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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"

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3.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

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  • Electrics, Suspension (1 case)
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Review 1 of 100

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good, except for the provision you have to make every time you turn it off (burning off excess fuel)
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's never let me down.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Tell us what you think about your car?
EXCELLENT BEST CAR THAT I HAVE HAD
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
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!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

16
Tell us what you think about your car?
Starts Every Time & Performs exceptionally well at all times
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Rx8 bought as a lot of car for a little money.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Love it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Unreliable & thirsty
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Unique vehicle
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Slight misfire identifed at service and coil replaced
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Hopefully what ever maza bring out to replace it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Just a joy to drive.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great value for money, mpg could be a little bit better.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great styling, great handling and something different to the norm. shame about the running costs though
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
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
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Fantastic thrill to drive and nice and calm when you need it to be. Definitely highly recommended!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Love it nearly as much as my hayabusa
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

PZ, , , Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great looking, superb handling, surprisingly practical. Not cheap to run. Best car i have ever owned.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's never broken down.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
Too soon to tell - I've only had it a few months.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Tell us what you think about your car?
replaced engine, rear diff, drive shaft, 3 cats!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems to date with the car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
I've had no reliability problems.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Tell us what you think about your car?
i have never had any problems with the car. Typical mazda relieablity.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

15
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never had any problems with any of my cars from Mazda, they are built to last.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27
Tell us what you think about your car?
I find everything first class except the finish on the wheels ,my MAZDA BT50 pickup truck is the same.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

16
Tell us what you think about your car?
No issues to date.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Dreadful in snow & generally after snow floods engine.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

231, Less than 1.0-litre , Petrol, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Fantastic car, looks great, handles superb, great performance, On the down side terriber fuel consumption, high maintanance costs
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
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
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The best car i have owned.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good value for money.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Brilliant. best i've owned
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
Had no problems with it so far.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

22
Tell us what you think about your car?
Had no problems in nearly 2 years of ownership
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have no real problems at all, oil consumpsion is also very fair
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

19.7
Tell us what you think about your car?
Gearbox is going in for a strip down next week! Car has only covered 56000 miles. Otherwise good.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Tell us what you think about your car?
troublefree so far
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's awesome if thirsty.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's an awesome car and great fun overall
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Now with supercharger, it's the ultimate sports coupe. What a hoot!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

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

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?