2006 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

2006 Mazda RX-8 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 28 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"handling" 15 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"gearbox" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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FCempa writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 Sport AT Review
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Sporty look; Takes the curves on the roadway well; decent on fuel.

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The vehicle has a back seat, but is primarily a 2 seat type car.  One adult person could probably fit comfortably, two is pushing it; no auxiliary outlet for MP3 players; Have basic knowledge on rotary engines or face problems that could have been avoided.

FCempa
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Affordable Sports Car — 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 seater! The resale value on these vehicles is fair. I suggest if you purchase one to do some research on care/maintenance on the rotary engine so this will save you unnecessary costly repairs. Overall, we give it a thumbs up.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brooke writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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This is a super fun car to drive, handles like a dream. Very easy to control and with the advanced traction control on the car it has never broken away from me. It's versatile so when you want to get on it you can or you can cruise through town just as easy. Very roomy for a sports car of this magnitude. All leather, every option you can think of because it is the GRAND TOURING, the highest of all the levels of this type of car! Not to mention all the complements when others see you.

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Fun, Fresh And Sporty! Rx-8 Grand Touring — 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 heated, bucket seats throughout the car but in a way that 4 adults can fit, power moon/sun roof, XM radio with cd and am/fm radio, KEYLESS entry with alarm. Suicide doors are a great addition to this vehicle and what an eye catcher! Overall a great vehicle!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alan201057 writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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5

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Drives and handles extremely well

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I little to much fuel consumption but then it's driven properly

Alan201057
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I Just Love It — The moment I got behind the wheel for the first time I was hooked , this car is just a beaut to drive power speed and handling and it looks great , I've got the pro drive version which I believe is the better version , I just love my car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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savger writes:
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4

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very fast and very smoothe through the gears just what you would exspect from mazda

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got to be careful when the car is in 2/3 gear goin round bends especially when road is wet as the back end has a knack of spinning out

savger
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Simple Test Drive One And I Would Bet 9 Out Of 10 Drivers Would By One Even Alowing For The Low Mpg — the style of the car outside is a sure head turner and the finish of the car inside is simply stunning, i loved the luxery of the front heated seats and all the controlls are at your finger tips,its also great to be able to seat another two adults in the rear of the car as not many sports cars can boast that with comfort and very good leg room, again reasonable size boot and i just love the 18" alloys the one i have is a ltd edit only 400 made in my fav colour COPPER RED and i am proud to say i own one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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miryclay writes:
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5

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Fun to drive!

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miryclay
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Love The Body Styling — Nice to drive in addition to nice looking! Awesome sound system, comfortable seats, quick, very responsive and very fast . Seems to hug the road and take corners well. Love to drive! Have too many cars and need to sell this one, please see sale ad, really great price! Thanks!

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Jamie writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Looks and Performance

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Interior construction

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Mazda Rx-8 — Has a bit of road noise. Mostly related to the BFG KDW tires on it. They have a unique tread style that results in slightly more road noise. Brakes really well. The interior has some quality issues. The console sometimes comes off its track. The sun visor has cracked and needed to be replaced (covered under warranty). There is a rattling noise coming from the air bag which has a service bulletin associated with it.

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Saurabh writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Love It — I love how this car handles, i can take it around corners at any speed!Sometimes i loose the back end and its fun to catch it back! i like the 0-60 time, not as good as other cars in the same range but good enough!

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

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Lance writes:
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4

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This is a true original "4-door coupe". It's everything other coupes aren't in a good way. The engine is smooth and is a blast to open up.

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The gas mileage could be better giving a best of 24mpg.

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Fun, Original And Dares To Be Different! — The Mazda RX-8 has been on my bucket list since it was released. It's everything I expected and then some! What a blast to drive, it definitely makes you feel alive. And it doesn't juts do one thing well, it does them all. The brakes are responsive and smooth, the handling with the sport-tuned suspension is spot-on, and the "get up and go" from the 210+ hp is perfect.

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

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Brian writes:
2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Amazing handling, superb stock brakes, fun 6 speed short shift transmission, the rotary engine delivers smooth power like no other

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Not much torque for everyday driving around town, gas mileage is atrocious, need to carefully monitor the oil levels and change regularly.

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Fantastic Driver's Car And A Great Value — When I was getting ready to sell my 2003 Tiburon I knew I wanted a true rear wheel drive sports car. I looked at the Infiniti G35 and the Nissan 350Z, and they were quite powerful, but they didn't feel spirited enough in the corners. If all I wanted was straight line acceleration I would look at a muscle car, but it's the lateral G's that really give me a thrill. And so I went to drive an RX-8, having ridden in one and hearing that it's a phenomenally well balanced tossable car. My first drive was in an automatic because that's all the dealer had. Sadly it was a complete dog and didn't excite me one bit. Even my second drive (in a 6 speed) wasn't all that great, because the dealer was with me and I had to behave. Finally I drove this one, a used 2006 with 13k miles on it. I loved the car from the moment I laid eyes on it. The color has to be seen in person to be appreciated. I got to take it for a drive on my own and was blown away with how fun it was. The Renesis engine isn't going to win any drag races with its less than impressive torque, but once you spool up that rotary and ride it to its 9k redline you discover the true beauty of the car. The power delivery is so smooth all the way to redline, such a difference from the peaky power curve of my Tib. And then there's the handling. It's really hard to screw up with this car. Even with the DSC off, if you break the back tires loose the car is so well balanced that a light counter steer is all it takes to reign it back in. I haven't found a long sweeper yet that the Rex can't handle with just a little throttle control. I only wish Illinois had some mountains!

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Rachel writes:
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i look good in it

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Wow — yes it is fun to drive the appearence is gorgeous the build quality is solid the acceleration speed is amazing and the handling and braking good 2. it is an amazing car to drive and it is the best ever

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Small Speed Machine By Vikram

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 sec... Read More

Best Handling 4 Door Out There With A Usable Adult Back Seat. By twistedwankel

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 r... Read More

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

One Of The Best Handling Cars To Be Created! Rotary Engine Encourages High Revs! By bobbyt559

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 g... Read More

A Fast, Reliable, And Fun Car. Rx-8 Is The S**t By Kenneth_6547

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 ... Read More

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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

Turns Heads, Handles Like A Dream And Spares Nothing. By gower

This is a fun car to drive and handles very well. Compact look but the interior is exceptionally roomy. The suicide style back doors make all the difference and give this car a unique appearance as we... Read More

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Nice Sport Car For Speed Or Gamily By Xiaoyao

I really like it. The balance between money, speed, control, room, and looking. And always remember, it has the unique engine, 13B Renesis rotary engine. The only car carries rotaty engine, except for... Read More

One Of The Top Three Sports Cars, 4 Door No Less, That Are Under $60,000. By KRM

The 2008 40th Anniversary Edition combines the Shinka edition with the grand touring model and comes with Sport suspension no less! This car gets 100 looks per mile as it is unique. The interior is q... Read More

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2009 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

Goes To 9000 Rpm By v1ctoria

. Top Gear and other car magazines had sung a few praises on this car for it fun driving and superb handling, plus, it's RWD coupe with four seats. The car has a manual transmission which provides 20... Read More

My 2009 Rx-8 R3 Review By Flavia_194

The cars terrible on gas... TERRIBLE! Its not very fast. It runs on a rotary motor which doesnt last nearly as long as standard motors. Its fun to drive but the fact the mileage sucks kind of takes aw... Read More

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