2004 Mazda RX8 GS 1.3 rotary from North America
Say NO to the rotary motor
Check engine light came on, Problem was with burnt coils.
Both front and read lights had water condensation in them.
Air bag light came on, problem was with one of the side air bags.
Very misleading when it came to the power of the car. When the car was first released, Mazda claimed an output of 250HP in Canada. That number dropped to 232HP. With numerous dynos done by other people. The REAL horse power is from 210 to 220HP, with 159lb ft of torque.
The handling was very good and predictable for a RWD. Which made driving the car fast a pleasure around the twisties.
Brakes were very good as well. They only made noise when driven lightly. Under harder braking they performed very well with no fade.
Fuel economy was a nightmare!! Sprinted city fuel economy was 20L /100km, and highway fuel economy was 13.5L / 100km.
In my experience, with the rotary motor I understand why Mazda is the only company that still produces the Wankel motor. It is underpowered and heavy (a V-8 Corvette motor is only 50lbs heavier). Very bad fuel economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th February, 2010
The V8 in the Corvettes are aluminum block and known for being very light. The reason for a rotary, in addition to the weight savings, is that it sits behind the front axle, which is important to balance the handling.
Having owned an RX-7, I will never buy another rotary engined vehicle again. Horrible fuel mileage, no power (my 4-cylinder Dodge Omni would blow it off the road), and constant smoking and oil leaks. The car rattled so bad at its top speed of 90, that it was impossible to hear the radio. Very poor excuse for a car.