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Old 10th May 2013, 21:45   #1
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Question Mazda RX-8 why so cheap ???

Playing the "what would you buy for £4k game" tonight (as you do) and I came across the Mazda RX-8. Seems like a lot of car for not a lot of money but why???

Anyone know why they're so cheap? I recall reading somewhere that they're not very economical but can't seem to find anything else negative about them (ignoring the "Mazda" part).

What do you reckon ??

This is the type of thing I'm talking about .... http://www.pistonheads.com/classifie...s-2004/1261203
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Old 10th May 2013, 21:48   #2
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Uneconomical, less hardy engines, bad road tax, expensive parts.
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What do you mean "ignoring the Mazda part"?
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They sound great. heard one the other week.
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Still for that price, with no road tax to pay over here and as a 4th car sounds like it could be a fun buy.... 2.6l and rear wheel drive - do they shift or is the power lost?
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What do you mean "ignoring the Mazda part"?
Goes back to the "Men behaving badly - Mazda sketch"
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The barber that cuts my mullet has one - they shift apparently but as above, they cost a bomb to run and service, drink a fair bit of oil etc. I can't remember the exact cost he mentioned for them but spark plugs for them are VERY expensive - just had a quick look on ECP and it came up with NGK's @ £37 up to Denso's @ £42 EACH and that's without fitting them... I certainly wouldn't want to tackle a rotary engine

Just had a look at tax as well - a 2.6 is £490 to tax for the year - ouch!
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I run a Hawkeye WRX so am used to high MPG and as stated there's no road tax to pay for me, just thought that you seemed to be getting a lot of "fun" car for the money. Over here they sell for a good few thousand more than UK prices so as long as it didn't go bang then I could probably buy one to play with for the summer and then sell it on at the same price I paid for it maybe a little bit more.

If it did go bang then I reckon there's more than £3k of salvageable parts which I could sell on then scrap the rest.

Food for thought me thinks
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I would rather have an Impreza than an RX8!
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I would rather have an Impreza than an RX8!
With you on that - the RX-8 is just an idea for another car (have 5 at the moment) and a cheap bit of fun - I won't be selling any of the current line-up to replace with a Mazda.
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everything else aside, they look pretty cool imo
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This one seems to get around the engine issues >> http://www.pistonheads.com/classifie...ersion/1264328
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Amen to that! Oh that flat four burble...
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My mate had one, he sold it pretty quickly.

He's got a megane 225 sport now.
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That's the only way to reliably run an RX-8, my mate hated his. For every 4 full tanks of fuel it used all it's oil
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That's the only way to reliably run an RX-8, my mate hated his. For every 4 full tanks of fuel it used all it's oil
Needing to top up the oil doesn't make it unreliable.
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