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Looking to buy an rx8 231 what do I look for?
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:38:07 PM »
Hi guys I\'m looking to but an Rx 8 but know nothing about these cars apart from understand they have the rotary engine in. Drove a 192 on the weekend and loved it

What are the pitfalls etc

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 09:48:44 PM »
:Thumbsup!Well you\'ve come to the right place!!! Have a look around the site there is loads of info, use the search function....just sold my 8 but still have my 7....you only here the bad stuff in life.  There great cars good luck finding 1.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 08:42:51 AM »
do not buy any rotary car without having the engine compression tested!

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 09:14:52 AM »
Welcome to Mazdarotaryclub and we hope you find what you are looking for,
 
Even if the car starts instantly when cold the biggest thing to check with the RX-8 is to make sure it has a run down the road to make sure its nice and warm then turn the car off, leave for the same amount of time it takes for a tank of fuel to be put in which is around 8 to 10 minutes and only then restart the car.

If the car does not start cleanly straight away, walk away fronm the car as the engines compression will be low and only get worse.

The only real Achilles heal on the RX-8 is the ignition coils and you need to either check for invoices that the four coils have been changed or factor in the price of genuine Mazda coils (pattern ones invariably cause issues)

Aside from just these two things above just look and check the car over just like you would say a Ford Fiesta or any other "normal" car.

With prices of the  RX-8  now, a huge amount of car is able to be bought for not much money.

hope this helps
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 01:05:10 PM »
Hi mate
 
I am going to have mine up for sale soon (2003 231 with pretty much all the extras and brand new coils, leads and plugs) just getting the wheels refurbed at the moment.
 
Give me an email and I can tell you all about rx8s from my experience, I have had 1 fc, 2 fds and this rx8, so I know a little about them now.
 
james.fletcher@federalmogul.com

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 07:45:29 PM »
Quote from: clive;820160
Welcome to Mazdarotaryclub and we hope you find what you are looking for,
 
Even if the car starts instantly when cold the biggest thing to check with the RX-8 is to make sure it has a run down the road to make sure its nice and warm then turn the car off, leave for the same amount of time it takes for a tank of fuel to be put in which is around 8 to 10 minutes and only then restart the car.

If the car does not start cleanly straight away, walk away fronm the car as the engines compression will be low and only get worse.

The only real Achilles heal on the RX-8 is the ignition coils and you need to either check for invoices that the four coils have been changed or factor in the price of genuine Mazda coils (pattern ones invariably cause issues)

Aside from just these two things above just look and check the car over just like you would say a Ford Fiesta or any other "normal" car.

With prices of the  RX-8  now, a huge amount of car is able to be bought for not much money.

hope this helps



how much are the coils to be done? can it be done at home or only a garage jobby?

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2014, 07:53:38 PM »
Hi Marcus,

Coils are very easy to change and we send out a simple step by step guide to help.

Beware of fake coils as many on the market are sold as genuine and are not leading to many customers then arriving at our doorstep after finding the car still won\'t run properly !

Here\'s a link should you wish to buy.

http://www.mazdarotaryparts.com/b-mazda-rx8-100-genuine-ignition-coils-set-of-four-b-1399-p.asp
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2014, 08:08:35 PM »
just found link in another post and a kinda guide does seem easy enough. roughly how long would coils last before needing to be replaced, just so I can go through the service history?

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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2014, 09:02:52 PM »
and the leads never replaced leads before are they easy to fit at same time or bit more tricky?

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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2014, 09:04:06 PM »
Where are you based might be able to help you out
With some advice.

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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2014, 09:08:04 PM »
Quote from: marcusd;883722
just found link in another post and a kinda guide does seem easy enough. roughly how long would coils last before needing to be replaced, just so I can go through the service history?


As many RX-8\'s will have had coils ask for receipts and you may be lucky,

Mazda brought out six variations of coils over the years and the last two versions last well whereas early versions only last 25K
All the best Clive

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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2014, 09:24:35 PM »
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Where are you based might be able to help you out
With some advice.


golbourne, recent move ish as have no idea of areas around me