Mazda Sports Cars Ratings

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: the exterior and the 'suicide' doors.

    Cons: the lack of quality of the interior materials. The dashboard and side interior door panels has a dusty look even when cleaned.

    Advice: Get this car in a Manual version. For $31,299 you cannot find a car like this.

    This car is very unique because it's a quick car (manual transmission version) for a 2 plus 2. I love the rotary engine sound especially when revved up. This car handles great around curves and it's VERY stable around curves. Another thing I liked about the ride was it isn't as stiff as the 350Z. It's almost sedan-like at times. I still can't believe this is a 1.3L '4 cylinder' engine. It runs similar to a nice six cylinder.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: Power seat with the lumbar support feature for my bad back (I'm sure the heat will feel good in winter too).

    Cons: That I have to wait until my wife's Maxima is paid off in Jan. Handling was excellent.

    Advice: Wait until there is some kind of price incentive-they want MSRP right now.

    Acceleration was almost as good as my Honda VFR 800 motorcycle and downshifting/cornering was just as much of a thrill. I boosted the lumbar support and took it over a very bumpy road at 65 mph and it sold me the car since it was on par with my wife's Maxima. I definitely like all the features of the Grand Touring package and will pay the extra both for looks/comfort as well as sellability down the line. My back seat passenger on the test ride was 6'4' and had 2' to spare for headroom in the rearview mirror. Had no trouble getting in/out like all other sport coupes. This car is far better than the '98 Mustang I owned previously and my wife is happy I am selling the motorcycle as a bribe to get the RX-8. I had considered the Infiniti G-35 sport coupe but head room there was terrible for my brother's 6' tall wife and getting in/out was a pain as well.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: the four doors

    Cons: the back end of the car

    Advice: Insist on the features you want and don't settle for what's on the lot and a deal they may give you

    The acceleration is incredible! The ride extremely smooth but can feel the car. Steering is responsive immediately. It is a zippy car and fun to drive.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: 4-seats and sport-car performance

    Cons: first-year production quality unknown

    Advice: Find a good dealer who will honor its warranty and is responsive...have fun!

    Really good idea...four seats (back seats are usable for 6' types!), nice handling, good styling. The rotary engine is so smooth you'll hit red-line until you get used to it. A good consideration for a $30k sporty car.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: Apparence

    Cons: No spare tire

    Advice: Warranty should be 10 years minimun due to rotary engine

    Nice looking car, fast as soon you start accelerating

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: Looks and Handling

    Cons: price to high

    Advice: don't buy the auto transmission

    I have had all 3 generations of RX-7s, and this is the best one yet, its smooth power and great handling is better than I expected, I do recommend the Manual transmission model to get the best performance from this small engine.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Sport Automatic (A4)

    Pros: the look of the exterior

    Cons: the feel of the ride

    Advice: Would be concerned that this vehicle would hold any value.

    The sporty look is very appealing but the inside interior is cheap and the ride is as well. The AT is so slow - don't think you should be pentalized for wanting not to shift. The color selection of this vehicle is good - nice range. But the price doesn't match the quality.