2005 Mazda RX-8 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Sunlight Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,302 - $7,467
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
197-238
Seats
4

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Mazda RX-8 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $5,136 - $7,467
Horsepower: 238 hp
Engine Type: Gas Rotary
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Shinka Special Edition $4,302 - $6,559
Horsepower: 197 hp - 238 hp
Engine Type: Gas Rotary
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,136 - $7,467
$4,302 - $6,559

Horsepower

Horsepower
238 (hp)
197 - 238 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.3L RENESIS 2
1.3L RENESIS 2
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.7 (in.)
42.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
36.7 - 38.2 (in.)
36.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.2 (in.)
32.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.5 - 36.8 (in.)
36.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
7.58 (cu. ft.)
7.58 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
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Not Available

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
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Standard
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/45R18
P225/45R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.4 (in.)
106.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 (ft.)
34.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
174.3 (in.)
174.3 (in.)

Width

Width
69.7 (in.)
69.7 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3029 (.lbs)
3029 - 3053 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
238 (hp)
238 (hp)

Torque

Torque
159 (ft. lbs.)
159 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
N/A (.lbs)
N/A (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Standard
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 (gal.)
15.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional
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Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
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Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Not Available
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Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

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Safety Features

  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) w/Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) *
  • Driver & front passenger front/side/curtain airbags
  • 3-point front/rear seat belts
  • Front seat belt pretensioners w/beltforce limiters
  • Rear seat child safety seat anchors (LATCH)
  • Internal trunk release
  • Front/rear side-impact door beams

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (6)

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Air Bags May 25, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
May 25, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V354000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 and MPV, 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles originally s...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9416E.
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Air Bags Jan 10, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 10, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V011000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2009 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain 2005-2006 MPV and 2005-2008 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 7, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0617A.
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Air Bags Dec 4, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 4, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V773000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Mazda6, and model year 2004-2005 RX-8, MPV, and B-series vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, Saipan and Guam. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 8114L. Note: This recall supersedes safety recall 14V-344 as to the front passenger air bag inflators.
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Fuel System, Gasoline Jun 1, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 1, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V354000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles. Heat from the engine and the exhaust may cause the main fuel pump pipe to crack.
Consequence:
If the fuel pump pipe cracks, fuel may leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump filter kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1017E.
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Air Bags Jul 26, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 26, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V474000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2004-2008 RX-8, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1417G. Note: This recall supersedes recall 15V-382.
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Fuel System, Gasoline Oct 31, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 31, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V793000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008. The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe.
Consequence:
The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump sealing ring set and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda will notify owners about the issue and will second a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer did not provide a schedule for these notifications. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0516J.

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