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What do you reckon to the RX-8?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Mr. May, 19 Jun 2012.

  1. Mr. May

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    Only just noticed how cheap these when less than 60k for under 4 grand there must be some serious draw back ?
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    The sort of fuel economy you'd expect from a 500bhp V8.
     
  3. Mr Gimp

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    Terrible fuel economy, prohibitively expensive rebuilds for the engine if you buy an abused one, and not a lot of power considering the engine capcity.

    That said, as a drivers car, they are fantastic if you go in eyes open :)
     
  4. Mr. May

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    10-20mpg ?
     
  5. peige

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    A tadd less than 20mpg, plus a bit of oil (but not as much as people make out)
     
  6. PardonTheWait

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    They explode every 10,000 miles
     
  7. aproctor

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    A friend has one, nice to drive and quick, but the mpg and oil costs are quite high.

    He said he loves his but he wouldn't recommend one.

    If you get a compression test from Mazda (£70) and budget for ancillaries such as coil packs, you should be fine.
     
  8. panthro

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    Still think these would be good with a twin turbo kit or a 2.3L MPS transplant.
     
  9. Mr. May

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    Would that even fit ?? :eek:
     
  10. mranderson

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    Unique car but not for everyday use (just the weekend maybe and only on dry roads ;-))
     
  11. naefeart

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    A bit of oil? Do these cars not have a specific holder in the boot to allow you to store your bottle of oil :p
     
  12. Uriel

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    I love RX8s. Owning one would be my worst nightmare though.
     
  13. Mr Gimp

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    Most engines fit in there with the appropriate work, but due to how small and light the Renesis engine is, anything else would throw off the superb handling.
     
  14. 413x

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    I almost got one before I had my Honda,expensive costs and poor fuel economy with not that amazing power put me off
     
  15. sovietspybob

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    It seems in the US quite a few people have got LS V8's in there after the original engine expired in the all too common puff of smoke.

    I really like them but wouldn't own one as i feel the costs are disproportionate to the performance. I'm sure it'd cost more to run than my Impreza which has alot more power.
     
  16. LeMson

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    A 500 pound(ish) cat D write off might be worth a punt, I'm on the lookout for one :)
     
  17. sovietspybob

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    If they're very cheap i can see a point as you do get a nice modern car for very little as long as your handy enough with the spanners to fix it all yourself. Isn't a full engine rebuild kit only something like 800quid?
     
  18. Evoss

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    no, just no...
     
  19. Maccy

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    My sister's boyfriend has one, thirsty on fuel and not frugal with oil either. Not massively fast but more of a drivers car - has a lot of feedback through the wheel and fun to slide in the wet :D
     
  20. Matt82

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    Spark plugs are about 40 quid each too