2005 Mazda RX8 Grand Touring 1.3 from North America


It is unreliable and very underpowered


Radiator broke and car overheated.

Oil intake needed a recall.

Rear end had major repair.

Warning light for check engine. Dealer fixed something.

Car dies for no reason.

Car flooded and they wanted $200 to get it started.

Dealer lied about work done on the car.

General Comments:

I am very unhappy, and would never buy or let a friend buy a Mazda.

The car has very poor acceleration.

The car gets very poor gas mileage.

When I called Mazda and said I needed help, they said, "Not gonna happen."

Spark plugs cost $32 each, and it needs four.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th December, 2009

16th Dec 2009, 13:43

You stated, "Radiator broke and car overheated."

Was it struck by a rock or other piece of debris? Any car radiator is either made of brass or aluminum. Both are very soft metals and a hit from a rock or other debris can perforate it. Any pressurized water cooling system is going to overheat if that pressure is lost. Please explain the situation as it sounds rather atypical for any car and particularly for the RX-8.

You stated, "Oil intake needed a recall."

I am not aware of any such recall. There was a service bulletin on the dipstick, because the original seal design on the dipstick could allow water vapor to condense causing harmless but scary foam to develop on the surface of the oil, until the oil got hot enough to boil the water away.

You stated, "Rear end had major repair."

What was the situation? Did you go over a speed bump or other hazard too swiftly, striking the differential housing? Please elaborate on exactly what was repaired.

You wrote, "Warning light for check engine. Dealer fixed something."

At what mileage did this occur? What was the error code? What did the dealer claim to fix? We have no idea how long you owned the car, whether you bought it new or second hand, and whether items known to need servicing were serviced or not (including potential fraud on the part of your local dealer).

You wrote, "Car dies for no reason."

Can you elaborate? Do you have the manual or automatic transmission? Would this occur when the engine was cold or warm? Did it occur when the weather was cold or warm? Please give some detail.

You stated, "Car flooded and they wanted $200 to get it started."

I presume you read the manual, including the warning not to run the engine for too short a time for the engine to come up to temperature. Did you attempt the de-flood procedure listed in the manual and also described in the DVD that Mazda sent out to RX-8 owners?

You stated, "Dealer lied about work done on the car."

How is the fraud of the dealer the fault of the car? What work did they claim to perform and how did you determine that they did not perform said work? Did you report them to legal authorities for fraud? You do realize that you've stated that they committed a crime, right?

You stated, "I am very unhappy, and would never buy or let a friend buy a Mazda."

Fortunately, you and I are not friends. Mazdas have been the most consistently reliable automobiles I have owned, without exception. It sounds as if you did not read the manual and blamed fraudulent practices of the dealer on the automobile, instead of reporting them to the police.

You stated, "The car has very poor acceleration."

I can only presume that you had a 4 port model with the 4 speed automatic, as acceleration is hardly poor in any 6 port model with the manual transmission unless the engine is failing and low on compression.

You stated, "The car gets very poor gas mileage."

First, I presume you read the window sticker before you bought the car, and second, I presume you realize that all automobiles starting with the 2004 model year are required by law to bring up the catalytic converter temperature more rapidly than before, which, as a practical matter, requires that all manufactures run their engines super-rich in order to literally dump burning fuel into the exhaust in order to bring the catalytic converter up to operating temperature within the prescribed time envelope. Even my wife's car with its 2.5L four cylinder engine (a 2006 and not a Mazda for reference) gets 13 miles per gallon because her commute to work is short.

You said, "When I called Mazda and said I needed help, they said, "Not gonna happen.""

Can you please be more precise? What, exactly, did you ask them to help you with?

You stated, "Spark plugs cost $32 each, and it needs four."

So? They're iridium plugs. I've had to change them once in the five years I've owned my Mazda RX-8.

14th Jan 2010, 10:22

Mazda sent out a DVR regarding the flooding issue? I never got one.

2005 Mazda RX8 1.3 Renesis Wankel from North America


Dream Machine


O2 sensor code at 13000, CAT was blown, covered under warranty.

General Comments:

This car is a dream machine... It fits like a glove, handles like a cat, and looks like no other.

The rear seat is perfect for my 4 year old son, think family car on the inside, all panther outside.

If you do not understand rotaries, don't buy one. Like any woman, when they get attention, they perform perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2009