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Old 10-07-2015, 01:04 PM
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Thinking of buying one!

Hi Everyone!

Thinking of buying my first RX8, well my first rotary car in general!

i am only young at 21 years old, but i have fallen in love with the RX8 and how they look! but i have a few questions if some more experienced members would be wiling to answer that would be great.

Okay so in the UK i have seen many RX8's for sale, for a decent 06 they are around 3000 which is around $5000 i believe. But if i was to get one, i would also add a single turbo and go and get it tuned, but i have questions about the engine.

How reliable are they? I've read about cold starting problems, a lot of people advertise saying no cold starting problems,

Does it cost a lot of money to run, on average with a turbo, i would drive steady, at a sensible driving rate, are they quite good on fuel for a 2.6?

I'm looking to make this a bit of a project car, are a lot of the mods able to be done by a novice, or are a lot quite complicated,

i don't think i have asked all the questions i wanted to, but the main thing i want to know is about how reliable the engine is, thanks!
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ok first off welcome. the engine is actually a 1.3 and they are not very good on gas if you keep the rpms up. cold starts isnt the issue, its hot starts that show possibly compression #s. boosting a renny is a crap shoot and its the only way to get a big hp increase. if you do buy one get a compression test done with a rotary specific tester. also read the new member stickies
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ok first off welcome. the engine is actually a 1.3 and they are not very good on gas if you keep the rpms up. cold starts isnt the issue, its hot starts that show possibly compression #s. boosting a renny is a crap shoot and its the only way to get a big hp increase. if you do buy one get a compression test done with a rotary specific tester. also read the new member stickies
Hi thanks for your reply!

Will be sure to check them out!

have a look at this what do you think?

MAZDA RX8 Modified | eBay
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that looks like a 4 port engine and its overpriced with a shitty paint job (probably dipped). i would keep looking
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That is a 2005 with high mileage. Here are the maintenance items that would need to be checked in its history. And you absolutely have to get a rotary engine-specific compression test done BEFORE purchase. or else you could be buying a failing or failed rotary engine. And it would cost you thousands to replace/or rebuild that engine.

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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2005 rx8 shinka

I a considering purchasing a [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]2005 [COLOR=blue !important]Mazda[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] Rx8 Shinka, the car has 35K on the original motor. The dad of a friend of mine owns the car and would like to purchase a chevy volt. He is selling for 6K , is this a fair price?
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Originally Posted by Chri5718 View Post
I a considering purchasing a [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]2005 [COLOR=blue !important]Mazda[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] Rx8 Shinka, the car has 35K on the original motor. The dad of a friend of mine owns the car and would like to purchase a chevy volt. He is selling for 6K , is this a fair price?
Hey Chris, stop spamming the forums with this question. You've already received replies in other threads.
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$6k for a Volt?

Reasonable.
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