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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

    Steve Hill , Essex . Date: 06/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had my RX-8 for about 5 months now and I still enjoy driving it as much as the 1st time!

    Cabin quality and gadgets are unrivalled for the price and the comfort is fantastic, especially on long trips.

    I had 4 fully sized adults in the car and she drove effortlessly along at motorway speeds.

    Rear space is good for a coupe and the boot is very spacious.

    To drive, you have to use the plenty of revs to get the best out of the engine. For everyday driving, it's best to use between 3-4 thousand revs and stick it in 6th gear to improve MPG. However, 1st gear to 8.5k revs will get you to about 45mph pretty quickly!

    As for costs, a full tank with modest driving will return 250 miles and oil usage is about 1 litre per 2k miles (roughly) so not quite as bad as the rumours.

    But I'm expecting tax, MOT and service to be expensive, with an insurance quote being about £700 for me (I'm 26, 3 years no claims, low milage driver).

    In conclusion, its the best sports coupe with 4 (real) seats you can buy. It's like having a mistress!

  • 228 4dr

    tom davies , hants . Date: 25/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car was a huge disapointment. A tested it for two weeks, and aive got to say there wasn't must to be happy about. i drove the one with 228bhp, but after previously testing porsches and cars from bmw m division this car was comparitivly slow. Yes it feels quite fast, but if you care to look at the speedometer whilst flat out, your acceleration is awful, i mean its pretty decent from 0-60, but when your trying to have fun on the motorway, waiting for the old banger in front to move out of the outside lane, with a bmw m3 behind, when that banger finally moved out the way and i went flat out, in the right gear, the m3 was actually fast enough to undertake me, in a relitivly small space. Yes the m3 is almost twice as much as the rx8, but all rx8 drivers drive as if they rule the road too. In conclusion the acceleration after going past 60 is awful, but it is quite cheap so i surpose its not bad, but it should be going faster than this for a car with worse fuel econemy than a porche 911 carrera S

  • 189 4dr

    Ian Doolan=Phillip , Cornwall . Date: 14/04/2007
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had one for a year. At first thought it was a cracker but then you find that you start making excuses for it. The older ones are now showing signs of engine problems and corrosion. They are worth peanuts second hand and it will only get worse. Get rid while you can is my advice. Just look at the discounts that are available on new and pre reg models - circa £7000 - do the maths. When you do change and go back to a car the gets reasonable economy its a real delight. Trouble is takes ages to get rid of the phobia that lingers on from fear of flooding the engine. I dont believe this car has a future. I wonder how long Mazda will persevere with it.

  • 228 4dr

    Sue Williams Date: 18/03/2007
    • 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 have owned my RX8 from new, bougt in Sept 04. As another reviewer said about driving it, the most fun you can have with your clothes on. The one big thing I would say about it is that it is stacked with all sorts of goodies which are extras in many other similar cars - headlamp washers, 6CD changer, radio controls on the steering wheel etc.

    Having owned mine for a while I can confirm that oil consumption does get better. I check it every 6 fills instead of every 3. Petrol-wise I get around 20-22 to the gallon - a big achievement getting around 230 miles from a tank of petrol!

    My only problem now is, what to buy next? Trying the Audi TT roadster and Honda S2000, appreciate any thoughts!

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