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Mazda Sports Cars Ratings

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    11/3/2003 8:24:10 AM

    2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege - Base

    Pros: The suspension is perfect (so is the engine and the interior and the exterior . . .)

    Cons: The graphics on the radio are a bit much - especially at night - and no clock!

    Advice: Buy it before the $2000.00 rebate ends. You will have no regrets.

    I needed an economical car for our growing family but wasn't ready for the appliance-like Civic/Accord/Camry. I still wanted something with some edge to it. This car fits that bill like no other. It rails through corners, has enough grunt to be real fun, and looks like it costs way more that it does. For the price - it has no equal. It's bursting with eye-candy; stereo, wheels, suspension - everything is great. Tokico/RacingBeat got the dampening values perfect - the ride is sporty, but not harsh like I thought it might be with the 17' wheels and 45 series tires. The interior is sporty, but not cheap. The combination of fabrics/materials (4 different textures on the interior door panels alone) show an extreme attention to detail - this is not a parts-bin car! I feel lucky to have decided to test drive it. I knw I would buy it 10 minutes into the test drive. . . This is a special car.

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    10/14/2003 7:34:45 PM

    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Base

    Pros: can't pick just one

    Cons: waitng for it to come out

    Advice: you don't buy a car like this if you don't like to shift gears and DRIVE

    Talk about Zoomin'! This car is a very wicked drive. So much fun and totally comfortable. And I am so sold on the company that I would not trade in my MX-6. I hope yall that read this won't go buy, because it is more fun to be one of the few that already has one! I could have bought a much more expensive car, but why would I?

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    10/3/2003 8:37:47 AM

    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Base

    Pros: Great styling

    Cons: Poor gas milage

    Advice: First model year - be prepared for some problems.

    Watch out for MSRP dealers. The stated MPG on the sticker is not what you will get in real life. Actual RX-8 owners are reporting 15mpg to 20mpg mixed. Many complaints of poor air-conditioner, hot cabin, lack of top end HP, poor gas milage. If you got to have one (as I did) be prepared to live with the conseqences (and problems) that come with a first model year!

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    9/29/2003 8:32:57 PM

    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Base

    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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    9/28/2003 3:41:07 AM

    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Base

    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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    9/23/2003 2:38:42 PM

    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Base

    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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    9/19/2003 6:33:57 PM

    2004 Mazda RX-8 - Base

    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.