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Old 06-23-2014, 01:43 PM
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Hi forum!
I'm new to the RX8 world, but probably a bit late to the game.
About 4 months ago, I was in the market for a "fresher" car. My 04 corolla (the 4th corolla I've had in 16 years) had 215K, still ran great but needed about a grand in work to pass inspection.
Ever practical, I began scouring craigslist,autotrader, etc for another toyota corolla, honda civic or mazda protege.
When performing my search, a mazda ad popped up and I thought to myself, "hmmm..I've never heard of this kind of car" I clicked the ad and Angels began singing!
I spent the next few months researching. This site has been invaluable! I can't thank everyone enough for all of the information, hints, tips and know-how.

Thankfully, I have a good friend mechanic who had an RX7 and is quite familiar with the Rotary Engine. I took him with me when I went, and he gave it a good once-over. We insisted on the compression test, so the the small used car dealership sent it to Mazda a couple of miles away.
Compression test came back great - and attached to the printouts was the information on a new engine. The one in the car has less than 19,000 miles. yay.

Nutshell -- I'm now the proud owner of a 2004 Velocity Red RX8. (Vivian - Viv, for short)
I'm a 42 yr old mother of 2 grown kids, and when I'm cruising in Viv, I feel completely bad-***, insanely happy and totally indulgent! She's got every option except navigation (which is ok -- didn't really want that anyway). Her only drawback is that she's a total gas sucker. But I knew that going into it.

I gave her a very nice hand-job on Friday evening and now she shines like a new penny.
I look forward to learning more, and many, many miles of pure bliss.
I'm in PA, between Harrisburg and Baltimore, btw.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:02 PM
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welcome. im between the poconos and scranton. theres some rotard friends of mine by allentown, philly, and hershey

check this thread
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:28 PM
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welcome and we will have to hook you up with some of the group events for our RX8 owners in Pa., Md. ,Del. ,and South NJ
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:13 PM
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Welcome! I'm just north of Philly.
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Welcome, Sunbury PA here.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:13 PM
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thanks for the welcome.
I work about 30 min from Hershey.

forgot to add in my first post; Viv is a 6-speed MT with no body mods. I may be in the minority, but I think she's most beautiful with no changes. Love the curves and lines, and I prefer the profile with the spoiler vs without.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:14 PM
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Hey welcome to the club, the car looks great. Too bad its red I'm with you it looks a lot better with the spoiler

Just to give some firendly advice, do a lot of searching, and read all of this. It will probably answer most of your questions to begin with.

Then lookup the 100 Dollar thread for more things to help.

To get the most out of your searches go to google and type in xxxxxx

Then write your search info in the place of xxxxxx

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Old 06-24-2014, 01:31 PM
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I have read all of those threads, loga.
Thank you -- they're very informative!!

I will be beginning the $100 thread suggestions next week when I have vacation.

I put a little pic, but I don't see it showing up.... :-/
Also testing my sig.
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welcome from altoona!
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