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Old 11-25-2011, 10:10 AM
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Hi everyone, didn't know exactly where to put this so I decided this was the best place being as I'm from Northwest Indiana. Just bought my 07 RX-8 GT with the 6 speed automatic a couple days ago and I traded in my 08 Honda Civic Si. I have been eyeing these cars ever since they first came out and I finally pulled the trigger on one. I always shyed away from these cars because of all the engine problems I have been hearing about but I couldn't resist the temptation anymore. I'm glad I purchased the car because it's a very impressive car even being an automatic. I thought the paddle shifters would be a dog like on most cars equipped with them but to my suprise they work very well. I generally don't even use drive in the car. Instead I put it into manual mode and just use the paddle shifters. I'm pretty knowledable about the engine. I have been reading about them for years and the proper ways of taking car of them. For the longest time people kept saying that you need to drive the car hard and hit that redline every so often and I always thought it was a joke but to my suprise once again it's completely opposite of a piston engine. When I bought the car I requested to have the oil changed ( bought the car at a Honda dealership) and I had a talk with the mechanic that was going to change the oil and he told me he never seen an engine like that before. I laughed and told him politely that I would change the oil in fear that he might put synthetic or the wrong grade of oil into the car. So that's my story and I look forward to meeting all kinds of people here and being an active member. BTW I'm a long time owner of a 94 Mazda Miata which I will never get rid of.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:04 AM
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Most of the people here don't even let Mazda techs touch their car let alone a Honda tech. Good choice
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Welcome to the RX8club. I've owned two AT RX8's and I never drove in "Drive". Shift it between 3000 and 5000 rpm and she will be a happy Rotary.
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Old 11-25-2011, 04:48 PM
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curious why you went auto, coming from an Si?

Anyways, welcome to the addiction! Show us what she looks like
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Old 11-25-2011, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RX8Soldier View Post
curious why you went auto, coming from an Si?

Anyways, welcome to the addiction! Show us what she looks like
Well I'm the type who is always back and forth on transmissions. Really I can care less if it's automatic or manual but this car was about 5 miles from my house and it's the first one in my area to come up for sale in about 6 months so I had to look at it. What sold me on the automatic was the paddle shifters. I have driven other cars that had this option and there was always this 2 or 3 second pause between shifts. This car though the shifts where just about instant and it was enough for me to settle on this car. Really I have the best of both worlds.
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Old 11-25-2011, 05:54 PM
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I will post up some pictures tomorrow. It's an 07 GT with 46k miles and I'm assuming just about every option besides the navigation. It has a white metallic paint job (don't know the official name Mazda gave the paint job).
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Sorry about the delay with the pictures but it has been raining/snowing for the past three days so I havn't been able to get a real good picture. I just have the one for now that I took the day I brought it home from the dealership.

I got a question for you guys. I have been searching the forums and everyone is saying these cars have an 8yr/100k mile warranty that Mazda issued whether you bought the car new or used. I bought my car from a Honda dealership and it was offered as is. If someone could confirm this for me that would be great news! Another thing is if mine is an 07 with 46k miles how much time do I have left of the warranty. Do you need some official papers from Mazda if the motor does take a crap or do you just take the car to the Mazda dealership and they will know? I'm very confused on how this works. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:46 AM
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nice color, welcome.
the warranty is for the engine core only and is 8yrs/100,000miles. doesnt matter where you bought it, keep your oil change reciepts and a log of when you change it. you still may be under the 50,000mi warranty also. call a mazda dealer and give them your vin.

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nice color, welcome.
the warranty is for the engine core only and is 8yrs/100,000miles. doesnt matter where you bought it, keep your oil change reciepts and a log of when you change it. you still may be under the 50,000mi warranty also. call a mazda dealer and give them your vin.

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Thanks for the fast response! I plan on changing the oil myself like I do for all my cars cause I trust no one. Guess I will just keep a log of all my oil changes on the car. What's the purpose of my giving my VIN number to a Mazda dealership? What will they do with it? I would think they would just not care unless something is wrong with the car.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:18 AM
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^they can use your VIN to see if any maintenance was done at a dealership (which is good).
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:22 AM
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they can also use the vin to tell you when your engine core warranty is up, if you are still covered under the b to b or power train warranty, and to make sure if any recalls/tsb need to be done
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