• My glorious years with an '85 GSL-SE got the rotary bug outta my system, or mostly did. One should approach the purchase of an early RX-8 with great skepticism …
    oppositelock.kinja.com/the-mazda-rx-8-one-of-the-best-worst-cars-a-buyers-g-1759904335

    • Excellent article, thanks David Sanborn. Even after reading that, this RX-8 still looks like a pretty appealing deal. But from that article, I guess this might be a situation where the low-mileage aspect could be a drawback.

  • I've spent considerable time under the hood of these cars. I love how easy they are to work on (engine/trans can be out in 2.5-3hrs working alone w/o air tools), but do not love how often you need to do so. These had 10yr/100k mile engine warranties but this one is outside of the 10yr mark. I've seen engine failures (often characterized by long/no hot start) at as low as 40k miles, depending on maintenance and driving habits.

    If someone were to buy this, I'd decarbon the engine, change fluids, coils, plugs, wires and tires, get a good (optima red) battery, a Cobb access port, and check the P/N of the starter.

    The reason I mention the starter is that in some cases, engine replacement due to low compression/hot start issues can be put off for sometimes up to 2 years by getting a newer, faster-spinning starter.

    Ref: cold weather… these actually start *easier* in the cold due to the rotor housings being colder and closer to the rotors.

    Flooding can be an issue if its cold started and not brought to operating temp before shutting down again… blah there's plenty of documentation over at rx8club.com on their FAQ if anyone is seriously interested in this car.

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