2004 Mazda RX-8 Overview

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Overview

When it was introduced in 2004, the RX-8 four-seat sport coupe was Mazda's first rotary-engined car since the RX-7 was discontinued in 1995. And, in fact, the RX-8 was considered the successor to the RX-7, which was probably the most memorable and iconic car Mazda has ever made. Although the RX-8 hasn't generated the buzz that surrounded the RX-7, it's certainly a worthy 21st century standard-bearer of the RX name. The RX-8 was powered by a small, super-lightweight rotary engine called the Renesi, which Mazda notes was smaller than the car's transmission. Yet in its first year, the 1.3-liter rotary engine produced 238 horsepower when the car was equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission, and 197 horsepower when linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. Mazda notes that the Renesis rotary engine has no pistons or valves, but instead consists only of two rotors and a crankshaft that continually rotate inside a housing to create combustion. As a result, the engine gives off a distinctive hum, rather than the typical sound of an internal combustion engine. In its first year, the RX-8 was available as a solitary basic model. Standard features included power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, dual front and side airbags, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a tilt column, steering-wheel-mounted controls, a tire pressure monitor, and an AM/FM stereo system with a CD player. Fast, fun, comfortable, agile, and responsive, the RX-8 was a hit with most drivers. The car's styling was a bit controversial, with some thinking it looked good but others believing the car's styling could be improved. Some also noted that their cars needed too many repairs. But the fact that the RX-8 was a sports coupe that had the functionality of a sedan was one of its biggest selling points.

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    Sandyfeet101
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    How Much Is My 2004 Rx8 Worth With A Blown Rotary Engine?

    We bought it June 2014 - didn't know it had compression problems until recently - now it's not running. We need to sell it and have no idea of the actual value or if we should part it out. Please advi...

    383 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
    Jae169
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    Can I Turbo Charge My Automanual Mazda Rx8?is It A Good Idea

    440 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
    Tony Rice
    75

    Rx8 Fuel Economy

    how are they on gas ?

    403 views with 10 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
    nbillin
    135

    I Have A 2004 Rx8, Need To Know If I Should Fix Or Sell

    My 2004 RX8 needs a new motor, should I sell it as is or fix it and sell it.... or keep it and put in a new motor? I love the car but am really not sure what I want to do.

    240 views with 6 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
    supermanvahe
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    How Do I Know If My Ignition Coils Need To Be Changed On My 04 Rx8?

    my 04 rx8 feels like its stalling then when i apply gas it quickly downshifts then it lags up to like 20mph are the coils bad

    157 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)