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2005 RX8
Submitted by missred on Thursday, August 5, 2004 - 9:30am

I am trying to find out what improvements or changes have been made to the RX8 for 2005. I live in Europe, but will be going to the states for a month this fall and want to buy a new one to ship back. I test drove the 2004 and loved it, but don't like to buy first year cars. Any suggestions?

[Editor Note:] See This article in short: No Yellow, Yes White, Sat. Radio option. And all previous TSB's fixed on the production line.

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subject:
Flooding
author:
date:
January 21, 2007 - 8:38am
Forgot about the flooding problem & moved the car for a couple of minutes two days ago. Car did not start yesterday (Saturday) when I had an important committment, nor today - and I have to go to work tomorrow, dealer's shop closed, etc. etc. I have tried to hold the gas pedal down & cranked it for the recommended time - no luck. Anything else I could try?

Great car, but starting and running are basic requirements. Repeated towing? Truly not acceptable; no wonder you see so few of them on the road.
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subject:
starting problems
author:
date:
March 17, 2007 - 2:37pm
have the dealer change the plugs the bottom ones and update the computer and the problem is solved. it cured my car
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subject:
fuel on RX8
author:
date:
December 27, 2004 - 3:32pm
Yes, i have the same problem. And i don't know about anyone else but my RX-8 has been towed 3x. First it wouldn't turn on cause it got flooded and then it has to get towed twice because it wouldn't go past 25mph. First they blames it on the catalitic converter and then they said it was the computer that controls the engine and the transmission. Has anyone else had this problem?
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subject:
Flooding my...RE-5?!??
author:
date:
October 22, 2006 - 7:46am
For about 8 years, my sole transportation was a '76 Suzuki RE-5. There were times when I would crank it over and it would catch for a moment and then die. After that, nothing would fire it up except a change of the A9EFP spark plug. I used to keep an extra on the bike for these occasions and the substitution of the "dry" plug for the wet one would always work.

Does this work for the flooding prob on the RX-8?

CW
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subject:
fuel problem
author:
date:
October 21, 2006 - 12:56pm
hi,

the reason is that every time you start your car you must wait till it warms up before you turn it off.
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subject:
Towing...
author:
date:
December 27, 2004 - 4:00pm
I used the procedure outlined in the owners manual to un-flood my RX-8 once. (Flooding was my fault: moved it out of the garage, turned off, 2 hrs later moved back in to garage, turned off... next day: flooded)

I also had an old Toyota who's catalitic converter was plugged.. it wouldn't go about 45 ... replaced the cat, and she was as good as new.

Ask them to replace the cat, and re-flash the ecu to the latest revision.
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subject:
towing
author:
date:
December 29, 2004 - 6:33am
i followed the instructions as well to unflood the car, but it wouldn't start anyways. this shouldn't even be a problem
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subject:
flooded engine
author:
date:
February 7, 2005 - 8:25pm
I have just experienced the engine flooding of my rx-8. The dealership tells me I am responsible for payment in fixing the car. First off, I think someone at the dealership should advise new rx-8 buyers of the defects/downfalls of the engine. I feel this condition can be avoided if made aware of the car's behavior. I'm wondering if anyone has been successful in disputing the charges with Mazda? Also, the dealership has told me they did something to my car so that it is "running" BUT it is not fixed. If my car is running, what else do I need them to do? Any helpful thoughts or comments?
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subject:
Warranty?!
author:
date:
February 8, 2005 - 4:07pm
Slap that service manager across the face. You have a Warranty for a reason. If they will not honor it, demand to take it to the District Manager.
Next try contact them through their website

If that doesn't work, Call 1-800-222-5500

Best yet, send a snail mail LETTER!! You will be amazed how much more response you get from a letter.

Mazda North American Operations
P.O. Box 19734
Irvine, CA 92623-9734
Attn: Customer Assistance Center


I'm sick of hearing about shotty dealers treating customers like we own Yugos. The new Mazda president said he would shape up the dealer network, well, looks like things are no different from a few years ago.
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subject:
flooding
author:
date:
February 8, 2005 - 3:58pm
I jut bought my 05 rx8 & this just happened to me two weeks ago and the dealership payed for the towtruck, fix it at no expense and has just called me to ask me how it is doing, now I've been noticing that it takes a while to start, like if it had low power and he told me that they had just send out a recall and my 05 might be included, so i have to take it to the dealer so they can check it. It seems that the recall is for lack of power or something like that. The dealership shouldn't charge you for the flooding, don't they know what a waranty is? Besides I told the dealership that no one ever told me anything and I even talked to the manager and also agreed, they were not aware of this problem either, it's not your fault. Also to my suprise the day that they picked up my car, the towtruck driver told me that it was the 3rd new mazda he had towed that morning. Maybe it's a mazda problem
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subject:
2005 rx8
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 16, 2004 - 11:17am
Does anyone know if the fuel consumption of the 2005 rx8 has improved?? Nice car but expensive to run!
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subject:
fuel on RX8
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 18, 2004 - 3:25pm
I bought a 2004 RX8 a month ago. I get 13 MPG. Does everyone have that problem?
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subject:
Mileage for 2004
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 26, 2004 - 6:30am
So far best mileage I have got with my RX8 is 20 mpg highway. This was strictly highway driving. Hoping that as I get over 7000 miles on the car this will improve.
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subject:
My Mileage
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 21, 2004 - 7:26pm
I also have a 2004 RX8 auto. I am getting over 18 miles per gal. in town and country. I have yet to take a long trip on the freeway. I had that Flash Recall, maybe that helped. I enjoy stepping on it at times. It sure is fun and smooth, but I'm sure that hurts the old mileage...
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subject:
Fuel consumption on RX8 Auto
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 24, 2004 - 1:55pm
I have the RX8 Auto with sports package and the fuel consumption is awfull, I am lucky to get 15 MPG (US Gals).
This is costly, but the car is so much fun I don't care.
However, I hate having to fill up every 150 miles, anyone got some drop tanks I could add on ?? lol......
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subject:
strange noise under the gearbox...
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 4, 2004 - 3:39am
Hi guys,
sometimes i hear a strange noise under the gearbox(like two nails hitting together).The owner's manual says that this noise might be due to poor fuel (ex. 95 oct) or due to dirty fuel.
your opinion please???
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subject:
the two nials sound
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 22, 2004 - 9:34pm
the reason you have that sound is cause the rx8 has to have premium gas so thats what that sound it
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subject:
Strange noise...
author:
date:
November 10, 2004 - 10:52am
When does the sound occur? If it happens during regular driving conditions try changing where you buy your fuel and see what happens. If it happens after you park the car from a drive somewhere its just the metal cooling off.
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subject:
strange noise
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 11, 2004 - 3:01pm
Thanks for your concern lone wolf.The noise occurs usually after the temperature reaches around 80 celcius.The strange is that this noise occurs and when the road is a little bit rough.I tried unleaded 100 oct but with no difference.It's more powerful but the noise keeps on.Mazda didn't find anything in the gearbox and told me that is a sound from the exhaust.One more thing....when the engine is hot and you remove the key,the fan is supposed to continue working?
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subject:
about the noise
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 15, 2004 - 2:39am
Finally i found out that the noise is from the clip of the safety belt and i was betrayed by my ear :) and i thought it was coming from under the gear box...oups!!!
Anyone hears a strange noise from the engine when turning the key to the "off" position?Maybe the ABS system?I had the "M" flash yesterday and after that i had that cranky noise.
Anyone pls???
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subject:
2005 RX8
author:
No Rotor
date:
September 30, 2004 - 4:19am
Although you are saving money on the 2003 made RX8, by buying the new 2005 will assure you that recalls and fixes have been on the assembly line to improve the overall fitness of the car. I have heard that the 2005 is a damn good car and its exactly what I will be getting....I wish I can get a hand on the MazdaSpeed version.....
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subject:
2005 RX8
author:
No Rotor
date:
September 29, 2004 - 6:47pm
Sat in one today in canada (ottawa ontario that is)...

New key FOB but that is it ... great car

Zoom Zoom
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subject:
2005 RX8 changes
author:
No Rotor
date:
September 23, 2004 - 5:18pm
Very few in the U.S. Only: Delete Lightning Yellow and add Snowflake White. Retractable key replaces normal key. Add satellite radio compatible tuner, California and Fed emissions.
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subject:
Ist year vehicles
author:
No Rotor
date:
August 5, 2004 - 8:09pm
Being a first year RX-8 owner, I sincerely recommend the 2004. Mine was built mid month Dec. 2003 and purchased early March 2004 and has been flawless. You'll find unbeatable deals now. The only change I've heard is a color change to offer white, anybody else heard of changes?Buying a first year Mazda model also displays a commitment to Mazda !My road trip to Santa Maria offered by the Western forum was worth any bit of discount I could get now. The car is dialed in now, so I say go for it....Do it, My humble opinion. Thank You.

Tim Johnston
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subject:
Thanks Tim for recommendation
author:
date:
August 6, 2004 - 6:31am
I appreciate your comments. That's just what I was looking for. I have been burned in the past with 1st year models, so was a little leary. I have test driven the RX8 several times on trips back to the states and fell in love with it. I'm anxious to get one and bring it over here to run on the Autobahn. My plan is to get a fully loaded Nordic Green, 6 speed. Thanks again for your input.
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