2004 Mazda RX8 1.3R from Australia and New Zealand
Ugly and over-rated. A 1994 Honda Prelude compares favourably
Driving in light rain on a highway, it aquaplanes, despite having a decent amount of tread on the tyres.
The car has ABS, but is too old to have traction control (at least in Australian spec).
This is a car I'm minding for a friend. I'm not a Mazda fan, and I thought this car might change my opinion. It didn't.
The car is tinny, indicating a lack of sound proofing. It is heavy, which dents performance. Being an auto, the engine is detuned - the auto is only a 4 speed.
It guzzles petrol.
Instrumentation is clunky. The only thing I liked was the stereo's sound, and the red highlights on the leather seats.
The previous owner spent a small fortune maintaining the car. When it was time to update, she found it had a very poor resale value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th November, 2011