2 Types of rx8's

Series 1: 2004-2008

- Manual 6 speed : 231Hp 

- Manual 5 speed: 189 Hp

- Automatic 6 speed with manual paddleshifters: 212hp

- Rear wheel drive

 

Series 2: 2009-2012

- Improved Estetics: New front bumper, headlights, fenders, rear bumper and rear taillights.

- Improved handling & performance: added 1 more oil injector, Improved rigidity with trapezoidal shock tower brace, enhanced rigidity of the front suspension tower area, revised rear suspension geometry and finally a the final-drive-gear ratio on manual transmission cars was shortened from 4.444 to 4.777 for improved off-the-line performance.

IS it good for tall people?

If you’re taller than 190cm, you’re gonna struggle unless you compromise with an uncomfortable position, with the seat half reclined back.

Rx8’s with a sun roof are even lower, so if you’re tall, avoid Rx8’s with a sun roof.

The steering wheel if adjustable in height and depth.

IS IT COMFORTABLE?

Yes, the stock suspension if very comfortable for everyday drives and also across small bumps, you can bearly feel them. It's also stiff enough to allow great handling. It has a sweet spot between sporty and comfortable.

IS IT LOUD?

Only if you rev it to 9000 rpm, otherwise it’s as quiet as any gasoline cars. In some cases, like highway driving, even quieter. The stock exhaust allows it to be a very pleasant daily car.

HOw much fuel does it use?

Fuel consumption is above the average gasoline car.

A healthy rx8 can:

Average 12l/100km in city

Average 8l/100km on a highway

Poorly maintained rx8's can have very bad fuel consumption, usually around 18-20l/100km

IS INSURANCE EXpensive?

Depending on the country you live in, here are the average prces for basic and full coverage:

IS IT RELIABLE?

It’s very Reliable if everything in the buying checklist if taken care of. If it doesn’t meet the minimum criteria of the buying guide chart, you’re gonna have to fix things on a regular basis and it can become an expensive nightmare. 

ARE REpairs expensive?

Parts are not that expensive, unless you need a new Original catalytic converter, which is aound 1500€.

You have a very wide rage of aftermarket options that work great and are not that expensive at all.

If you do the maintenance and repairs yourself at home, with the help of my videos, you’re gonna save a ton of money. Mechanic work on an rx8 can get expensive, depending on the job.

HOW LONG DOES THE ENGINE LAST?

A regularly maintained rx8 with a knowledgeable owner can last well over 100.000 miles or 160.000 km

The main factors that determines how long will your Rx8 engine last is compression. 

If the engine is very worn, the compression will drop, and if the compression drops the engine doesn't have the strength to operate to full power.

Once compression gets too low, the car will struggle to start, will have almost no power and it will constantly flood. The only solution here is to do an engine rebuild.

There are several failure points that you have no real control over, like side seal spring failure. You can kill your engine through negligence, but it's also possible for it to decide to die on it's own, due to factors you can't control or prevent.

Is it fast?

- If you drove a slower vehicle before, yes you’re gonna feel like it’s very fast.

- If you drive a faster car before, like a BMW M3, it’s gonna feel slower.


Initial acceleration from 1000 to 5000 rpm is very slow, like a 1.2 Fiat Panda, no joke. 

After 5000rpm, it gives a serious smooth punch of power.