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  • My dealer just called me last week. They were going to make an appointment for me, but since I believe my RX-8 AT is low risk for the problem, living here in coolish Boston, I'm going to wait a bit for the test. I think my dealer's labor charges ar…
  • Is there a simply list of all recalls with a simply summary of what the recalls fixed or covered. I've never heard of the oil flow adjustment recall. Mazda executives have now said they are going to give the "white glove" treatment to the RX-8 owne…
  • I'm in Boston and I got the recall letter week 3 of the recall on a 2005 RX-8 AT Group 2 build.
  • The trucks hauling large loads are the problem. The cars are simply to small to start the road and bridge damage in the first place. Once the trucks have done their damage of course any weight becomes contributory. Trucking in the country has simpl…
  • Bought my RX-8 from Mazda Gallery in Boston. I caught a bungie cord in my front left rim at 75MPH on I95. The spring and hook got flung up and slammed back on top of the left wheel feeder. Ugly dent and scratch resulted right on the crease. Mazda Ga…
  • Do you switch brands and vendors regularly?
  • What kind of gas do you get up in Canada. My 2005 RX AT has always had the popcorn/rattle from the engine. I've had to conclude it's something about gas additives here in the Northeastern US (Boston). Do you use any special additives? What brand of…
  • Walmart's $80-$90 Men's 26" NEXT Aluminum Shocker 21 speed bikes are awesome to get started with for really cheap. I'm 40lb over my college weight and the shocker absorbers are a complete god send for my rump. You're going to get sore down there and…
  • The tax system is BROKEN. Throw it out and start completely over. Here's a replacement to be done on the back of 3X5 card. 15% for income to $30K. 17% for incomes to $60K, 19% to $120K. 23% to $240K, 27% to $580K, 31% to $1.6M, 39% to $3.2M, 49% t…
  • You are exactly right. If we took the $130 billion from Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and divided it with the poorest half of the US population it would be about $800 each. I think that is about what the government is doing with their spending incen…
  • Here in Dallas, we have some money flowing. A big part of it comes from oil (of course), but not all. And we have a whole bunch of 10- and 20-thousand square foot homes around here. We even have one that's 48,000 square feet, built just a few years …
  • So I live is a working class neighborhood. I regularly drive through some amazingly wealthy neighborhoods with 10-15 acre plots and old Mansions. The heating bills and tax bills those folks must pay, I love thinking about it. What's very interestin…
  • God bless those french labor unions. Kick'n butt all day long! Who cares about oil prices when the union will get subsidies. See it's just a matter of who's really charge of the economic conditions, the rich or the middle classes. I vote for middle…
  • Before Reagan the highest tax rate was 70% on individuals making over $108k and families making over $161k. The dollar was worth something back then. The supposed rich have gotten more numerous and the disparity of income top to bottom is enormous.…
  • Yep, we hated the french as enemies of the British, until they came to our aid in the revolutionary war. And we hated the french for stupidly allowing the Germans into their country, until we shipped over there to fighti and die on their soil. Today…
  • Yep, whoa is right! Shock is the only damn things that is going to wake up the masses. Those who are wealthy think it's funny. Or say "Let them eat cake." The french revolution wasn't that long ago folks and the anger at these gas prices are causin…
  • The vast majority of families in the United States of America are NOT living within their means. Sorry to bust any bubbles of bliss. And gas prices are NOT a family budget issue. Gas price effect everything fairly rapidly, so the little waves curren…
  • Eron's folks did get caught, although the death of Ken Lay seems a bit to clean, don't you think. Guy's like that don't just die of heart attacks. And the SO bill did pass. It took awhile to shut down the Justice Department, but it's definitely down…
  • Apparently Exxon didn't have any smart CPAs in the late 90's. Otherwise they never would have allowed oil to sell for $10/barrel. There was an active justice department and a real President back then. So the oil industry is writing the laws, with…
  • Any statistics on oil company profits, 5%, 8%, 10%, 20%, etc. are complete crap. The oil industry's smart lawyers, CPAs and MBAs came up with these numbers. These people believe they can lie to God almighty on judgment day and get away with it. And …
  • Here's a chart to compare. Years ago the cost of crude in Jan-00 was 47.1% of the retail price of gas. Now (bottom of chart), cost of crude is Apr-08 72.7%. Now where does the profit of the oil companies come from? Not from Taxes, not from less mar…
  • Why has no one said anythings about the absoluting obscene record billion dollar profit wind falls that the oil industry giants are reaping? I mean come on folks, how long is the oil industry's apologizing, "We are so very very sorry to be making t…
  • Country/Territory ↓ US$/gal ↓ US$/L ↓ Local units ↓ As of ↓ Sources ↓ Australia $5.60 $1.48 A$1.54/L 2008-05-27 2008-05-27 [1]/XE.com Bahrain (Manama) $1.02 $0.27 BHD 0.100/L (95 Octane) BHD 0.080/L (90 Octane) 2008-04-29 2008-04…
  • Ok, let's get really serious. By the next election, gas prices are being forecast to be $5/gallon. Will states start suspending gas taxes? Will the Feds start suspending gas taxes? Clearly the voters will be in a really bad mood so which political …
  • Sorry, but obviously some folks don't have a correct picture of the Boston urban scene. Everything in Boston got built over two hundred years ago. Cars didn't exist for the middle class so there has been little provision for managing cars. The urban…
  • Came to the Boston metro region in Oct 1988. No "Big Digg" yet, but the promises of the wonders that the "Big Digg" would bring were in full swing in the press. No more rush hour traffic, city streets unclogged, and commute time cut in half. On top…
  • Funny how all the military caliber are the same one's all the shooters at the local firing ranges in Maine are demanding. The twelve year old girls and boys are shooting 9mm competition pieces. Everyone in Maine is loading their own by now though.
  • My uncle's totally into loading his own. Bought a used rig on eBay, including the cleaning vibrator bowl to process spent casings. Can't buy the cleaning crushed walnut shells for cheap though. Looks fairly reasonable. Now how the hell am I going …
  • "Volatility has nothing to do with the fundamentals. It has nothing to do with world demand," he said, stressing that a dropping dollar was driving prices higher." Oh, so that's why my last pint of beer in London cost $25. But why has the price of…
  • Around Boston, there is no evidence that the price of gas is causing less traffic. Boston has a great mass transit system; Acela high speed rail, commuter rail, trains, trolleys, subways, buses, and cabbies. There has been absolutely no increase in …
  • Yeh, the situation of the plastic bag being wrapped around my CAT just caused my brain to fart. No other thinking on my part, sorry. Here in Boston, and around New England, where I take my family on day trips, I can't really say that heat has ever …
  • Nearly every car I've ever owned has at some point, caught one of those thin plastic grocery bags up under CAT. The bag begins to melt as it ultimately wraps itself around the hot metal. Now when this happened recently to my RX-8 AT, I thought, no …
  • I love it, the world is freak'n warming up and we humans are going to ban AC. We are just toast. I don't want to be in France when a million old folk drop dead from the lack of AC.
  • 1) In reply to the empty seats concern. Here in the Northeast, some metro areas have spend hundreds of millions building HOV lanes. After decades of trying to get folks to share rides, these money's and programs have been pronounced to be utter fail…
  • Global warming is very real, but if we all stopped driving today, would global warming stop? Nope say most climate experts. Pollution is very real, but if all forms of pollution were cut off today, would pollution in the air go away? Nope says the …
  • Love my 2005 RX-8 AT. So many of the USA urban highway systems are so hopelessly clogged with traffic that having an automatic transmission is really a requirement. My 2005 RX-8 AT has only 4 speeds, but typically only 1st and 2nd are usable across…
  • Fantastic sounding trip. You've got the same bug as me, lov'n you RX-8. You know we may be experiencing that rare kind of car ownership that we know in our souls that we're driving something truly wonderful. It's like we've discovered something stun…
  • Nice trip! I think my 2005 RX-8 AT is absolutely the best high speed cruiser on the planet. I did a 2000 mile run from Boston the Ashville last Christmas. The timing was just before and just after the official holiday travel time so this fact coup…
  • I worked with a guy who did NASCAR pit crew work when he could get it. NASCAR, by his estimation once controlled the heart of US car manufacturing industry because stock car racing's, massive marketing muscle in the conservative south, was the only…
  • My MPG has improved 20% since I bought my RX-8 AT new. After 30K I now get 17MPG in the city where a year ago I was getting 14MPG in the city. The first few months of ownership I was only getting 13MPG. As for revving, there seems to be a quicker …