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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,600 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.

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2004 Mazda RX-8 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 232004

RX-8 2-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,700 miles


If the car stalls after a cold start, it is either very difficult or impossible to restart. Using the procedure in the owners manual for this situation will work, if the battery does not fail first. I have had this happen twice, once the car was towed. The second time, the battery died while attempting a restart per the owners manual, but the car was in the garage and I recharged the battery and eventually got the car started.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 262003

RX-8 1-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Mazda Rx-8, 2500miles has twice failed to start after sitting in garage for 7-10 days. Mainly a battery problem maybe"?"

- West Hartford, CT, USA

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