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Okay guys and gals how long do you find yourself actually taking to get comfortable with things like ergonomics (seat position) and just overall acceptance with your 8. Like operating controls without actually looking at them ect. Getting comfortable with seat,mirror and steering wheel position, developing entry and exit movements, things like that.
I find that it takes me about 6 months where I am happy with the ergonomics and the cars overall behavior.
How long does it take you?
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Posted by Scott, SSG, U. S. Army (Retired)
2005 Ford Explorer XLT AWD
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein
Last edited by Rotary Nut; 05-25-2004 at 08:32 PM.
it took me three weeks just to get to a perfect spot in my chair...lets just say if i ever let anyone drive her they better like how my seat is arranged. but yeah i'm comfortable with my rx8 but im not one with her yet, ive tried driving with TCS off to see what the limits are, i dont think you can truly know your car till you know its break points, to know what you cannot do, and so far it 'can' do a lot, so i think it'll be 2 or 3 more months before i can say that when i get in, i'm no longer myself, i'm part of the machine.
2009 Dark Grey Subaru WRX Perrin CAI TurboXS 3" CBE
2004 Ti Grey 6MT Touring RIP 8/29/08 I'll miss you
Originally Posted by WinningRX8Chick
Seriously.. if ****** juice tasted like buffalo sauce, you'd never get me off that thing.
Well, Ive had my 8 for about a lil over a month, and I am just now getting comfortable driving it. The seats didnt take me too long but since my previous car was a Honda, the clutch, gears, power and just control is alot different which is what has taken time to adjust. Actually just this morning, I had to move my Honda and let me tell you that I would never want to get in that thing again and thats huge for me to say cause my Honda was my baby. But I have a new baby now and Im not lettin her go.........
__________________ 2005 Shinka! 6-speed- Grand Touring, clear corners, stealth bulbs, eyelids and strakes! Rotary accents, grill and MS wing coming soon!
I'm still not 100% comfortable with the car yet but it's getting there. The buttons still takes a bit of getting used to, ergonomics are not Mazda's forte for sure.
2004 Winning Blue Mazda Rx8 6-Speed, Grand Touring Package w/ Navigation, Spoiler, Appearance Package, Rotory Accents, Cargo Net, All Season Floor Mat, Fender Strakes
2003 Acura RSX Type S All Season Floor Mat
Originally posted by ptiemann 9 months now, soon I will be familiar with the trunk opener :D
That thing seems to be tucked away ... pretty far away... I have to get out, bend over and look to see where it is... I popped the hood once when it was dark outside... lol....
I'm still getting used to the car, I don't have the giddy, can't believe it's actually mine feeling anymore, pretty much feel right at home, still learning some of the controls for the nav/radio but there's plenty of time for that... I've also driven with the DSC off to find how the car really handles. So far I haven't scared myself, so I don't know where the limits of the car are. Maybe I'm just getting old but I just enjoy driving the 8 around and find I don't drive as fast as I used to.... but I can when I want to.
Took me about 10 minutes to feel one with my RX8. In fact, it was on the first test drive that I knew it was right. I've had an '84 RX7 and a '93RX7; maybe being used to those made the RX8 feel like hand-in-glove in the cockpit. I only went for a test drive on a Saturday afternoon as nothing else was going on, but I knew within that first 10 minutes that it was "just right".
Handling wasn't as tight (er, I mean brutal) as the '93 RX7; that was a clear improvement noticed on the first interstate ramp.
All told, this is, yes, the RX8 is a powerful car with superior handling. But it hasn't gone so far as to forget that people ride in it. A joy to drive every day; don't mind running errands to anywhere any more.
Titanium Gray GT w/ NAV & effects
I got the ergonomics very quickly, seat position took me about a week, shift points and corners about a month.
About the trunk, there is an open trunk button on the keyless entry that is just much easier to use than the trunk release inside. I really only add or remove stuff from the trunk right before I start up or after I shut down the car, so that isn't a problem. You can also be lazy like me and just throw stuff in the back seat. The only thing I am not used to is the dipstick, still not used to removing that. Otherwise it is just a mechanical extension of myself.
Velocity Red 6 Speed MT GT Package, Black Seats, 6 CD Player, Aluminum Exhaust Finishers Pictures of my RX-8