size and placement of that little rotary engine means you get perfect weight balance, further helping your nimbleness on the turns. The shifting is nice, and I'm convinced that Mazda makes the best gearboxes around. The short shifter is perfect for this car as you can quickly flick it between gears with no fuss. The clutch takes a bit of getting used to, but it's almost as smooth as my favorite (the one on the Subaru WRX) and leagues better than that hideous exercise machine on the 350Z. Further concerns about this engine, and this is important: this is a less "casual" sports car than some of its competitors. Yes, that Wankel rotary is highly reliable, but you need to take care of it. First, expect no more than 19ish MPG. It's the price you pay to drive such a fun car. It requires non-synthetic oil only as a part of its combustion cycle and thus you'll have to top it off to the tune of a quart or so every 1000-1500mi. This all means your cost of upkeep will be slightly higher than most of its competitors; take this into consideration if you're looking at the RX8. It doesn't exactly like cold weather, either - so you have to warm the engine up before shutting it down. Cranking it up and then immediately turning it off can result in a flooded engine which, fortunately for me, my local Mazda dealership fixed for me by replacing the sparkplugs free of charge as some kind of "Zoom-Zoom Insurace" company policy. You can fix it with hand tools, but getting at the spark plugs is a nuisance as they're way the heck inside the hood. As far as the appearance goes, it's very unique and very pleasing on the eyes. I like the weird retro-futuristic fender arches up front and the smooth, sloping hood. This car looks absolutely outstanding in the Subaru-esque "Victory Blue" or the more subdued dark forest green (the one I have). It also looks surprisingly nice in white, but I find red and black take away from the styling somewhat by obscuring the lines. The small engine compartment makes it very easy to see out of and you have tremendous visibility out the front. The quasi-Pokemon face isn't something I thought I'd like at first, but its devious grin has grown on me. The suicide doors are cool and useful when you have enough space to fully open them, but in cramped conditions you'll have to play Twister to get people out of the back. The inside is perfect for a short person like myself, and the leather seats cup you very well. The big central tunnel holding the gearbox goes all the way from the arrowhead indent in the hood through the dash to the back seats (holding double twin cup holder panels that flip forwards, along with three hidden storage compartments) into the trunk. Very cool. You can also change the color of the instrument lighting from a pedestrian white to a menacing, villainous deep red. Brilliant. Build quality is excellent and the entire car feels extremely solid, with a nice rubberized material making up most of the dash. My girlfriend loves the heated seats (the "butt warmers") and they kick in quickly, as does the AC on a hot day. Heat takes a little while to kick in, as it scales with the engine temperature, but once you're up to operating temperature, the cabin becomes a proper little toaster keeping you very comfortable. The net effect is a car that's a ton of fun to drive, one that puts a giant idiotic smile on your face on the twisties. It will try and get you in trouble with the authorities, your wallet, and your friends -due to jealousy- but it's absolutely worth it. It's a very special car that requires special attention and a slightly different mindset, but I love the little thing.

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

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Bob writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Sporty

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Gas

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Rx8 — Awsome car, the performance is great, handling smooth and responsive, breaking is excellent. Not so good in the rain, but still easy to drive. The engine's redline of 8500 RPM is wonderful, the sound of the engine is great. Overall I love it except the gas mileage could use help.

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Clinton writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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six speed

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tourque

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Amazing — love it could be alittle better with tourque but other that that i love it super fun little car to drive around handles amazing grips the road like no other car i have ever driven before cant wait to turbo it to see what it really can do

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

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Donovan writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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4

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Styling and looks, fun, handling, quality

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gas hog, feel of speed, expensive parts

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Rx-8 — Performance is decent and handling is excellent. The brakes are responsive, which is a good thing. 50mph feels like 35 in this car. The loaded model I drive occasionally that my mom owns has anything you could ever want, and is quality built. The car is fun to drive, if you can afford it. The Rotary engine in this car is a bit of a gas hog. The car looks great, but it should be 2 doors, not 4.

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Jason writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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fun to drive, unique -looking car, not a car you want to miss!

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sub-par gas mileage and if you get a 2004, be prepared to be going to the dealership a lot.

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Awesome Handling, Good Acceleration, Bad Gas Mileage — great handling, good-looking car. it comes with a 1.3 kiter rotary with a 9,000 RPM redline- you can't lose with that! it is electrically assisted power-steering as opposed to a fluid-driven system. This makes the handling feel more natural and gives good feedback to the driver. some bads, however- be prepared to be making some trips to the dealership if you buy a 2004, since it is the first model year for this car. also, the rotary engine gets horrible gas mileage and requires premium. also, you cannot beat a nissan 350z off the line. overall, this is the best car I have ever owned/driven to date. I have driven many cars as well, including BMWs, acuras, camaros, corvettes, among others. you will have a blast throwing this tiny car into some sweet turns.

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Eric writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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fast and fun to drive. amazing handling. great overall feel.

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gas mileage. if you don't know anything about the rotary engine I'd suggest learning. you have to add non-synthetic oil every once and a while because oil is injected into the engine along with fuel to keep the apex seals lubricated.

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I Absolutely Love This Car. The Rotary Engine Is An Amazing Piece Of Machinery If Treated Right. — PROS: This is a fast and extremely well handling car, it grips the road almost like a 240sx. 250 BHP and Revs to 9k RPM!!!Sexy and sporty at the same time. All the power of a coupe sports car but has the luxury of a sedan. 4 doors make it easy to fit more than 2 people in the car without having to move the seat. Heated seats are definitely a plus. Bose sound system has just enough bass not to blow your ear drums and the stereo goes to 34 (pretty damn loud) without sacrificing music quality. CONS: If you don't know anything about the rotary engine I'd suggest learning. you have to add non-synthetic oil every once and a while because oil is injected into the engine along with fuel to keep the apex seals lubricated. Gas mileage is not what you would expect it to be for such a small car with a 1.3L engine. Rotary's run rich and you have to use 91+ octane or your Check Engine Light will come up with multiple codes.

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

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Feras writes:
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handling, easy to work on.

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Gas mileage, and rotary specific issues.

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Mazda Rx-8 — Good performance, needs more power, but handling makes up for it. However i have needed to get the transmission replaced twice, and the engine replaced once. Quality maybe an issue. Nevertheless this is one of the most rewarding driving experiences. The car is quite excellent and delivers on all rotors.

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L writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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Awesome looks, fits four adults comfortably, retains value pretty well.

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Burns oil like it's going out of style, mediocre fuel economy.

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Best Car I've Owned. — My previous car was a souped up Subaru WRX. That car was way faster than my RX-8, did not burn oil and got slightly better fuel economy. Still, I would not trade my 8 for another Rex. This car is superior in every area except speed and cargo area. Unlike the Rex, road noise stays out of the cabin. It feels more stable at speed; the steering feel is better; and the styling is way more handsome. With the Rex, only kid racers and those on the import tuner scene shoed any interest in the car. The 8 draws everyone in everywhere I go. Not bad for a car that's been in production for four years already. Plus, four years in, it has retained over 67% of its initial value. All that, plus four adults fit comfortably. On top of that, many insurance companies rate it as a sedan and not a coupe, which means lower insurance rates. Thank God for those suicide doors in the back. On the other hand, it gets worse fuel economy than a V8 Chevrolet Corvette. It's pretty bad when a car with an engine that displaces a mere 1.3 liters and puts out relatively weak torque numbers gets 23% less fuel economy than a 6.1 liter V8. On top of that, it goes through synthetic oil like Lindsay Lohan goes through a bottle of Crystal. Its the kind of car that gives tree huggers and Al Gore the heebie jeebies. All in all, a great car that looks as great as it feels.

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lfsaenz writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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4

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lots of power for the price. Great design which its an instant plus, lots of turn of heads on the road and great guys' conversation

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low fuel efficiency and oil consumption due to the rotary engine

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A Great, Powerful And Fun To Drive Car — What I liked about this car since the day they appeared on the market was its looks. Once I drove tested and not only felt how powerful it was but how well it handles sharp curves I knew I wanted to have it. Fuel efficiency its not its best feature, but it comes with all sport cars. The bucket seats makes you feel you are a pro racer as well as having the shifting control on the steering wheel besides audio and cruise controls. Suicide doors are always something people like about this car, its different. Not a family car definitely, which is the main reason I am looking to let my RX-8 go.

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

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Doug writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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It's fun, responsive, stylish, and have four seat just incase you need them.

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If you're looking to save gas, don't get this car.

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Mazda Rx8 The Ultimate Drive Machine. — I love this car, it performs great, is very stylish, and I haven't had any mechanical issue's with it. The only negative thing I can think of is that it burns gas... Fast, but nonetheless I still love this car. The best car purchase I've ever made.

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