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Old 01-02-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Things to look for when buying an Rx-8?

Hey guys. ive been on the forum for a while looking to buy a rx8. i think i found one i like. i just would like to know any hints or tips there are for looking at one of these cars. i have owned a rotary (86 and 88 rx7) before and know quite a bit about them. but an fc and an rx8 are in two different worlds.....any help would be greatly apprieciated.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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it'll help if you let us know what year and trim level you're looking at.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Main thing is to check out if and when the recalls were done. Call up Mazda with the VIN to do this. If the previous owner did the recalls quickly, chances are the car is well maintained. Might be better to get a later 2006, when the most important new flash was done. Other than that, just have it checked over for collision damage and let a rotorhead listen to it or drive it to make sure it's fun to drive.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:05 PM   #4
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im thinking about buying kel rx8's rx8. 04 gt loaded. looks like it was very well taken care of, 52000 miles, and nice tasteful mods with custom paint
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Do it. I've met him, I know he takes care of his car.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:29 PM   #6
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just check the normal things for a rotary no smoke starts easy etc etc
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Check recalls, check the idle, Carfax, and test drive... there isn't much else you can do without a compression check on the motor. If the previous owner has the oil change receipts that is always a plus, but not too many owners do I guess.
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Make sure to go over any 04's with an extremely fine-toothed comb. 04's were plagued with first-year problems that most of the others didn't experience. TSB's are extremely important to check up on. Don't buy one without doing so.l
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I guess I've been lucky to not have any problems with my 04. I've actually been thinking of selling it tho. Let me know if you're interested.
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**not trying to hyjack this thread

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^Why, your car is very clean.
umm just thinking of doing something different, and would like to find someone who would like a to buya two tone 8. Figure it will save them some money.....it's hard tho, I haven't yet listed it in the F/S section yet.
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