2004 Mazda RX-8

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  • Performance9.2
  • Interior9.2
  • Quality8.9
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Not enough space to rave about my RX-8 by Oz in Rock Springs on 11/27/2007. Trim: 2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Handling is superb. Firm feel on the corners, yet soft enough not to beat you you death in the city. Perfect 50/50 balance dominates in the corners. Good viewing area up front, and the 9 speaker Bose system rocks. Electric one touch - open sunroof is a great touch. Ah, let's not forget the speed sensitive power steering, ample assistance to carve through a crowded parking lot without being flighty at highway speeds. Gearing with the 6-speed manual, mated with the 9,000rpm redline means you will always have the gear you want. Large, easy-to-read guages with cleaver lighting, and ultra-bright headlights makes you think this car was made for the dark.
Cons: You will hear everyone complain about the mileage, and for good reason, that little 1.3 liter humming under the hood hits hard on the 14 gal fuel tank, and at a 91 octane minimum, that ain't cheap. What's worse, as any fan of the wankle rotory will know, she likes to drink down the oil, as well. Hardly if ever will you make if from one oil change to the next without dipping below the 'add' line. In fact, Mazda actually suggests you check the oil every other fuel up! But, all that being said, it is, after all, a SPORTS car, if you are looking for economy, get a corolla.
Overall review: I absolutely LOVE this car. This is my first rotory engine, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I do, myself, use this car as a daily driver, and a gulp, and continue to pump the $50 of fuel every 3-4 days, but the driving experience alone, mixed with the more than occasional head turn is well worth it. If you have never driven a rotory before, it is a whole new school of driving. Due to the operational nature of the motor, the low-end torque is all but non-existent. Indeed, not much happens below 4,500rpm. Though, how many cars can go from 6th gear to 4TH gear at 84 mph, and still accelerate? Anyway, I ramble. Well worth the extra fuel if you want something subtle, yet well better than your average commuter car, and rather unmistakable to anyone paying attention.
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior9.0
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  • Recommendation2.0
Love Hate relationship by Mad for RX8 on 10/03/2006. Trim: 2004 Mazda RX-8 Auto, Owned 3 years.
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Pros: love the look of the car. handling is top notch on par with Porsche and way better than Z300.
Cons: recalls! recalls! recalls! Mazda and parent Ford should have gotten out the glitches before unleashing this beast.
Overall review: I have a love hate relationship with the car. I love the overall car, but hate the fact that it has had 3 recalls in 2 years. Last major recall is for the engine! I do give credit to Mazda by standing behind the product and sending out the recalls without having to be forced by the government. However, I am glad I leased the car and would never think of owning it past the warranty period.
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  • Performance9.0
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality9.0
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"ZOOM ZOOM" by Bonqu, Tampa Bay Area on 08/03/2005. Trim: 2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual, Owned 1 year.
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Pros: great style. plenty of power. sticks to the road like glue
Cons: the major problems i find with this car are the fuel mileage and the cup holders in the front. everybody has heard about the fuel mileage but i haven't heard to much about the cup holders. they are inside the center console, so if you have a drink in there you cant rest your arm and shift
Overall review: i love the car, i have a great time driving it and love the attention i get while driving it
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zoom and comfort by cardoc atlanta on 12/20/2004. Trim: 2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: performance handling both awesum have had 4 adults in car no problem mileage is 23 in mixed conditions so far trouble free!!
Cons: clutch a little tricky to learn on takeoffs because of the rotary engines quick rev up
Overall review: excellent car blend of performance handling and comfort everyone i have come in contact with just stares at the excellent looks and paint finish rivals the best. and by the way im a master auto technician so ive seen them all!!!
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  • Performance9.0
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality9.0
  • Recommendation10
RX-8 Review by An MSN Autos Consumer on 11/25/2004. Trim: 2004 Mazda RX-8 Manual, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Great looking, affordable performance car. Unbelievable all around!
Cons: The only thing to mention is the fact that the interior lacks a place to store CD cases (besides the glove compartment).
Overall review: Would recommend this car to anyone! Just a fantasic car!!
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