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Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on April 09, 2009, 09:57:17 PM
Just through I would post some pictures of the wife\'s RX8. It\'s an 2004 High Power 231 Winning Blue she\'s been in the family now for 2 years and the wife is still in love with it and puts a smile on her face every time she goes out in her. One of the best colour I think.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: AMH on April 09, 2009, 10:41:45 PM
Still looking very nice - good shine. I\'m actually about to get my 2005 RX-8 professionally polished and the superguard reapplied.

I love winning blue - would have been my second choice except my old 323 was a very similar colour so needed a change.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: RX8Head on April 10, 2009, 08:25:46 PM
Looking nice although I have to disagree on the colour :Giggle.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: Gavin_RX8 on April 10, 2009, 11:11:35 PM
Nice looking motor there, nice colour too.
Title: looks
Post by: exiled-viking on April 12, 2009, 06:49:31 PM
looks nice and tidy nice one
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on April 13, 2009, 08:43:52 PM
Cheers of the comments chaps the wife might be bring it to rs6 this year
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: big rx8 on April 18, 2009, 11:27:18 AM
looks like a very tidy one! and you are of course 100% correct on the colour "winning" blue by name and by nature!
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on August 15, 2009, 05:13:04 PM
Quick Update Just had a new coil pack and plugs fitted at WGT OMG! kathy (the wife) did not realize how slow the car had become its only covered 37k would recommend getting them changed if you have noticed a drop in power ASAP! be for it does any damage to other things.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: RX8Head on August 17, 2009, 04:26:28 PM
Looking at changing my coil packs, leads etc at about 20k miles (which isn\'t far away now) just about everyone I know that has changed them have found a marked improvement :Thumbs-up.
Guess it\'s a case that you don\'t notice the loss of power when it happens over time.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on November 19, 2009, 11:20:56 PM
Gota admit Im totally torn between the Blue and the Grey myself.

Reckon it could be just down to if I find the right car in either colour I\'ll be happy, is the wifes car totally standard?
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on November 20, 2009, 01:24:14 AM
Yeah apart from uprated coils which was done at pip\'s (WGT) and the bling bits on the air vents on the wings and rotary crest above the front spliter.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on November 20, 2009, 06:18:30 PM
and how do you feel it compares handling wise to your 7?
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on November 20, 2009, 06:23:46 PM
at the minute I would say the 8 handles better then the 7 only because it on 18 years old standard suspension setup (bushes and shocks) the 8 is more of an everyday car not as hard but the 7 puts a bigger smile on my face then the 8 does.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on November 20, 2009, 06:44:48 PM
Is it just the extra pull from the turbo that makes you say that?
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on November 20, 2009, 08:45:51 PM
Its hard to sat they both put a smile on my face the 7 when the second turbo kicks in and pushes you in to the seat, and the noise of the rotors and turbos spinning up and the look of it as well. With the 8 its the third port opening after 6k the whole way the car changes into a different animal at this point and noise is great as well!

When i sort out the bushes and shocks on the 7 then the handling will be on par. If you are going to get an 8 make sure the coils are ok the difference between good and bad coils you can tell when you drive it there is no power at all as the wife said me before they was done she could not even beat a corsa away from the light!!!! lol.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on November 25, 2009, 09:14:03 PM
Is there scope for uprated items when its time to change or is factory mazda kit best to stick with?
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on November 26, 2009, 05:15:27 PM
if you are on about the coils go for the uprated ones pip at wgt said they will last a lot longer than the standard mazda ones and cheaper
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on November 30, 2009, 09:20:18 PM
Has your wifes 8 had the coils changed already or is that a job still to do?

Also, I heard the 7 engine has a short life and needs a rebuild in its life, is that right and was that an issue that was carried over to the 8?
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on November 30, 2009, 09:40:17 PM
The 8\'s coils went about 37k and have been changed in August this year you can tell the difference straight way. As for the 7 the engine will not last as long as an 8 there is not as much hot being generated in the 8\'s engine. I think Clive has said that he as heard about 8\'s covering over 120k !
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on November 30, 2009, 09:51:29 PM
Ive had a really good bloke service my cars over the yrs and I trust him, I even bought my current car (Alfa 156) off his son, the thing is I checked with him to see if he was ok with servicing the Rotary ... and he said he wouldnt touch one and neither would anybody he knows which has kinda thrown me to be honest.

I think alot of people more so mechainics are wary of Rotary engines as its so far removed from everyother car that comes through their doors, I think maybe as well horror stories of over tuned, raced/raged poorly maintained 7\'s probally dont help.

Out of interest do you use main dealer, specialist or independant garage?
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on November 30, 2009, 10:03:50 PM
I service the 7 myself oil filters plugs the usual stuff just treat it like a piston engine anything a bit more tricky it goes to wgt, the 8 goes the wgt for everything to keep the service history up would not touch the main dealer around here not had good service off them.
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Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: FWD_Boy on December 02, 2009, 10:12:25 PM
Thanks for all the helpfull advice mate, its been really helpfull to hear your advice from a 7 & 8 point of view
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: marcusd666 on December 02, 2009, 10:38:44 PM
No Problem they are both great cars the wife and I enjoy driving both of them.
Title: The Wife\'s RX8
Post by: RX-8888 on December 15, 2009, 08:42:52 AM
Just a tip on the original Coils...the bronze colour Coil \'mounting plate\' in Series II (09~) R3 RX-8\'s has been modified slightly.

The area where the back of the coils burns (white) has a Gap under base plate via a channel or groove cut into and along the bronze coil mounting plate, so instead of a flat coil base plate, the latest (S2 or R3) has a groove cut into it to allow for better heat dissipation..

As far as I know if you want to keep the original Coil Pack set up you can install the R3 type base plate, here is the Mazda Part Number for the base plate...N3R1-18-105
Title: A Sad Day.....
Post by: marcusd666 on December 12, 2013, 12:31:17 PM
Oh well the time has come to part with the wife RX-8.:wave

She is going back home to Mazda tonight and getting changed for a Mazda 3 2.2D Sport 150 as Kathy needs something more economical now that she works the other side of Liverpool.

It will be a shame to see the 8 go as it\'s been a great reliable car and we have enjoyed every minute of owning it, Even when see has needed some TLS it\'s now 10 years old and still on the original engine with mid 6.5 across all rotors.

Somebody is going to get a good 8 hopefully she will go to a good home.

Here are a couple of pictures of how she looked.