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Test drove a AT in Palm Springs last year (visiting family) and thought this is awesome...When I drove it was dark, so I loved the lights, it was so cool. I just purchased mine in April, 2004 Red GT MT w/all (minus navigation) very much lovin it. It was between the 8 and a 2005 mustang convertible. Test drove the 8, then went and test drove the ford. The 8 was like the "Christine" movie...lol...couldn't get that car outta my head... Yes I'm luvin it!
Honestly the main reason was the exterior look vs price factor. After that was out of the way, things that kept me interested was the rotary engine/its smoothness, and the car's agility. By the way, I already bought one again.
value, and the uniqueness of the rotary, still blows my mind that I have a car with close to 200hp out of a 1.3 liter powerplant that only has like 3 moving parts, not to mention it sounds awesome, plus all the other stuff everybody has already mentioned about a million times like the doors, the interior, etc etc. oh, and I'm stoked I have a color that was only available for 1 year
I started off wanting the G35c more than anything. After seeing the interior, the seating controls, the trunk that is fairly long but about 1 foot deep, and the fact that at a towering 5'10" I was hitting my head on the rear glass, I decided this car was more for looks than practicality. I then narrowed my choices down to the 350z, rx8, and s2k. The 350 was nice, but I wanted a little more room than a 2 seater could provide. I would have sacrificed that for the s2k, as I have another car, but its been out so long, I didn't want them to change the design on me in a year or two. Test drove the 8, and was ready to buy. It had everything I wanted and more. Its like the car was built around me. Went to the credit union the next day, and the rest is history.
For me it was the price. I got one of the 2004 holdovers this past February. It's a base model yellow but I paid 22,000 out the door for it. Amazing value considering what the base model already comes with (AC, CD, PW, etc.) and the performance that the 6MT has. I still can't believe I paid more for my miata than I did for the 8.
It always gives me a laugh when I read other forums that hate on the 8 so much when they state "well...my car costs less and is faster...blah, blah, blah." Especially when I probably paid less for my car BRAND NEW than their (insert name of sport compact car here). :D
It was the only rear wheel drive car with relatively wide rubber, over 200 hp., manual transmission, and independant rear suspension that I could afford. The keyless entry and audio controls on the steering wheel were the only luxury items I found important (aside from the drop-dead gorgeous styling), but I would have chosen an identically priced car without those if it had the same platform specs and it was more hardcore performance oriented.
When I was finally ready to trade in my '97 Miata (which had served me faithfully for 2 1/2 years), I really only wanted to look at a few vehicles. I spent a day test driving the entire new Chrysler lineup (300s, Magnum, dakota, etc.), and wasn't totally happy with any of them. I mean, they're all nice cars, but I just couldn't find a happy medium in terms of engines... On one hand, I could have a decent-handling V-6 with too little power, or an SUV-handling V-8... So, I left there and headed to the Mazda dealership to try out an 8 before making a decision. I was so impressed with every aspect of the vehicle (power, handling, and especially the interior fit-and-finish), that I signed off on the car just a couple of hours later, and haven't looked back since.
I was looking at the Mazda6 at the time and just decided to give the 8 a whirl around the block. I was hooked as the 6 was just boring in comparison. Would the 6 have been a more rational decision? Yes. Do I care? No!
I had fallen in love with the car back in September, but hadn't really given it much thought since I wasn't really looking for a new car. I loved the handling, smooth engine, and great looking interior. At first, I didn't like the styling quite as much, but as I looked at pictures more and more, I started to love it. I still think it looks odd from some angles (like a view from a rear offset at the front fender vents makes it look very "Prowler-esque"), but other than that, it looks far more expensive than it is, and I get a lot of attention from people that paid far more for their car. In short, this car was the total package I was looking for.
When I was in the market to buy back in March, I was looking at the RSX-S. My wife and I walked by a used 8 on the lot and she said, "What about this car? This looks more like you." The next day, I bought a new '04 for $1k more than a used RSX-S and $1k less than the used 8 we saw. Needless to say, I have never loved my wife more...
First was the looks , I saw one driving around and it caught my eye . Couple months later test drove one , and fell in love . I had a buddy that had a RX-7 in the 80's and I remembered how much he loved that car and the motor . I found this club , read every day for 8 months , waiting for the price to be right. Bought Oct 19th and have never looked back. Would I buy it again ........YES of the '06 or '07 has something different and improved , I might even trade for one . I haven't had hardly any problems , one minor and it was fixed . I love everything about the car ....style , looks , performance , and there isn't one at every corner at a stop light !
DrRöckin99 - '04 Velocity Red, Apperance Package , Black/Red Leather Seats ,Clear Corners, Hymee Exhaust,Tinted windows, Pilliars, Rotary accents front and rear, Rp short shifter,Whiteline Front and Rear sway bars
I had it down to a WRX, 6mt G35 Sedan, SRT-4, IS300, 99 Dinan M3, and RX-8. The WRX was an econo-car, the Sedan could only be had with high miles for the same price of an 8. and I needed a car under warranty because I'm about to be a poor college student, the SRT-4 could have been had brand new, but it's both FWD and blows goats at auto-x, the IS300 is both underpowered and cannot be had for ~24k under warranty, the 99 M3 is a hell of a car but with 60k miles it's not got a warranty or what i need in the reliability department. The RX-8 was perfect. 14k miles, Sunroof, 4 doors, Warranty till 50k, 6spd, agile. Who wouldn't choose the 8?
had my heart set on a 350Z but the price on the "base" was a little too much and I knew I'd always wish I had gotten the touring if I got one but simply cannot afford -- after driving one for the 2nd time and debating on whether or not to go "over my decided-on budget" to make it happen, I decided to walk next door and look at the 8 to clear my head first before doing something I might regret. Drove one -- scared the poor newbie salesman to death cornering -- went back and drove 350Z again....walked back to mazda and began the nego's...
the kicker was when I got my husband to do the same (drive 350 and 8 back to back) WITHOUT telling him which one I had decided on -- when he picked the 8 (knowing I'd wanted a 350Z for a year) I knew it was the right choice.....plus the insurance is almost HALF on the 8 vs. 350.
dont regret a minute - still makes me smile!
'04 RX-8 GT MT
Black with black leather
stock spoiler, appearance pkg, rotary emblems
.....plus the insurance is almost HALF on the 8 vs. 350.
I guess the fact that it's a 4 door 4 seater doesn't hurt it any when it comes to insurance.
I traded a 97 Jetta GLS in on my 8. I kept the same insurance policy, just swapped out the Jetta for the 8. ...And my insurance actually went down. I figured it must be a mistake, ...but I'm not about to say anything. :D