I get so tired of hearing the engine is unreliable. I have owned Rotary engines my whole life. My first car was a 2nd gen RX7. I sold it with 188K miles! The engine ran fine and compression was excellent. I never had a problem with it consuming too much oil, or flooding, or any of the common problems that people speak about and that was on an older model Rotary - it has since been improved.
I now own an RX8 because I loved my RX7 so much and it has the room I need and maintains its sporty appeal. Look it's not a muscle car, so stop comparing them. That is like comparing bananas to oranges, it's dumb.
I feel this car is in its own class because it has the performance of a sports car and the practicality of a sedan (somewhat). I would never say this car does not have enough torque. It was not made to drag race.
As far as fuel economy goes, it's really not too bad given the amount of performance. Compare it to a Miata and it gets 5 MPG worse. Not bad given it has more power, weighs more, and is significantly larger.
I understand the Rotary is not for everyone, but please stop saying it's unreliable due to your own ignorance. Take care of it and it will take care of you!
I just purchased a year ago a 2006 Mazda RX8.
I love it. There is no big deal on the gas mileage. The car has 37k on it. I drove it from the east coast out to ca. I wish I had not waited as long as I did about buying one, it was so fun driving it across country I give 5 stars.
Very sharp car, much better body design then the Mustang.
I don't know how much gas costs in your area, but I live in Canada, and premium gas 91 octane is generally 5-8 cents more than regular, so it's basically on an 80 litre tank, regular costs $96.00 and premium costs $102.40, so the difference is not that much at the end of the day. It's $5-10 more per tank.
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