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Hi people, im new to this site! Im not a rx8 owner just yet. But am hoping to be soon! I just wanted to know what kind of problems i should be looking out for! I know people quite easily dismiss rx8s as being quite problematic, but im sure thats just people jumping on the bandwagon! Any suggestions and help, that would be great. Im looking at getting the 231ps btw! Cheers guys...
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mkay, welcome to the best RX8 resource on the net! Good thinking with the 231ps!
The whole idea about them being problematic stems from the RX-7. Owners payed mechanics (who hadn't a clue about the rotary engine) to add turbos and supers. Because these lads didn't know about the engines, they blew up. Absolutely nothing to do with the original engine itself.
Here's a few tips:::
> Check oil levels every 2nd fill of petrol
> When you start the engine from cold DO NOT drive it or rev it hard until the temperature guage is in the middle of the meter
> Give the engine at least 10 seconds to warm up before even driving it
> Stop/Start procedure: When you start the engine from cold, fully depress the clutch (this has to be done anyway as a safety feature) and DO NOT go near the throttle pedal. If the engine cranks but doesn't start, let go of the key (DO NOT crank it for more than 10 seconds at a time) and wait a few seconds before trying it again. This time fully depress the clutch, crank it and give a slight bit of throttle. You may not have to do this but it is neccessary on some of the 8s. I don't think there's any differentiating which ones it has to be done on but I know it has to be done on mine at times.
> Before turning the engine off, when the car is stationary, bring the revs up over 3000, hold it there and turn off engine before releasing the pedal. This gets any unburnt fuel out of the chambers and prevents flooding.
> Things not to worry about:
- When you take out the dipstick out, if there is a creamy white residue on it, don't worry. It's normal on the rotary. On piston engines it means the head gasket is blown.
- When the car is stationary, if it idles roughly it's normal
- If you're driving along and notice the gear stick wobbling it's normal because the fulcrum is located directly underneath for sharper gear changes
- If the car is sitting outside after being driven up to 5 hours ago and you hear it ticking, it's still cooling down
- When you start the engine from cold the revs go up to 2000, normal and if you're standing at the engine after doing this and you suddenly hear a whirring noise go away, normal
- If you drive hard when the engine is not up to normal operating temperature it will not go above a certain rev range and will "jerk" - consider this the engine telling you "will ya fecken stop, I'm not in the mood just yet"
- Spark plugs are located directly behind the front passenger wheel. Wheel needs to come off in order to access them. You can buy them from RX8Strakes for a fraction of what Mazda are charging (€100 delivered compared to €260+VAT and installation). They are the exact ones you need. Only ever use RE7C-L (Leading) and RE9B-T (Trailing)
If you have any other questions, just ask one of us and we will be glad to help
hi there thanks for the information i am new to the rx8 i just bought one about 3 weeks ago its great car, but its abit sore on the fuel, and i want to ask you is at what point its best to check the oil level when the engine is cold or warm
i live in the uk scotland