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2004 Mazda RX-8

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
N/A
Max Seating: 4
Engine: Rotary, 1.3 Liter Transmission: Manual, 6-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly:

2004 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 477 Ratings for the 2004 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

just the truth

By on Monday, July 25, 2016

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

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "eye candy, nice power for beginners"

Cons: "not realiable at all, lets be real and not a fan"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"car gets flooded all the time, need to know the tricks to get it going when it happen or it will give a nasty hard time and it will cost u a lot of money since it dies anytime anywhere. I was ok dealing with it, I know and like working on cars but enough is enough, and not everybody have mechanical inclination. The look is eye candy, what u guys call fast is not that fast and the after the 4th gear the torque is gone. 1st time sport car w/o any problems , yes u will like it, experience man with street fast car who expect a reliable behavior after a beat up on high power on the engine... u will hate it, it does not have a long life"

2010 Mazda RX-8 - pure freakin fun

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Incredible Driver Vehicle"

Cons: "mediocre MPG - so what. 9k RPM"

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

"OK. been rotary since 1981. 12As. 13Bs, Fuel injected, Sequential twin turbo, and whatever. Now a RX-8 Series II. Its not the fastest - HP wise...like somewhere around 240 ponies. But. As far as a FUN darn car ----with high rev's and incredible driver feedback - you will not find much better. Especially at this price point. Drive a 2009-2011 model year. You will be Impressed."

Great car if you know what you're buying.

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Driving dynamics, reliable if taken care of."

Cons: "Not reliable if you don't take care of it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I have owned two RX-8s now, and I have loved them both. That being said this car is not for everyone. If you are capable of taking care of your car (checking the oil regularly, getting your oil changed every 3k miles etc.) then this will be a reliable automobile. If you're expecting a muscle car you'll be underwhelmed but the beauty of the rotary is that it is super smooth and revs to the moon; freeway passes require shifting down two gears to get into the power range. The handling is superb, and the back seats have more room than you'd think, and if you have snow tires the car does fine in winter, but not without snow tires. The interior is pretty simple and mid-scale."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car for young teens or single adults.

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,400

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, eye catching"

Cons: "not economical if constant traveling, bad mpg"

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

"I've had this car throughout high school. It's great for looks and to show off but economically it's not a smart car for college."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great fun car, good for competitive driving

By on Friday, August 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun driving, great track car for track days"

Cons: "bad gas mileage, a bit rough riding"

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

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"This car has upgraded brakes, full RacingBeat suspension upgrade, Koni Adjustable shocks and struts. Comes with both stock wheels, as well as upgraded 17 inch wheels. Both sets have high performance summer tires."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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Fun. But, hate the suicide doors

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Handles well, Feels sporty"

Cons: "The doors, The doors, The doors, Poor mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"The car I really want is an updated RX-7 or 240Z. An inexpensive two-seat hatchback sports car. In early 2013, the RX-8 was the closest I could find. I really like the styling of the front end. I really like the styling of the back end. I absolutely hate the suicide doors. I think they ruin the lines of the car. It's more stretched out than I'd like. And, they just look out of place, to me. From a practical standpoint, they're horrible. It has all the disadvantages of the long doors of a two-door. Plus the added inconvenience of a door that opens the wrong way. If you're parked next to another car and open the suicide doors, then you are now trapped between the two cars. If someone is trying to get out of the back seat, now there are two of you standing there, trying not to let the long door hit the car next to you, while attempting to maneuver to close the back door. If you're trying to get something bulky or heavy in or out of the car, the object is exactly in the way of the door path. You're trying to figure out some place to put your feet, while scooting the object out of the way of the back door, again, while trying to be conscientious of the car next to you. I've since learned that I need to stop the car in a clear area in order to load or unload the back seat. I play hockey. My bag will not fit through the teeny trunk opening. When I leave my house for my game, I have to back the car out of the garage into the driveway to get my bag in. If the parking lot at the rink is full, then I have to stop the car, pull my bag out, then park it. On top of all that, the way the seat belt runs through the loop in the back door, it often gets twisted and won't slide freely. I have to pay attention to how I release it, or else it ends up on the ground, in the way if I'm pulling something out of the back, or tangled in my feet. If I can't have my two-seat hatchback, then I could probably be okay with a two-seat and a trunk sports car. But, this isn't even that. My impression is that they do it for insurance reasons. By having the extra doors and the back seat, it gets put into a different insurance category. So, I guess we can blame the bean counters on this one. Overall, I like the car okay. I just think it would be a much better car without those ugly doors."

3 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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