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Old 03-28-2014, 05:24 PM
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I'm not sure what the markup from John Hine mazda off of 8 and mission valley is. However I remember buying stuff from then for the FD.. That was YEARS ago but I don't remember flinching at the prices then.

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What is a good place for online parts? I'm currently using MAZDASPEED MOTORSPORTS DEVELOPMENT - Home Page since it's mainly a track car. Discounts through that program are decent enough.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:40 PM
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I've been using Online Mazda Parts for years.
I know you asked for local but it's tough to find decent prices at dealerships unless you have a relationship with the parts department reps.
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:22 PM
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RE: Online Mazda Parts
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What is the difference between 7-N/R and 10-N/R?

I can assume those are both manual and 21-N/R and 41-N/R are both automatics.
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good question ^ I have a question about that online parts list too. Is a Shinka considered grand touring?
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:53 PM
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speed: that's a good question, I hadn't looked up any Series II parts in a while so I wasn't aware it gave that odd breakdown.
There an option to input your VIN so they can ensure that parts fits your car so that's a good fail safe in case we pick the wrong one? I'd shoot them an email for clarification though

Ocho: it should show up as "Shinka" I just tried putting in 2005 and there was a shinka option (as there should be) as some parts are different than the GT (suspension being one that comes to mind)
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My husband has been complaining about my "special" car. Everything (parts, service) is expensive and not easy to find. (Even good experienced mechanics are hard to find!) We tried to buy parts online as the prices are much cheaper than what car shops charge us!
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Originally Posted by CopperRedMicaShinka View Post
My husband has been complaining about my "special" car. Everything (parts, service) is expensive and not easy to find. (Even good experienced mechanics are hard to find!) We tried to buy parts online as the prices are much cheaper than what car shops charge us!
Special car? The Rx8 is cheap! If you need a good mechanic please go to midnight oil motors. While Jim is nice he learned from them.
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Originally Posted by CopperRedMicaShinka View Post
Good info! Warranty expired and also looking for options other than dealership. Those people at dealership don't seem to know much more about rotary engine than people on this forum...
Among the things people working at the stealership have said to me:

"Those things are the worst Mazdas ever put out"

"It's only a matter of time before your engine blows"

"Rotaries always have something wrong with them"

"Don't you have to add oil like every time you gas up?"



Clueless 'tards...but yeah.
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while their answers may have a hint of opinion attached, the answers also have a hint of truth buried in them.

but i disagree about the experience aspect, this forum has more members that know the internals of the rotary engine quite well compared to the average dealership whom usually has no one experienced on the inner workings of the engines. watching a training video at the mazda school doesn't count either.

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Since this tread is getting a bit old, I wanted to update it with a +1 for Jimís Rotary Shop (619) 402-8147.

Iíve had my 8 serviced at the dealership, John Hine, since new. Dealer recently recommended I do a compression test before I spend money on sparks/coils. Compression test came back as fail (rear) and almost fail (front) and dealer said the only remedy they could do was replacing the engine. I agonized for a few days over whether to replace the spark plugs and coils to get some more life out of my failing engine. Eventually I had the dealer replace the spark plugs and coils (I asked about replacing spark plug wires, but the dealer first advised that there are no wires to replace and later advised that the wires were in good condition).

I looked at the San Diego area mechanic recommendations on this thread and made an appointment with Jim Hrmoda for another compression test. Although compression was not perfect, the numbers were ok (far from failing, and good for 90,000 miles on the original engine). He also found that the dealership reversed the plugs (installed the trailing on the leading and vice-versa), and that the spark plug wires needed replacing.

Jim seems extremely knowledgeable about all things rotary, he has or can get parts, and he rebuilds rotaries himself. I recommend him for all service and repair.
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