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Mazda rx-8. Great car minus onboard computer issues.

2004 Mazda RX-8

My 2004 Mazda rx-8 has been a great car. I am the second owner, and my father was the first. The car has been very reliable for what most people consider a sports car. The car has had problems consistent with other similar types of cars. I will admit that replacing the onboard computer was a major hassle, and cost way more than it should for a 14 year old car. The process of getting the car to accept the new onboard computer was the biggest hassle of the whole ordeal. I essentially purchased the new computer through my auto mechanic, who in turn ordered the part directly from Mazda. Nothing out of the ordinary yet. So once the new computer was installed, it basically wouldn't accept the new vehicle, and was saying it was corrupted. Eventually my mechanic had to call Mazda, who ended sending their own technician to help fix the issue. This took three additional days on top of the 9 days it took for Mazda to ship the part and my mechanic to put the new part in. So in short, that was my only major complain about owning the car. Other than that, it has been a great car to own and drive.

- Robert G

Wallet Burner; Street Performer

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe 6-Spd Manual

Very comfortable riding experience, however maintenance and upkeep gets very expensive very fast. Fuel and oil must be mixed and the engine is notoriously known for apex seal breakage. It has leather interior with a cool digital speedometer. The backseat is very small and should not have been included but the suicide doors are a neat addition and makes the car that much more beautiful. Trunk space is decent and the handling of this car is super, I live in a canyon/hill area and it zooms through the terrain with relative ease! Overall score: 7/10 Maintainability and overall expense is what loses the automobile three points.

- Zion S

Novel Rotary Engine: Fun to Drive But Has Some Quirks

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe 6-Spd Manual

I personally have a lot of fun driving my car. It's actually the second RX-8 I have owned. A main problem with the engine is that the seals tend to blow out at about 100k miles, though I believe with proper care of the car, the engine should have more life. I have to say the most novel thing about the RX-8 is that the engine is a rotary engine. One other drawback about the model is that the ac tend to have difficulties in the heat due to the hair having to run over the hot engine. Other than that, however, it is definitely a fun car to drive and is an enjoyable daily driver.

- Beck C

Always do tune-ups to keep car healthy.

2004 Mazda RX-8

In all honesty I love my car because it's one of my dream cars! I love the fact that it's a rotary so it's different from most cars. I like the third suicide doors it comes with to have a look of a sports car but still has easy access to the rear seats. I do not like the fact that you need to do maintenance twice as much as most cars. The fact that they changed the engine set up from the previous rx cars has me dying inside because to me it should've been all ported.

- Noah P

Why you should get the rx-8

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe 6-Spd Manual

The Mazda rx-8 is a very comfortable car I goes really fast and can be very reliable. Only bad thing is the gas and mileage since my car is a 2004. The older the car the more issues it will have but mine is hanging on strong and is by far my favorite car. The roof has a automatic window and it has spoilers. Of course these were added on but the thing is this car looks good with everything it's also very fast. I can honestly say I'm very proud of this purchase.

- Rosa R

If you're looking for a low maintenance car, look elsewhere.

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe Auto

It was a Winkle engine, which does not operate the same was as a standard piston engine in most cars. It is fickle and requires a lot of preventive maintenance. If you want a car you can just drive and not think to much about, look elsewhere. If that doesn't discourage you, then it is a fun car to drive! You'll probably never drive another car that makes you feel more like a race car driver then this one.

- Samuel H

The rx8 is a great car but some of the downsides are at the rotary engine.

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe Auto

Some of the problems we have had are all related to the rotary engine. We have had issues with it flooding and also with the battery dying due to a manufacturing issue. Many places do not work on rotary engine so it gets more expensive to have it serviced. Also it takes conventional oil and a lot of the quick oil places are going to a conventional synthetic blend.

- Holly S

Quick car for being a cheap car, nice sport look, reliable if taken care of.

2004 Mazda RX-8

The vehicle has a beautiful sport look, but a lot of care is needed if you own one. If you do not care for it there will be many problems in the long run. Keep up on the mechanics. It's a very touchy car when working on it. The back seat is not very roomy at all, but the performance of the car is excellent!

- Faith K

It�s sleek and eye drawing

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe 6-Spd Manual

The Mazda Rx8 is a great car in many aspects but some flaws are. The starter is rough and the power steering has problems but some of the good things are that it is a attractive and enjoyable car to drive. I like the car but I just wish that the parts were more affordable and easier to install yourself.

- Alex M

It's but fun, but not fast, but it can been a mustang in curvy roads.

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe Auto

It's not very reliable, but it's a really fun car do try on curvy roads with a catback installed. If the car is well maintained has it's regular oil change and check up it should last you for a while mine is at 117,000 miles with original engine. Hope this helps someone buy this underrated car.

- Christian N

It's a high maintenance vehicle and isn't really an everyday vehicle.

2004 Mazda RX-8

I love the look of the car, also the fact that it is sporty and still has 4 doors. I do not like the fact that it is a rotary motor, it's cool that it's different but it's also not the best motor. I'm also not crazy about the fact that it takes premium grade gas. But I do enjoy my car.

- Jamie W

The affordable sports car.

2004 Mazda RX-8 4dr Cpe 6-Spd Manual

It is the greatest car I've ever had the privilege to drive, has a lot of get up and go plus the rotary engine is sweet sauce. Make sure to let Mazda get the recalls done for you it helps performance tremendously grips to the road good and turns on a dime.

- Colby L

Rotary engine!!! Once you drive one you will not want to go back to your pistons.

2004 Mazda RX-8

Love the rotary engine - it's very reliable. I've been driving rotary-engine cars since 1972. It's a sports car, very fun to drive and quick to go fast. Only complaint is that I wish it got better gas mileage.

- Jeanne E

they should know that it is actually a 4 door even though it looks like a 2 door.

2004 Mazda RX-8

I like the look to my vehicle, the speed it has to get up and go, and I also like the fact that it is stick. I dislike that It's needs some work on the outside and has had many recalls on it so far.

- collin W

Has a rotary engine, with a race car feel and seats that hug your body as you drive.

2004 Mazda RX-8

Love the sunroof that gives a openness while driving, very reliable car to get you to point a to point b. Much more roomy than when your just looking at it. The 6th speed is fun fun to drive.

- Felicia K

It's a stick shift with 6 gears.

2004 Mazda RX-8

I like the style of the car and the interior, but it is a rotary engine and a hassle to maintain so it has a short life span so to speak.

- Helen S

It has a unique rotary engine as well as two settings for the Bose stereo system. One makes the stereo play louder the faster you go & one quiets the sound when it detects conversation in the car.

2004 Mazda RX-8

I love this car! It's standard, making it fun to drive and is very sharp looking. I only wish it wasn't getting so old.

- Jennifer S

It's good if you want a older car you can fix yourself

2004 Mazda RX-8

Nothing much other than a broken door handle and some scratches and dents on the left hand door and the ac dont work

- Nate K

The vehicle does not have a scratch on it and runs like a charm.

2004 Mazda RX-8

The vehicle is very fun, and runs like a charm right now. However, it isn't the most reliable vehicle.

- Tanner C

It's very fast, drives really smooth, and looks awesome! It's a high maintenance car, that's my only complaint.

2004 Mazda RX-8

It definitely turns heads! Everywhere I drive, people stare at the car because it's so unique looking.

- Rebekah B

It's so perfect for loading or unloading a manual wheelchair because of the doors.

2004 Mazda RX-8

Rear opening doors. Great for manual wheelchairs. Cute and fun to drive. Too small.

- Lindsey B

It is a very fun car to drive that seats four people comfortably.

2004 Mazda RX-8

Beautiful,sleek, love the way the doors open and that it seats 4. Love driving it

- Lori F

handles great on windy roads and fun and easy to drive

2004 Mazda RX-8

good looking, fun to drive, sticks to road like velcro

- Al W