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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.
  • 228 4dr

    Tim Street , Somerset . Date: 31/08/2007
    • 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

    My car

    I was 40 - in need of cheering up so I booked a test drive... The garage had a Nordic Green brand new 228 on the forecourt. I was so impressed that I traded my Celica 190 there and then. I used to get bored with cars not with this one, also it is incredibly comfortable (I even spent 18 hours in it on the M5 recently and arrived home reasonably awake and unstiff). I took the offer of the pro-drive experience and it taught me plenty about the car and myself.

    Flooding was an issue but removing the fuel pump fuse (middle one in the box) and turning the engine over until it fires cures that - I picked that up from the second engineer to visit after my wife had moved the car.

    Very smooth to drive, acelerates like a rocket (when you thrash that w*nkel) and corners like its on rails (unless its a bit damp).

    Jeremy Clarkson wasn't wrong this is an incredibly "GOOD CAR", pity there are so many around now I think it will be moving down the cool wall if there is another Top Gear series.

    Of note you can't say W*nkel when reviewing this car a real shame!

  • 228 4dr

    Dean Marshall , Hampshire . Date: 23/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I traded in my Carrera 4 for the RX8 because I wanted to add the fun back into the equation and it’s sure done that.

    Yes, the driving experience is more remote than that of the Porsche but for the price it’s very tactile. The rotary engine needs thrashing to get the best out of it but this just adds to the enjoyment and to your overdraft as you’ll be lucky to average 20mpg.

    The engine's smoothness and free revving reminds me of a six pot more than the roughness of a standard four cylinder engine and it can be driven sedately. However, because of the lack of low end torque you will be going up and down the gears a lot.

    It feels great on a track or the road, with plenty of grip in the dry and lots of mid corner control. However, it can be a bit twitchy in the wet so beware!

    It is also very reliable and practical and I happen to be one of those who think the styling is great. The only little gripe is the optional sat nav; basically it’s rubbish, so stay clear.

    A top notch practical driver's car for the price.

  • 228 4dr

    C Wells Date: 14/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Main regret - trading it in after 2.5 years. Performance and handling are amazing for the price. Interior very practical and all the toys are standard. On the twisty stuff I can drive it at a sensible, safe pace yet the like of a friends Nissan 350Z couldnt keep up, it was all over the place.

    Within safe speeds on a straight line (not that there are many in this country) it was just as quick as anything else but with a better ride and far more satisfying use of gears.

    Having the correct wheels being driven (the rears) and not some banzai engine on a front-wheel drive hot hatch trying to kill you with torque steer all the time makes for a far more rewarding drive.

    Excellent fuel consumption - no other sports car with this sort of performance at this price gets close. Averaged 25mpg on suburban, open road mix (what does the new BMW M5 get, 12mpg driven hard?). Reliability is up there with the very best (check out JD Power results). Never flooded once, but then I did drive it as dealer and manual instructed, and it takes a pretty incompetant driver to break it. Ignore the oil use myth, it's the same as similar cars - figure one litre every 2000 miles or so.

    Resale values are excellent, better than many a BMW (look how bad hot hatches are in comparison). In fact, it was the best I've had on a new car. Mine was sold on by the dealer before I had even collected the new car!

    So what did I get instead - another one - this time the PZ! £5k discount and residual thre

  • 228 4dr

    Justin Malta Date: 03/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I owned this car for three years. Performance and handling were both very good, especially braking. The cabin was practical and well finished. However it is a deeply flawed product.

    Fuel consumption is appalling, with miniscule range between fill-ups. Reliability is distinctly iffy, with a serious tendency for engine flooding before repeated Mazda engine modifications.

    Worst of all are the resale values, which are on a par with Korean cars. It would have been cheaper to own a Porsche. Avoid.

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