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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

    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.

  • 228 4dr

    Rowland Tomkins , Surrey . Date: 25/07/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I'm on my second RX-8, this time a PZ. Handling up there with the very best - it's razor-sharp, has lots of power, is docile around town and has a nice low-speed ride, too. It's a genuine sports car with four-seater practicality and a reasonable boot, too (although its small opening limits the size of bags you can put in it).

    Sadly, too many inexperienced drivers have bought this car, not understanding what's involved in the ownership of a high-revving, high-performance car.

    Fuel consumption is good for the power, too - many compare it to some sort of small-engined family car. The only downside is its relatively small range - a bigger tank would be nice.

    Drive it as it was designed and keep the revs in the 4-9000 band (it revs happily to 9000 - what other cars can do that?) and torque is in abundance. Only poor driving gives an owner the belief there's nothing available.

    Reliability has been nearly exceptional on both cars, apart from the rusting wheels on the first. Interior quality is the only area where price has dictated some savings. It's not bad, but not the best, either.

    Servicing is on the cheap side compared to similar sports cars.

    Ignore the myth about oil - it uses little more than similar cars - expect a litre every 2000 miles or so.

    So remember if you are thinking of buying one, it's a high-powered, high revving sports car, and pound for pound as good as it gets - if it's economy and practicality you are after, buy a diesel estate.

  • 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!

  • 228 4dr

    Marie Hawkins , Greater Manchester . Date: 12/07/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I love my RX8: it handles brilliantly and is a real head turn (mine is red with air inlet fins and steel petrol cap, which are nice touches).

    It is fast, reliable, comfortable and very practical, having four doors.

    The insurance is really reasonsible, however there are some things which you need to consider: Fuel consumption is huge. It loves a drink of petrol and I seem to live in the petrol station. Cost of service is pretty high. Both my key fobs have given up and had to be replaced at £150 each Cost of having replacement work, i.e. brakes etc, is very high Road tax - Eeeeekkkk!

    Anyway, if you can live with a car that does around 250 miles on full tank (£50.00) around town (it's a little bit better on a run - it hits 300 miles) then go for it!

    And despite the bad press, it doesn't really use that much oil. I have very rarely needed to top it up (perhaps four times in 18 months).

    I do love my car. I love the drive, I love the looks and I love the way it feels and the general comfort.

    The RX8 is really quite special.

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