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Thanks for the feedback.
Not worried about it being slow. They still handle great, look gorgeous and are fun to drive.
I suppose the mileage is high-ish for a 2007 (although 20k/year isn't excessive) but I'm not too worried about that or the extra care required (we both love cars), and I was planning to take it to Scarboro Mazda for an inspection (incl. compression test) before purchase, assuming Scarboro Mazda is still the place to go (if there's a better place in the area please let me know).
What I'm most concerned about in this case is the $4500 accident. Some people say not to worry about it because $4500 isn't too much for an accident repair but I think it's high and my wife's safety is high on my list of priorities.
I bought my rx8 after it was written off at ~6800km.
Not a problem since that I didn't cause myself or was a known issue and it's now 50k higher in mileage. Just have it inspected by someone who knows what they're looking for (ie: check alignment, frame, etc).
That said, auto = bleh. But price is nice, MS aero kit is a bonus, and it looks in decent shape from the photos. I wouldn't ignore it but compare to what else is out there.
Thanks for the feedback all. I've managed to talk myself out of it for now given we currently have a single car garage and need to do the car shuffle frequently, and I'd worry about flooding with an 8. Plus with the auto I'd still be jonesing for a stick to hear that engine scream up to the 9k redline. So I'll tough it out for now.
I had my 2004 RX8 GT wrote off last year when a Camaro hit my head on cus he lost it on a turn. The headlights were over a grand a piece being HID. These days 4500 may not be as much damage as one would expect.