2004 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

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McKenziea22 writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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5

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For starters, the Interior is amazing. This vehicle has every accessory and capability you can possibly think of. Simply one of the best cars ever. It is my personal drift car... Sharp steering, fine tuned suspension, fairly fast, great noise, well equiped, well built, extremely good value for money. Sporty, excellent ride and comfortable plus probably the best gauges/displays I've seen.

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On the downside its fuel consumption could bring you to your knees.

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It Felt Like You're Driving A Super Car From The Future. — Acceleration, braking and and handling are all exceptional. The car provides a lot of interior room and spares nothing in the way of comfort. The automatic transmission is nice, but love the manual paddle shift option. This is a fun car to drive and will definitely turn heads!

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

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

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everything

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automatic but trip tronic is great

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The Bandits Kryptonite — tempermentale these mazdas rx8 are you have to respect her the same way and at the same time she is awesome meaning start up and shut down yu have to give time for the car to warm up once its warm she will give tons of pleasure she sounds good and ready to take on any road and when shuttting her dwn give her time to decompress at least 10 to 15 seconds before shutting her dwn completly and yu will never have any problems in staring her up again you have to feel and be part of the car. i have left my rx8 stock she is great just the way she came out of the japanese plant

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

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

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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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5

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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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Charles R. writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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4

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Four full-size seats and handles like a two-seater.

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Engine reliability in the '04-'05 models.

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Generally Impressive Vehicle — The only thing most RX-8 owners complain about is the relatively low power/weight ratio. Other than that, the car excels in all other areas. I like this car so much, I quit my job and started a new company which builds performance parts for it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Roy writes:
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grip

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mpg

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Fun Not Practical — its fun to drive but very impractical and not as fast as it should be. and it is very expensive. kinda noisy on the road. engine revs really high when you're over 80 making gas milage even worse lol. its really fun to drive. especially in the snow.

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

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Eric writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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4

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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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Jonathan writes:
2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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5

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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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Peggy writes:
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3

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Zoom Zoom from 3000 to 8000 rpm

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Maintenance  cost high, rear visability poor

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Nice Sports Car For The Price. — Front seats very comfortable . Rear seats surprising easy to enter and more room than was expected. Spark plugs expensive twenty dollars each and it is recommend that they be changed often. Acceleration is excellent and handling very good. Control of the car was very good

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.

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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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