Tips for Finding the Right RX-8 for You

by | Jan 23, 2017 | Autos Repair

Mazda has not made the RX-8 since 2012, so if you want one, then your only choice is to buy a used one. The RX-8 is a bit of a unique sports car because of its price and engine selection. The RX-8 made a lot of power for a car in its price range. This is thanks to the rotary engine under the hood. This little engine made a substantial amount of power in a tiny package, but it came at the cost of efficiency and longevity. This is why it was eventually removed from Mazda’s lineup and replaced with a standard four-stroke gasoline engine. So, what should you look for when you are considering a used Mazda in Plainfield?


The RX-8’s rotary engine is not known for its longevity. This is due to the design of the rotary engine which wears much faster than a four-stroke engine. This became such a problem with early models that Mazda extended the warranty for buyers. Try to find a vehicle with less than 80,000 miles on it or that has had the engine replaced and has less than that on the replacement.


The RX-8 was discontinued after the 2012 model year but was in production since 2003. Thanks to its nine-year production run, there is a wide range of model years to choose from. The ones to avoid in particular are the 2003 and 2004 model years as these were notorious for having problems. Starting with the 2005 model year; however, reliability was greatly improved. The best option is to try to find either a second-generation model, 2009-2012 or a 2005- 2008 first generation model. These will offer the best reliability.

If you find a Mazda RX-8 that is not from a trouble year and has less than 80,000 miles, then you should strongly consider it. While these vehicles are not known to last as long as others, they offer a fun car and would make a great weekend car or first car for one of the kids. Check out for more and follow them on Twitter for latest updates.

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