2006 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

2006 Mazda RX-8 Review Ratings

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  • 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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2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Quick and fun to drive

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nothing

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Amazing — Great acceleration, awesome corning and suspention, love the short shift. Great lines, sleek appearance, luxurious interior, great bose sound system, surprisingly good passenger space with plenty of foot room in front and back seats. Decent gas milage for a sports car, all around GREAT car. Absolutely love it.

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

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2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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fast.. head turner

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interior mechanical sucks

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Fastttttttttt — performance.. awsome on everything build quality.. random things break.. power windows.. door hinges.. interior decor.. thank god for warrantee appearance.. just look at it :D cost of ownership.. bad gas mileage :/ maintnence pretty expensive cuz of wankel rotar motor funfactor.. HELLA FUNN :)

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2006 Mazda RX-8 Sport AT Review
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Great handling and acceleration

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Lousy for winter weather driving

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Mazda Rx8 Pros And Cons — I love the handling and quick acceleration of the RX8 and of course the body design is one of it's best features. However, if you live in an environment that gets cold or has a real winter season, I'd suggest getting another car or at least that you have a backup vehicle. The RX8 has all kinds of issues in the cold weather from being totally immobile with just a little snow to losing tire pressure.

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2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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over-all phenomal car, even better as a tuner.

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poor gas, especially if your constantly about 7000  revs per minute. perfomrance mods are more expensive.

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2006 Se3p — Overall, the car is easy to drive. I cannot stress how well the car handles from factory. The car doesn't need much effort correct or to break the rear-end loose, nor is it difficult to take corners hard. This would be good for a person who has never driven a rear-wheel drive car before or for the "drifter-in-training". This car is designed for top-end speed, hence having the tachometer stop at 10,000 rpms. My personal top speed was 140 mph @ about 7500 rpms. My topped out my fourth gear at 90+ mph. The car can run as long as there is plenty of road. Unlike conventional piston motors, there are less moving parts on a rotary. If need be, the motor and trans can be easily removed because the rotary is so much smaller.

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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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2006 Mazda RX-8 Sport AT Review
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Gorgeous looks, nice rear-hinged doors to seat 4 persons comfortably

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Low-end torque could be better; not-so-good fuel economy

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Mazda Rx-8 Review — Gorgeous looks, nice rear-hinged doors to seat 4 persons comfortably. Low-end torque could be better; not-so-good fuel economy. Good handling for a Japanese car, due to its 50:50 distribution. Fun, zippy car to drive. Ageless, coupe looks. Requires regular maintenance. Aftermarket performance tuning is limited for AT models. Would definitely recommend to friends if fuel economy is not an issue

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2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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perfect summer car

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gas guzzler

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Roxy — special edtion... blue.. tinted windows.. tons more work to be done. worth every penny...not the best on gas exspecially since is premiun gas. clean inside and out.. mint condition.. 6 speed standard.. no body roll at all in corners. pretty decent acceleration once revs hit over 5000 she is very fast

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2006 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Rotary Engine, 4-seat coupe, Beautiful, Handles Awesomely, 50/50 Weight Distribution, etc...

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Lacks Low-end Torque, Looks beautiful to some but strange to others, Can't Do Redlight to Redlight Races (OH NO!!)

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Rx-8 = Sex — I've driven almost every car under $50,000 (and even some over), and the RX-8 is by far the most fun to drive. It lacks low-end torque but the high revving Renesis makes up for it. In no way is the car slow. Handles beautifully in stock form. Rotary engine: can't go wrong! It looks awesome inside and out. I have the stock model so I don't have the sun/moon roof, leather seats, GPS navi, Traction Control, Heated Seats and all but that just adds weight. If you want a cruiser - not so much all-out performance, the GT makes the car even sexier. Two tone leather interior on the seats and doors and all the other above-mentioned options. Build quality gets 4/5 because after about 2 1/2 years of ownership, i have a few rattles here and there, and some of the plastics are cheap (but don't look or feel like it!). However, the fact that it can seat 4 people comfortable and has those sexy suicide doors just makes it shine. Add the Mazdaspeed Body Kit and performance parts and it becomes even better. The RX-8 is a beautiful car that has the best overall package and is cheaper than all of its rivals. If you really MUST have speed, then all you need is a turbo kit =]. Unlike the RX-7, the RX-8 has new rotary engine that is more reliable and will still be reliable after adding Forced Induction if tuned by a rotary guru.

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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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Mazda Rx-8 Evolve — Like: The Looks, the engine noise, the interior, the people looking as i drive by. Dislike: Fuel Economy, oil economy, the annoying rattling thats getting fixed, there only being 1 DC adapter in the car!!

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2010 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

I Wish I Was In It Right Now And Never Had To Get Out By Kyle

Looks awesome and fast just sitting there. Super unique as Mazda hasn't sold many RX-8s this year. Haven't put any gas in it yet. Total blast to drive, hugs the road like glue. I got this car becau... Read More

Great Car By Travis

The quality of this car is great Coudos to mazda. It preforms well and should be considered a luxury sedan not just a tuner. the cost of ownership is pretty low considering it doesnt use much gas, gre... 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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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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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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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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