The Mazda RX-8 Is a Fun Car You Probably Shouldn't Buy

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Doug DeMuro

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The Mazda RX-8 is weird, cool, and special -- and you probably shouldn't buy one. Today I'm reviewing the Mazda RX-8, and I'm showing you all the quirks and features of the unusual RX-8. I'm also driving the RX-8, and I'm going to show you why you shouldn't consider one, even though it's cool.
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Eastwood #400
Eastwood #400 Πριν ημέρα
"volume control knob is a circle"
theo siegers
theo siegers Πριν 3 ημέρες
YOU CAN TURN THAT BEEP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DriftTek
DriftTek Πριν 3 ημέρες
I think the early models aren't that good looking, but that is only due to the front end. The face lifted models or even just slapping a different bumper on the early ones and I think it looks allot better.
Kettyca
Kettyca Πριν 4 ημέρες
This review is basically a 2m tall man bitching about not being a petite girl. Bitches in the back seat have more chill
Arvin Gobin
Arvin Gobin Πριν 4 ημέρες
Please review a nissian silvia s15
Harsh Gadley
Harsh Gadley Πριν 4 ημέρες
RX7 looks better
Harsh Gadley
Harsh Gadley Πριν 4 ημέρες
I would rather pilot a RX-78 ! Xp
DracInTheBox
DracInTheBox Πριν 5 ημέρες
I wonder if the “super unique premium fuel” is talking about 93 octane or if it’s reminding you to use a fuel additive to lubricate the rotor?
Pavithran Sundararaj
Pavithran Sundararaj Πριν 5 ημέρες
A'ight, dawg. You get 37 cents for your horrendous humor attempts
MercurySable99
MercurySable99 Πριν 5 ημέρες
doug potatoes idaho
DaGoatt Gaming
DaGoatt Gaming Πριν 6 ημέρες
10 years 60k miles?? Sheesh
Reha Erman
Reha Erman Πριν 6 ημέρες
The trunk should have opened like a hatchback.
ace88bf
ace88bf Πριν 7 ημέρες
Former Mazda salesperson here. I can confirm the service department absolutely HATED seeing this car lol, especially because they were frequently brought in due to owner negligence--you need to burn off the excess fuel in the rotary chamber or it can become flooded, meaning you have to stab the gas pedal and then turn the engine off. It has to warm up ideally for a good 10 minutes before you start driving it. Well, a lot of folks did not do either of those, and so seeing an RX-8 being brought in on a flatbed was fairly common lol. One guy had his brought in multiple times because his wife didn't understand she couldn't just turn it on, move it, and then turn it off so it flooded haha. Still though, i absolutely adore this car and had quite a great time driving it. The R3 was especially amazing!
Spoon-Dono
Spoon-Dono Πριν 7 ημέρες
The wheelbase is pretty long, I agree I don’t hate it tho And since it still handles well...I don’t see a real issue 👍
JC Martell
JC Martell Πριν 7 ημέρες
Always loved that car . I see a couple for sale on Marketplace here in my city Halifax ,NS Canada
Christian Andrade
Christian Andrade Πριν 8 ημέρες
I had a used RX8 and never had any engine issues. You have to be religious about doing oil changes. I had one that did not have the extra oil dispenser so I would premix with Idemistu oil at fill up. Fun to drive and it was great revving up to 9k. Took corners well too
John Johnson
John Johnson Πριν 9 ημέρες
5:40 Sun visors holes are for viewing traffic lights. you can turn off the beeping of the buttons too. Absolutely everything in this car was carefully planned. btw, those cup holders aren't for cups lol. No real rx8 enthusiast would want to put drinks in the cup holders and risk spilling while pulling 1.3 G's in the corners. If you really need cup holders, there's two behind you in the center. Main reason rx8's get hate is because normal people would buy them and treat them like a piston engine car. This isn't a normal car.
John Johnson
John Johnson Πριν 9 ημέρες
5:40 The holes are to allow you to see traffic lights without being blinded. Also the buttons beeping can be easily turned off. An incredible amount of thought and planning went into this car. There's a reason rx8 owners love it.
matt britton
matt britton Πριν 9 ημέρες
I'm gonna start by saying the fuel economy is worse than the Chevy 5.7, I had a Ls1 Chevy Camaro before I got my 06' rx8 but so far this car is worth it it only has 1.3 liter displacement and it puts out massive amounts of power from the little engine stock. Now to understand the doors and the trunk you'll have to see things from a engineers view, Mazda sports cars are known for their low weight and great weight distribution due to the rotary engine and they had to compete with their flagship rx7 in handling as well as the changing world wanting more seats. If you've ever owned a trans am or Camaro then you know how ridiculously large and heavy those doors are, Mazda made the doors like that so that it can seat 4 people without dinging someones car up in a parking lot. The half- doors are also because of weight and weight distribution they weight less than a whole door and with a half-door they can keep the wheel base shorter and keeping the nimble feel in corners. I do agree on the cup holder situation but that's the only thing I agree on. People say these cars use oil well I think the only people who say that drive it like they stole it or have loads of miles on it at which any car will use alot. My rx8 hasn't used any and it's over 100k, I change the oil regularly and check it once a week. As far as the looks go, I get unprovoked compliments from nearly everyone. So far I'm impressed with this car, I've owned many sports cars and this one definitely is one of my most favorite
Joey Sullivan
Joey Sullivan Πριν 9 ημέρες
This car gave me a world of problems. Engine problems..
mason l
mason l Πριν 9 ημέρες
That button beeping stops when the engine goes down and then the battery.
Georgi Dimitrov
Georgi Dimitrov Πριν 10 ημέρες
My favourite part is when he said "circle".
DAZD
DAZD Πριν 10 ημέρες
Terrible review buddy, these cars are amazing. If you give it the love and care it needs it will last you and will be very reliable. Too many racer boys who drive the car hard 24/7 and provide no proper maintenance are the reason for the negativity. Ensuring the car is heated up correctly and cooled correctly, Constant oil changes every 2km, 2 stroke oil in every tank and a red line a day are all needed constantly plus more smaller things. If you want to have a sports car, drive the shit out of it, and never maintain it. THIS IS NOT THE CAR FOR YOU.
Paul-Michael Tapai
Paul-Michael Tapai Πριν 11 ημέρες
Holes in the visor are to see stoplights while partially blocking the sun. Works!
Daniel Veira
Daniel Veira Πριν 11 ημέρες
If Doug was a shirt he’d be a plain white T-shirt that says “I potato Idaho”
Mike McDougal
Mike McDougal Πριν 12 ημέρες
Wow! The beeping buttons at 5:19 sound just like my microwave. Not sure I'd want my sports car to sound like a kitchen appliance.
Wet Mattress
Wet Mattress Πριν 12 ημέρες
take a shot every time Doug says circle
HDnatureTV: Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds Videos
HDnatureTV: Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds Videos Πριν 12 ημέρες
I have an 2005 Infinti G35 coupe with over 300hp (standard) + 30HP+ in mods. I drove the Mazda - gutless, slow and only started to pull in very high revs. I also found it ugly, gas and oil hungry - I passed. The G35 sold very well. The RX-8 didn't and thus died as the G35 became the G37 before becoming the ugly non selling Q50 coupe now - ugh! If you want to drive mine sometime. I live right next to LAX. Find my email by googling HDnatureTV, my youtube channel.
HDnatureTV: Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds Videos
HDnatureTV: Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds Videos Πριν 12 ημέρες
Next time you borrow a car, make the owner clean the car, engine, and trunk. That would take 5 minutes for either you or the owner could do.
Prince Fluffy
Prince Fluffy Πριν 12 ημέρες
I owned a Black RX8 PZ, P is for Pro Drive and Z is for OZ, it had a prodrive exhaust a different spoiler and was lowered by 35mm also OZ alloys, I had the wheels sprayed black and a black window tint on the rest windows, used to get about 17 mpg around town and it was in the highest road fund licence bracket, had to sell it eventually ....
heribertoigueldo24
heribertoigueldo24 Πριν 13 ημέρες
My dad considered this car back in the day. Way too slow. It is a bit fugly too.
Jonathan Losito
Jonathan Losito Πριν 13 ημέρες
Here watching thisss after the RX 8 review from the Straight Pipes
Garry FPV
Garry FPV Πριν 14 ημέρες
It looks great in a different way
Abhi Singh
Abhi Singh Πριν 14 ημέρες
Had a 2005 - I loved it to the moon and back. The handling was telepathic, absolutely unreal, precise physical feedback--you had to get into Lotus, Porsche Cayman/911s etc to get better handling. The sound from the screaming rotary powerplant was addictive, and the interior was pretty practical for a small coupe and surprisingly premium for the price point. Mine had the banging Bose audio system too. The chassis could have handled 300 bhp, but given the low weight plus how fast the rotary revs the hp didn't seem that lacking. These don't get enough respect for how much they actually fit the textbook definition of 'sports car.' Real review begins at 20:30.
Raymond Shear
Raymond Shear Πριν 14 ημέρες
lol mazda realy does not want drinking and friving becuse of the cuholder placement
glenn campbell
glenn campbell Πριν 15 ημέρες
Is Doug the equivalent of a Karen? Moan.. Whinge.. Gripe... Blaah.?
Donovan
Donovan Πριν 16 ημέρες
It has only been 8 years doug not 10 8
John Stainbrook
John Stainbrook Πριν 16 ημέρες
I potato Idaho
rotary hill
rotary hill Πριν 17 ημέρες
Just give this car some credit. rx8 tried it's best to be the the the perfect car
K1shmish
K1shmish Πριν 17 ημέρες
LOL so much useless info as always dough its obviously very boring
michael koerts
michael koerts Πριν 18 ημέρες
Drinking game: Take a shot every time Doug Says “ circle “
Bodhi Cruise
Bodhi Cruise Πριν 19 ημέρες
This is my car and doug actually stole my 37¢
all you need to know
all you need to know Πριν 19 ημέρες
Mazda had credit card key wayyyy before any other company including Tesla, BMW but still under appreciated
aa1 chris
aa1 chris Πριν 19 ημέρες
“Hey where are my 30 cents? Goddammit I specifically left 30 cents here to have enough for a hubba bubba!”
B G
B G Πριν 20 ημέρες
I think we can all agree THIS was the starter car in need for speed carbon
ImposiBoss
ImposiBoss Πριν 20 ημέρες
Very professional review though Doug . Love it
ImposiBoss
ImposiBoss Πριν 20 ημέρες
Someone should make a version of this video where’s it’s just circle
QuailsAreFat
QuailsAreFat Πριν 21 ημέρα
Tokyo drift
Handy Andy
Handy Andy Πριν 21 ημέρα
Former owner here, and a mechanic. My RX-8 was an adventure. And when I mean adventure it means blood sweat and tears. First bought it and found out this sporty looking car could be demolished by every v6 honda accord and camary. Ok bummer but it's a cool engine right? Well not exact. The issue of using crank case oil to lube the combustion chamber was horrid. Carbon fouling and cat issues made me block off the OMP and install a bypass that fed it clean 2 stroke oil which is designed to burn. That helped a ton. Then now let's solve the cooling issue. My stock radiator had a small nipple from the expansion tank that broke right off and dumped my coolant. One 600 dollar all aluminum radiator later that helped but did not solve it all. To follow the over heat issues I had upgrades my oil coolers with bigger coolers. Great? Rx-8 should be good now? Bahahhaahhaha no..... Not even close. The ignition coils on this engine are mounted to the combustion side of the engine on a METAL PLATE. Meaning the PLASTIC BODY coils would heat and cool so much they would fail very often. Like.... 15k miles often. And with 2 ignition coils per rotor it gave different symptoms depending on which one failed. And the coils are expensive. A typical tune up every 15k was around 6-8 hundred dollars. Did I mention fouling? Also exhaust temps exceed 2k degrees. Meaning your cat is absolutely dying every time you floor it. Also to drive a rotary you need to keep the rpms higher than snoop dogg. But that means you get smiles per gallon. Not miles per gallon My average was 9 mpg. Advertised as low 20s highway. The rear suspension was a problem. The rear springs relaxed and I would high side over autumn leaves. The vehicle is not light either. At 3100 lbs without a driver meant this engine pushing 180ish to the wheels struggled. My average 0-60 was around 6.8-7.2 seconds depending on the condition of my engines serviceable items. The manual trans ate up the synchros. Like second gear would crunch every time since she always had to deal with the abuse of the 1st gear. Also the throw out bearing was never designed for the high rpm for this engine so would squeak like mad and fail easily. Nothing makes you look more bammer than having to talk over your noisy tob at a mcdonald's drive through. Also, the fueling issue was insane. You notice the engine does not like regular gas. You NEED premium. The amount of blow by and heat this engine generates means low octane fuel would be a death sentence at high rpm. The rear calipers in my 8 had a problem in the way that the parking brake would wear so much that you would get a dragging rear brake issue and it took me forever to diag this. I replaced the caliper twice and was given one with the same problem which leads me to believe it is common. The rx-8 also isn't the best handling. 50-50 distribution did not mean handling. The rear seats were literally there for insurance cost purposes. Even my smallest friends couldn't fit back there. The engine... Ohh the engine.... She screams and she moans and she begs.... But she does not produce. My ex wife's fanny fangler had more torque than this car. My oral B tooth brush had more torque. My ninja blender had more horses. My nose during allergy season ran faster. With that... She made me a mechanic and gave me the passion for it. She is beautiful, but hard to manage like the pretty girl from class who is an only child. She was purpose built and if you deviate from her purpose she will make you regret her. She was fun and slow car fast. The 9200rpm redline was amazing and she begged you to touch it. I am now 7+ years as a mech and I now own a Hyundai Equus. I look back on her with fond memories but never to far are the nightmares she gave me. Avoid her at all costs, but if you have the money, the passion, the dedication... She will give you something you'll never forget
and in the darkness meme them
and in the darkness meme them Πριν 21 ημέρα
The "Super Unique" thing is actually mistranslation to French, usually it should say "super uniquement" which, you might have guessed by now, means "premium only". Sorry to burst your bubble :D
Tokyo Blues Man
Tokyo Blues Man Πριν 21 ημέρα
This was a very good review, Doug. And I agree RX-8 is an ugly car. But it’s good to know that it handles well. Thanks for this review.
Veritas Honoris
Veritas Honoris Πριν 21 ημέρα
my favorite one from Forza Horizon and NFS: Hot Pursuit 2010
Emilian Edward Sava
Emilian Edward Sava Πριν 21 ημέρα
Mazda RX-8 it's a hideous car.
Fabian L.
Fabian L. Πριν 22 ημέρες
my father in law had one of these- I drove it several times and it was great! But maintenance costs were hilarious high and fuel consumption absolutely crazy - but was worth every dime :-p
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FYI you can disable the beep
זה סודי
זה סודי Πριν 24 ημέρες
Fun fact: the Chevy Corvette has a pretty good gas mileage, for the c7 zo6 having an average gas mileage of 28MPG
Ghosts1912
Ghosts1912 Πριν 25 ημέρες
Guys....mine has 191k miles on original seals...any prayers?
Stefan Stefan
Stefan Stefan Πριν 25 ημέρες
🤔🤔🤔 Doug?! What about the last Naturally Aspirated V8 SLK55 AMG!? 🤔🤔🤔
Erin Gallegos
Erin Gallegos Πριν 26 ημέρες
"getting in is as simple as-sitting down"
Piano Fry
Piano Fry Πριν 27 ημέρες
Hey circle jerkle it has triangles every where because ROTARY!
centomila
centomila Πριν 27 ημέρες
If you flip over with this car the dashboard look like mickey mouse
Marcus Crassus
Marcus Crassus Πριν 27 ημέρες
Rodney McKay doing Car Reviews.
tehgreatestsnor
tehgreatestsnor Πριν 28 ημέρες
Please upvote so Doug may see this I think the super and unique stands for examples for premium fuels. We here in Belgium have Super 95 and Super 98 besides diesel. Unique must be a gasoline brand somewhere (it sounds french to me). Anyone who can confirm/clarify? :)
Jake Cook
Jake Cook Πριν 28 ημέρες
Doug, oh Doug, we don't want to hear about how suicide doors work. Yes, we know that you have to open the front door first and that you have to close the back one and then the first one. It is simply common sense.
RR
RR Πριν 28 ημέρες
Doug, you should know that more people will buy a 4 seater than a 2 seater, even if no adult can sit in back. Sorry the rotary engine scares you. No worse in reliability and a lot cheaper to own than other similar cars like Porsche, Alfa, MBZ.
Riza Guntur Prakoso
Riza Guntur Prakoso Πριν 28 ημέρες
Mazda needs to update RX-8 with their normal Skyactive engine... I really like this car
Dasar Krasniqi
Dasar Krasniqi Πριν 28 ημέρες
It's on of the best looking cars! A four door couple, it's just priceless!
domthebomb182
domthebomb182 Πριν 28 ημέρες
He’s dead ass complaining like “the knobs and steering wheels are circles” ? Like no shit sherlock 🕵️‍♂️
Thana Ram
Thana Ram Πριν 28 ημέρες
13:06 it supposed to wrote premix fuel only.
Jesus saves
Jesus saves Πριν μήνα
Hey Doug how many commercials you need!!!
Liam Bassitt
Liam Bassitt Πριν μήνα
Honestly doug’s shirt 👌
Ahna Raee
Ahna Raee Πριν μήνα
New drinking game each time you hear Doug say circle: Drink
Cristian Sanchez
Cristian Sanchez Πριν μήνα
I think most cars have circles in the car Doug.
5.0Foxy83 Mustang
5.0Foxy83 Mustang Πριν μήνα
A reliable car...but it requires different maintenance because its a totally different type of engine so do some research and keep up with the maintenance
theMenace
theMenace Πριν μήνα
Damn. I absolutely love how the car looks!
Luis Ignacio Cernas Chavez
Luis Ignacio Cernas Chavez Πριν μήνα
I just bougth a 2008 RX-8 shinka edition for 1500 dlls and the car turn off when it reaches the normal driving temperature... :(
Flavia Pitariu
Flavia Pitariu Πριν μήνα
I actually bought an rx8 a couple of days ago with that same warning. Turns out it's the float inside the expansion tank, needs the tank replaced to fix, or unplug the sensor as it's not important
daniel montnoir
daniel montnoir Πριν μήνα
I just wanna get one so bad lmao
dakota houk
dakota houk Πριν μήνα
Does he not like Camaros he didn't even mention them when he said sporty cars😞😞sad day for Camaro drivers
Big Ol Brainworm
Big Ol Brainworm Πριν μήνα
Thanks for making me want to buy an RX8
kululv
kululv Πριν μήνα
hey Doug! some hate mail for you from a non owner! I liked the car from day one for exact the reasons, why you do not like it! I think the long wheelbase makes look fast, the fenders make it look sporty! Your rant about the circles? Where you under the influence when you did this part? You can copy and past the whole rant to any other car! I never saw a square speedometer or light switch or radio control button or heater control button. Also, if you don't like a car, how objective you think is the outcome? And despite the owner stating, that he had no issues over the last 10 years, although only 75000 miles, you still deem it unreliable. But at the end, it looks like you still jumped over your own shadow and gave it an adequate rating. Besides this test, I like your other test for its down to earth, everyday relevant approach! thank you
JohnnyV83
JohnnyV83 Πριν μήνα
The half-door is a relic from the late 90s 3-door sport coupes. The late 90s Toyota Celica had a 3rd door exactly like this, but with actual legroom in the back.
Hoch Walze Fünf
Hoch Walze Fünf Πριν μήνα
Never drive a cold rotary if I remember correctly. Lol
xpman85
xpman85 Πριν μήνα
100,000km don't bother
xpman85
xpman85 Πριν μήνα
"Car doesn't start after I fill the fuel" a big complaint of this car of worn engine. Low compression when it reaches operating temperature.
StrengthdartRS
StrengthdartRS Πριν μήνα
Decades long RX-8 owner, it was my first car! The “very unique” label on gas cap is just reminding you that the rotary engine only has a thirst for premium fuel!
Dr. Najeeb Ullah Qadir
Dr. Najeeb Ullah Qadir Πριν μήνα
I love this car 😍. With a swaped engine to 2JZ
Jc. Loyola
Jc. Loyola Πριν μήνα
I'll love it for evaa!!
Chuck Hotze
Chuck Hotze Πριν μήνα
I'll never forget my wife's old RX-4 Wagon, which was the sleeper that our boys learned to drive in stealth mode. Looked SLOW...but wasn't. Kind of like our early Maserati Bi-Turbo some years later.
Dean Grandoit
Dean Grandoit Πριν μήνα
10 year gap?? The Rx7 ended at 2003.
Joshua Davies
Joshua Davies Πριν μήνα
you can turn the beeping off, its a mazda thing
Average forza player
Average forza player Πριν μήνα
That’s one expensive Dorito
Gregory G
Gregory G Πριν μήνα
Thank you Doug for teaching us how to open and close suicide doors. I'm glad I watched this video before choosing an RX8. I wouldn't have been hella confused the first time I tried getting into the backseat. Phew. Avoided a bill at the body shop.
Jason WB
Jason WB Πριν μήνα
I don't mind the looks. Just always been weary of a rotary engine. Let's face they get crap fuel economy and are high maintenance. But amazing power (high reving) for block size.
Retrodude 21
Retrodude 21 Πριν μήνα
Wow, the people in this comment section can't let people have their own opinion 👇
Lyrion
Lyrion Πριν μήνα
The wheels are circles too Doug
lxr
lxr Πριν μήνα
1.9k people have a Mazda rx8
Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree Πριν μήνα
I loved the commercial when the car hugged the dude. Dream car back in the day.
George Cummings
George Cummings Πριν μήνα
I would be embarrassed if my RX8 was that dirty!
Brian Shind
Brian Shind Πριν μήνα
I think that title describes the e92 M3 I had.
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