Hesitation and/or a lack of power can be caused by the secondary shutter valve (SSV) in the intake manifold becoming stuck open due to carbon build up around the SSV shaft. This may occur with no Check Engine light illumination but eventually the light will illuminate with code P2070 (Secondary Shutter Valve [SSV] stuck open). The cleaning procedure described under the service bulletin is a long process and it is recommended to install the updated SSV actuator and gaskets. The SSV is activated at higher RPM and the carbon accumulation can happen when it opens infrequently. The effects RX-8's built before April 18, 2007.
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Newest reported 2004 Mazda RX-8 problems
Some models may have a problem where the Check Engine light illuminates indicating an improperly tightened fuel cap. Due to improperly manufactured threads on the fuel filler pipe, the filler pipe may need to be replaced.
I noticed about 50,000 miles the radiator light would flicker on and off. The engine temperature alwys stayed in the normal region and the radiator was full of fluid. The Mazda repair guy told me that this is accuring in a lot of the RX-8s. There is a plastic waffer on the gauge ball inside the radiator that measures the fluid. When the waffer starts breaking up, the gauge ball starts fluctuating greater sending a signal that the radiator is l...
If the climate control's heat/cold knob is not adjusting to the desired temperature, a new climate control unit may be needed.
Be sure to check your owner's manual and use the correct engine oil. Mazda does not recommend using synthetic oil in the RX-8's rotary engine.