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Mazda RX-8 Owners - Meet the Members

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
Welcome to all RX-8 owners! Please take a moment to introduce yourself and tell everyone about your RX-8.

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  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,898
    Mine hasn't been delivered yet, but I expect it to be the latter part of August or the first part of September.

    It is a 6-speed and is velocity red mica with black and red leather interior. I ordered it with the Grand Touring Package and paid $31,100 for it.
  • Married (21 years), 1 daughter(in college), 3 Pets (2 cats, 1 African Gray), Home is in Valrico, Florida.

    2 Cars (Mazda Protege & RX-8)

    RX-8 Delivered on 7/28/03
    Grand Touring Option
    Velocity Red Mica
    Black/Red Interior

    ..And many accessories.

    Check out my pics.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    ...the more I want one.

    Oh, if only we weren't building a house now!
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,898
    Let's get our priorities straight....a place to sleep? Or, the RX8?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    It's mostly an upgrade for the spouse. I'm getting a second garage and some space for a workshop out of the deal though. :)

    I'll get the house done first. I'd like someplace for my second car to nest out of the cold.
  • Metalic Silver and fully loaded with navigation. Happy man with a fun car. This car is awesome. Great handling, smooth delivery, adequate power and many many more. Used to drive a Mecerdes SUV but now feel alive in a daily communte. Cheers!
  • KawiKawi Posts: 14
    Well, I've had mine for almost a month now.
    Titanium, grand touring package, 6sp
    installed the MP3 player, and vent trim

    I have about 1100 miles on it, and I'm really enjoying this car.
  • odyceeodycee Posts: 33
    What's your average MPG around town and highway driving ?
  • I've followed this car for awhile now and actually grew impatient and purchased an Envoy in May...while I love the Envoy, I couldn't see passing up the opportunity to test drive the first RX-8 I saw! (bad move!)

    Ended up talking the wife into trading in her car for me and letting her drive the Envoy! Both are great vehicles!

    Red w/ Grand Touring package, Appearance package,
    Spoiler, Nav system and spare tire

    I've already put 450 miles on it and have only owned it a week! Just so fun to drive!! Have to clean out my garage now so it has a new home!

    Good luck to those looking to buy their new toy!
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  • I am 17 years old and want a rx 8. My dad says they r unreliable and that he would prefer me to get a 350z. I would rather have a rx 8 instead. How do u guys like er rx 8s?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    RX8 or 350Z. I think I'd be happy with either one, but happier with the RX8.
  • I looked at the 350Z too, and the Infiniti G35, but went with the RX-8 because of all the initial problems with the 350 and the G35. Do some research, and you'll see what I mean. The RX-8, by comparison, has been virtually trouble free... AND it's got a real back seat, is every bit as good looking as either of those cars (better, IMHO) and is better quality by FAR.

    Also, tell your dad that while some previous versions of the RX-7 had problems, by and large they were good cars. We had 2 of them in the family for years, so I feel qualified to comment. Also, there are lots of them still on the road today with 200,000 plus miles on them.

    The key is maintenance with a rotary engine - keep up on the oil, don't rag it "too" much, and it'll last as long as any piston engine. Let it get low on oil, and it may just totally crap out on you.

    Also, the previous generation rotaries got a bad rap because they burned oil, got poor emissions ratings as a result, and and got poor fuel econony. Mazda has addressed all these issues with the new Renesis rotary engine. I think it will hold up well.

    Really, you can't go wrong with any one of the 3, but the RX-8 was my choice. Hope it's your too!

    Hope this helps... good luck.

    - Omi
  • What r some problems for the 350z?
  • The best place to ask about posssible problems for that vehichle would be in Nissan 350Z Owners: Problems & Solutions.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • ...or the same forum for the Infiniti G35...
  • Currently in the negotiating process with a local dealer. I was introduced to the car back in August and fell in love. I am a sales rep, my territory is MD and continues down through Fla. I am on the road alot. I love to drive. I currently own a '93 Celica Convertible, which has been a great car, but after 10 years I think it is time to move on. With the amount of miles I will need to put on the RX-8, I am questioning the serviceability. Plus, as you can tell, I like to keep my cars for a while. Any advise?
  • Hi im a 19 year old female and i am looking to buy my 1st NEW car...i really love the rx8. now i drive a 98 dodge neon RT...anyone have any suggestions baout this car?
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  • Originally, I had planned on getting a 350Z and test drove it a few times. Close to finalizing the deal, I began researching the 350Z just as a precaution. I found most owners were having problems with the tires "cupping" and wearing out prematurely (under 14k miles). Additionally, even after the break-in period, reports were being posted about the stiff, laborious shifting in the manual transmissions.

    I went to a Mazda dealership on a whim to test drive a Miata, discovered the RX8 and decided to test drive it. END OF STORY.

    In my opinion, the RX8 handled far better than the 350Z, the transmission was much smoother, the road noise was much less, and the car felt MUCH classier. I thank my stars I happened by the Mazda dealership. I am much more satisfied with the RX8 than I would have been with the Z, I'm sure.

    After rejecting one dealers attempt to extract $10K more than I was going to pay for the vehicle (I do my homework), I found the exact deal I wanted at a second dealership, but without the Bose and leather seats (and $10K less). The non-Bose stereo sounds great too!

    About Me: Retired Navy, Jax Florida resident, two soon-to-be teenage daughters (who say the car is "tight"). Director of Operations for medium-sized corporation. Wife drives a Nissan Quest (another GREAT vehicle). My daughter says I'm having a mid-life crisis, but I don't recall ever growing up.
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