2008 Mazda RX-8  -  $27,070


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $27,070
Base Invoice: $25,093
Destination Charge: $635
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Cpe Auto Sport
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 16 | Hwy: 23
Body Style: 4dr Cpe Auto Sport
Transmission: 6-speed sport automatic transmission w/OD, paddle shifters, adaptive shift logic
Engine: 1.3L RENESIS MPFI 2-rotor rotary engine

Model Highlights

The 2008 Mazda RX-8 is the perfect compromise between a pure sports car and a sports sedan. The high-revving rotary engine sounds like nothing else, and the free-flow door system allows four adults easy access to the front and rear seats. The rear seat features a handy fold-down center section that allows long items like skis to extend from the trunk into the cabin.

Mazda has done wonders with the Wankel rotary engine, and the powerplant benefits from fewer moving parts and much better balance than traditional combustion engines. The RX-8's perfect 50/50 weight distribution equates to crisp, nimble handling in all conditions.

All RX-8 trim levels--Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and 40th Anniversary--have the 1.3L rotary engine and are available with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, with paddle shifters on the auto. The manual-equipped car produces 232 horsepower with a 9,000 rpm redline, while the automatic cars put out 212 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. Each car returns 16 mpg city. The manual gets 22 mpg and the automatic 23 mpg on the highway.

Standard convenience and safety equipment across the model range includes keyless entry, air conditioning, an alarm system, cruise control, power windows, a tire pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes, and front, side, and curtain air bags.

Touring and Grand Touring models add xenon headlights, a power moonroof, a Bose stereo, and a six-disc CD changer. Unique to the Grand Touring car are heated leather seats with power adjustment, heated mirrors, and advanced keyless entry and start. DVD navigation is optional only on the Grand Touring model for $2,000.

A limited number of 40th Anniversary models will be built for 2008 to celebrate Mazda's long-lived use of rotary technology in their production cars. The special edition model comes with a silver engine cover, stiffer suspension, blue tinted fog lamps, unique wheels, a leather-wrapped shifter, and special floor mats. It is only available in Metropolitan Gray with Cosmo Red interior.

The Sport model offers a Performance Package, which adds xenon headlights, and stability and traction control. Sirius satellite radio is a $430 option across the range, as is a $1,100 Appearance Package.


Value Writeup

The 2008 Mazda RX-8 offers a unique driving experience in the automobile world. Not only is the twin-rotor 1.3L RENESIS rotary engine the only one of its kind, but no other car in the class offers four doors. Add to the mix crisp handling and an entry price of just over $26,000, and the RX-8 easily slots in under the INFINITI G35 coupe, Nissan 350Z coupe, and BMW 3-Series coupe.


Pros

Unique, high-revving rotary engine; free-flow door system with room for four adults; aggressive styling; affordable price; excellent handling.


Model News

For 2008, Mazda offers a special-edition 40th Anniversary RX-8 to celebrate the company's 40th year of employing rotary technology in its passenger cars. The car comes only in Metropolitan Gray with Cosmo Red leather interior, and has a stiffer suspension, special 18-inch wheels, blue tinted fog lamps, a silver engine cover, and unique badging.

Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels are still offered, and all base prices remain static. The DVD navigation system will only be offered in the Grand Touring model.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
23 MPG

Cruising Range - City
254.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
365.70 mi

Engine Type
Gas Rotary

Displacement
1.3L/80

Fuel System
MPFI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
212 @ 7500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.30

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.7 qts

EPA Classification
Sub-compact

Passenger Capacity
4

Passenger Volume
89.0 ft³

Front Head Room
38.2 in

Front Leg Room
42.7 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.8 in

Front Hip Room
53.3 in

Second Head Room
36.8 in

Second Leg Room
32.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Second Hip Room
48.1 in

Wheelbase
106.4 in

Length, Overall
174.3 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.7 in

Height, Overall
52.8 in

Track Width, Front
58.9 in

Track Width, Rear
59.3 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.7 in

Trunk Volume
7.6 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3084 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size
P225/55R16

Rear Tire Size
P225/55R16

Front Wheel Size
16 x 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.43

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.8 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
36.8 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.9 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.9 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
15.9 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V793000

Mfg's Report Date
October 31, 2016

Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected
69,447

Summary
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008. The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe.

Consequence
The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump sealing ring set and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda will notify owners about the issue and will second a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer did not provide a schedule for these notifications. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0516J.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
17V011000

Mfg's Report Date
January 10, 2017

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
8,018

Summary
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2009 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain 2005-2006 MPV and 2005-2008 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air...

Consequence
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 7, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0617A.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V354000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 25, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
495,348

Summary
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 and MPV, 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles originally s...

Consequence
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9416E.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

1.3L RENESIS MPFI 2-rotor rotary engine

6-speed sport automatic transmission w/OD, paddle shifters, adaptive shift logic

Rear wheel drive

Independent double-wishbone front suspension w/gas shocks

Independent multi-link rear suspension w/gas shocks

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Shock tower brace

P225/55R16 tires

16" x 7.5" aluminum alloy wheels w/locks

Direct drive electric pwr rack & pinion steering

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)

4-wheel pwr ventilated disc brakes

Single exhaust system w/dual chrome tailpipes

Halogen headlights

Tinted windshield w/sunshade, heat absorbent glass

Body-color pwr mirrors

Free style doors

Variable-intermittent windshield wipers w/washer

Cloth front bucket seats w/integrated head restraints

Rear bucket seats w/pass-through

Center console-inc: pwr outlet

Front/rear carpeted floor mats

Black scuff plates w/aluminum accents

Leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel-inc: cruise & audio controls

Black gauges-inc: chrome bezels, white lettering, blue LED illumination w/red nighttime illumination

Tire pressure monitoring system

(2) resettable trip odometers

Outside temp display

Warning lamps-inc: parking brake, high-beams, check engine, oil pressure, battery charge, seat belts, airbags, fuel, tire pressure

Pwr windows-inc: driver side 1-touch down feature

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry-inc: illuminated entry

Cruise control

Remote fuel door/hood/trunk lid release

Anti-theft engine immobilizer

Alarm system

AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: digital clock, (6) speakers

In-glass rear antenna

Air conditioning

Rear window defogger w/auto-off feature

Rear heat ducts

Illuminated locking glove compartment

Cigarette lighter w/ash tray

Overhead console w/sunglass holder

Cloth-trimmed door panels

Driver/front passenger illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Lighting-inc: ignition key, front courtesy, entry, map, front pwr window & door lock switches

Leather-wrapped shift knob w/silver accent

Cup holders-inc: (2) front, (2) rear

Rear console w/covered storage

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)

Driver & front passenger airbags

Driver & front passenger side airbags

Driver & front passenger curtain airbags

Occupant detection system for passenger side air bag

Front 3-point seat belts-inc: pretensioners, force limiters

 
NATIONAL REGION
$0

 
ALASKA REGION
$45

 
FEDERAL EMISSIONS
$0

 
CAL EMISSIONS EQUIPMENT
$0

 
SOLID PAINT
$0

 
EXTRA COST PAINT
$200

 
PERFORMANCE PKG
$2,000

 
APPEARANCE PKG
$1,100

 
ROTARY ACCENT PKG
$159

 
IN-DASH 6-DISC CD CHANGER
$500

 
COLLAPSIBLE CARGO CARRIER
$60

 
CARGO NET
$40

 
CARGO ORGANIZER
$70

 
CARGO TRAY
$50

 
DOOR EDGE GUARDS
$75

 
ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$78

 
FENDER STRAKES
$260

 
FRONT/REAR SPLASH GUARDS
$200

 
REAR WING SPOILER
$360

 
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
$430

 
SHOCK SENSOR ALARM
$60

 
SPARE TIRE KIT
$395

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