In-depth Reviews

Mazda RX-8 owner reviews

"The Mazda RX-8 is a four-seater coupe that's surprisingly spacious and hugely entertaining to drive, but running costs will hit your wallet hard"

Carbuyer Rating

3.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

59%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Other (12 cases)
  • Engine (8 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (3 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Engine, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics (6 cases)
  • Electrics, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Engine, Suspension, Other (2 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (1 cases)
  • Suspension (3 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (2 cases)
  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Engine (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Very good, except for the provision you have to make every time you turn it off (burning off excess fuel)
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Mazda main dealer official service cost is extortionate for the work they do.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
The RX8 is an amazing car so long as you ensure fluids are kept topped up, and maintained. If you look after it, the car is amazing.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

The MPG is not great at an average of 18mpg, but that was not why I bought it. As the car is not made anymore, spare parts can be a little expensive so shopping around is essential

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

20
Review
It's never let me down.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Ignore the doom mongers who say that it uses as much oil as it does petrol - simply not true. Yes it is expensive on fuel but I was aware of that when I bought it.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Review
EXCELLENT BEST CAR THAT I HAVE HAD
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Hasnt cost a penny yet except service ( which had sevice plan for 3 years )

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Temperamental engine when it comes to flooding. Mazda parts are expensive to replace. That said, when in good working order, the rotary engine is awesome!
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Costs far too much on fuel and the tax is the highest band

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

16
Review
Starts Every Time & Performs exceptionally well at all times
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel expensive, but only used for rare occasions

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

?, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Rx8 bought as a lot of car for a little money.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Nemesis edition, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
The car is a good car if your not expecting fuel economy, it looks stylish, has great performance and also comfortable for the customer, not so much for back seat passengers. The car is very unique in styling and components. I love it.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

LA, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Fun to drive, at first. But the engine and ignition, hmm. Fuel economy never good, has gone from 25mpg to 21, and a lot of power has gone as well. It has only done 50000 miles. Mazda main dealers near me have been very disappointing. In both servicing and fault diagnosis. It is for that reason, not the car itself, that i will avoid buying mazda in future.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Love it

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Unreliable & thirsty

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231 with leather, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fantastic car. Has generally aged gracefully, and is still as fun to drive as when i got it. Perfomance issues and then a blown engine have overshadowed the experience a bit, but i paid (through the nose) for an extended warranty, which covered the grief.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

NA, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
A car for guys having a mid-life crisis. If it goes wrong, it will cost plenty to sort usually. Awesome fun, awesome looks. Be prepared to be every schoolboys hero if you drive it.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Unique vehicle

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

PZ, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Slight misfire identifed at service and coil replaced

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Review
Hopefully what ever maza bring out to replace it

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

192, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

standard, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Just a joy to drive.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent car, superb handling, a real drivers car. Real wheel drive is the best way to power a car! Only downside is the (very) high running costs!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great value for money, mpg could be a little bit better.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231 Hi Power, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great styling, great handling and something different to the norm. shame about the running costs though

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

230, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Amazing handling and performance but needed a new engine 2 months out of warranty which mazda provided a new engine but i had to pay £2k for fitting! Mazda has appalling customer service

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

standard, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I love it, its a great car, but in this day and age, mazda really need to pull their finger out and produce diesel version. im selling it due to its very poor fuel economy

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231 PS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic thrill to drive and nice and calm when you need it to be. Definitely highly recommended!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231PS leather, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Overall a very good car, i'm pleased i bought one. Surprised by the cost of parts and the lack of 'japanese' reliability. High running costs were expected but did not expect to be replacing the items that failed. Will probably buy another alfa romeo next.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

rx 8. 228 bhp, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Love it nearly as much as my hayabusa

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

PZ, , , Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Looks good, easy to drive, but you have to be dediacted to maintain reliability & looks, oh & have a flexible wallet to pay for the upkeep.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Other, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The rx-8 offers some practicality above other 2 door sports cars in that the additional semi-doors which allow access to the very well poprotioned rear seats that can take full grown adults comfortably.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

PZ, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great looking, superb handling, surprisingly practical. Not cheap to run. Best car i have ever owned.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Review
It's never broken down.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Too soon to tell - I've only had it a few months.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

VERY thirsty. However, I knew that when I bought it, and bought it anyway!

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Review
replaced engine, rear diff, drive shaft, 3 cats!
Running Cost

2 out of 5

expected fuel costs due to the higher power of the engine, no worse than a porshe boxster, nissan 350z etc

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
No problems to date with the car
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Running costs not good, but if i wanted a more fuel efficient car, i would have bought one. For me performance and handling is a higher priority at this time.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
I've had no reliability problems.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Low mpg compared to other cars but is expected.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Review
i have never had any problems with the car. Typical mazda relieablity.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Quite thirsty but I dont do a lot of miles per year so thats not a problem. It's what you expect from this type of car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

15
Review
Never had any problems with any of my cars from Mazda, they are built to last.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Bit heavy on fuel.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27
Review
I find everything first class except the finish on the wheels ,my MAZDA BT50 pickup truck is the same.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I knew this model was a bit thirsty for fuel before I bought it but other than that it's cost me very little other than regular servicing and tyres in twelve years .

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

16
Review
No issues to date.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Despite being a rotary engine, the oil consumption has been lower than I expected and is not a cost issue. Fuel economy is very poor however.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Dreadful in snow & generally after snow floods engine.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Drinks petrol, needs a lot of oil

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, Less than 1.0-litre , Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

230PS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Even thirstier than i expects (21 mpg average, made worde by small fuel tank) but oil consumption less of a problem than i expected. Surprisingly practical, great to drive & instrument layout good.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

230, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
The 230 rx8 is fantastic for performance and handling. Due to the wankle rotary engine, it take a bit of looking after, like checking the oil level very other petrol fill-up, but this is a minor niggle which is far outweighed by the excitement of the drive (handling and performance) road tax is high and economy low, but i didn't buy the car for low cost motoring!! It is no good in snow, so bought some auto socks to get me out of being stuck!! Overall 8/10 for what i want out of a car at this time!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
All the benefits of a sports car with the flexibility of a car with 4 seats & doors. Thirsty on fuel, but it was bought to have fun in, not watch the mpg. Fantastic performance car - it handles very well and the engine is very smooth and has plenty of power once revved up. Great build quality too - been very reliable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic car, looks great, handles superb, great performance, On the down side terriber fuel consumption, high maintanance costs

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

40th anniversary, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
This vehicle is the best handling vehicle i have ever owned, what it lacks in outright powerfor a sportscar it more than compensates for with sublime handling.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I think that people give the mazda rx8 a bad name due to previous iterations of the rotary engine, if looked after like any other performance engine it will reward you. The car overall is now looking a little dated, but i can live with it as no other car apart from the 8 looks like, sounds like or drives like the mazda rx8

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

192ps, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The best car i have owned.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Good value for money.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brilliant. best i've owned

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Had no problems with it so far.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It's expensive to run, because it's a thirsty car. But I knew this when buying it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

22
Review
Had no problems in nearly 2 years of ownership
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Road tax high, 22mpg and main dealer service is expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24
Review
I have no real problems at all, oil consumpsion is also very fair
Running Cost

3 out of 5

If you have a heavy right foot it can be very thirsty but not much worse than any other performance car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

19.7
Review
Gearbox is going in for a strip down next week! Car has only covered 56000 miles. Otherwise good.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Cheap to buy and insure. Tax, oil consumption and fuel are expensive

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Review
troublefree so far
Running Cost

3 out of 5

pleased

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Standard, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It's awesome if thirsty.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

R3, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231BHP, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
It's an awesome car and great fun overall

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

213 leather & satnav, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Now with supercharger, it's the ultimate sports coupe. What a hoot!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

custom, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
We know why thay say jap c now this is the worst car i have ever had but it was the top speck and resale value is not good so i will run this into the deck

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

High Power, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

R3, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Best car for performance, styling and practiclity. Only downside is the very expensive running costs.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

230, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Amazing car, outperformed all expectations and the only issue is the running cost.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Pound for pound the rx8 is worth every penny, fantastic car to drive, super smooth rotary engine and has aged well.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

R3, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
An excellent all-round performance and fantastic handling drivers car. Family friendly, reasonable boot space and great comfort. Excellent value for money.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

R3, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brilliant, except for a couple of niggley faults. Only car i've ever owned where i always take the long route.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

192, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Its obviously not for everyone and the running costs are immense. If you are looking for a true drives car for a low initial outlay, nothing beats the rx8. And the chicks love it ;-)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

192, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It is a nice place to be and every trip is an experience - and always a good one. There are personal touches and modifications you can add if you want to make it individual, you can leave it bog standard and it will still look good. It has unique or rare qualities and features found in none or very few other cars and for the price they are selling used now you will not find a better drivers car. It makes me smile to look at and grin when i drive it.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

Standard, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Review
A joy to drive but not reliable.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Brilliant to drive but too unreliable. The rear 'suicide' doors are inconvenient; the driver has to get out to let passengers in or out. The boot is large but the small lid restricts the size of luggage.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Although renown for poor reliability, if properly looked after the RX8 are very reliable cars
Running Cost

3 out of 5

MPG poor but car doesnt get used much. Spare parts cheap off ebay

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

19
Review
Engine replaced at 14k, new starter motor and new alternator needed at other times.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Petrol and oil costs are astronomical for a car in this performance bracket. Tyres ain't cheap or long lived either.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
Only ever had a problem with the Battery - a new one solved any problem
Running Cost

2 out of 5

It is a thirsty car but we still love it

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Always works
Running Cost

4 out of 5

It's not a cheap car to run, but for a car in this catergory that offers the driving that it does it is excellent

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
Great if looked after and must be service more often than manufacturer recommends. Mazda service schedule is not good enough to maintain a rotary engine
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Expensive to run if used as a daily driver car. and Mazda parts a too expensive. this must be a hobby car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27
Review
Generally very reliable.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Running costs are high, but could be worse

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

20
Review
Gearbox rebuilt twice and maybe going again.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Expensive but worth it for the driving experience

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231bhp, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Looks great, strong performance, awesome handling, dreadful fuel consumption!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fantastic handling. Unique engine. Great design. Let down by useless dealers.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

6 speed, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The rx8 fills a hole in the market. affordable rwd sports car, and has four seats? Where else?

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Standard, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic car, so much fun to drive and one of the most practical sports cars on the market

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231ps, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Best car ever if you know how to look after them, shame about the low mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Great all round car but rotary flooding is an issue

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
The practical sports car, unique in every way!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Absolute pleasure to drive. Real head turner due to looks and sound. Extremely quick for a 1.3l litre rotary engine. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone i meet.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Does everything i expected and is a nice place to be!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

50th anniversary edition, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great car to get into after a bad day at the office for the smile it gives you. Handles well, sounds great, isn't that economical- but hey it's a sports car!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231PS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Surprisingly practical - took four of us, including 2 parents aged 80+, on holiday. I would prefer a car with a full size spare wheel, and problem of rotary engine for very short trips limits usability. Fuel consumption is high, but i expected that - a larger fuel tank would help.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

231, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Best value performance car money can buy!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

230, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Unreliable, build quality iffy but totally amazing to drive, rotary engine drinks fuel but no more than any other car that offers the same performance, handling is insanely good. Due to having to buy a new engine at 32k miles i will never buy a mazda ever again

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