What should I look for in a used Mazda RX-8 coupe?
Mazda can always be depended on for bullet-proof reliability. The big Japanese firms are always right at the top of the table when our regular reliability survey rolls around, and Mazda is one of the very best.
The most recent JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey did throw up some concerns over engine reliability, but don't worry if your car starts using oil at an alarming rate - this is normal for a rotary engine.
Bear in mind, though, that some recalls were issued on early cars. Some experienced a loss of steering due to a cracked joint in the lower suspension arm, while heat insulators on the dynamic dampers also suffered cracks. The most worrying recall, though, was for a fuel leak that occurred because of overheating exhaust components.
When buying an RX-8 of any age, check the VOSA website (www.vosa.gov.uk) to see whether your car was affected by recalls, and whether the work has been carried out.