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Old 11-15-2016, 10:00 PM
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Just picked up a series 2

First off, this seems like a pretty good forum. I was coming from a few Mercedes forums and a few stance forums, and they all seemed to be pretty dead. lol

Anyways, I picked up a series 2 RX-8 exactly one week ago and it's been driving great. I'd like to keep my cars driving that way from now on, and have to resist the urge to do anything dumb to it. Here's a picture of the new daily and the old project car/daily

https://www.flickr.com/photos/934208.../shares/98MegL

I'm excited to keep this thing running with some useful mods!
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Go ahead and start digging into the new owners threads, they are full of tons of useful information on keeping your new to you 8 alive and well, from basic reliability mods to in depth mathematics overviews of coolant flow levels, most of the answers can be found on this forum.
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Old 11-17-2016, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by CelestialGryphon View Post
Welcome to the forum. Go ahead and start digging into the new owners threads, they are full of tons of useful information on keeping your new to you 8 alive and well, from basic reliability mods to in depth mathematics overviews of coolant flow levels, most of the answers can be found on this forum.
Thanks. I've been glued to the stickies since before I bought the car, but now I'm really digging for what maintenance I need to do at around 70k. Anyone have any suggestions besides trans fluid, diff fluid, and spark plugs/coils?

EDIT: I found this post while browsing through another thread

Originally Posted by gwilliams6 View Post
RX8 Club’s recommended maintenance schedule, more comprehensive and proactive than Mazda’s schedule.
30,000 miles:
- Replace Ignition coils
- Replace Plug wires
- Replace Spark plugs
- Clean MAF (mass air flow sensor)
- Clean ESS (e-shaft sensor)
- Reset ESS profile
- Clean power steering connections
- Clean battery terminals and clamps
- Replace transmission fluid
- Replace coolant (Mazda FL-22 is highly recommended)
- Replace air filter
- Replace brake fluid (fluid in the brake lines AND the clutch line)
~$300 USD in parts if you shop smartly.


every 60,000:
...all 30,000, plus...
- Clean all chassis electrical grounding points
- Replace accessory belts
- Clean OMP lines
- Replace rear differential fluid
- Replace thermostat
- Clean / Straighten AC condenser fins
- Clean / Straighten oil cooler fins
- Inspect catalytic converter
- Clean / Inspect intake valving
- Consider / inspect all points in 90,000+ as well, many items fail early
~$130 USD in parts if you shop smartly.

90,000:
...all 30,000, plus any 60,000 not yet done, plus...
- Replace coolant bottle
- Replace radiator hoses
- Replace radiator
- Replace front O2 sensor
- Replace motor mounts
- Inspect clutch pedal assembly for flex / weld breaks
~$900 USD in parts if you shop smartly.
At 100k, anything original in the cooling system is really suspect and failure prone. It represents the biggest threat to your engine.

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That's a pretty accurate guideline, if I'm honest.
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Old 11-17-2016, 12:26 PM
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Freshen the system oil by doing a series of quick oil changes and make sure you're using the N3R1 Mazda oil filter. Get that oil in those coolers out and clean (and the 3.5 quarts that never comes out of the system at a single drain).
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Old 11-17-2016, 12:28 PM
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Also if it hasn't been done just change the coils, plugs, and wires immediately with BHR Black Halo Racing Ignition System | Black Halo Racing or Mazda C-coils from Mazmart MAZMART - Serving The Mazda Community Since 1980. RX8 Ignition
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+1 for BHR koolaid.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I should probably take a peek and see if the PO upgraded to BHR ignition goodies. lol

I've been enjoying the car on my 30 mile commute to work every day
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You cannot go wrong doing the maintenance listed above and below

Originally Posted by gwilliams6 View Post
RX8 Club’s recommended maintenance schedule, more comprehensive and proactive than Mazda’s schedule.
30,000 miles:
- Replace Ignition coils
- Replace Plug wires
- Replace Spark plugs
- Clean MAF (mass air flow sensor)
- Clean ESS (e-shaft sensor)
- Reset ESS profile
- Clean power steering connections
- Clean battery terminals and clamps
- Replace transmission fluid
- Replace coolant (Mazda FL-22 is highly recommended)
- Replace air filter
- Replace brake fluid (fluid in the brake lines AND the clutch line)
~$300 USD in parts if you shop smartly.


every 60,000:
...all 30,000, plus...
- Clean all chassis electrical grounding points
- Replace accessory belts
- Clean OMP lines
- Replace rear differential fluid
- Replace thermostat
- Clean / Straighten AC condenser fins
- Clean / Straighten oil cooler fins
- Inspect catalytic converter
- Clean / Inspect intake valving
- Consider / inspect all points in 90,000+ as well, many items fail early
~$130 USD in parts if you shop smartly.

90,000:
...all 30,000, plus any 60,000 not yet done, plus...
- Replace coolant bottle
- Replace radiator hoses
- Replace radiator
- Replace front O2 sensor
- Replace motor mounts
- Inspect clutch pedal assembly for flex / weld breaks
~$900 USD in parts if you shop smartly.
At 100k, anything original in the cooling system is really suspect and failure prone. It represents the biggest threat to your engine.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:46 PM
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Hey all,

It's been a few years of (mostly) smooth ownership! Here are some updated pics for how she sits now:




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Sweet 👍
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nice, good to see your car still running
what brand ignition coils did you go with?
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