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I've been a proud owner of the RX8 for over two years, but now I am seeing too many on the road. I miss the days when I could drive around the LA area and not see another 8 for over a month. Lately I can't go a single day without seeing 1 or 2. I miss the exclusivity.
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I took a road trip from Michigan to Florida and only noticed maybe 3 RX-8s the whole trip, and they were parked at various places. I get back to Michigan and now I usually see three RX-8's just on my daily commute to work (5 mile drive).
Here's to the Lohr Road Commute crew in Ann Arbor!
I still have the only 8 in my hometown. Now my college town I'm one of 4, but everyone sees mine more than the other Silver, Black, Ti ones around. Plus, they're all stock. I have a few mods that make people turn there heads.
You're currently riding the crest of local RX8 popularity, but it should dip back below the radar in several months. Repos, carbon build-up, oil starvation, and jittery hands that drop the RX8 at the first sign of bad news will take their toll on the local population.
By the way...it's only going to get "worse and worse." These cars are cheap used.
Fortunately, the high-school ricer crowd will never find the RX8 fast enough for their purposes, and the college Jetta crowd will never grasp the concept of rotary ownership. That leaves the trailer crowd, the family crowd, the 50 year old doctor who isn't driving Porsche like all his colleagues, and the elderly.
The trailer crowd will never put up with the gas mileage, the family crowd will always want one but will always end up with a minivan, while the doctor and elderly I can stomach pretty well as their numbers are few. "These cars are cheap used" means one thing: low demand.
I used to be the only RX-8 (Ti Gray 6-speed, no appearance package) at my workplace. Now there are 2 more (black 6-speed and Ti Gray 6-speed with appearance packages). aaagh biters!!
You have to understand that those guys aren't like you. Most of them are parked in the lot like a noob, waiting to get owned by a car door. You can already tell with absolute certainty, that those drivers will not be holding for the long term. Also, try to understand their mindset and where they are going with it. They saw your vehicle, they went to the dealership, they drove it, they took it home. Today, they attempt to recreate the thrill ride feeling from the test drive and end up 11-12 mpg.... (yes, they were so awestruck during the test drive they did not notice the gas needle was dropping rapidly).
Remember, there is the advertising commission to fall back on in a scorched earth scenario. It's simple: people get paid to drive cars that are branded with a soda can. Now, your car comes with "Buy a refreshing RX8 right now" writen all over it. If everyone and their dog were to start driving the RX8, by the time they cash in at the dealership, you're already cashing out for a GTR, MT900, or Gallardo with your massive advertising dividends.
Lastly, the RX8 is on the verge of being scientifically confirmed as a living vehicle. It's like a horse, basically. How can anyone be willing to sell their horse? That's just plain unethical.
I don't usually see many of them. The ones I do see are all in a few block radius of where I work, LOL. I have to take a detour on my way to work for a while (condo construction closing road) and I see a red one everyday in front of Northrup Station, which I had never noticed before, but it's there every day I go through. There is another blue one that parks on the street at the hospital I work at, but I haven't noticed it in two or three months now. Jisoo26 works(ed) a few blocks from me and hyogen parked in the same garage as him, but he's moving and I thought I read the other one sold his now for a Civic recently.
...elderly I can stomach pretty well as their numbers are few.
Always glad to be stomached.
We're few, as are the 8s, which makes us special. I got my 8 because the time came to do mid-life crisis, and for someone at my age the 8 screams "mid-life crisis - get it while you can!"
I like the uniqueness. I've had mine for not quite two months, and have seen less than half a dozen others on the road. Big change from my Honda Accord. My arm was pretty much worn out from waving at all the other Accord drivers I'd see,
2006 MT, Galaxy Gray
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