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Broken RX8
Submitted by Dazzap on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:51pm

I got an RX8 for my wife 8 months ago and have had a few problems in the last few weeks.
I took it to a Mazda dealer and had a compression test, rotor 1 was 3.8 and rotor 2 5.8 and apparently they are supposed to be at least 6.8.
I have had to have the plugs and coils changed (not by Mazda) and the cat apparently needs replacing. Mazda have said that a new engine is required and that the value of the work is more than the car is worth. It really was doom and gloom from their technician.
My question is simple, the car runs well (apart from in cold weather) and looks great so the thought of scrapping it kills me. I can't afford the engine replacement or rebuild until next year but if I do the cat will the car be ok running with low compression?
Also does anyone know of garages/mechanics (other than dealerships)in the Birmingham (UK) area that can carry out major work?

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Broken RX8
December 23, 2010 - 3:20am
Sounds like u have a prob on ur hands.

Unfortunately doesnt sound like ur in good nick. Your compression is low and ur motor is on the way out.

The bad news is if you continue to drive the vehicle and the motor goes then your up for a whole lot more cash.

The only way forward is to make sure she is oiled well with a good oil and hope it doesnt go on you.

I feel your pain, but if you do the motor then you will have a new motor and if you keep changing oil every 3000-5000k the motor should last 150k miles.

Any form of neglect on a rotary will not be forgiving.

Replace or rebuild the motor and enjoy a great car.

Your not the first and I assure you not the last.

Good luck with it.

P.S make sure you take it to someone who knows what they are doing. Advertise for a private builder who knows his shit.
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Call 1-800-222-5500
December 16, 2010 - 9:23am
Mazda decided to extend the warranty coverage for the 2004-2008 Renesis rotary engine to a 8 year/100,000 mile warranty. The rest of the power-train is covered by a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty, while the entire car is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles.

If the dealer is yanking you around call 1-800-222-5500 to get the documentation from the manufacturer.
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April 18, 2011 - 1:23pm
Dan I think I'm right in saying the 8 year 100,000 mile warranty only applies in the US and Australia, ie. not in UK?

Andy Lewis.
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