I have a 2005 manual. Absolutely love this car. It gets more compliments than I could have ever imagined. But we all know the RX-8 is a beauty and unlike any other. So no need in pointing out the obvious.
The thing I chuckle at on this forum are all those with performance concerns.
I can't tell you the number of times I have cold started. The number of times I cold started and cut it off immediately. I say this with caution for I have no wood to knock on. But I have not had any issues with flooding or other engine problems. I have no had to add oil, but I change the oil regularly.
I wouldn't consider myself a hard driver. I baby it probably too much. But do try several times a week to have fun. The highest I've gotten the RPM's is arounf 6500. Just too old to try anything more!!
It's the best decision I ever made back in Feb to purchase this vehicle. Mazmart hooked me up with a winner and I'm truly thankful. Plus, got the chance to meet a great guy. My wife and I were/are very impressed with this fellow Mazda friend!!
So, quit talking about it and go do it. Get you RX-8 and go have fun!!! You and the gas station will become great buds!!