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Mazda RX-8 Accessories and Modifications

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edited March 7 in Mazda
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  • rooboyrooboy Posts: 1
    I have placed my order for a black leather pack. Accessories include: rear spoiler, side deflector, front air dam, rear under delfector, fender strakes, rear rotary crest and aluminium feul lid. All up additional cost is $AU4,365 which is a quite a jump from the $AU67,865 drive away without any extras. I found that accessories price lists have varied significantly between dealers. The first dealer I spoke to wanted to charge me $AU2,000 more for the same items as above.

    I am interested to hear from others who have added accessories and are re-considering some decisions in hindsight, now that they have taken delivery of the car.
  • Besides the Navigation, here is a list of my accessories:

    Port installed: Appearance Package (air dam & aero flares), Rotary Accents, Rear Spoiler, Cargo Net.

    Added Accessories: Air Outlet Garnishes (Strakes), Exhaust Finishers, Aluminum Scuff Plates, Door Edge Guards, Inner Door Protectors, Cargo Tray, Car Cover.

    And... (whew!) Window tinting. 30%side/20%rear.

    If you check out the link to my pics, you can see all the accessories. http://web.tampabay.rr.com/mbarto/images/My_RX-8/
  • rxgreatrxgreat Posts: 23
    how much were the strakes, exhaust fnishers and scuff plates? thanks
  • Are you sitting down?

    The parts are overpriced, but there is only one source - Mazda. By the way, you can try to negotiate with your parts dealer (which I did) or you can find these up to 15-20% off through some of Mazda dealers online. PM me if you want to go the online route and install them yourself. I can provide you a Mazda dealer that sells at a discount online.

    And don't forget to add the cost, if you want the dealer to install them for you. Advantage - those parts are covered under the full 4 yr warranty if you get them installed with your car purchase.

    Here are the retail prices:
    Exhaust Finishers: $250 set
    Air Outlet Garnishes (Strakes): $250 set
    Scuff Plates (Door sill): $270 set

    Until a third party starts producing some comparable after-factory parts, if you want to play - you got to pay.
  • KawiKawi Posts: 14
    Trussville Mazda is the only place right now to get accessories. :) I got the MP3 player and vent trim from them with no hassles.

    http://www.trussvillemazda.com
  • odyceeodycee Posts: 33
    Kawi,

    How easy/difficult to install the MP3 player by yourself?

    Can you post a few pictures?
  • Here is a link with pictures - with step by step instructions.

    http://www.rx8forum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7644

    I heard it's about 1.5 - 2 hour install. I had my dealer install it, since he gave me a discount on the purchase and install, plus it would be covered for the full 4 yr. warranty.
  • odyceeodycee Posts: 33
    Zoomster,

    It looked too difficult for me to install.
  • maxiusmaxius Posts: 7
    Hi all before I get a RX-8 I would like to know if any of you have the DVD base NAV in your RX-8 and is it really worth getting? In other words is it worth the money in getting it? I understand you can't a play DVD in them right? It is the only option that I question. Thanks Max
  • This might be a dumb question... but I can't seem to find exactly what the aero/appearance package looks like. There aren't any examples at the lot where I had my test drive, no pictures online or in Mazda literature, and none on the road to see. All pictures seem to be of the base body. What exaclty does the aero pack look like, and is it really worth nearly $1k?
  • Some have had problems,others it seems to come more easily.

    To me, it really wasn't worth my time. I make good money, and to take 2 hours out of my time to install it, wasn't worth it. I also didn't want to risk scatching or damaging anything. The dealer charge me about $120 to install it, on top of the cost of the player. I felt it was worth it on the warranty standpoint too, since the normal warranty is only 1 year, but if you have the dealer install it as a new car option, it is covered under the bumper-to-bumper 4 yr warranty.

    Some people got the 6-cd changer as an option, installed at the factory. They paid $500. For me to get the player at $350 and labor at $120, I felt it was worth it since it was close to the same price, and didn't mind if the dealer installed it.
  • That's up to you to decide.

    If you feel you can navigate fine via a map, don't need the special things you can do with a GPS NAV, and don't want to pay $2000, then it wouldn't be worth it to you.

    Me, although I am pretty handy with a map, I found that the NAV offers so much more than a paper map. Gives me options of finding specific gas stations, hotels, resturants, etc, if we are traveling, and know exactly how far you got to go to reach them. Also if I'm ever in an unfamiliar city, enter the address, and you are routed there with no problem. Also I didn't mind paying $2000 for it.
  • jradvisor,

    No question is ever a dumb question. The Appearance Package consists of the front air dam and the a set of aero flares which are in front and back of the rear wheel wells. Check out my pics on my website.

    http://web.tampabay.rr.com/mbarto/images/My_RX-8/

    I feel it is worth it. It gives the car a more agressive profile.
  • Anyone Know if the Rx-8 really has 9 speakers.IF so where?,sorry just need to know where everythings at.
  • The Navigation never really made sense to me in any car...unless you go on a lot of road trips or in sales. Otherwise, you usually don't drive your car out of your area. With the RX-8, you probably don't want to put a lot of miles on it either. If you go on a road trip, just get a Hertz rent-a-car that comes with the navigation system for about $30 more. You get the advantages without putting miles on your own RX-8 while saving $2000.00 in the first place. I've heard that the version in the RX-8 doesn't even allow you to program where you are at...but I don't know if that's true. Anyway, I couldn't rationalize nor advise anyone to get a navigation system other than the cool factor (which really only you would notice).
  • I am aware that the Default Navigation System cannot play DVD Movies because it only reads movies in the SDAL Format. But I was told that there is a Firmware Crack somewhere on the internet that will allow you to update the Bios of the DVD Reader and it will allow it to recognized DVD MOVIE Formats, etc. Has anyone had any luck with this???? I would love to watch a DVD on my 7" screen!
  • People keep asking about 9 speakers. 2 of the speakers on are in the trunk in the upper part where your spare tire would hang from. You can see them & the Power Amp if you lean over inside the trunk and look up at the roof.
  • Hi All,

    I am considering buying the spare tire kit for my RX-8. But, I am worried that the tire will take up too much space in the trunk. Has anyone else purchased the spare tire kit? Can you tell me if there is enough room in thee trunk or do you regret getting the kit????? Thanks.
  • Hello, I own a Mazda Rx-8 that came stock with the amber turn signals. HOwever, online I have seen owners with white/clear turn signals which in my opinion looks alot better. Does anyone know where I can get these clear/white turn signals?
  • Clear corners are available at www.rotaryextreme.com
  • Just took delivery of my RX 8 and I love it already. Got the Nav system but have found that the user manual is very weak. It just doesn't seem to address the basic things I want it too. For example when looking at restaurants I get many that are over 200 mi away. Does anyone know if this can be restricted or more importantly is there a better user manual.
  • Thought I read (heard) somewhere that the nav system can be added as a dealer option. Can that be right or does it have to be ordered from the factory?
  • Has anyone added this to their RX8? Where did you have the rcvr mounted?
  • Has anyone out there tried any engine modifications to boost the RX-8 horsepower? A friend of mine said he had an RX-7 and adding a supercharger to increase air flow had dramatic results on the rotary with very little cost. He claimed a boost of 20HP. That would be an impressive add to 238 if true.
  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    A lot of technology went into this car to make the rotary more reliable than the RX-7 rotary. I would be cautious before adding anything to it that might throw off the handling and suspension.
  • Update - added the clear side markers from http://www.rotaryextreme.com and they look great! Easy install! Did it during halftime of the Packer Game Sunday!

    visit http://www.fungistudios.com/RX8_Shima/RX8_Shima.htm

    new pix are in section 3!

    enjoy!
  • I put the clear corners on my Xmas wish list, but nobody got them for me! Now that I know that I did not receive them as a gift, I can go ahead and order them for myself. I also have a red car so it's good to see the difference. It's amazing how something seemingly so small can make such a huge difference!
  • cheezeboycheezeboy Posts: 218
    A friend of mine just saw the clear ones today and said, "Wow! It makes such a difference. The car looks right now." She is also a lover of the RX's and was an owner of a gen3 RX7, so I value her opinion. If you ordered from http://www.rotaryextreme.com , they were sent to me within 3 days! But please, wait a week before you drive your RX8 around South Florida. Give me sometime as the 'King Of The Side Markers'! :-)
  • cheeze- however, I can still drool over the idea of driving around southern FL with an RX-8! Whereabouts? I visited last year. We flew into West Palm Beach and then spent most of our time in Miami and Key West. We drove a rental car - I think it was a Olds Alero from National Car Rental - that was not the same as the RX-8.

    BTW have you ever considered getting an inexpensive 2nd/3rd car like a Miata to enjoy drop top driving in FL?
  • cheezeboycheezeboy Posts: 218
    dtran - I am in the Boca Raton / North Ft. Lauderdale area. Glad to hear you visited the ol' Sunshine state! It is a tourist-centric place. And as far as a drop top, well, I had a cloth top jeep-like automobile. Not a big fan of them. I like a solid roof over me! Call it a phobia or something! LOL!

    BTW, has anyone here purchased the "Aluminum Tone Power Window Switches" and if so, what was the install like? I kinda like those! Well, that and the "Interior Night Lights"..so many accessories - so few $'s......
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