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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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100 reader reviews for Mazda RX-8 Coupe.
  • 189 4dr

    dudley barnes , beds . Date: 21/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      19

    My car

    I've owned my Mazda RX8 for just over a year now so I've had plenty of time to find out the cars good points and bad. I'll start with fuel economy "terrible" I've average around 19mpg and that's driving it like my great grandfather. However the rotary engine is really smooth and very quite at motorway speeds, I do love how the engine sits so close to the cabin. The handling of this car is incredible, it just grips to corners and never let goes. If you want a car to drive to its limits without ending up on its roof this is the car for you. The cabin is fitted with loads of gadgets from, enough cup holders to use the car as a cafe to over head cabin lights normally only seen in a Boeing 747. The exterior of the car looks mean and the suicide doors always impress any new back seat passengers. I have not had any reliability problems so far however, the car has been recalled back twice. First to change the coolant hose and secondly to change all the brake pads as they squeaked every time I broke. Mazda did all the work free of charge, apparently there was a known fault with the coolant hose and brake pads on other cars. Overall I've scored the RX8 192 4/5, if the rotary engine was more economical, and the car hand not been recalled back twice I'd have scored it higher. Can I just end by saying, if you are thinking of purchasing an RX8 soon, don't wait to long as we are coming to the end of the working class man/women being able to drive wonderful cars like this one.

  • 189 4dr

    Chris Marriott , Vale of Glam . Date: 20/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22

    My car

    Have rated as 4 for running costs but sadly this is now a real issue with fule prices on the rise and Mr Brown hitting us for 6 on VED. Was prepared for 20 mpg but not at £1.20 ltr! Oil isn't the huge issue that all warn about. Needs slightly more than other cars I have had but only need to top up every 1000 miles or so.

    The last straw is that £400 VED has now seen the bottom drop out of used values so in a lose/lose situation re keep/sell!

    I bought new in 2006 and have loved every minute of those 2.5 years. Victoria Park Mazda in Cardiff very good, and apart from new cat fitted after 1000 miles (they don't look after them when shipping over here) no probs at all.

    Pro Drive day great fun and adds confidence to your driving.

    Elderly parents find it easy to access rear seats due to suicide doors (they can't get into my sis' CLK).

    Will prob have to sell and buy sensible (Golf GT 2.0 Tdi 170ps) but with huge sadness.

    Have owned V70 T5, Golf GTI's, 5 series, but have loved this and become really attached to it.

    Just hope that Gov't has change of heart soon so that I can stick with the Rexie!!

  • 189 4dr

    Nick Huston , Tyne & Wear . Date: 02/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just sold my RX8 after three years of ownership, and in summary I really have mixed feelings.

    On the road the car handles fantastically, is very quick if lacking in torque at low speeds. It's been very reliable and has only been in the garage to replace (under warranty) the alloys, which had rusted, and to sort out the engine flooding issue which left me stranded a few times in its early days.

    Practicality is excellent for a coupe - it has a decent sized boot, and the ski hatch has helped get longer items in the boot. I've had two adults in the back on numerous occasions quite comfortably.

    Running costs have been my main gripe: I've never managed to get over 20mpg, with 17-18mpg more common. I appreciate it's a sports car, but its much worse than a number of other faster and more powerful sports cars out there.

    On the plus side, oil has never been an issue, and insurance is reasonable, as is servicing.

    However, I really fell out of love with the car and Mazda when I came to part-exchange it, with garages being very reluctant to give me even a reasonable part-exchange price, claiming that the cars were not as popular as they were, and that poor fuel consumption has affected values. Even Mazda themselves were guilty, so owners beware when it comes to part-exchange time!

    I've now just handed it back after the three-year PCP was up, and cut my losses, and am going to look at a year-old Focus ST.

  • 189 4dr

    Bill Gibson , LINCS . Date: 18/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've now had the car for three years from new and with 82,500 miles on the clock it's pretty much on its last legs!

    Firstly, like the majority of drivers of the RX8 the comments of great to drive, looks good, drinks fuel and oil etc are bang on.

    However, I would like to add that reliability is somewhat poor to say the least! I've had two sets of alloys due to corrosion, a boot respray due to corrosion, a new fuel pump (took two weeks to fix), constant starting problems despite the upgrade and now it requires new oil cooler pipes and a new clutch.

    The car is highly strung. Although I have enjoyed the past three years owning the car (believe it or not ) personally I would not have another! Get it sorted Mazda - rust in this day and age is not acceptable!

Mazda RX-8 Coupe

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