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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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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 4-speed Review
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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 4-speed Review
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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 6-speed Review
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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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    2004 Mazda RX-8 4-speed Review
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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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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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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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    2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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    Behold "the Beast" Has Arrived! — This is an awesome car! I love the way it handles, the way it hugs the curbs at high speeds while others are looking at my license plate! it does uses more petro than others but I expected that along with the oil consumption, the interior is beautiful just look at the pics, I had the trunk upholstered to blend with the red and black interior, lots of looks and questions everywhere I go, definately a head turner! great little sport car for the price I've had driver's of Porsche, Ferrari and Lambo stare and wonder.. what kind of car is that? the TEIN suspension sets it off, nice and low, well balanced, all other imports on the road for some reason start to rev their engines when they encounter this little beast on a red light, I wonder why do they do that! the Racing Beat exhaust coupled with the OBX racing headers has a nice note, enjoy and please let me know what you think!

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

    Pros: it performs great, turns heads, wins car shows

    Cons: petro and oil consumption, wish it was turbo like the RX7

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    Its A Fun Little Car To Drive — performance wise for it to be stock it a great car i mean it accelerates pretty quick and handles like a dream have heard it's a little twitchy on wet roads. suspension is a little stiff you feel almost every little bump in road but thats stock again so it can be upgraded. appearance wise its a gorgeous car inside and out except no one can agree on the exterior color some say its blue (me) others say green so i just say teal but i dont know. maintance it takes a little more than most cars because its a rotary engine but its the simplest engine out there so super easy to fix and least likely to break anything. oh and because its a rotary it goes in to ridiculously high rpms which makes it fun as hell to drive i mean a 1.3L that has 228 HP!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Wankel rotary engine!

    Cons: suspension

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    A Decent Daily Driver, As A Road Car With Track Car Handling Its About As Good As It Gets! — I wouldn't recommend this to just any friend as it is a car that demands a bit more attention than most. For instance there is no "bottom end" like in most engines so the engine must consume some oil for lubrication of the rotors and rotor housings. I go through about one quart between oil changes. Also because there is no where for the fuel to go, the engine should not be shut off when it is cold(running a rich mixture). This can lead to flooding which can lead to a real hassle to get it started again. The only time this creates an inconvenience is when the car needs to be moved in the driveway. The handling, the transmission, shifter feel, pedal positioning, along with the way the engine revs makes for probably the most exciting driving experience short of driving a 6 figure super-car. This is a car that puts a smile on my face every time I downshift or take a corner aggressively. Performance: Acceleration 7 Braking 9 Handling 10 Appearance: Exterior 8 Interior 9 Cost of ownership: Moderate to High Fun Factor: Off the scale! Its a finicky car best suited for the real drivers. It may not start due to flooding if it is shut down before the engine warms up but that is easily avoided. Bad on gas. 18mpg is my best tank yet. It need premium. 10,000rpm and 50/50 weight distribution makes it all worth the trouble. The half doors allow me to take my grand parent out for dinner without trouble. Yes they get into and out of the back seat without issue. (not much foot space) Overall I give it an A-

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

    Pros: Feel of the road. Entertaining to command. Car Control is so second nature it feels telepathic!

    Cons: 18mpg average, Needs premium! Needs a tedious owner

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    2009 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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    My 2009 Rx-8 R3 Review By Flavia_194

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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

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    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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