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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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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.
"When all is said and done, it's possible that Mazda will find a few more ponies in there than they've been alluding to. I would imagine that after the faux-pas over horsepower with the 2001 NB8B Miata, Mazda is being conservative on power output announcements." - bwob, 2/2/02
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.
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
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.