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Old 11-04-2009, 10:40 AM   #1
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Wanting Some First Hand Experience About RX-8

Looking for some advise and suggestions for someone who owned or Owns one currently..

So.. Lately i decided i want to upgrade to an rear wheel drive 200+hp car.. and looked into the FD but thought i'd want to keep the nice interior etc.. im not a full out modding guy.. but like my car to make some nice sound and looks good.. so intake/exhaust/header would be my main engine mods.. on top of that rest of it goes to suspension and etc.. so i looked into the RX-8..

2004 Mazda RX-8 GT 6Speed Fully Loaded
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Here are some of the potential problems that i gathered during test drive..
-cars only at 79,000km but the tranny makes little bit of noise when its in gear and driving.. when i pull it out of gear its nice and quiet.. not sure if its just certain gear
-engine revs smooth.. but known potential flooding issues..
-when trying to put it in 1st gear right after disengage clutch the car makes a really tiny clunk..

I've heard enough bad talk about this car.. but still tons of import guys driving it.. so enough is enough.. I'd like to hear what the other owners have to say about their RX-8 in terms of the actual reliability of it and etc..

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I've worked for Open Road Mazda and drove a few on the streets and from my limited experience with the car I can say that it is horrible in the snow, a bit twtichy in the rain (although that could be from the tires) and in the 8 months that I was there we had to replace 3 engines because of leaking apex seals and we had at least 2 cars per months for flooding.

Other than that it's a good car especially in the corners
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@vexor:: quick question...are you bobby by any chance? if so i bought my rx8 from you LOL

@op:: the 1st gear clunking noise is normal. i got an 08 and it happens once in awhile. the tranny making sounds while it's in gear is definetly not a normal thing.
for the flooding issue as long as you warm your car to the proper operating temperature before shutting it off youll be fine. if you do flood it theres DIY unflooding threads on rx8club.

i'm currently an rx8 owner and i personally feel it's a fantastic car. gives me the luxury i want ie leather seats. And as jeremy clarkson said. It's not the most economical engine nor does it have the most power..you'll have to rev the hell out of it to go zoom zoom. The car is very composed on corners even in stock form and the exhaust note even stock is quite rewarding. I get alot of people bashing about my car too but in the end it's what makes you happy that counts. Hell I still get a grin on my face everytime i drive my car.

only thing i wished is that i got black..
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:00 PM   #4
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@vexor:: quick question...are you bobby by any chance? if so i bought my rx8 from you LOL

@op:: the 1st gear clunking noise is normal. i got an 08 and it happens once in awhile. the tranny making sounds while it's in gear is definetly not a normal thing.
for the flooding issue as long as you warm your car to the proper operating temperature before shutting it off youll be fine. if you do flood it theres DIY unflooding threads on rx8club.

i'm currently an rx8 owner and i personally feel it's a fantastic car. gives me the luxury i want ie leather seats. And as jeremy clarkson said. It's not the most economical engine nor does it have the most power..you'll have to rev the hell out of it to go zoom zoom. The car is very composed on corners even in stock form and the exhaust note even stock is quite rewarding. I get alot of people bashing about my car too but in the end it's what makes you happy that counts. Hell I still get a grin on my face everytime i drive my car.

only thing i wished is that i got black..

uh is this Chris?

but yes i know about the fuel.. but everything else im considering is sort of the same stuff.. like 250z with 3.5L V6 etc. but i'd rather stick with RX-8 for the fit and finish of it.

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^^nope dunno who that is lol.

aha awesome. nice to see another guy interested in the rx8
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Nah, Vexor isn't "Bobby" Hahahah Bobby. I should start calling him that when I see him. He was a tech at Open Road.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:42 PM   #7
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^^nope dunno who that is lol.

aha awesome. nice to see another guy interested in the rx8
ah.. yaya.. im glad some one is also enjoying this car.. i was thinking of RX7 but didnt wanna live up to the aged interior

once i get it we can meet up haha
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@vexor:: quick question...are you bobby by any chance? if so i bought my rx8 from you LOL
no I worked as a tech / parts assistant

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I should start calling him that when I see him. He was a tech at Open Road.
and don't u dare start doing that, also answer ur dam phone once in a while
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ah.. yaya.. im glad some one is also enjoying this car.. i was thinking of RX7 but didnt wanna live up to the aged interior

once i get it we can meet up haha
Nothing wrong with the rx7 interior tyvm well okay there's something wrong with mine (since it's missing the back half) but still!

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Nothing wrong with the rx7 interior tyvm well okay there's something wrong with mine (since it's missing the back half) but still!

Enjoy your 8 and don't let the guys on bcr get to you
ahahaha nono so far its been treating me good.. second day owning it..

perfect! so far
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aha for sure. don't let the modding bug bite u too soon though.
hmmm already got bitten lol
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^^ congrats on ur purchase! wut u getting first?
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I am on my second RX8.
Re tranny whine....Perhaps the previous owner installed a 'Richard Paul' Axial Flow short shifter. I get a little whine when I rest my hand on the shifter.
Re flooding....just make sure you warm the car up before shutting it off. I flooded it by going out at work and moving to a better parking spot.
I have the Racing Beat cat-back...excellent quality and a very mature sound.
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^^ congrats on ur purchase! wut u getting first?
well i've gotten little things like clear corners.. rotary accent in the rear.. and now im planning to just lower the car.. but winter's coming
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I am on my second RX8.
Re tranny whine....Perhaps the previous owner installed a 'Richard Paul' Axial Flow short shifter. I get a little whine when I rest my hand on the shifter.
Re flooding....just make sure you warm the car up before shutting it off. I flooded it by going out at work and moving to a better parking spot.
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ah.. what was the highest km you had on your rx8?

any rebuild?
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get the racing beat exhaust. its a sound i'm sure ud love. i just got mine n i love it
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get the racing beat exhaust. its a sound i'm sure ud love. i just got mine n i love it
hey man.. seems like your quite knowledgeable with the Rx-8.. just wondering.. my 8 feels weird in the cold.. there are quite a bit of noise.. turned on the car.. started it out fine and sat for about 30seconds and drove easily til it warms up to operation temperature..

one thing i've always had is the tranny noise.. when im up to speed i can tinkling noise i think coming from right underneath the shifter.. its odd i know.. but i cant seem to get rid of it unless i slow down.. 3rd/4th/5th/6th..

shifts like a dream tho.. hmmmm
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ah.. what was the highest km you had on your rx8?

any rebuild?
47000k on my '05....no issues on either car. The only visit to dealer for anything but scheduled service was the flooding incident. I believe the engine has a 10 yr warranty.
Mazda told me to keep the revs low till the car is warmed up, then drive it hard, dont baby it.
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nice RX8

cornering ability is definitely nice and solid

not much low end power but hey wat do u expect from a n/a 4 banger

maintenance needs extra attention
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spigot hit the nail on the head.

no rotary should ever be babied. even mazda suggests redlining it once in a while to keep carbon deposits to a minimum.
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hmm not sure what that could be. I drove a fellow member's rx8 and it had a whirring noise too and he thinks it's due to the clutch bearing or something along the lines of that. It happens if you launch the car too much apparently. Dont quote me on that but you might want to ask your dealer about it and see what can be done.
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spigot hit the nail on the head.
Not only with what he said, but with the way his car looks. Gorgeous car Brian. Thanks for the test fit today.
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