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Old 6th November 2014, 17:25   #1
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well time had come to sell up the saxo and grow up a lil to a family car (so my mrs thinks) so wanted one of these for a while had one years back and wanted another, test drove 5-6 over the last few weeks and none gave me that feeling till this one, one owner from new an enthusiast. body work spot on, inside spot on. and all other thing amazing just needs coils changing for the just incase.





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Old 6th November 2014, 17:31   #2
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Looks good mate like rx8's, running costs and engine issues have always managed to put me off though.
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Old 6th November 2014, 17:36   #3
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Old 6th November 2014, 17:38   #4
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I like them and i don't.

Are these as bad as made out with the engine rebuilds/costs?
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Old 6th November 2014, 17:46   #5
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I'm on like 4 different rx8 forums and I think they are myths bout these cars. Lots that have been looked after are fine they do need a lil more care that piston engines but the fun part is red lining the revs for best performance and coils need replacing every 16k miles but other than that most is standard stuff. Can't wait to mod it a bit, new wheels and backbox. But my 45 min test drive was lovely nice stretch of straight road and hard throttle foot
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Old 6th November 2014, 17:50   #6
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I like them and i don't.

Are these as bad as made out with the engine rebuilds/costs?
I would guess not now. When the problems first came out yes but theres more company's out there able to sort rotor engines out. Seen few threads being quotes 1-2300 for a new engine with insulted tips and they were few years old so could be alot cheaper now.

Basically I've bitten the bullet and gone for one for better or worse if it goes up shitter fair do's if it don't then I shall smile my ass off as I drive it with my heated up arse
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Are cammed vts faster ?
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Old 6th November 2014, 18:15   #8
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They are the fastest thing on the road aren't they?
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Nice car my old mans got one, they have a bad name but its from people who dont own them but think they are experts on them.

One thing I will say though is they drink fuel like there is no tommorow
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Nice car my old mans got one, they have a bad name but its from people who dont own them but think they are experts on them.

One thing I will say though is they drink fuel like there is no tommorow
yeap at best I think it is 21-25mpg
and gets worse come service time is something is playing up, its a good job rx8 forums have nearly every type of diy guide going to help save some pennys to spend on petrol
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Yeah I like them, had mine for 4 months there just got rid this week.

Was a great car, went through an incredible amount of fuel though

Wish I had seen this earlier I had some genuine coils leads an plugs for sale!
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Old 7th November 2014, 20:03   #12
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ive just purchased the upgraded coils n leads bout half hour ago, now seeing what started motor to maybe upgrade too but don't think it needs it yet
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You should get a Varta E23 battery for it aswell
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My pal had one and it cost him nothing to run and didn't use much oil, just saying
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My pal had one and it cost him nothing to run and didn't use much oil, just saying

They are desinged to burn oil
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He said it didn't use much, maybe he was talking out of his arse.

They sound like they have the oil consumption and MPG of mine
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end of the day all cars have horror stories its just the rotary engine ones have stuck more as most don't know how to use them compared to piston engines.
saxos dont haven't the most reliable of reps but mine I owned for 7 years with minimal problemsgotta hope mazda follow suit
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I'm seriously considering picking one up on the trade auctions to do a few drift days in.
Personally I think you have to treat it like a 1.3 engine running 230bhp. Its like a highly strung piston engine and needs more looking after and has a shorter lifespan than an engine designed for going up to the shops.
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I'm seriously considering picking one up on the trade auctions to do a few drift days in.
Personally I think you have to treat it like a 1.3 engine running 230bhp. Its like a highly strung piston engine and needs more looking after and has a shorter lifespan than an engine designed for going up to the shops.
See I dunno, most things I read up on basically pointed towards making sure coils are good and Def oem mazda to keep engine good, keep mineral oil topped up to keep it all good and these make engine happy and run for years and final check is keep on top of cooling stuff. The best site is Def the American rx8 owners with all info on race and drift.

Plus if your looking for cheap ones plenty available everywhere. Was a 06 up here for 1500 with nothing on clock really and good nick just road tax (500) puts alot off

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Always fancied 1 of these and after selling my last 2 cars I've looked at RX8s but never had the balls to go ahead and buy 1.

What is it that actually causes the rotor tips to wear and loose compression? Also, say you buy a good 1, what's the chances of it going tits up a week later? From what I read it's inevitable that they will eventually fuk up. What sort of preventative maintenance can be done? Price wise they are all over the place. 2 like for like low mileage, good history cars can be priced from £1200 up to £3k so what's the price difference actually mean.

Seriously tempted to punt my Gti 180 and bite the bullet.
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