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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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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 RWDReview
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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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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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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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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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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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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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The Best Grand Touring Car For Under 100,000usd —

I've had my Mazda RX-8 since I acquired it new, in October 2004. None of the horror stories you might hear about this car have ever reared their ugly heads. The car has always started on the first try, has never given me a spot of trouble, and still handles as smoothly and yet tenaciously as when it was brand new. The seating is ample for my family of three, including my daughter's baby seat. The boot is roomy if you forego the spare tyre kit (get ride-on sealant instead), though the opening is narrow. The navigation system has prevented a number of horrific dust-ups between my wife and I (she loathes being or even feeling that she's lost). I've never been happier with any motor I've ever had, including the three RX-7s that I've had previously. Acceleration remains brisk at 50,000 miles while braking and handling is actually beyond my capabilities to use fully. That is, the car is more capable than I am. The brakes are stunningly strong, despite being on the original pads at 50,000 miles. Build Quality is high with only the parking brake handle's boot needing a more flexible elastomer as the front part of the foot of the boot covering the bottom of the parking brake handle snaps off in winter and more rugged ignition coils being needed. I have the softer elastomer installed but it still cracked off, leaving a 3/4 inch gap which is only visible when the parking brake handle is up. It's remained very resistant to squeaks and rattles at 50,000 miles. The original ignition coils failed about 10,000 miles ago, which I consider early for an ignition coil failure, so I replaced them with more robust units from a GMC Yukon. The original coil failure led to one of the two O2 sensors failing as well. To be fair, the O2 sensor held on much longer than I expected after the coil failure. The appearance, inside and out, still puts a smile on my face and I look forward to seeing the car. Not once in the 6 years I've owned the car have I felt that the interior or exterior looked old or tired. Generally, the car is inexpensive to own and operate. I understand that it's closed throttle fuel consumption is high, so I make a point of avoiding traffic jams. I've had no trouble meeting the EPA highway fuel economy rating on the highway and I've done considerably better on hot Summer days, despite the AC cranking away. Since fuel dilution of the oil isn't something that occurs to any significant degree in rotary engines, oil can stay in the engine for however long it takes to get to 3000 miles (none of this 3 months or .... nonsense). This car remains incredibly fun to drive. Indeed, it's so entertaining that I look forward to the commute to work, even when I'm not looking forward to being at work. Likewise, no matter how dreadful a day I've had, the drive home is always soothing but fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Reliable, quick, nimble, safe, forgiving

Cons: Thirsty, horrible dealer network

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWDReview
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Great Car — I love this car, such quick acceleration and 8500 rpm redline. It is such a sweet car the rotory engine plus the 50/50 weight distribution it handles so good, and easy to drift. The only fault is poor gas consumptionand the usage of oil, but still a great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Very fun car to drive

Cons: Fuel and oil consumption

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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWD Review
Robin says:
Just didnt care for it. It didnt seem to have much to offer when compared with my Hyundai.
vs2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT FWD
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Front Seats Ranked 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT FWD better.
"Had a lever to boost the seat up a little for short drivers"
Back Seats Ranked 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT FWD better.
"More leg room for occupants"
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2004 Mazda RX-8 Review
TOOCAN says:
Amazing car definitely recommend
vs2004 Nissan 350Z
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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWD Review
Matt says:
Amazing daily driver, just totally bummed out about the engine. Rotarys do not last long and are very high maintenance engines. The performance of this car is great, handling is like no other. I love the high revs of the Rotary but not the unreliability
vs2004 INFINITI G35 Coupe RWD
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2004 Mazda RX-8 RWD Review
SETH says:
gas hog but a love to drive
vs2004 Nissan 350Z Base
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Back Seats Ranked 2004 Nissan 350Z Base worse.
"more comfortable "
Would Buy Ranked 2004 Nissan 350Z Base worse.
"fits my personality "
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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