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Old 02-14-2008, 06:59 PM
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i'm thinking of getting the rx8. cant say i'm a car aficionado but i do love its design and handling. but when i test drove the car from a p.i. it had this strong burning smell. also test drove one at mazda but it had no such problems. should i worry abt the smell? what's causing it?

also, what kind of singapore city driving mileage will i get on this? the salesperson says 8-9 click but i'm sceptical.

thanks in advance!
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:34 PM
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I do 70% highways and 30% urban, I get a good avg of between 8.8-9.2 for mileage and I rev occasionally every other night.
I got an AT from PI, I do not have any strong burning smell...only thing I smell is the nice sweet leather smell. And besides the design and handling, the sweet sound of the rotary purring every time I start the car and as I wind down the windows to drive slowly, its more than sufficient to be no longer skeptical.

Go get it..
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:15 PM
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FC, i would say 6-8 km/l more accurate. Burnt smell = normal wen u rev hard as our rotary tends to 'chia' engine oil. Hope tat helps
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Originally Posted by wantondoodles View Post
hi all

i'm thinking of getting the rx8. cant say i'm a car aficionado but i do love its design and handling. but when i test drove the car from a p.i. it had this strong burning smell. also test drove one at mazda but it had no such problems. should i worry abt the smell? what's causing it?

also, what kind of singapore city driving mileage will i get on this? the salesperson says 8-9 click but i'm sceptical.

thanks in advance!
Mate, if fuel consumption is one of your main considerations, I would really recommend against getting the RX8. One of the excitements with driving this ride is reving and pushing this car hard. I don't do that very often though and my split is 60% highway 40% city. With that, my consumption averages about 6.7km/L.

Like het mentioned, the burning smell is not unusual. Some of us get it, some don't. Alot depends again on how hard you push your ride. Having said that, the burning smell is not an indication that something is wrong with the ride.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:04 PM
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thanks for the replies. read somewhere that burning smell could be cos of some insulation coating that comes with new cars and will wear off. is this true?

p.s. pretty set on getting it. just want to be singaporeany sure
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:24 PM
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Go and get it wantondoodles! i'll have to tell you, it is absolutely worth it. I am also very much look forward to the end of the day from my work, coz i get to enjoy the driving plesure of this car!!!!!!!!!

100% Worth it!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by wantondoodles View Post
thanks for the replies. read somewhere that burning smell could be cos of some insulation coating that comes with new cars and will wear off. is this true?

p.s. pretty set on getting it. just want to be singaporeany sure
Hi, I am driving a 6spd MT which I got from a PI. As mentioned, some get the smell, some don't. I didn't smell anything funny yet as I don't really rev my car (max 4k plus rpm, for now!). Fuel consumption wise, I am getting about 8km/l with 70% highway & 30% city driving.

Like what Fugu said, if you are concern about fuel consumption, this is not the car for you. But think of it this way, you get the fun and power from this car but paying a road tax of 1.3l.

Cheers!!
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:20 PM
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thanks for the replies. read somewhere that burning smell could be cos of some insulation coating that comes with new cars and will wear off. is this true?
Yes, it's a film on the exhaust. It goes away after a week or so.
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Yes, it's a film on the exhaust. It goes away after a week or so.
Sori but i beg to differ. Mines comin to a year but stil getting the smell lwen i rev hard but most impt, its normal

I always tell my fren, theres no other ride in SG tat cost less than S$100K (PI Car) and get tat amt of head turned!!!! I'm sure tons of bros here will agree w me
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yeah... for the smell i got it leh cant tahan so i equip with 2 car perfume... petrol wise abit high consumption mine is abt 6 km/l cos doing 80% city driving 20% highway...but 100% worth the money....
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Sori but i beg to differ. Mines comin to a year but stil getting the smell lwen i rev hard but most impt, its normal

I always tell my fren, theres no other ride in SG tat cost less than S$100K (PI Car) and get tat amt of head turned!!!! I'm sure tons of bros here will agree w me
Ya lor, even my mum also say "Wa, zhao cia jin swee leh" (in hokkien)
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Burning smell fr exhaust used to get it during 1st 1 or 2 months. Nowsadays still get it after hard rev too.

60% highway 30% city 10% idling, wif heavy ICE setup, 18inch, on shell 98, did a remap & occasionally rev, now can maintain between 7.8km/l - 8.2km/l.

Go get one B4 new facelift launch. U won't regret...
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Originally Posted by wantondoodles View Post
hi all

i'm thinking of getting the rx8. cant say i'm a car aficionado but i do love its design and handling. but when i test drove the car from a p.i. it had this strong burning smell. also test drove one at mazda but it had no such problems. should i worry abt the smell? what's causing it?

also, what kind of singapore city driving mileage will i get on this? the salesperson says 8-9 click but i'm sceptical.

thanks in advance!
if u single or just married then buy lor. if got kid then just buy a normal sedan.

mine 6sp manual two years liao still got smell.

fc 6-7click.

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burnt smell? Either the car (new car) is with new mid/rear silencer or 'decat'ed or exhaust wrapped with new thermo wrap. Else something is not right.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:23 PM
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Go get one B4 new facelift launch. U won't regret...
was thinking that. but shouldnt i wait for facelift? will it be a lot more expensive?
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:48 PM
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smell is normal lah... how come every other week, someone will ask this question? haha... anyway, this car muz be driven HARD. I redline whenever i have the chance to... consumes fuel yes, but if u are worried abt consumption, please dun get this car...
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nice car to have n drives.. even my dad say haha 3L power 1.3L Road taxs haha.....like wise alot of ppl say ir u really have an issuses on FC i think it not a car for you hehe.. cause for me is 80% Highway 20% urban... i like each tank when the lights came on it clock only 277 but! i alway high rev up to 9.8K RPM haha.... as for the new face lift.. i don't find the rotry design is there anymore... but it jus my 2cents worth of advise.... cheer mate.. end of the conversation... die die must have car haha even my mum also say nice car sleek n sexy ya! haha
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just ask yourself how bad want the rx8. simple.....no need think so much.
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I left with half tank and only 120km..hehe...petrol is so cheap now...whack all u can
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Originally Posted by wantondoodles View Post
was thinking that. but shouldnt i wait for facelift? will it be a lot more expensive?
bro,

the new facelift is fugly! share the same design characteristics
as the new mazda 6.

gone are the rotary crests and the side fenders, a loss of the rx8 character.

the fugliest is the steering wheel manz!

the oni thing nice is the back led tailights. the recardo seats look sharp too
but also at the expense of the rotary crest seats which are just as nice.

just my 2 cents worth n personal opinion.
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was thinking that. but shouldnt i wait for facelift? will it be a lot more expensive?
Not sure the price though but u can chk do a search in this forum which links to some pics of the new facelifted 8 but like wat Bro BlackEight mentioned most of the distinct RX8 features are 'lifted' esp those rotary & fender trade marks.

U hv to decide for urself...

Happy shopping!

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:37 AM
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i bought my rx8! in black! thanks for all the tip and advice. they really helped. very excited to start driving it. let me know if there are meetups or pointers you may have abt how best to maintain the car. also, cant wait for the new singapore rx8 website to be up.
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Originally Posted by wantondoodles View Post
i bought my rx8! in black! thanks for all the tip and advice. they really helped. very excited to start driving it. let me know if there are meetups or pointers you may have abt how best to maintain the car. also, cant wait for the new singapore rx8 website to be up.
Congrats bro!

U bought fr MM or PI? When collect?

Cheers!
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PI, should be next week. thanks!
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wow tats faster bro congrats...anyway you wont regret your decision....
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