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2005 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: Japan

2005 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 449 Ratings for the 2004 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Love The Drive

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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

Pros: "great price ... like a rocket!"

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

"Handles like a sleeping baby in my arms... I feel part of the vehicle when taking curves .... she hums and never skips a beat... quiet little girl, but is a speedster with incredable handling on open road or streets... like a giselle leaping!Shes 4 years old, and I have only 18000 miles on her, but no issues with anything... Ive had her oil changed 6 times ... that's it! lots of people ask about her, with her shapely exterior, suicide doors that cradle passengers, and daredevil smile !"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

KNOW WHAT YOUR GETTING INTO

By on Thursday, February 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,800

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good looking, fast, "affordable""

Cons: "expensive to fix, engine, oh and...engine"

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

"I have never gone out of my way to write anything on one of these sites but I want to prevent someone from something I had to go through. Understand this car is beautiful and drives like a racecar (at first) but do your research before the purchase. I bought this car last year with 73 k miles on it. Had slow exceleration but it was beautiful and my first car purchase on my own. Thought I got it for a great deal, 8900 and it was mine. The car lasted me a few months with no problems until I had decided to move to flordia, I put over 1k into it to prepare it for the drive. The engine was making a weird noise so I replaced almost everything in this car that mechanics had told me to do. The day before I left the engine light was no longer flashing indicating back fire and I knew something was up...when I got down here I was notified that I had been driving it the entire time I had it with only one part of the engine working. The apex seals were going, and they told me its VERY COMMON! ok, so so common that to replace the apex seals was more expensive than replacing the engine (4500$$$$). APEX SEALS ARE THE KISS OF DEATH. Talked with numerous owners and all said same problem. The warrenty expired for that problem..that mazda was willing to replace the engine for free, thats not fishy at all. This was the worst purchase of my life. It is now sitting in a parking spot with only 10 k miles that I put on it and 3200 still owed. YOUVE BEEN WARNED."

15 people out of 19 found this review helpful

A sports car not like any other and affordable

By on Saturday, February 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, style, corner quickness,"

Cons: "out of production now"

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

"The end of the production for the RX8 removed opportunity for the common man/woman to own a true unique sports car. It corners like a dream, accelerates into a different machine in 3rd gear and up. The rotary power plant yes not great on fuel, is dependable, quiet and when revved into the 8k zones gives you a distant feeling of what F1 and some Indy drivers must feel. Dare to show me another car at this price and Mazda quality that can move into the 9500 rpm range. Ok it is a dog in first gear but after that look out! Style also has it's way with this car with unique fender curves, low profiling and sleek front to rear contour. If you want a good toy go after one!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good but needs improvements

By on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The car is a great car. There are a few things that I would change on it. The interior is very small and crammed. The trunk is also very small. The gas mileage is ok except it only takes premium. It burns through oil a lot. The pros to it is that it handles great, it is reliable and it has a "cool" outside design."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Outstanding Sports Car!

By on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

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

Pros: "Fun, Fun, Fun to drive!"

Cons: "low torque!"

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

"If you like to have fun driving the RX-8 is for you... maybe not the most powerful and fast on a straight line... but boy... does it drive good... it is like driving a go-kart! My only complaint is that it lacks torque, so of the start is slow... once you build up RPMs it goes... If you have a heavy foot... like most RX-8 drivers do! it does have an appetite! it will do 19-20MPH Highway, if you slow down and watch your acceleration (no fun!) it will do 23... so is up to you..."

A real pleasure to drive... Amazing design; Great

By on Saturday, January 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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
9/10

Pros: "A race car in a small package"

Cons: "Gas mileage is 17 MPG"

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

"High performance feel behind the wheel . The Techtronic shifter (manual and automatic)behind the wheel is nothing short of precision, comfort and overall amazing. Stability and drive control is exceptional. The 4 doors and spacious interior are beautifully designed and comfortable. Amazing Sound System"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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