19th Aug 2008, 16:04

I had a 95 twin turbo RX-7 back when I was single. Now 10 yrs and 2 kids later, I bought my 2005 RX8 brand spankin new in August 05 and have 69k worry free miles on it so far. I had read on-line many times about the flooding problem and must admit I have not been careful about warming the engine properly, I had never had a flooding episode until yesterday. I tried the "choking procedure" to no avail, but found a post advising removal of the fuel pump fuse which worked like a charm. About a half hour (and about 20 start attempts) later I was on my way. Although I hear it's a common problem, in 3 yrs of driving my 7 and just about 3 yrs of the 8, I've had the problem exactly once.

Still love my 8. Its got a 140mph top end and Maserati looks at a Mazda price that still turns heads on the road. And although YMMV, I've seen that driving like a sane person returns just about 21 mpg combined hwy/city. Driving like a madman (which was daily for my first 2 yrs in this car) will give you 16-18mpg, so be nice to your wallet and slow down on the straightaways -- but rev her up in those corners and remember to have a ball.

14th Oct 2008, 08:49

I have a 2004 RX8 and just this past weekend, I was driving back to my house when suddenly it started to lose power and the car started to shake a lot. I only have 55k miles on it and my mechanic said it's the coil. I would like to know if someone has suffered the same thing?

30th Jun 2009, 23:59

I went car shopping about 4 months ago. Saw a lot of really nice cars out there. But the one that attracted me the most was the Mazda RX 8. Decided to buy it. The only problem that I've had with my car was the check engine light. Took it to the dealer and had it fixed. They said that the evap pump had a leak, so it had to be changed. And end to that. Overall, I love my Mazda RX 8. The only thing that I don't like about it is that the stereo won't play MP3 cds. But overall the Mazda RX 8 is a nice sporty car.

5th Feb 2010, 13:10

Son has a 2005 Mazda RX-8 with 35,000 miles. Every 6 months it is in the shop and costs $800-1000! Loss of compression in engine, decarb the engine, coils, decarb engine again... ridiculous. Was told this is not a car you drive every day. Well then, take it off the road. How about disclosing THAT before you sell the thing? What good is a car if you can't drive it? If I could, would sell it for a Chevrolet. Mazda can keep their cars. Never again.

30th Mar 2010, 12:01

'04 RX-8. After all recalls and reprogramming the computer, another no start at 32,000 miles. Out of warranty, towed, deflooded $250.00.

36,000 miles. Another no start, engine replaced free of charge. To secure warranty plugs, wires coils were replaced, $550.00. These parts are available on the Internet for less than $200.00.

37,000 miles. Clutch bracket or bucket broke; over $400 for repair.

These are all common problems with the RX-8, and should have been addressed by Mazda.

19th Nov 2010, 03:28

I have an RX8 with 109K on the engine. As a few people have said on here, with a 8 or any sports car, especially one with unique parts including turbo chargers or super chargers, you HAVE to do your routine maintenance.

I'm not saying that some of the recalls weren't necessary and not an owner's fault, but some are. I routinely get my oil changed every three months, regardless of mileage, and run Seafoam at least once a month.

Many don't mention what drive they are running, which also means a lot. This car should have NEVER been made as an automatic. A lot of trouble people have with it is that they don't rev high enough to assist the engine in burning off carbon deposits in the engine.

Lack of regular oil maintenance in any car can cause problems, but with a rotary that directly injects oil, these issues are way more prevalent. The owner's manual states all of this.

Nothing I have ever driven matches the feel of the RX8. The balance is phenomenal, and with light upgrades to the suspension, it feels like you are part of the road.

There really to me is nothing like it, but you shouldn't buy this car ever if you don't want to invest time and money into its maintenance.

23rd May 2011, 13:49

Had a new RX8 2005. 32,000 mile and three (3) engines later, after many, many engine floods, I said good-bye. Love the car, but not the problems.