hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,100 miles

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 252014


  • 63,000 miles


The drivers side door will not unlock. This is an apparently known issue with Mazda as several people have talked about in club sites and there are even videos on this issue on youtube. The fact of the matter is this is a very serious safety issue because if you cannot exit a vehicle quickly after an accident or fire people could die. Someone already mentioned this issue back in 2010 and from how I read his information nothing has been done. Please investigate this issue with these doors not being about to unlock and open.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042010


  • 96,000 miles
My Mazda RX8 drivers door latch became defective. You can't open the door unless you climb out the passenger side. A lot of Mazda RX8 owners have had similar complaints. You can go on rx8club.com and see for yourself. I have brought it to many places to try to have it fixed and no one can due to the design of the door. If I was involved in a accident there would be no way for me to escape the vehicle. This is very dangerous and I have called Mazda to complain and they essentially laughed at me and said I was on my own. If I had enough money I would sue them because I have a legitimate case. Please keep in mind that this has effected hundreds of Mazda RX8 owners and I am not the only one. Please investigate this! someone is going to be seriously injured or killed due to the failure of the latch system and the design flaw that prevents you from fixing it without ripping the door off!

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #2

Jul 062009


  • 85,000 miles
My drivers side door latch is defective. I can't open the door. I have tried to get it replace, but the auto body shop and dealer can't do so.

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #1

May 012004

RX-8 0-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,400 miles
Driver's side sun visor cracked and separated from post. It was hanging and would not stay up, out of field of vision. The dealer removed the visor while waiting for the replacement part. After starting the car later the same day, the check engine light came on and the central display and door locks did not work. While dropping off passenger before returning to the dealer, passenger folded down passenger-side sun visor, which also cracked and separated from the post. Took car back to dealer, who is trying to say this is not under warranty, and has called Mazda rep to examine but is keeping my car. Several reports of this on edmunds and other auto consumer sites. I merely want visors replaced and electrical system fixed under warranty.

- Irvine, CA, USA

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