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The 2010 RX-8 receives a revised front and rear fascia as well as a simplification of the model lineup. The Touring trim has been dropped, as have the Premium Package options. A sunroof is now standard on the Grand Touring trim and Mazda has made significant improvements to the rotary engine aimed at minimizing oil consumption.
Many car companies assign the word "unique" to their cars, but in the case of the 2011 Mazda RX-8, the term truly applies. What makes the RX-8 unique? The answer is a combination of attributes beginning with Mazda's RENESIS rotary engine, the only such engine offered in a production car. Then there are the RX-8's small reverse-facing rear doors, another feature you won't find on any other sports car in its class. Of course, the RX-8's lightweight and impressive handling have earned it praise from owners and enthusiasts alike, but there is a dark side to being unique. Despite improvements made last year, the rotary engine still consumes oil at a greater rate than a traditional piston engine, and the RX-8's fuel economy can be downright abysmal. Still, if you can live with these eccentricities, the RX-8's cool look, roomy rear seat and good size trunk make it a very easy sports car to live with.
By Graeloch on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I owned 2 RX-7s before this as well as several other vehicles. A tip the Wankel engineis a littel different. its not for everyone. If you want torque get something with pistons. if you want smooth effortless almost electric revs get the RX read up on its engine and love it. I drove the Z and the RX back to back and after the excessively stiff Z which felt forced the Gliding RX was like and old pair of shoes. It was just effortless. Mind the traction control in wet weather or you may spin her out if turned off. I have a dewcked out model with all options except Nav had it for 3 years. No complaints> some of the engine issues were corrected ina recall and in later models. they rel;ated to the fact the Wankel NEEDS to burn oil to lube the sides of the rotors. some early models were failing to do this and caused loss of compression. Mew models are free of this. Bottom line aside from the cars excellent credentials as a sportscar it is the ONLY sportscar which can serve as your only car. a Z, Vette, Boxster, Miata, etc must be a second car. The RX-8 is practical and still a great sportscar. I love pulling up to Walmart to take home a 42" plasma TV or a 5' tall gunsafe in it. they never belive it will fit but it does. Try that in a Z. Bottom line with RX is is about racecar like handling not drag racing. if you have no idea how to drive and want lots of power buy a Mustang. If you are on a budget and want a primary daily driver that handles like a GT racer and has plenty if not excessive power you will love this car. and being able to seat 4 is a real plus if you and a buddy want to put a couple girls in the back after a night out. Can't do that in a two seater and the few 4 seat Bloated sporty muscle cars like mustangs handle like pregnant yaks by comparison"
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Spartacus on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I have been an automotive technician and shop owner for over 15 years. I have owned this vehicle brand new since January of 2004. I was expecting a lot of problems with the Rotary engine because of the history with past Rotary powered vehicles. I am pleased to say I was wrong. The only problem I have had is the battery. The MAZDA OEM battery you can set it by a clock to last 2-3 years tops. I recommend going to a Interstate battery. If you are considering buying this car used there are some important things to know. This vehicle is rock solid as long as it has been serviced properly. Oil changes are the life blood of all engines but especially rotary engines. If the vehicle hasn't been serviced every 3-5 thousand miles, I would walk away from it. The milky substance on the dipstick is normal btw for rotary engines. There is a Mazda TSB on this. This is by far one of the funniest and best handling cars I have ever driven. And I have driven a lot of cars, from Ferrari to Maserati. The only knock I have on the RX8 is compared to other cars in its price range it lacks on raw horsepower. Still one of the funniest cars to drive, but not your stop light to stop light car. Just keep that in mind."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By vkt on Monday, January 09, 2012
I owned and sold this car
Reason: read the review and you will know why
Pros: "looks good"
Cons: "way to many to list, engine and trans are horrid."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I own a 2004 Mazda RX-8. first off when u get the car you will pleased with the ride quality right from the start, but not to far in the future will you begin to feel the pain of this high maintenance car. Not only do you need to constantly check oil levels because of the nature of the rotary engine you will also feel the poor mpg. A spark plug for this car cost $62 dollars and that is no joke. Plus there is only two companies that make plugs for this car,NGK and Greddy. The ABS and DSC are very intrusive on this car. As the car senses a traction loss it will very strongly apply the brakes to prevent a spin out or loss of control as it should do,but to a point where it could cause the car to stall out in a low speed situation. As my title states this is a high cost car, some of the parts i needed to replace are as follows with a price after every part: coolant over flow tank- $450, Coil packs for the spark plugs $250 each and the car requires 4 of them, Engine shock mounts that are prone to breaking because of there location on the car, right below the exhaust manifold- $450, the exhaust manifold- $1200, O2 sensor on the exhaust manifold- $300, O2 sensor on the mid-pipe $250, the mid-pipe- $1300 (includes cat), headlight assy- $1000 each. I encountered all this minus the headlights for a tune up so i could pass smog and walked away with a repair bill of 4,657.83 after two years of driving it. Later on in about 2 months the transmission went out and that was a $3800 part not including the labor. After the engine repair was done and a new trans i had 2 coil packs go out but they were under warranty, well the parts were but not the labor so there went another $400. I have sold the car and now drive a chevy, so now im waiting for the trans to go out around 100,000 miles because chevy trucks are prone to that also. I hope this helps you make an informed decision on the Mazda RX-8."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful