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Used Mazda RX-8

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2010 Mazda RX-8 What's new for 2010? 
2010 Mazda RX-8

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.

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2009 Mazda RX-8 What's new for 2009? 
2009 Mazda RX-8

The RX-8 receives a slight freshening, with new wheels, a new nose and taillights, and improvements to the car's suspension and body rigidity. An enthusiast-oriented R3 model is also added to the lineup.

About Mazda RX-8

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.

Consumer Reviews

Great Lines

By on Friday, May 30, 2008

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"I still am wowed when walking up to my car and seeing it from afar. The lines of the car are unique from the front and sides and you can't find one at every stop light like some models now a days. The car has plenty of pick up and can routinely be rev'd to the 9000 rpm red line without issue. Don't be concerned about the rotary wrankle (sp?) engine, the car runs light a top, can be a noisier ride than a luxury type sedan. No mechanical issues after 4 years, the rotary engine does use oil as you will find with all versions of this car if you follow the RX8 blogs, nothing to be concerned about though. Navigation system, air conditioning, layout of the dashboard is all within reach of the driver, a lot of thought went into the layout. The back seats really do fit the average teenagers or 5' 10" adult. It does feel like you are in a jet window seat when you are in the back. The 50/50 weight distribution of the car can really be felt as you take on a windy road. You won't be disappointed with this car. Have fun. Zoom Zoom Zoom"

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Perfect Sports for Me

By on Sunday, August 31, 2008

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"The RX-8 is not the right sports car for every would-be sports car enthusiast, but its the perfect car for me. First, the bad news: This car gets terrible gas mileage. I average between 19 and 20 MPG, depending on how hard I drive it. Add to that the premium gas requirement, and it's not cheap to drive. Also the rotary engine is cool, but does not deliver very much torque, so you need to compensate for this with RPMs. If you're not used to this, it might seem like the car is slow. The fact is, you CAN get a faster car for your money. On paper, the RX-8 loses to its competitors if you go strictly by the numbers. So why is the RX-8 my perfect sports car? Just look at it! It's beautiful! No other car in its class has such bold lines. And it has 4 doors and seats all my kids - so my other 30-something friends with kids driving sedans can't even lay a guilt trip on me! And there are intangibles that are difficult to explain. The high-revving rotary engine sounds like a turbine or a spece ship. I can turn heads just by revving it in parking lot. Sometimes I love to turn off the radio, open the windows, and just listen as I drive. Handling? Forgettaboutit! This car hugs the road the like no other. Perfect 50/50 weight over the axles. I can enter and exit freeway on/off ramps at rediculous speeds with ease. I can whip around tight corners without leaving 3rd gear or screeching the tires. The performance of the RX-8 is not necessarily in the HP and Torque (which is decent but not great), but in the handing (which is amazing). The rotary engine has no reciprocating parts, so the redline is at 9,000 RPMs and it's incredibly smooth. Almost feels electric sometimes. For normal driving, I keep the engine humming between 2k and 4k RPMs to save gas. But when its time to play, I keep it between 6k and 8k RPMs. This is where the car comes alive! Because the engine delivers over the entire range of RPMs, it almost has two modes (economy 2-4 and performance 6-8) The 6 gears are closely geared, so keeping the engine revving in a narrow range at various speeds is no problem. Just don't do this between 6-8 too often or you'll be paying at the pump! I like simple machines. The Sport model has a simple inerior with simple controls. Just a few manually operated features that are all very intuitive. Some people might like more gadgets, but I love it! Paid $24k for the first 2009 in the area. Still had the plastic on it. No regrets after 3 months!"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

As fun to drive as it is pretty to look at.

By on Monday, November 14, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy, smooth ride with high performance handling"

Cons: "Limited access to the large trunk"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Wouldn't drive anything but a Mazda and my RX-8 is the best car ever! Comfortable, fast and handles like a dream. The only drawback is the small access to the quite large trunk and the back seats don't fold forward to allow access to the trunk from the cab."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful