2004 Mazda RX8 from North America
"Nasty looking!" :) Reliable, fun, comfortable, a pleasure to drive
Two concerns: (1) sun visors hard to remove from secured position. (2) recently, when a wrong-sized tire temporarily replaced the correct-sized tire, a warning light appropriately went o; however, the car, for about 10 seconds, could also not be engaged out of 2nd gear. A Grandma used to say: "These should be your worst problems," especially at 68,000 miles. :)
This car has been a pure joy to ride, especially as my work requires I drive 30,000+ miles yearly.
While it's looks are exceptional and eye-catching, the RX8 provides a quiet, comfortable ride, with especially good lumbar support for long trips.
Space has been optimized: how Mazda got four full-sized adults to fit into such a sleek design, albeit with their "Freestyle" door design, is just short of a miracle.
The instrument panel and lighting are exceptional, compact, easy to read and negotiate.
A car that can be driven either in Manual or Automatic? And be able to change gears with paddle shifters right on the steering wheel!
Like my 1995 Millenia (250K miles), my 2004 RX8 (68K miles) is reliable in all terrains and weather.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th July, 2006