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i've got 4000 miles on mine and zero problems, but i can't boast your 22 mpg...i get about 18-20, depending on how much highway I drive. in other news I had my spoiler installed today, and they treated me to a loaner red rx-8 and a tank of gas while it was being installed =) Loaner cars are so fun.
What are your shift points? Do you go WOT often? Have you dynoed the car, you might even have the 250hp fuel maps. After you go for a drive (with the center console lid closed) open it up and check for heat. Are you sure about the A/C not cycling on and off? The A/C and Heat problem were reported back in April by a few of the RX-8 owners in Japan. So it isn't a US specific issue.
Originally posted by Superfan What are your shift points? Do you go WOT often? Have you dynoed the car, you might even have the 250hp fuel maps. After you go for a drive (with the center console lid closed) open it up and check for heat. Are you sure about the A/C not cycling on and off? The A/C and Heat problem are were reported back in April by a few of the RX-8 owners in Japan. So it isn't a US specific issue.
Dude, be happy for the man. At least for one guy everything is working right. Mazda oughta buy his car back from him for like $1,000,000 and dissect it to figure out why everything works. ;-)
Owner since 7/17/03: Velocity Red GT, 6MT, black/red leather, navigation, rotary accents, 6-disc CD. Sold the spare kit.
I got my Winning Blue AT in August. It just turned 2k miles. I drive about 80% hiway and have been getting 22-24+mpg.
Oil is down about 1/3 quart - I started checking it at about 1k miles after reading about others having an oil problem so I don't know if it started out that low or it burned it.
Other than that, I've had none of the problems others have been talking about. When I take it in for its first service, I'll inquire about the oil pan with baffles and some of the other "fixes" that should be in the dealer's list of TSBs.
04 RX8 Winning Blue AT/GT.
03 Titanium Tundra.
00 Itasca Suncruiser 35U with an
04 Saturn Ion dinghy.
there's only a few people on here with problems. every car model has a few duds..... it's normal.
don't listen to the people who bitch and moan over nitpicky sh#t.
this is a GREAT CAR !!!!
1994 Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo (SOLD May 08)
2004 Mazda RX-8 Silver/Red GT (SOLD Jan 07)
2002 Subaru WRX sport wagon (SOLD Apr 08)
2008 Cosmic Blue Mazdaspeed3 sport
(MazdaSpeed CAI and CPE rear engine mount)
2005 Saab 9-2X Aero - RESURRECTED w/ new motor !
Originally posted by mngpao Oil is down about 1/3 quart - I started checking it at about 1k miles after reading about others having an oil problem so I don't know if it started out that low or it burned it.
It's not a problem - the engine has oil injectors to inject oil into the combustion chambers; it's supposed to burn a little oil. That's why you're supposed to check the oil level more often, and add as required!
Life is too short to drive boring cars!
___________________________________ 2004 Ti Gray RX-8 - Canadian GT, 6 speed, no moonroof, delivered July 22, 2003 1996 Miata leather package, soon to be faster than the RX-8...
2002 Audi allroad wagon - 2.7 twin turbo, 6 speed manual trans
I have 2300 miles
added 1/2 qt of oil
tire light has come on twice both times all 4 tires were 4 lbs short (its getting colder in NC)
drivers side rx 8 kick panel came unglued
no other issues
Originally posted by Winning_BlueRX8 i've got 4000 miles on mine and zero problems, but i can't boast your 22 mpg...i get about 18-20, depending on how much highway I drive. in other news I had my spoiler installed today, and they treated me to a loaner red rx-8 and a tank of gas while it was being installed =) Loaner cars are so fun.
havent noticed any problems
has new wheels,sensors work great although they still suck
bought it a month ago
don't know when it was built
redline it atleast once every time i drive it....ok maybe more than once.
It's yellow and everytime i go to a coffee shop everybody inside is talking about it when i get in there as i just eagerly await my mocha.
Used 1qt of oil
No Oil light
No A/C cycling
No hot center console
A few brrrrps around 3000 rpm (both times cold engine)
13-16mpg with around city driving
18-23mpg on highway
All in all I'm very pleased, but would like a bit more torque.
Velocity Red, GT, Auto, Nav, Rotary Accents, Exhaust Finishers, Al pedals, Al doorsills, Strakes, Foot lighting, Rotary valve caps
I have 1700 miles on my blue 8. Fuel consumption seems to be getting better. The tire pressure warning light came on once and the tires were slightly low (3-4 lbs). There has been some oil consumption, but that is by design. So far so good, I love the car. Yeah, just like everyone else I would love more torque especially on the low end, but I knew that this was the case when I preordered the car. The great points outweigh any negatives by far.
No Oil light
No hot areas including console
Not sure about AC cycling - don't think so but haven't specifically checked
~16mpg driving aggressively
Compliments, thumbs-up and/or lustful looks almost daily
Couldn't be happier!!!
Silver, Canadian GT, 6SPD
Delivered September 6, 2003
To all the "No engine flooding"respondants: Was this because you have avoided the situation that tends to cause it, or have any of you actually tried the cold start, switch off, restart?
I think I can learn to live with this, but the accidental stall pulling out of the garage in the morning has me a little concerned, particularly when the wife will drive, as she has not driven a lot of stick. (Of course, having said that, you all know who will actually be the one to do this........)