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Submitted by Voodoo8 on Sunday, December 4, 2005 - 3:01pm

Following in the traditions of its predecessors, my RX-8 has suffered premature engine failure due to lost compression. Car is dealer maintatined, oil changes at better than factory recommended intervals, no modifications. Engine started to fade in the 45K-48K miles range. Having been an RX-7 owner, I had my suspicions. Dealer, hwoever, said there was no issue.

Condition remained and now at 58K the compression has dropped to the point (dealer nows confirms) that I am encountering starting problems. I had hoped that the redesign of the Renesis would eliminate this issue, unfortunately my hopes now appear to have been in vain.

Initial discussions with dealer and area Mazda area rep did not fare well regarding warranty coverage, looks like I'll have a battle on my hands.

Anyone else share on similar issues?

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Trade it in!
January 17, 2006 - 2:26pm
Trade it in at a dealership, just don't tell them about the engine problem, get a newer one with an extended warranty. Make sure you trade that one in about 1000 miles before the warranty expires. I haven't had any problems with a car since I learned that little trick. After all, if they can't find the problem when you complain about it, then they can't find it when they do the appraisal on the car. Ha Ha Ha.
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Few... but far between
December 5, 2005 - 9:32pm
Is your 8 and auto? There was a problem with insufficient oil cooling in hot climates on automatics.

There are always a few engine failures in every make/model of car... Nothing like the BMW M3 failures.
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