2005 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

2005 Mazda RX-8 Review Ratings

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  • 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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PROS
"power" 33 reviews
"ride" 32 reviews
"handling" 30 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 36 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"high maintenance" 7 reviews
"oil" 6 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews

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Lightweight chassis. Renesis Rotary revs up to 9000RPM. Good mid range torque and power. Superior handling. Good suspension and brakes. Good looking exterior and interior. 4 door sports car in a 2 door size. Useable rear seats even for adults.

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Lack of low end torque. Poor fuel economy for the peak power output. Higher maintenance than the average car (For ex, Iridium Spark Plugs every 30k Miles). Would be better with turbo or 3 Rotor N/A option.

bobbyt559
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One Of The Best Handling Cars To Be Created! Rotary Engine Encourages High Revs! — One of the best handling cars ever created! The car is a blast to drive. The car encourages you to race the engine to 9000rpm and more if it was tuned for it. Not nearly as fast Rx-7 but pretty damn good chassis, and would of been close with a better engine option such as a turbo or 3 rotor engine. Don't regret the purchase which I got for $5k below market value. I have tracked the car 3 times at Auto Club Speedway and Big Willow @ Willow Springs Raceway. I have installed Racing Beat Intake and Duct, MagnaFlow Catback Exhaust, LS2 Ignition Coils, MSD Wires, Koyo Radiator, Royal Purple Fluids, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, and Hankook Ventus Evo12 Tires on Enkei RP03 SBC 18" Wheels.

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

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Sport AT Review
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GREAT Handling, FAST Acceleration, Comfortable, Ladies LOVE it!!! Great sound, ROTARY ENGINE! :D

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Gas mileage, drinks oil, high maintenance.

Kenneth_6547
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A Fast, Reliable, And Fun Car. Rx-8 Is The S**t — The car handles remarkably well. It's fast, lightweight, and overall just an amazing vehicle. The gas mileage isn't the best, but it's also not made to be taken on super long road trips. The interior is extremely comfortable. I've sat in the car for hours and couldn't complain. Because of the rotary engine, it drinks oil, but as long as you add a little every second time you fill up the gas tank, it's not an issue. The car definitely attracts a lot of attention. There's nothing else like it on the road. It's unique, well built, and I couldn't have asked for a better companion throughout my years of driving.

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Nice amout of Power, nice Braking system. Pretty good handeling.

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TERRIBLE MAINTANCE. 4,000 dollars just so you can have a rotary spinning again. A rotary will go out about once a year.

Ipwnnoobs396
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Fun But Expensive. — Liked the power/speed and the brakes were the best part. However like i said. Maintenance is a nightmare!!!! 4,000 a year because a rotary went out. Plus the car payment itself. it is expensive. i HIGHLY recommend to avoid buying this car. It is expensive!

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

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Sport AT Review
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seats are amazingly comfy. the car has very tight handling. feels good behind the wheel.

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alot of mods do not make an impact. look up rx-8 mods and do some research, the car isnt really a car to race, more luxury and a wow, to look at.

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Looks And Beauty — The rx-8 is a nice car to drive around in if you can afford it. looks impressive, but not a speed boasting car. the design is unique, super light and little bit of space in the back unless you take the back seats out then you have more space to carry other things.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Red Sports car, appearance is great.  Acceleration is fantastic, light weight with good HP.  Low miles, only maintenance needed while I have had the car is an oil change.  Car has awesome handling and control, very good stopping ability as well.  Very fun car to drive.

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Smaller car, compact spacing.  For me, it is just too small as I am used to driving a truck.  Not a lot of storage spacing, although I can fit my golf clubs in the trunk.  Has a few scratches, but nothing too noticeable.

Noel_22
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Fun, Red, Sports Car. — I liked this car a lot to drive, I am just looking to get a car that I can use back in the mainland as well. This is a RWD car, and from where I am from, it snows quite a bit. This car is really enjoyable to someone who wants the speed and good acceleration. It is an automatic transmission, but does have paddle shifters, and a manual stick. All in all though, great car for the price and miles on it.

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great looks
fantastic handling
suicide doors for the rear passengers

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no power and gets really bad MPG
maintenance gets pricey because not just any mechanic will mess with that rotary engine.
engine is not very reliable,.most owners with a 50,000 miles or more has already gotten a engine replace..

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A Great And Fun Car But Not Too Reliable. — this car has many things that will make you fall in love with it. the looks. its handling, the rotary engine sound. this is a great sports car not the the best for a daily drive but its lots of fun and joy when your behind the steering wheel. this car needs lots of attention as of checking oil every week, not driving until is warm. small things like this. just make sure before you go for a rotary do a research about them. its a lovely car but it was not made for me drove it for 4 years 1/2. so if you ask me if i would recommended i would say maybe depending on the person......

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

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2005 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Review
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Looks amazing, handles amazing, feels amazingly smooth to drive.

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Could use a little more power and I wish the engines didn't die so easily/often.

CalebDeibel
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Fun, Sporty, Unreliable Gas Guzzler — I really liked the style of the car and how they fit the back seats in. I also loved the smoothness of the engine, but unless you kept it in the top 7000 revs then it didn't really get on it like I wanted.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fun vehicle!

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Not a lot of space.

Callas2707
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Sporty — Great vehicle if you are looking for a fun and sporty ride. Not a lot of space though. The back seats are bucket seats and the rear doors make for easy access to the back. Sleek design and not a common car, which makes it unique.

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

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It's very fast for such a small engine, it gets up and goes.

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Gas Mileage

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My Baby — It has amazing acceleration. It red lines at 9000, can't ask for much more. Amazing handle, corners very well(if you have the tires for it). The exterior looks amazing, the interior isn't the best considering the back seats aren't passenger friendly. Gas mileage isn't terrible but it is worse than most cars. This is a very fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great sports car.  Handles like a race car.  Lots of fun to drive Spring, Summer and Fall.

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Not a car for Midwest winters.  Rear wheel drive doesn't do well on slick roads.  Gas mileage is not great

zonananaz
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Fun And Fast — I love the sports car look, feel and handling of this car. Still get compliments on the looks of the car. Sound system is great. Corners like a race car. Has tons of zip. The six-speed transmission shifts smoothly and easily, although I have seldom had to use the sixth speed. Zero to fifty can be done while still in third gear. Other than routine maintenance, I haven't had to do anything in the way of repairs. I don't like driving it in Winter and I don't like to mediocre gas mileage with the high price of gas right now. Tires are also pricey for this vehicle with not a lot of miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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