Common Mazda RX-8 (’03-’11) problems – What Car?

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Common Mazda RX-8 problems

The Mazda RX-8 from most other on the road, because it uses a powertrain and has four doors. has a good reputation for reliability and the always performs well in the JD survey – making it an interesting proposition for buyers who want a little different. However, are some common problems to out for.

Coupes are not usually for their practicality, but the RX-8 has for four adults, a 290-litre and those four doors, of The rear doors are also which improves access to the seats.

Whereas traditional engines use the RX-8’s rotary engine rotors to provide the power. The is a 1.3-litre unit – considerably than you would expect – but it exhilarating performance.

The engine is with either 189bhp, or The entry-level RX-8 gets 0-60mph in 7.0 seconds, while the version does it in 6.2 seconds.

fun to drive, provides a great and has terrific handling. The ride is a bit at low speeds, but it smoothes out considerably as increase.

The rotary engine provides performance, but it does come at a Average economy is 26mpg on the powerful version and just on the 228bhp car. However, in driving conditions, drivers struggle to break 20mpg.

CO2 aren’t any better, with the car emitting 267g/km and the 228bhp 299g/km.

Four adults can in the RX-8 in relative comfort. It be a bit snug for those in the rear but it’s considerably better other similarly priced

The specification on all RX-8s was generous. All get alloy wheels, climate electric windows and electric

Our pick is the more powerful version. The cheapest cars less than £1000 on the market. Later models are good value; we found one 11,000 miles on the clock for than £6500.

The RX-8 a great used buy, but are some common problems to out for, though:

Common problems

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Mazda cracking heat insulator (’03)

Early models recalled to replace heat that could crack and off. The insulation was around the dampers, which are used to vibrations from the engine the cabin. Cars with insulation had them replaced an improved version.

Mazda suspension problem (’03)

than 4000 cars recalled for an issue with the that could cause the to lose control of the steering. The occurs in one of the suspension joints. cars were recalled and had the part of the suspension replaced.

Mazda RX-8 fuel problem (’03-’04)

The largest of the RX-8 was for cars built 2003 and 2004. More 15,000 cars were to fix a problem with the exhaust that could cause a leak. It was discovered that surrounding the exhaust could and the heat could affect the tank.

Mazda fitted an insulating pad to the fuel tanks of affected

Mazda should have all of these problems, but make the car you’re considering has had the work

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