Added: 29th of April 2021
The RX8 gets a bad reputation from people who don't appreciate sports cars. It will get 22mpg on a really good day, and if you don't know anything about Wankel engines and you don't service your cars regularly, it will die within 20k miles. If this is a problem, do yourself a favour and buy a diesel Golf. In fact, just take the bus. The RX8 is not for you. If you are capable of checking oil levels without a warning light, and you can tolerate the obscene road and petrol taxes, the Mazda RX8 is an absurd bargain. It's a jack of all trades. If you've got a B road to yourself, the 9.5k rev limit and crisp gearbox are addictive, and the balanced handling makes you believe that you can actually drive. It's also a surprisingly comfortable cruiser, with room for 4 6' guys, a cracking stereo, decent boot, smooth engine, and an shockingly refined cabin, especially for a Japanese car. It also works as a cheap club motorsports car, as it comes with a limited slip differential as standard. You can even rebuild your own engine if you're particularly adventurous! As a side note, the 13B-MSP engine doesn't deserve the hate. It has bags of character, beautiful power delivery and a great soundtrack. Wankel engines are also perfectly reliable, so long as you treat them like Wankel engines. The only drawback is the cost of petrol and road tax. If you can stomach that, the Mazda RX8 will prove a very capable car, no matter what you want from it. It's a miniature GT car, and nothing else comes close for the price. All it requires is an owner who understands what they're buying. The RX8 only makes sense in smiles per gallon.
Added: 28th of May 2019
Sometimes the world creeps up on you and scars you forever... The first girlfriend, The first time I heard the Revolver Album, Georgie Best, My 650 Nighthawk Bike... But the RX8? On another level, my friends... Turbine smooth, Fantastic roadholding. Gets the speed down as fast as it gets it up, Four really comfy seats, rediculous Bose HiFi, I mean 9 speakers? Best car driving for three years from new. The father in laws expression as we swept up he hill in 3rd will stay with me, however... Just....Bliss... But even Angels have their dark side and the weekly oil checks and the worry of the engine running dry, is too much for me. Of course the killer is the crazy car tax, which needs a mortgage now, yet was pennies when I bought it, as it was classed as a 1300 car. If you have the spare cash, give it a go, but remember... She will scar you forever...
Added: 11th of October 2016
bought as a known fragile car brilliant when running not so easy to fix but was so cheap cant really go wrong
Added: 17th of November 2013
Not cheap to run, as it is thirsty for oil, petrol and tires, with a rear set only lasting around 10,000 miles, but great fun to drive. Will seat 4 tall people surprisingly comfortably, and bring a smile to your face too.
Added: 15th of November 2013
Bought it as a "toy" and thoroughly enjoy it. It's thirty and expensive and not always practical and no use whatsoever if you do a high mileage - but it goes like excrement of a heated shovelling instrument and I have never regretted purchasing it for a nonosecond.
Added: 14th of October 2013
despite taking it to Europe and having a blast and loving the performance- the consumption of oil and the poor fuel consumption as well as tough suspension make this creature of beauty less than a routine practical drive
Added: 12th of October 2013
Great looking car, fantastic drive, holds the road well. Hard car to drive, continually dropping down the gears, there's very little torque. Cheap to buy, expensive to run. Averaging about 19 mpg. Needs a bit more looking after being a rotary engine, little bit of 2 stroke oil in with the petrol. Check the engine oil regularly. I would still recommend the car.
Added: 8th of April 2013
happy days if you wont to put a smile back on your face mazde RX8 is car for you great looks nice lay out to the dash board the seats fit like a glove around you . you also feel in control of the car it sticks to the road .great grip from rear wheel drive. But if it snows leave it at home and get the bus .the back of car will come round on you if snow is on the roads .and you wont need much for this to happen .room four two adults in rear seats and yes it does have a boot for the shopping how many sports cars can do that mmmmmm .running costs are high only 26 mpg combined also rotary engine likes to drink oil so cheek every 1000 miles and devaluation is high so is the road tax 270 .12 moths be for 2005 and after to 2013. 460 for 12 moths omg .. but its worth it puts the zoom back in to your life and with eight cup holders you never be short of a soft drink lol... great 6 disc cd player to .sounds great ...