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2006 Mazda RX-8

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 22/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: Rotary, 1.3 Liter Transmission: Manual, 6-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2006 Mazda RX-8 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 455 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

looks good, drives o.k.

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good handling with no modifications"

Cons: "have to learn to drive again, i.e. rotary motor"

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

"I purchased my car to run autocross in a stock class. With a set of really good tires it handles well. With the same set of tires my 2000 Crown Victoria handles about the same. My Crown Vic is lowered with high end aftermarket springs and has expensive shocks, etc., but at the same time cost me half as much with the modifications. The condition of the vehicles is similar so performance per dollar i'm getting more from the boat. I suggest that weigh your options and consider what you want to do with the car before buying. If you just want to go fast on the street get something else."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car but not for the average owner

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "handles well fun to drive reliable"

Cons: "maintenance costs poor mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very fun car to drive and own but it does have a few unique quarks. It does have the Rotary engine which is small and packs a lot of punch but you have to take care of it. It can not be driven as a granny car or you will ruin it. It needs to have the carbon burned out with aggressive driving on occasion and needs at least yearly plug changes. Since it used a small amount of oil for the engine to work correctly you have to watch your oil levels and can not use some types. Other than that a great reliable car and fun to own and great to drive."

18 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Best car in USA under $100,000

By on Monday, May 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

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
9/10

Pros: "great fun to drive hard"

Cons: "No longer made"

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

Our car at an East Coast auto show in early 2010

"We bought this wonderful car from our local Mazda dealership nearly four years ago and have never regretted that decision. Car was originally owned by the firm that provides vehicles for car shows in the northeast. Beautiful in Aurora Blue, with R3 body work, BBS wheels, Recaro front seats, and Bilstein shock absorbers. Has been a three-season daily driver,and a wonderful car for quick out and bck on some fine sports car roads in NE Kansas (not all of Kansas is flat!) This is our second Wankel engine sports car -- bought new a 1979 RX-7,sold at 130K miles in 1992. Had a few maintenance issues with that model, usually problems with the suspension. This 2010 R3 has been maintenance perfect since purchased."

Our car at an East Coast auto show in early 2010

I love this car!

By on Monday, May 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great date car. Great to drive."

Cons: "readout on dash scrambles when temps rise over 100"

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

"It was love at first sight. From the sleek exterior body to the nicely designed and user friendly interior, I was mesmerized immediately. Smooth ride, excellent response and off the hook handling. Take it out somewhere you can open it up. Like maybe a racetrack. This will show you just what this baby's got! I'm sure it can take those hairpin turns in the canyon a lot faster than i let it. I love it."

Very smooth handling car and pretty good on gas.

By on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very sleek design."

Cons: "Not good in snow."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought car as a second vehicle and has lived up to what I wanted. Sporty car with good fuel mileage and excellent handling."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fine sports car feel with throaty exhaust

By on Thursday, May 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "holds the road like a fine Italian sports car"

Cons: "low gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is a car that handles and corners and holds the road at high speeds as well as any car I have ever driven. I owned a 350 Z and this car actually does all the 350 does but with luxury and road holding characteristics that are unmatched. Very nice car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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