Oil was milky, navigation control was finicky, and the reverse gear was difficult to engage. All these problems were fixed under warranty.
I bought my 2005 RX-8 for $15,000 with 26,000 miles. It uses more gas than I would like, but otherwise, it is amazing. Fun to rev the engine to its 9000 rpm redline (I swear the car likes it) and it handles like a dream. I have never had so much fun with a car, or grinned so goofily every time I drive it. The only problem is the streets around here don't give it much of a challenge. Now, the interior could have more updated electronics and a nicer grade leather seat (later models have this), and the heated seats are a little anemic. But goodness, for the price, sunroof, navigation, CD player, satellite radio, bose surround sound, 18" wheels, traction control, ABS and 4 wheels discs, high intensity discharge headlamps, tire pressure monitoring system--I think anyone would be hard pressed to find this level of equipment on any other sports car for the price. Did I mention how great it handles?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2008