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2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speedReview
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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 6-speedReview
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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 6-speed Review
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Love this car...always will. Thrill to drive. Raw on the road fun each time. 9K rev limit ...oh yea! Best handling car Ive ever driven. Downsides? HOT passenger compartment from tranny & cat. Not enough space for a growing family...sadly.
vs2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Sedan RWD
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Power Ranked 2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Sedan RWD better.
"+70hp"
Handling Ranked 2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Sedan RWD worse.
"Same 50/50 ratio, but lighter and more nimble around the track. "
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awesome car, great handling, and plenty of power
vs2004 Volvo V70 R
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Would Buy Ranked 2004 Volvo V70 R worse.
"better handling"
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2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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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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2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed Review
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Just didnt care for it. It didnt seem to have much to offer when compared with my Hyundai.
vs2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6
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Front Seats Ranked 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 better.
"Had a lever to boost the seat up a little for short drivers"
Back Seats Ranked 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 better.
"More leg room for occupants"
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2008 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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2006 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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