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07-20-2015, 02:40 PM
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Posted By ken-x8

2006 Mazda RX-8 65k miles - Vienna, VA

Gray RX-8 in excellent condition.
CarMax inspection on July 20, 2015 found no issues.
65,648 odometer as of July 20, 2015.
Manual 6-speed.

Always garaged and extremely well-maintained. No...
06-07-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 805
Posted By ken-x8

Excellent advice. IMHO, "good penetrating oil"...

Excellent advice. IMHO, "good penetrating oil" does not include WD40, whose main property seems to be making a mess. Liquid Wrench is the classic. I've had amazing results with PB Blaster.
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06-03-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,619
Posted By ken-x8

It's pushing the box back that's the hard part. ...

It's pushing the box back that's the hard part. Try it when you're in your late 60s and out of shape.

Ken
06-01-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 845
Posted By ken-x8

Base model comes with cloth seats. Leather comes...

Base model comes with cloth seats. Leather comes with most of the upgraded trim levels, and dealers enjoy the higher profit of upgrades.

Personally, I prefer cloth. I've got a base and was...
05-28-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 916
Posted By ken-x8

Either replace the tank with the new improved...

Either replace the tank with the new improved version or pull the plug to the sensor.

Or think of clever stories to entertain passengers who might be concerned.

Ken
05-18-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By ken-x8

Tire pressure sensors have a battery that's...

Tire pressure sensors have a battery that's supposed to last about ten years, so when you get new tires you should get new sensors. But check your pressures now to make sure they're not actually too...
05-13-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By ken-x8

The plug on one side of the tank (passenger...

The plug on one side of the tank (passenger side), toward the front. Squeeze the tab and lift straight up.

The sensor itself is integral with the tank. It does not come out. If you want to...
05-13-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 61,099
Posted By ken-x8

I got the prelim letter a couple of months ago. ...

I got the prelim letter a couple of months ago. A "we have the parts" letter with my VIN came a few days ago. Yesterday I made an appointment with the dealer for them to take care of it today. ...
05-13-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By ken-x8

If you conclude that everything except the sensor...

If you conclude that everything except the sensor is OK, you can squeeze the latch, lift the plug a quarter of an inch, and just leave it there. All will look normal.

Unplugging the sensor or...
05-12-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By ken-x8

Midpipe is never legal, since you're tampering...

Midpipe is never legal, since you're tampering with the emission system.

Keep the stock intake. Keep away from K&N air filters - they don't filter very well, and you'll get dirt running through...
05-12-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 763
Posted By ken-x8

Being mean about automatics is against the rules...

Being mean about automatics is against the rules of the forum. It's used as an example of what not to do.

One sign of low compression is hard starting when hot. Hopefully some of the more...
05-12-2015, 01:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By ken-x8

Being able to accelerate into a gap ahead of me...

Being able to accelerate into a gap ahead of me in the next lane was one of the first great things I noticed about my 8. Way better than my Accord, where I had to drop into one behind me. But don't...
05-11-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By ken-x8

Halfway to what? The normal position for the...

Halfway to what? The normal position for the temperature gauge is pretty much halfway - two tics left of the center mark. Or halfway from there to full scale?

Either way, the hot start issue is...
05-08-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 394,143
Posted By ken-x8

Pretty impressive numbers. How many RX-8s were...

Pretty impressive numbers. How many RX-8s were sold in the US? I seem to remember a number in either the 100k or 200k range. Either way the odds are sobering.

The statement in the story about...
05-05-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 743
Posted By ken-x8

Unless that school was during WW I, those...

Unless that school was during WW I, those aviation engines would have been radial, not rotary.

I've always wondered what it would take to put a Le Rhone rotary into a car. :)

Ken
05-05-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,085
Posted By ken-x8

You might find a mechanic with first hand...

You might find a mechanic with first hand knowledge, rather than someone chanting his father's mantra.

A rotary does carry more risk of problems than a piston engine. It's not all owner neglect. ...
05-05-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,335
Posted By ken-x8

You need diagnostics. Since you said mot, I take...

You need diagnostics. Since you said mot, I take it you're in the UK. Are there shops or parts stores that offer free code reading, like Autozone and other places in the US? If not, you can buy a...
04-25-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 302,158
Posted By ken-x8

Started it and took a slow drive through the...

Started it and took a slow drive through the neighborhood. It's been parked since early December because of a medical problem. Started immediately, with no more pre-park prep than putting it on...
04-25-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,958
Posted By ken-x8

The closest thing to a consensus on oil in this...

The closest thing to a consensus on oil in this gang is that the type and brand don't matter as much as changing it every 3000 miles. If you're racing or have a turbo then I'm sure the type matters,...
04-23-2015, 04:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,786
Posted By ken-x8

The rule about being civil in this forum applies...

The rule about being civil in this forum applies to new members as well as old. You'll do better with a smaller chip on your shoulder.

No DSC button means you don't have DSC, so if you want to...
04-13-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,662
Posted By ken-x8

The Mercedes team adopted a two tar (yes, that's...

The Mercedes team adopted a two tar (yes, that's how tire/tyre is spelled in one F1 country) stop strategy in China, matching Ferrari's winning trick in the previous race. Hamilton and Rosberg were...
03-15-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 61,099
Posted By ken-x8

We all complain about the lawyers, but they do...

We all complain about the lawyers, but they do provide a useful vigilante force for things like this.

Ken
03-10-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By ken-x8

Ask your dealer to check on the status of recalls...

Ask your dealer to check on the status of recalls and special programs (if any) on your car.

Coils were never recalled. There have been very few recalls of RX-8s. All that comes to mind are an...
02-27-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,376
Posted By ken-x8

According to the specs on Optima's web site, it's...

According to the specs on Optima's web site, it's sealed and spillproof. They also say it can be brought back from deep discharge multiple times. So you're fine. Sorry if I caused any anxiety -...
02-26-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,376
Posted By ken-x8

If it's just a week or two, that's OK. But lead...

If it's just a week or two, that's OK. But lead acid batteries lose charge and deteriorate if they sit for a long time. For extended storage it should be on a trickle charger.

I would not store...
02-26-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 790
Posted By ken-x8

And think of the neighbors who aren't even into...

And think of the neighbors who aren't even into cars.

Anyone with an excessively loud exhaust - let me know what town you live in and what color your 8 is, and I'll be happy to drop a note to the...
02-20-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 61,099
Posted By ken-x8

I got one of those in the mail a couple of days...

I got one of those in the mail a couple of days ago. Wonder when the second, saying parts are available, will come.

I suppose the replacement parts will be from Takata? Not sure if that makes...
02-12-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By ken-x8

That's wrong. Long warmup is not really good for...

That's wrong. Long warmup is not really good for any car. A 5k rev before shutting down is a myth. Don't pay attention to whoever fed you that stuff.

What is true is that you should not turn it...
02-03-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,013
Posted By ken-x8

I can. It happens all the time. Assholes who...

I can. It happens all the time. Assholes who don't grasp the concept that the guy right ahead of them is also a victim, and not working together with the left lane bandit.

In any event, the...
02-02-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,376
Posted By ken-x8

Anyone have trouble starting their 8 after it's...

Anyone have trouble starting their 8 after it's sat for a few months? I parked mine the first week of December because of a medical problem that's lasting longer than I thought. Gas tank was...
02-01-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,013
Posted By ken-x8

You already reported it to the police, so you've...

You already reported it to the police, so you've essentially pressed charges. All that following through on that will cost you is appearing in court to testify against him. I really recommend you...
02-01-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7,263
Views: 421,609
Posted By ken-x8

Do you think they have forgotten grammar, etc.,...

Do you think they have forgotten grammar, etc., or are just being jerks wanting to use textese instead of English?

Ken
01-29-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7,263
Views: 421,609
Posted By ken-x8

Oops - you're right. I keep getting 80,000 miles...

Oops - you're right. I keep getting 80,000 miles stuck in my head as the upper warranty limit. If it's less than 8 years old, then there's still mileage left on the engine warranty. Sorry for...
01-28-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7,263
Views: 421,609
Posted By ken-x8

Warranty goes with the car. But at 90,000 miles...

Warranty goes with the car. But at 90,000 miles all the warranty periods on yours are expired.

Ken
01-25-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7,263
Views: 421,609
Posted By ken-x8

Time for everyone to let it go and move on. ...

Time for everyone to let it go and move on.

Since I did not follow the original discussion or put any effort into refereeing (past few weeks have been rough) I'm not in a position to scold anyone...
01-25-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 7,263
Views: 421,609
Posted By ken-x8

I don't think that taking behavior advice from...

I don't think that taking behavior advice from people who have been banned is a good strategy.

Ken
01-21-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By ken-x8

There's a really good DIY section on this site. ...

There's a really good DIY section on this site. Browse through it and see what feels comfortable.

The plugs BHR sells are the genuine NGK OEM plugs. You can trust BHR.

Finding a good mechanic...
01-16-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By ken-x8

What's the problem with a foreign car? This...

What's the problem with a foreign car? This isn't the 1950s, where if you brought a car back from Europe you'd be challenged to find parts or anyone to work on it.

Ken
01-15-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,232
Posted By ken-x8

He did come here with the firm belief that his...

He did come here with the firm belief that his engine was blown. His question was how to get out of the financial hole, not how to be sure the engine was dead.

In his last post he said he had...
01-14-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By ken-x8

Turning off the live car is a pretty common...

Turning off the live car is a pretty common instruction when jumping.

The idea is that the car being started will draw more current than the alternator can supply, possibly damaging the live car's...
01-12-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By ken-x8

Apex seals in a rotary are the equivalent of...

Apex seals in a rotary are the equivalent of piston rings in a piston engine. They wouldn't have anything to do with this. But there are other seals that separate oil passages from water passages. ...
01-12-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By ken-x8

I have not had this problem (yet?), but if I did...

I have not had this problem (yet?), but if I did I'd go with one of the name brand restorer kits. Someone who's in the business of car care.

Ken
01-09-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 22,678
Posted By ken-x8

Don't forget that a used car dealer familiar with...

Don't forget that a used car dealer familiar with RX-8s is likely to declare any 8 on their lot to be a Shinka.

Ken
01-08-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,358
Posted By ken-x8

How long did any of those prior polls last? ...

How long did any of those prior polls last? Anyone participate in a second or third poll? :)

Ken
01-06-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By ken-x8

You need a nav DVD. It's about $200. There was...

You need a nav DVD. It's about $200. There was only one map update, quite a while ago.

Ken
01-06-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,009
Posted By ken-x8

I'm also in the DC area - Vienna. Had some...

I'm also in the DC area - Vienna. Had some really scary rides home from work in the snow on all-seasons. I came within a whisker of getting caught in the mess at Tyson's Corner a few years...
01-05-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By ken-x8

Same here. All of the dealer service, and the...

Same here. All of the dealer service, and the stuff I entered myself, is usually there.

I say "usually" because the site is a little flaky, and there have been times when the maintenance records...
01-05-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By ken-x8

It's up to a Mazda dealer to enter stuff that...

It's up to a Mazda dealer to enter stuff that they do, and you to enter anything else you want to appear there.

I suggest you keep your own maintenance records, too, and not count 100% on the...
01-05-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By ken-x8

I don't know how it is on non-US models, but the...

I don't know how it is on non-US models, but the ones here don't really have much of an instrument light color change. Basic lighting is red, with an eerie blue background. If you turn the...
01-04-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By ken-x8

It's not that tempermental, but it requires some...

It's not that tempermental, but it requires some extra care. If all you want to do with a car is put in gas and drive, this isn't really a good choice.

If you're looking at a 2007, you're...
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