2004 Mazda RX8 Reviews - Page 12 of 14

2004 Mazda RX8 6 speed 1.3 rotary from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 rotary Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired250 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Very unreliable

Faults:

My transmission has had several repairs since I have bought the car. It is now in the shop for the fourth time which will be the last time because I have decided to give the car up for a Subaru. Don't get me wrong the car is an awesome car for speed and handling, but the fact that it is unreliable makes all the good things about the car become transparent.

General Comments:

If you want to spend a lot of money on a car that a WRX can easily take then be my guest. From my experience I have better things to do with my money than spend it on a car you need to worry about getting into gear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th April, 2005

14th May 2005, 23:01

Sorry to hear about your transmission probs. Surely the 'box could be replaced under warranty.

However, if you really want a car with a lousy transmission, then by all means buy the Subaru. Subarus are noted for their weak and clunky gearboxes, while the six speed 'box in the RX-8 is one of the best available regardless of price.

2004 Mazda RX8 1.3L Rotary from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3L Rotary Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance8200 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

A fantastic drivers car that even non-drivers will love

Faults:

There are many small, but somewhat annoying rattles (with one serious noise from the sun roof that was fixed by the dealer under warranty).

General Comments:

The RX-8 is a real sports car that will please any one who really loves driving: it is a near perfect combination of speed, turning and braking ability, comfort and price.

This is not a car that will go fast if you are lazy; yes, engine torque is low. If you want to really go, you need to shift that wonderful short throw 6 speed transmission. The buzzer at 8500 rpm reminding you to shift before the 9000 rpm red line should give you a joyful tingle every time you do so. The engine is so smooth that you will soon understand why you need the buzzer: unlike most piston engines it has hard to actually intuitively develop a sense for when the redline is approached.

Having said that, the RX-8 has such a wonderful chassis that sheer acceleration is hardly the reason you should buy it. It has accurate steering, superb turn-in, handling that is neutral in almost any situation that is even remotely sensible on public roads, exceptional brakes, and excellent control over bumpy pavement. Surprisingly, the suspension does all this and still manages to make a daily commute comfortable!

So, what is wrong with car? Fuel Mileage! It makes my previous Impreza WRX look like a paragon of environmental responsibility. The RX-8 also burns oil by design, but that is a minor price to pay for the kind of driving experience you get. Also, oddly enough, the car lacks the sheer character and snorty nature that made my previous WRX such a lovable beast. Some times the RX-8 feels almost too smooth for its own good.

Should you buy this car? If you looking for a sports car you should certainly consider the RX-8. It is an excellent value, and I personally chose it over a Nissan 350Z, a Honda S2000 and a Porsche Boxster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

29th Mar 2005, 15:01

I agree... I too owned a WRX and kinda miss the "coarseness" of it. I think the RX needs just a wee bit more power. I hope I don't have any of the reliability issues I had with the WRX however. The transmission on that car was terrible, even with the factory short-throw.The RX8 feels like a rifle-bolt being snicked shut every shift...sweet!

2004 Mazda RX8 192 PS Renesis from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Renesis Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance2200 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

I'm very impressed with the style and performance

Faults:

The car developed a misfire at high engine speeds under high load after about 2,000 miles. I believe this may have been due to low quality fuel, but Mazda were very quick to re-flash the ECM with new software. The engine is now smoother than it ever was.

General Comments:

The car is a joy to drive. You have to now focus on the fuel gauge which I have to say is daunting, as I at certain times you can really see it move. But that aside the turn in of the chassis and the handling are great. I've got my pro-drive day this weekend and can't wait to find the limits on a closed course. Cabin is fine, although quality could be better, but for the price I'm very pleased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2005

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 38 reviews