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Any early problems with the RX-8?

putterwedgeputterwedge Posts: 4
edited March 23 in Mazda
I took delivery last week of a 6-speed RX-8 and am so far delighted with everything. The only quirk I have noticed is a bit of chatter in the clutch. Anyone else with similar characteristics or other things to watch for?
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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,692
    There are a few owners talking about the car over in Coupes & Convertibles. You might ask over there.

    Coupes/Convertibles Board
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    If you never had a rotary engine, you will find they make some noises (normal) that are different than most people are used to.

    But so far....nothing from mazda concerning any issues.

    but if you have any concerns, have your dealer take a look. If there is an issue, mazda wants to know ASAP. This is a very important launch for Mazda.
  • dennis90dennis90 Posts: 1
    I have a red rx-8 with grand touring pkg. + 6 speed manual due next week or two. Any one who ordered green, same pkg. etc., but would like red better, let me know if you want to discus a swap. I live in South Carolina
  • We received our car Monday.

    My wife said there is only 1 problem. Quote: "There's one problem I noticed while driving it today...it makes you want to keep driving and driving. You don't want to get to your destination or get out of it!!"

    Seriously, no problems to report thus far.

    Here is a link to pics of our car. http://web.tampabay.rr.com/mbarto/images/My_RX-8/
  • odyceeodycee Posts: 33
    The paint job is so nice and shiny. Did you wax the car? if yes, with what?
  • Not yet. That's all the dealer's work there. Too bad if doesn't stay that way forever.

    I plan on using Zaino products when it's time for it's first wash & wax.
  • sroc2004sroc2004 Posts: 15
    Anybody notice a slight clunking noise when the car first starts rolling? It is there in my car, only when the car starts rolling from standstill after ignition. I do not think it is a problem, but I am curious if other people have experienced it.
  • Haven't experience it yet, or should I say, haven't heard it yet (too low?).

    I assume since you said you heard it at standstill, right after ignition, that it happens ONLY then. It might be the ABS systems check (good noise). I have to double check the manual. Might be something in there about the ABS check.
  • waynerx8waynerx8 Posts: 3
    I purchased my RX8 last weekend, and hear that clunking noise too. One friend mentioned something about it being the rear wheel drive - he owns a BMW z3 coupe. They make the same noises apparently.
    Anyone had the nerve to see how fast it can actually go?
  • I also hear the same clunking noise when the car first starts moving from a standing start.
  • sroc2004sroc2004 Posts: 15
    Thanks for clearing up the clunking thing - it definitely does not sound like a problem.
         I have taken mine up to 120 mph and the car was around 7500 in sixth - nowehere near the redline! At that point, I chickened out (this was on a deserted stretch of an interstate, so I was risking the cops). I can tell you that even at that speed, the car feels utterly in control.
  • sroc2004sroc2004 Posts: 15
    Thanks for clearing up the clunking thing - it definitely does not sound like a problem.
         I have taken mine up to 120 mph and the car was around 7500 in sixth - nowehere near the redline! At that point, I chickened out (this was on a deserted stretch of an interstate, so I was risking the cops). I can tell you that even at that speed, the car feels utterly in control.
  • waynerx8waynerx8 Posts: 3
    120 - great!! I have gone up to 95 - some kid decides to race me in a pimped out camero. This is obviously going to be a car that attracts this kind of attention! I am still at 300 miles, I'll wait till the 600 figure before the 100 :-)
  • krowkrow Posts: 1
    Anyone have an opinion whether the RX-8 will run in bad weather? Like good, old-fashioned eastern snow and sleet !!!
  • jaquinojaquino Posts: 90
    The RX-8 is equipped with summer-only performance tires. It will most likely be terrible in the snow with the stock tires.

    A lot of 350z owners were complaining that the Z handled terribly in the snow, basically sliding all over the place, which was due to the tires. Once the tires were replaced with dedicated snow tires the problem was minimized and the car handled much better.

    It would be wise to purchase winter tires for this car, or any RWD sports car for that matter.
  • Spoke to the local Mazda rotary mechanic who tells me the chatter is not from the clutch but instead is a quirk of the RX-8 resulting from digital controls and the lack of a throttle cable. The engine apparently needs to be revved a bit higher for smooth engaging of 1st gear.
  • "putterwedge" - did your mechanic say if this would be effecting long term? Everytime I hear it, it sounds like I have driven over the sidewalk..:-)

    Has anyone been particular about breaking in the car? I have been trying to be car friendly for up to 600 miles.
  • "waynerx8". I wasn't referring to the clunking sound that most of us seem to have when first moving the car. I was talking about the clutch and the vibration I'm getting when shifting into 1st or reverse.
    I've been very particular about break-in during the first 600 miles and feel it will pay off over time.
  • I am a Service Director at a Lincoln-Mercury-Volvo-Mazda dealer. Only problems we have seen is a few early RX8's that had to be given an updated calibration in the PCM for cold start issues. Other than that...nothing so far.
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