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Pros: The engine, and the roadholding, and the design, and the performance
Cons: The blind spots on the near side can make it difficult to pull out at times
Advice: You won't go wrong buying a RX8. Just Do it!I managed to get a cancelled order on a six speed so instead of a 6 month wait, I only waited 6 weeks. I love the car, it handles incredibly well and goes like stink! The looks certainly attract attention and you can see why; it looks the business. So far I've driven 2500 miles in 4 weeks and enjoyed every single one. Best mpg was 23.5 but I was going slowly. In the UK we either have the 231bhp 6 speed manual or the 195bhp 4 speed manual (autos are for wussies). The 6 speed one comes fully loaded with the 6 x CD Bose system, climate control, 18in alloys, zenon lights, etc. I bought mine in winning blue with the leather upgrade and it cost £23950 in England with NO negotiation whatsover. Mazda know when they are onto a winner.
Cons: Having to use Premium gas, the gas mileage, and how quick it burns oil
Advice: Don't buy this car if your job is 40 minutes away like mine. You will fill up twice a week!!This car really hugs the curves and acceleration is awesome. I bought a Brillant Black with all the extras. GPS was really unnessasary for my lifestyle but I absolutely love it now. It has helped me many times and unlike Onstar you only pay for it once. The only grips I have is you have to add oil constantly because it burns so much of it. By 4,000 miles I had already added 2 Quarts. It also gets horrible gas mileage even though it says it gets 24 Highway I might be lucky to get 18. It only has a 15.9 gallon tank and you have to use PREMIUM gas!!
Pros: +5500RMP romp, unbelievable handling
Cons: Squeaky breaks, no dial speedometer
Advice: If you are looking for a sports car don't even consider the AT. Get the GT package.Very responsive handling, braking. Power is definately best after 5500 RPM--considerably sluggish in the 2-4k range. Breaks squeak with mid-pressure (a very common complaint) which has been difficult to fix. Rotaries have some quirks--let it warm up, don't do a 'quick back out of the driveway or you will flood engine (requires a tow and 6 hours of reconditioning). Overall, for the money it would be very difficult to get the acceleration, handling and looks of the Rx-8 MT. For all its quirks I love it!
Pros: Dynamic stability
Cons: Gas consumption
Advice: Drive the 350Z. You will love the ride of the RX 8Smooth ride with great support. Seats four with comfort and the Bose sound is amazing. This car is a complete package but gas mileage is not as reported by the sticker even with easy driving. I still love the car.
Cons: no spare
Advice: IF possible, Buy It!I loved the pick-up and handling. I was disappointed in the fact that there was no spare. If a person were to blow a tire a flat tire fix kit will not do. The car is absolutely perfect. The back seat fit my 6 foot plus husband during the test drive. We are sold this is our next car.
Pros: 'Suicide' doors
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: None except that it is in demand. Put down the few extra hundred or thousands. Great car.This car is such fun to drive. You need to keep the RPM's up and don't even actually speed. It is _so_ fun to just accelerate and especially decelerate quickly. This car stops fast. I mean it really stops quickly. Saved me from an accident earlier today
Pros: 9000 RPM redline
Cons: small trunk
Advice: Don't be afraid to negiotiate on priceA lot of reviews seem to concentrate on the lack of power in this car. To be sure, it isn't as brutish as a 350Z, but it makes up for it in so many other ways. The handling is superb, and the thrill of a 9000 RPM redline cannot be overstated. In the twisties the RX-8 seems glued to the road, providing enough feedback to really push the car to its limit without fear. Compared to the 350, this car seems much more composed. The 350 hit its limit (a considerable limit, to be sure) hard, and was very unforgiving of driver error. The RX-8 was much more civilized, even with the optional DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) turned off. The back seat is quite roomy for a sports car, and I was easily able to get in and out. For a 6'4' guy like me that is amazing. While we are on the topic of interiors, Mazda finally has it right. Every car in the 2004 lineup has an outstanding interior. Their design team deserves some recognition. Now that the dealerships are starting to get these in in greater quantity, the prices are coming down. I picked up my 2004 silver RX-8, wiht the Grand Touring Package and spare tire for under 30K.