2005 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

2005 Mazda RX-8 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 70 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 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:4.3 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
  • 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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"ride" 31 reviews
"power" 31 reviews
"handling" 28 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 34 reviews
"power" 15 reviews
"oil" 5 reviews
"high maintenance" 5 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews

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Pat writes:
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It's fast, fun, easy to drive, the styling is amazing, 9,000-rpm redline ::drool::

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The stock tires SUCK on wet pavement. Honestly, I'd be running all seasons up until winter and then snow tires are a must. Gas mileage. Let the engine warm up in lower temperatures (which you should anyways) instead of just getting in and driving off. The only other bad thing is that your face may ache from smiling so much; but that's just a trade-off.

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My First Test Drive Of An Rx-8 — Okay so I'm going to be straight forwards with this, the gas mileage kinda sucks. It's not as bad as an SUV, but it's getting there. Although, for the way it's driven and the way it performs, it seems about right. With it's 1.3L rotary engine, you're getting 238hp. Yes, 238hp from a 1.3L engine. If you're driving the AT instead of the MT, it drops down to 197hp. You can seriously feel the difference with the MT. As far as interior and exterior styling, they're awesome. A sports car that's actually comfortable... amazing! The curves are sexy, the suicide doors are rather practical incase you need to load something large in from the side and it looks cool. I've driven the 3.2 Audi TT, Porsche Boxster S and the Nissan 350Z and I would STILL take the RX-8 over all of them. It's a true drivers car. Don't drive her gentle because you're only cheating yourself. Drive her hard and you'll have to have plastic surgery to remove the smile from your face.

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Matt writes:
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Looks, great fun to drive

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Fuel consumption of 18mpg is nowehere near the 24mpg quoted by Mazda

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Mazda Rx-8 — Main reason for purchaseing was the looks, just love the shape and styling. Reasonable performance is a bonus (this is the 192bhp version with 5 speed gearbox), though it is by no means the quickest / most powerful car in it's class. Build quality is good, though it has been back 3 times for product recall issues (all things that the owner wouldn't have been aware of). It's a really fun car to drive, the rotary engine sits low giving perfect 50:50 weight distribution, along with rear wheel drive it is a joy to throw about on country lanes. Fuel consumption atrocious though (about 18mpg), and the rotary engine gets through about 5 litres of oil a year.

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Thomas writes:
2005 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Review
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Performance, handling, braking, fun to drive

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Bad on gas... Interior could be much better... Mazda dealerships are terrible.

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Only Mazda Worth Buying — Good: Performance, handling, braking, fun to drive. Bad things: Bad on gas... Interior could be much better... Mazda dealerships are terrible - I actually think that they put defective parts every time you take your car there ...so next time something else breaks. No too many problems, but I had to change my water pump at around 50K..?? ... right after I had to replace my cabin filter... ??? ...right after... you get the point.

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Daniel writes:
2005 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Review
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PERFECT HANDLING

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FAST

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Perfect For Experienced Drivers — PERFECT ALL AROUND!! great handling its a 50/50 weight car. tops out around 156 at least thats how fast i've gone so far. Looks slick, curves bring out the best. Gas mileage not so great but not horrible somewhere around 20 to the gallon i think. sound of the engine is amazing people always comment on it. It's affordable and great car for the summer!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Scott writes:
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Always Puts A Smile On My Face! — Excellent car and great fun, you'll get through lots of fuel, but you'll have a smile on your face. Keep an eye on the ignition coils though and don't buy a second hand one without a compression test! Also looks amazing :D

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

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Seany2 writes:
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great looks and handling, internal styling is fantastic, well speced car

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poor mpg, very expensive tyres, needs regular oil top ups, needs a supercharger to make go!

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Rx8 2005 190ps — I love this car although its not without issues! Had new alloys and fins under warranty as originals had corroded, the clutch packed in at 23,000 miles, tyres are very expensive, needs regular oil top ups, front suspension parts wear and its thirsty on fuel. Its still great fun but lacks the performance to match its looks. I love it to bits and would buy another for all its faults.

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Travis writes:
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High revs, handles like a dream, comfortable, seats 4, great noise, looks amazing

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Low torque, drinks gas and oil, automatic transmission models have lower power

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Mazda Rx8- Rotary Revolution — This car is a complete blast! It looks incredibly beautiful for starters, but then it corners so hard it'll snap your neck, out-brakes a Lamborghini, and revs to 10,000 rpm with four doors and four witnesses. There just isn't another car like this one made anywhere. I love this car.

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Yaseen writes:
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Mazda Rx8 - Go Test Dtive One — One of the best drivers cars on the market. Very good performance and excellent handling. Always putting a smile on your face as you go past 5,000 revs all the way to 9,000! AWESOME

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Joe writes:
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Rx8 — Best darn handling sedan/coupe on the market. Room for the race tires in the back seat. Also easy to put the baby seat back there also. No torque, but it revs to 9K. Bad gas mileage.

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Brandon writes:
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quickness, style, body, room (for a sports car), comfort

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GAS MILEAGE

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Dream Car — Great summer car, fast start, even faster in higher gears...

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2010 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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2009 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Nice Sport Car For Speed Or Gamily By Xiaoyao

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Sporty, Fast, Reliable And Comfort. By gower

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 pa... Read More

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2006 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Affordable Sports Car By FCempa

This is a fun and good looking vehicle! It handles well on the road and is decent on the fuel consumption. The back seat area is small, so for all practical purposes, this is really a comfortable 2 ... Read More

Fun, Fresh And Sporty! Rx-8 Grand Touring By Brooke

I love everything about this car from the way it handles to the look and feel of the car. It is beautiful inside and out. This car is loaded with all the options! All leather power seats that are heat... Read More

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