2004 Mazda RX-8 User Reviews

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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    75

    An Overall Great Sports Car — Over all a great car, It has a nice little 238Hp which is more than enough for such a small car, but at times it does feel like it could have more, I love the nice 9,000 RPM top out, where a chime hits in every time you reach 8,500 RPMs. I think this is one of the best cars out there for handling before you drop serious money into a car.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: The amount of power that comes from the car, the ease of handling, Digital Speedometer, looks great. Suicide Doors for easy rear access

    Cons: Trunk Size isn't anything special

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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    You Will Never Find A Sportier Car For The Price! — The looks of the Rx-8 are amazing. They have people staring at them all the time. I dont know how many times I have had people comment on the car and how it looks and sounds. The car is also very comfortable. It keeps the driver engaged with multifunctional seating and lumbar support as well as a sporty steering wheel to make the cars over the top amazing handling all that much better. The build quality of the RX-8 is rather good. The engines are peppy in mid range temperatures and like to hit high screaming RPM's quickly and efficiently when needed. However this car is not for someone who does not check everything on it often as its oil should be checked every other fill up at the gas station, which is quite often as I am averaging 19.5 MPG out of 2000 gallons I have tracked over the last few years. Its repair costs are also quite high as it has a unique engine (Rotary Engine) and those who are interested in these cars should do their research before deciding to purchase one. Ohhh the performance of this car. The way it handles curvy roads will leave you wishing they made roads everywhere curvy. This car truly is a performance machine. Its braking is also very good. In my opinion, if you are wanting a very fun, peppy sports car with lots of cosmetic perfection built around a mostly solid and high power engine then look no further than the Mazda RX-8.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Sporty, Quick, Amazing Handling

    Cons: Bad Gas Mileage, Small Trunk Space

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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    Small Speed Machine — 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 second owner.

    Pros: Compact, fast, low maintenance, beautiful!!

    Cons: Back seats aren't comfy.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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    Best Handling 4 Door Out There With A Usable Adult Back Seat. — 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 requiring new seals. This was Mazda's fault and they made it right with an 8 yr - 80k engine warrantee. My car got a rebuilt factory engine at 55k miles by PO and the way I drive it hard it will last over a 100k now. I treat my rotary like my aircooled motorcycle. I let it warm up before exceeding 3k rpm. Every time I drive it I go at least 10 miles and rev it at least once to 8500rpm. I replace spark plugs and coils every 30k miles. I change oil @ dealer with non-synthetic 5W-20 every 3000 miles or 6 months. I have installed a new aluminum larger radiator, bigger factory starter, new rear springs and Koni adjustable shocks. This car is better than when new now and a pleasure to cruise on highway or autocross. I would not recommend this car as one's only commuter daily driver as it kills them. They are a reliable performance car to be enjoyed.

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

    Pros: A great driver's car.  Super bang for the buck.

    Cons: Gas mileage can suffer if you have a lead foot.  22-24mpg is only possible in 6th gear at 65mph.  I normally see 17mpg average city/hwy.  Like any performance car out there.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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    Mazda Rx8 — good acceleration, braking and handling, i love this car, for a young couple or a single its really fun to drive it, the maintenance and the gas are ok, no too cheap or expensive, its good for one that kind of cars...

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: fast car, good looking, cheap

    Cons: small for a big family

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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    Its Ok — Nice car runs great, sounds nice, very smooth. Great high end power., 4 Speed Automatic transmission kills the all the lower end power this power has. Works great for those who are not looking for speed but mainly style and comfort.

    Pros: Nice car runs great, sounds nice, very smooth.  Great high end power.

    Cons: 4 Speed Automatic transmission kills the all the lower end power this power has.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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    Nice Car For Younger Pepole — has a lot of speed handles very good ,is a fun car .loud music the perfect car when I was 25-35 .too low to the ground for 6' foot old man and wife. It's a car that will make a young man hot than he all ready is.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: power

    Cons: not a good winter car, or to the store and back.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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    My Overall Impression Of My Rx8 Is That It Was A Well Built Vehicle, Very Solid. — It took me a couple of months to get use to the rotary engine but now I love it. If you just get to know what is expected to maintain the rotary engine you will be fine and enjoy owning one as much as I'm.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: There are many pros to owning an RX8 but the main one would be its performance and coming in close second would be how sexy the car is. LOL.

    Cons: I have owned various makes and models of vehicles, I am really particular about visibility. So I was extremely please with the excellent visibility in my RX8.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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    My Dream Car — Love the car! Beautiful! Uses a decent amount of Premium gas and repairs can be very costly because it's not being made anymore and it's a rotary. Still my weekend car! So much fun to drive and to show off!

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

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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    Screaming Engine! — Love the engine and its sound. Materials quality is on par with a Japanese sports car. Plenty of bang for your buck. Goes like mad you never realize how fast you're going because you're always just lost in the pleasure of performance.

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

    Pros: Peppy and hugs the road like its got gecko in its DNA

    Cons: 30k tune up interval.

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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

    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

    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

    2007 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

    Sporty, Fast, Reliable And Comfort. By Angie

    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 Angie

    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

    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 Exelero_374

    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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