The RX-8 was Mazda’s replacement for the out of production RX-7, introduced as a last chance attempt at saving the rotary engine. The RX-8 was built starting in 2003 and ending in 2011 when the lights went out on production of Felix Wankel’s spinning machine…for now. Anyway, the RX-8 rapidly gained the a similar reputation to the RX-7 — specifically that it was a great car to drive, but the engine blew up faster than a Miley Cirus relationship — which was around 62 minutes after the first spark. So if you want to drive an RX-8 without worrying about your apex seals, you should swap in a Ford inline-6 from an F150. Right? Find this 2004 Mazda RX-8 with Ford inline-6 offered for $1400 in Minneapolis, MN via facebash marketplace.
From the seller:
This is your premium model rx-8! Guaranteed never to break down (again) with it’s stout Ford 4.9 Liter powerplant backed by a 5 speed transmission. The interior is pretty much perfect, it has everything you need except a stereo and cup holders.
Ok let’s be real…
-2004 Mazda rx-8 shell
-Ford 4.9L straight 6 engine with Ford 5spd (1991 f150)
-Interior was gutted except for seats, door cards, and a steering wheel (before me)
In my ownership I’ve replaced/added:
-relay/fuse panel for safe power
-fuel return line… It didn’t have one
-upgraded to high torque mini starter
-air filters that fit
-electric fuel gauge
-electric water gauge
-electric oil pressure gauge
It runs and drives, and is a welded diff and minor refreshments away from being a great drift car. I was going to build this and drive it, but need to fix my other cars more importantly right now.
Current things it could use:
Tie rod end links
Fuel pressure regulator
Has good tabs/title
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