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Mazda RX-8 Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

If the climate control's heat/cold knob is not adjusting to the desired temperature, a new climate control unit may be needed.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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 upd...

Engine -- kbbink9 and 9 others

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...

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Mazda RX-8 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 11, 2013

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Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed and as a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator module found.

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Body, Interior & Misc., March 5, 2004

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The front passenger seat airbag may be wired incorrectly. In this case, the airbag will not provide adequate protection if the vehicle is involved in a frontal crash. Dealers will install a new wiring harness in the front passenger seat airbag system to correct this concern. This recall began on March 5, 2004. The Mazda recall number is 1604B-B.

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Drive Train, March 5, 2004

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On vehicles with a manual transmission, the heat insulator may crack, causing an abnormal noise. Continued vehicle operation can cause the insulator to come off and pose a hazard to other vehicles. Dealers will replace the heat insulator to correct this concern. This recall began during March 2004. The Mazda recall number is 1704B.

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Exhaust & Emissions, August 30, 2005

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Running the engine at high RPM for an excessive length of time can damage several under vehicle components, which could produce a variety of malfunctions. Problems can include an inoperative oxygen sensor, neutral start switch, back up lights, parking brake, malfunctions of the gas gauge, or heat damaged fuel tank. Fuel could leak from a damaged fuel tank, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace parts as necessary to correct this concern. The recall began on August 30, 2005. The Mazda recall number is 3305G.

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Suspension & Steering, August 30, 2005

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Due to improper forging of the lower control arm, cracks may occur in the ball joint socket. In severe driving conditions, the ball joint may separate from the ball joint socket and loss of steering may occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the lower control arms as required. This recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2005. The Mazda recall number is 3405G.

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Mazda RX-8 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 2004 Mazda RX-8, Mount Juliet, TN

I have a 2004 mazda rx8. My drivers door is locked and will not open with key or remote, inside or outside. Can you help?

Visitor, 2004 Mazda RX-8, Roanoke, VA

sometimes nothing (radio.thermastat,air.heat) works when I turn on the ignition.Sometimes if I hold the power button for the radio in for long lengths of time they operate.

glb1979, 2004 Mazda RX-8, Pewaukee, WI

clutch pedal stopped returning to position. did research on web and see this is a common issue with this model, several complaints. Bracket break and the pedal no longer work. was fine yesterday.

julynightmare, 2004 Mazda RX-8, Menifee, CA

I just found out that I need new spark plugs, wires, coils. plus a new coolant with sensor. Don't have 1400.00 to fix right now. But today my car is parked in the garage and wont go into rever...

Visitor, 2004 Mazda RX-8, Miami, FL

The car don't run how i can fix this

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Mazda RX-8 Reviews

I love my car. I have a 2004 Mazda grand touring edition rx8. I have 196,000 miles on it. This is the original engine. It still looks and runs like it is brand new. I am just now replacing the original clutch. I too have had some of the issues listed but not as many. The only major things that I had to replace is the water pump and the drivers side door handle because like another person talked about the door would not open using key, remote or handle.

my car have hesitation by sticky SSV problem.but i connect the valve governer directly to main suction(jumping control solonoids) and the it seemrd to cure the problem. i want to know the side effects by doing so? PLS contace.i m in burma and the repairs are out of reached.please help

I have a 2004 RX8 and it is disappointment in all aspect. I have been driving RX7s all my life and I've never have this kind of PROBLEMS. After driving it for 6 years, now its just
sitting in my garage collecting dust. I've alreally spent a lot
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I bought a Mazda Rx-8 2006 candy apple read. I bought in 2007 as pre-owned vehicle and had only 12,000 miles on it and thats practically brand new. The feeling I get when I drive is indescribable I was on top of the world that is until I needed parts, or gas went up, or I decided to use as a commuter car (comfort), and slowly but surely we got the big OH NO, the engine had locked up Kaput at 100,000. I had routine maintenance all the time and always checked oil. My mechanic who has worked onthese rotary engines for years said that Mazda states that the engines are only made to last 60,000 miles but no one bothers to tell you that of course at the dealer. The engine was a used one and once again since the car still had a loan on it that I could not pay off quickly I dropped another $6500 in an engine, then it was the tires and the brakes, and as you know nothing is cheap for parts for Mazda. People stop me on the street to tell me how much they love my car, and I nicely smile and say "here you take it," but make sure you have a fat wallet. On behalf of Mazda though I will say the thrill of driving it when it isnt broke down is phenomenal! ZOOOM ZOOOM ZOOOM

I bought a 2004 Mazda RX8 Grand Touring this winter. The car is beautiful but...where do I begin? When we tried out the car, there was a noise coming from the rear end. We assumed that it was just the rotors since the car had been sitting for a while; rusted and just needing running.

So, during this test drive, which as I mentioned was in the winter was very cold. We tried to get the heat to work without any luck. We go into the dealership to sign the paperwork and leave to head home and you'll never guess what...on comes the engine light! Imagine that! Ok, again (I know, I must have REALLY have loved this car right?)

So we traveled home, four hour drive home with no heat! Again, thinking it was going to be a simple fix.

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG...I put on new rotors and brakes, noise is still there. We recently had the vehicle inspected and was told that the noise is in the rear end and not the rotors. :(
The heat control unit blows cold air on cold days and hot air on the hot days. The air pressure sensor light is on, the air bag light is on, the headlight leveling sensor is on...what a train wreck! I only have a few more lights that are even left to come on.

It makes me wonder what kind of hell this car has been put through. It will cost me a fortune to fix it all. I think walking away from this mess at this point would be the best. I am scared to think about what it will take to make it run as nice at it looks. It is a beautiful car! :)

Everything you read on the internet about things that can go wrong with these cars, there you will surely see a picture of my car!

Good Luck to anyone with the same kind of drama I have going on...Anyone want to buy a car?????

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