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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,688 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Mazda RX-8 body / paint problems

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 092014


  • 102,000 miles


My passenger side dashboard over the airbag is cracked really bad like you can see the air bag I am afraid to have anyone in the passenger seat I feel like it is going to set the air bag off for no reason the dealership is telling me its going to cost around $700 to fix I have done some research on this it seems to be a common problem with this car.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 102014


  • 80,000 miles
Rx-8 cracked passenger dashboard. Cracked in the outline of the faulty airbag shape. I am taking in for recall of airbag but am requesting dash cover replacement as it is clearly caused by airbag leakage/fault.

- Cairo, GA, USA

problem #6

May 102013


  • 55,000 miles
Dash board no passenger side where air bag is for about the last 2 years dash started cracking in the shape of a H every summer when its hot the dash looks like its got a bow in it like the airbag is going to just pop out it has gotten worse each year now dealer said no recall but there is a defect in the airbag to deploy without a crash occurring many Rx-8 owners are having this cracking where air bags are in passenger side but Mazda want do anything to fix the issue until someone gets hurt or killed from these defective air bags on the RX8.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 202010


  • 58,000 miles


The clutch pedal on my Mazda Rx-8 2004 model is making a strange noise everytime I step on it. The clutch doesn't feel like its working right, and myt break snap anytime soon just like what already happend to lots of Rx-8's.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 212004


  • 75,000 miles
While driving my 2004 Rx-8 6speed my clutch pedal broke. The actual welding broke along the inside of the car underneath the dash. It is not the clutch itself, but the actual pedal assembly. It was while I was driving and seems to be a pretty serious safety issue. I have googled this issue a bit and found a lot of other people with this exact same problem thanks

- Kemp, TX, USA

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problem #3

Aug 152004


  • 62,500 miles
My clutch pedal bracket broke from my 2004 Mazda Rx-8 at 62K miles.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 062006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving in normal conditions and no particular speed, the engine vibrates. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership for inspection. The dealer discovered two motor mounts were broken. The repair parts are on back order and no repairs were made.

- Boulder City, NV, USA

problem #1

Jan 232004


  • miles
2004 Mazda rx 8 has many design defects, battery was replaced, spark plugs and oil filter was replaced 3 months after purchase. The started was replaced. The vehicle was stalling in traffic and was taking multiple times to try to restart the vehicle. After numerous times of the vehicle being towed, the dealership decided to replace the entire engine. After the replacement of the engine, the engine light illuminated and the vehicle was still not starting smoothly. The dash lights were blinking on and off and the heat was not working. The catalytic converter, 02 sensor, and A/C amplifier. The heater control switch was replaced. The sun visor was replaced.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

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