2005 Mazda RX-8 Top Comparisons

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 Sport ATReview
    Brent writes:
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    Rotary Dream! — Love the looks and the "freestyle" back doors. Great fun to drive. Not great off the line but handles like a dream. Quality seems well above average. Gas mileage not that great but not bad for a sports car. I have the automatic but it has manual shift option that gives the feel of a manual. I would recommend taking one for a test drive and make up your own minds.

    Pros: Looks, engine, back doors

    Cons: gas mileage, have to add oil for rotary engine.

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 6-SpeedReview
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    My First Test Drive Of An Rx-8 — Okay so I'm going to be straight forwards with this, the gas mileage kinda sucks. It's not as bad as an SUV, but it's getting there. Although, for the way it's driven and the way it performs, it seems about right. With it's 1.3L rotary engine, you're getting 238hp. Yes, 238hp from a 1.3L engine. If you're driving the AT instead of the MT, it drops down to 197hp. You can seriously feel the difference with the MT. As far as interior and exterior styling, they're awesome. A sports car that's actually comfortable... amazing! The curves are sexy, the suicide doors are rather practical incase you need to load something large in from the side and it looks cool. I've driven the 3.2 Audi TT, Porsche Boxster S and the Nissan 350Z and I would STILL take the RX-8 over all of them. It's a true drivers car. Don't drive her gentle because you're only cheating yourself. Drive her hard and you'll have to have plastic surgery to remove the smile from your face.

    Pros: It's fast, fun, easy to drive, the styling is amazing, 9,000-rpm redline ::drool::

    Cons: The stock tires SUCK on wet pavement. Honestly, I'd be running all seasons up until winter and then snow tires are a must. Gas mileage. Let the engine warm up in lower temperatures (which you should anyways) instead of just getting in and driving off. The only other bad thing is that your face may ache from smiling so much; but that's just a trade-off.

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed ShinkaReview
    Matthew writes:
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    Great Fun Car — Really fun car to drive. Silky smooth motor gives great acceleration, and the handling is stupendous! So far nothing has gone wrong.. solid build quality. The 4 door configuration of this car is genious, giving a coupe like apperance with the benefit of seating 4 easily.

    Pros: Engine, handling, Fun

    Cons: none! (well maybe fuel consumption :-)

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    2005 Mazda RX-8Review
    Matt writes:
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    Mazda Rx-8 — Main reason for purchaseing was the looks, just love the shape and styling. Reasonable performance is a bonus (this is the 192bhp version with 5 speed gearbox), though it is by no means the quickest / most powerful car in it's class. Build quality is good, though it has been back 3 times for product recall issues (all things that the owner wouldn't have been aware of). It's a really fun car to drive, the rotary engine sits low giving perfect 50:50 weight distribution, along with rear wheel drive it is a joy to throw about on country lanes. Fuel consumption atrocious though (about 18mpg), and the rotary engine gets through about 5 litres of oil a year.

    Pros: Looks, great fun to drive

    Cons: Fuel consumption of 18mpg is nowehere near the 24mpg quoted by Mazda

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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    2005 Mazda RX-8Review
    Seany2 writes:
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    Rx8 2005 190ps — I love this car although its not without issues! Had new alloys and fins under warranty as originals had corroded, the clutch packed in at 23,000 miles, tyres are very expensive, needs regular oil top ups, front suspension parts wear and its thirsty on fuel. Its still great fun but lacks the performance to match its looks. I love it to bits and would buy another for all its faults.

    Pros: great looks and handling, internal styling is fantastic, well speced car

    Cons: poor mpg, very expensive tyres, needs regular oil top ups, needs a supercharger to make go!

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 6-SpeedReview
    Steven writes:
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    Rx8 Monster — The RX8 is the most fun out of all the cars I have owned and I am very sad to be without it. It could kick ass in a race, it had a bad 9 speaker BOSE system which shook the windows and let the general public hear the sweet sounds of Hip Hop and Reggae and regualy hit 9thousand revs. It looked sick with the suicide doors and the exceleration was raw.

    Pros: 9:10

    Cons: Fule consumption was killing

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed ShinkaReview
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    My 2005 Mazda Rx-8 —

    I loce driving my car. I have had it for3.5 years and it feels like I just bought it yesterday. I used to count the seconds until I could get out of work and just drive. I frequently drive nowhere and anywhere. The performance and handling is great. The acceleration is great for stock. And so is the speed. I have raced 4 Carreas(non turbo) and beat them all. Becauase of the rotary engine, when the Carrea is shifting to 3rd gear I am still in 2nd gear at about 6000 RPMs. I have had it as fast as 137mph. The mileage is ok. I thought it would be better but with the rotary engine it tends to guzzle. I do get decent mileage on the highway and if I am not going 100 mph. The price for the Shinkaedition was a little bit higher but I think it was worth it because the special edition paint(black chery) makes it unique. If I could make any changes/upgrades/modifications it would be exhaust/brakes/turbo kit or supercharger/ and ecu. I would change the brakes to Brembo brakes. The complete kit(calipers and rotors). I would change the exhaust to HKS Legamax catback system with 65mm piping and 100 mm tips. My second choice would be a Borla exhuast system The turbo kit would be the SFR bolt on turbo kit or the Greddy and my 2nd choice. For a Supercharger I would pick the Pettit SuperCharger or the Blitz kit. Personally I would prefer the supercharger over the turbo because of turbo lag. Of course with either kit I would change the fuel injectors to 1100-1300. As for the ECU I would get the Greddy E-manage unit.

    Pros: The whole package

    Cons: Gas Mileage

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 6-SpeedReview
    Anthony writes:
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    Most Fun To Drive Car! — I love this car! It's one of the most fun to drive cars I have ever been in. I test drive cars for fun and this one was so amazing that I bought it! Its not really the acceleration that gets me, its the handling, it takes corners like a champ and nothing throws it off balance. This is a car that anyone can drive fast, its just so forgiving, it seams to say, "Is that all you've got?"

    Pros: Fast, Fun, Forgiving.

    Cons: Gas mileage. But hey, its a sports car, what do you expect?

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 Sport ATReview
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    My Beginning — This was my first car. got it when i was 16. It has awesome pick-up. it looked gorgeous and it was really fun to drive. i loved the rotary engine at the time but wanted a new car so i got this over a used rx-7. handling was superb since this is rear wheel drive you can drift.

    Pros: GORGEOUS, fun to drive, awesome acceleration

    Cons: base modle not worth getting.

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    2005 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed ShinkaReview
    Shahab writes:
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    Lal Mirch — Good things indeed do come in small packages. A sports car which goes like a bomb, along with my luggage & family, in style. I not that into speed, however, when its required, there's plenty of it around to thrash boyracers & any Merc or Bimmer ! I've had it for some time now, but still always find ways to go for a drive !!

    Pros: Excellent packaging

    Cons: A little heavy on fuel, but aren't all sport cars ?

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2011 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

    Review By MABTAG

    The car price is too much, it should be around 3000 or 3500 dollars. If any buys it he /she have to spend 3000 dollars more on it as this model(to make it runs smooth) comes with rotary engine which n... Read More

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    2010 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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    2009 Mazda RX-8 Reviews

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    Review By Mark

    Awesome acceleration, great handling, but you need to be a rotary enthusiasts to own this car and take care of this engine 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

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