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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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In This Price Range Nothing Else Competes — Not the quickest car around but great for an everyday drive - especially through twisty corners - WOW

Pros: Great stereo, handles well etc

Cons: check oil all the time. Keep spare oil in the boot

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Fantastic But Expensive To Run — If you want a sports car with the practicallity of 4 full sized adult seats that has a unique styling and head turning appearence, this is the car to get. 228bhp model gts 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, top speed 148, handles great, brakes are fantastic, very smooth engine only draw back is low torque below 3000 revs. You can get a good deal on them seconds hand but running costs can be high. Around 20mpg max (thats even with no speeding and driving in a higher gear) so about 250 miles per tank. Oil isn't as bad as i'd heard, mine has eaten 1.5 litres in 8 months. Insurance is fairly high as you have to insure it as a 2.6 litre engine and servicing (esp 3rd year service) is high along with road tax. Overall, if you dont love this car and care for her like its ur own mother, dont buy it as you'll always be thinking about the running costs. Its a car you have to own because its a passion, not because its a mode of transport.

Pros: Styling, performance, interior quality, woman pulling appeal, fun.... i call this car the Japanese Ferrari

Cons: Running costs, low torque at low revs (only really matters if you like to beat people at the lights....)

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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It's A Great Car And I'm Extremely Happy With It. — It may not have the highest amount of Horsepower, but the handling is amazing. Wouldn't trade it for much of anything.

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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Nice Sports Car For The Price. — Front seats very comfortable . Rear seats surprising easy to enter and more room than was expected. Spark plugs expensive twenty dollars each and it is recommend that they be changed often. Acceleration is excellent and handling very good. Control of the car was very good

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Zoom Zoom from 3000 to 8000 rpm

Cons: Maintenance  cost high, rear visability poor

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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High End Look Without The High End Cost. — Flooding issues (which has only happened a couple of times to me; before I educated myself on it) and I notice that it is a little hesitant in cold weather but it is probably something that I'm not doing correct.

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

Pros: Functionality, look/style

Cons: Tendency to flood if you are not following driving guidelines.

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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Rx-8 — Performance is decent and handling is excellent. The brakes are responsive, which is a good thing. 50mph feels like 35 in this car. The loaded model I drive occasionally that my mom owns has anything you could ever want, and is quality built. The car is fun to drive, if you can afford it. The Rotary engine in this car is a bit of a gas hog. The car looks great, but it should be 2 doors, not 4.

Pros: Styling and looks, fun, handling, quality

Cons: gas hog, feel of speed, expensive parts

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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Touge — It's a Rotary. It's Chiquita. It's a Beauty. Great Drift Car. Great Commuter. It's a Sleeper. Don't be Underestimated. It is the most gorgeous car ever duh. This car is really fast. It's an RX-8. I Love My RX-8 DON'T HATE

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

Pros: IT'S A ROTARY DUH!!

Cons: NOTHING

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One Of My Favs — performance great except for torque (mid ranged) acceleration is good but not great build quality is great as long as u take care of the thing appearance is great inside and out cost it sucks terrible mileage and consumes oil =[ fun factor amazing

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: its fun and handles like a go cart

Cons: if u dont know rotaries then dont get 1

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Fun And Easy To Drive But Not Worth For People Who Just Want To Drive And Don't Care Much About Them — This car is not all about power, more of handling, braking, and of course the high-revving Rotary engine. 2004 Mazda RX-8 GT / 6spd. manual / RWD 238hp/200lb/ft torque Tachometer Redline: 9k rpm 0-60 : 5.7sec EPA estimated 16mpg local / 22 hwy *pretty much if you don't have the time, money, and effort to take care of this car it won't last and because it uses a Rotary Engine compared to a normal piston engine.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: The high revving engine which is a thrill to drive.

Cons: The maintenance and definitely the horrid gas mileage.

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2004 Mazda Rx-8 Gt Review —

Obviously, I'm biased, as I spent a while picking it out from a big stable of competitors, but you really won't find something that handles this well and still rides comfortably. The suspension is very good - it prevents body roll while somehow smoothing out all the bumps; it makes the car feel more expensive and luxurious than a Mazda should be. The Wankel rotary engine makes this car, for better and for worse - on the plus side, it'll rev to the point where reciprocating engines explode and *keep* revving until nigh-on 10,000 without a sweat. It sounds like a jet turbine (or less charitably, a giant vacuum) and delivers instant response when you punch the gas. It spits out 232-ish HP from something the size of a smallish watermelon and only displaces 1.3 liters. It's not a very torquey motor, though, and you won't be keeping up with brawnier cars like the 350Z or Mustang GT in a stoplight drag race. Thing is, if you're looking at an RX8, you're probably not the kind of person that wants to race between stoplights in the first place - you have to realize that while you won't have the grunt, the size and placement of that little rotary engine means you get perfect weight balance, further helping your nimbleness on the turns. The shifting is nice, and I'm convinced that Mazda makes the best gearboxes around. The short shifter is perfect for this car as you can quickly flick it between gears with no fuss. The clutch takes a bit of getting used to, but it's almost as smooth as my favorite (the one on the Subaru WRX) and leagues better than that hideous exercise machine on the 350Z. Further concerns about this engine, and this is important: this is a less "casual" sports car than some of its competitors. Yes, that Wankel rotary is highly reliable, but you need to take care of it. First, expect no more than 19ish MPG. It's the price you pay to drive such a fun car. It requires non-synthetic oil only as a part of its combustion cycle and thus you'll have to top it off to the tune of a quart or so every 1000-1500mi. This all means your cost of upkeep will be slightly higher than most of its competitors; take this into consideration if you're looking at the RX8. It doesn't exactly like cold weather, either - so you have to warm the engine up before shutting it down. Cranking it up and then immediately turning it off can result in a flooded engine which, fortunately for me, my local Mazda dealership fixed for me by replacing the sparkplugs free of charge as some kind of "Zoom-Zoom Insurace" company policy. You can fix it with hand tools, but getting at the spark plugs is a nuisance as they're way the heck inside the hood. As far as the appearance goes, it's very unique and very pleasing on the eyes. I like the weird retro-futuristic fender arches up front and the smooth, sloping hood. This car looks absolutely outstanding in the Subaru-esque "Victory Blue" or the more subdued dark forest green (the one I have). It also looks surprisingly nice in white, but I find red and black take away from the styling somewhat by obscuring the lines. The small engine compartment makes it very easy to see out of and you have tremendous visibility out the front. The quasi-Pokemon face isn't something I thought I'd like at first, but its devious grin has grown on me. The suicide doors are cool and useful when you have enough space to fully open them, but in cramped conditions you'll have to play Twister to get people out of the back. The inside is perfect for a short person like myself, and the leather seats cup you very well. The big central tunnel holding the gearbox goes all the way from the arrowhead indent in the hood through the dash to the back seats (holding double twin cup holder panels that flip forwards, along with three hidden storage compartments) into the trunk. Very cool. You can also change the color of the instrument lighting from a pedestrian white to a menacing, villainous deep red. Brilliant. Build quality is excellent and the entire car feels extremely solid, with a nice rubberized material making up most of the dash. My girlfriend loves the heated seats (the "butt warmers") and they kick in quickly, as does the AC on a hot day. Heat takes a little while to kick in, as it scales with the engine temperature, but once you're up to operating temperature, the cabin becomes a proper little toaster keeping you very comfortable. The net effect is a car that's a ton of fun to drive, one that puts a giant idiotic smile on your face on the twisties. It will try and get you in trouble with the authorities, your wallet, and your friends -due to jealousy- but it's absolutely worth it. It's a very special car that requires special attention and a slightly different mindset, but I love the little thing.

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

Pros: Handling, Ride Comfort, Great Noise, Great Looks, Fast, Practical (for a sports car)

Cons: Upkeep (Fuel economy/Oil usage), Lack of low-down grunt, occasional weirdness from suicide doors

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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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

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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