2010 Mazda RX8 Review

2010 Mazda RX8 Luxury 1.3 rotary from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3 rotary Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance1500 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

It's honestly worth it.. this car is amazing

Faults:

Nothing so far, although the paint work for a new car had some polishing scratches (I made the dealer buff it out, but you can still see it.. (it is black though)).

General Comments:

This car is perfect. I'm a huge car lover, and this one just takes the cake. It's comfortable, great performance (not amazingly fast, but you can feel the pickup when you ask for it thanks to the rotary), the handling is great, the traction control kicks in and you hardly feel it kicking in.. it's like the car pats you on the back, no matter what you do, and says "that's OK.. you can do it".

The Bose stereo system is great. Really good sound, nice bass.

The re-do of the Series 2 RX8's minor shapes have made it just a bit more classier as opposed to sportier (I like that, because it's still sporty (if you have a spoiler IMO)).

I had a Corolla before this car (the most reliable car possibly in the world; it wouldn't die; it had 500 on the clock and still wanted more.. I had to put it down.) So reliability was very important to me; anyone who is looking at buying this car would be aware of the good & bad reviews of the rotary engines, specifically the RX8's. I was extremely wary of it (I'm paying 60 grand for it!) so I had to do a lot of research.. after reading around about it, I read a lot of good and bad reviews online.. but which one is it, the good, or the bad!? I clearly had to look into it more, it's my dream car, I want it!

So I then thought I'm gonna call Mazda and ask the service centre (sure they'll be biased, but I'm good with my words). I made something up and acted it out, and one lady said straight out to me from Mazda "stay away.." I said "why do you have many come in with problems?" she said "yes, we do have a lot come in..." OK.. they made me not want get it, but it is my dream car, so I wasn't gonna give up that easily..

I called another Mazda dealer, and I spoke to a rotary 'specialist'. Now this guy wasn't gonna get commission, he was just in the service centre and knew about rotaries (you could call him an enthusiast). He explained it all to me, gave me a history lesson on the engines and explained the car was made for performance. If you drive them like a normal car, they're gonna hate it and not perform well, hence the problems. The short trips ain't good for these cars either, the flooding issue is still present, but it's rare and they added some extra small things to the engine in series 2 i.e. an extra oil pump, so things should improve. Also people put normal oil in these cars like synthetic, and that's bad for these engines! So they screw up..

If you care about your car (like I do), then you're gonna want read up and take care of it, and it'll be as reliable as any other car (a lot of people swear by these engines). Basically, top up the oil with mineral oil (get it from Mazda), top it up maybe once every 2 months.. monitor it because it will depend on your driving style.. Warm the car up before you drive it, because they don't like cold driving. And give it to the car a bit, drive it like it's meant to be driven! That's my tips so far, and what I do. If there's anything else, I'll keep you all posted :)

I love the car, everyone else will too. If you want this car, then get it! But not mine, because mine's mine, and I love it dearly.

Peace out guys.

Oh.. last thing! fuel consumption... hmm.. let's state what we already know.. it's bad.

We all knew it's bad, but I'll lay it down for you. I'm a fast driver, I do thrash the car a bit (mine's also auto). I look at 350k's per $75.00 a tank; the tank size is 65 litres (but obviously I don't use it all the way to 0 litres). So be prepared to spend that people.. because we've heard it all before, but here's real life figures.

Peace out.

Anf

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2010

29th Apr 2011, 13:40

Awesome review here buddy. I am insane car fanatic, and want a new car, because although my 2004 Maxima still looks like new, it's notorious to maintain, and I hate that. I'm always trying to take care of it. It's annoying. This car (RX-8) is pure bargain for the handling that it supplies and its performance. I appreciate your information, and look forward to getting my own RX-8 soon.

26th Apr 2012, 02:50

Good on you for buying the RX8. I went through the same process for buying, a very divided opinion on whether they are good or not. I have to say the naysayers are usually the one's that have never had the pleasure of owning an 8. I've put on 30k onto mine after buying secondhand, and have had no problems. But as you say, the key is to know the quirks (rx8club.com!).

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review