hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,053 miles

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2004 Mazda RX-8 clutch problems

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 182016


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. when the ignition was started and the accelerator pedal was applied, the gear shifter was activated and the clutch pedal assembly bracket snapped. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #14

Jan 162012


  • 66,000 miles
My clutch pedal assembly has been creaking now and shaking now for quite some time. Originally (a year or so ago) when I asked to receive the extended warranty on it from Mazda they said that it was not "bad" enough but what am I supposed to do wait for it to fail on the road so I have to pay to get it replaced and a tow truck? I have a 2004 and the warranty for everything is now over based on time.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 212011

RX-8 Diesel

  • 97,000 miles
The clutch pedal is starting to squeak a lot and will eventually fail. Hopefully it doesn't fail while I am driving.

- Morro Bay, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 222010


  • 51,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda RX8. While driving approximately 20 mph he depressed the clutch and heard a loud popping noise before stopping the vehicle. When he attempted to accelerate from the stop position he realized that he had to depress the clutch all the way to the floor in order for it to engage. The vehicle was taken to her residence where he noticed that the clutch pedal had detached from its hinge. The vehicle was examined for the cause of failure, and it was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 51,500.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 262010


  • 37,728 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda RX8. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the clutch pedal broke and the contact could not shift; he had to be assisted to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the clutch pedal bracket was replaced at the contact's expense. The sun visor also broke twice; the first time, it was replaced under warranty. The vehicle had not been repaired for the sun visor failure at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 37,728. The current mileage was approximately 38,400.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

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problem #10

Oct 122009


  • 79,000 miles
My 2004 Mazda RX8 clutch pedal snap off while I was driving home...

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 042009


  • 62,000 miles


Clutch pedal on my 2004 RX8 broke and caused me to almost get in accident when the car would not release out of 4 gear. The clutch shifted towards my break pedal and it almost made me wreck.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 152009


  • 56,000 miles
1. no events, just driving 2.clutch pedal snapped off not allowing me to change gears at highway speeds 3. since Mazda didn't want to cover it, I had it rewelded myself.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #7

May 162009


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda RX8. While driving at an unknown speed, the clutch pedal detached from the mounts. The vehicle was unable to move in or out of gear and was towed to a dealer. The contact feels that this is a safety issue because a crash could have occurred. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 85,000.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #6

Apr 192009


  • 71,300 miles
Clutch pedal bracket broke while shifting gears on freeway. Could barely get car into and out of gear to remove car from traffic and safely in parking lot.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 092008


  • 43,000 miles


I was luckily pulling up to a stop sign and pressed the clutch and heard a loud snap. I then put it in first gear, went to shift to second and the clutch pedal was gone. I pulled over and got out and found the clutch pedal stuck behind the brake pedal. I was extremely angry afterwards realizing how dangerous this could have been. What if I was making a left hand turn and could not find the clutch?? I am also upset that Mazda told me that I yes me! had to pay $470 to get this problem that should never happen fixed. I have never heard of this ever, no matter how old a car is this should not happen!!! I cannot afford $470 to fix things like this that should never break. Please investigate this matter as I have found on rx8club.com this is a very common issue with this car!! unacceptable!~

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #4

Apr 012008

RX-8 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Clutch pedal support bracket failed.

- Nrh, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 152008

RX-8 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,136 miles
Clutch pedal started squeaking, clutch pedal brace broke and car won't go into gear at all, ordering a new clutch pedal.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 212007


  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Vehicle's clutch bracket assembly broke at two separate weld points making the vehicle inoperable. Prior to christmas, 07, I began noticing a very loud squeak upon depressing the clutch pedal. In researching this, it appears that this was symptomatic of the first weld spot failing. I began noticing an inability to pull the car out of gear. The shifter would not budge, even with the clutch pedal fully depressed to the floor board. This problem was most severe at vehicle start up. Upon starting the car, it was impossible to put the car into any gear. To make the car drivable, the vehicle had to be started with the clutch pedal depressed, and the car already in 1st gear (with the vehicle off, it was very simple to get the car into any gear). I took the vehicle into my local Mazda dealer two days after the problem began. They advised me that my problem sounded as if it was due to failure in the hydraulic system. I had advised them that I had read about problems with the clutch bracket, and the clutch pedal alignment. I questioned whether I had too much free play, and not enough clutch stroke. They had the vehicle for the day and advised me by phone that the hydraulic system was fully functional. My clutch pedal alignment was off and they made adjustments. With regards to the noise I was hearing upon depressing the pedal, they said it was normal. Upon receiving my car, all the problems appeared to have been resolved. The noise was gone, the car was shifting like it has since owning the car. A night later, less than 20 miles later, upon making a shift from 1st to 2nd gear, I heard a very loud snap and the clutch pedal disappeared from beneath my foot. The clutch bracket had snapped (a breakage at a second weld spot) and now was no longer attached to the car. The car returned to having the same difficulties with regards to shifting. Mazda would not cover the repair as a safety defect, insisting that it was driving abuse and not a design flaw.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 272007


  • Manual transmission
  • 67,127 miles
Driving on hiway at 65mph I was pushing in clutch petal to change gears and heard loud pop come from clutch petal. I was still able to change gears but after inspecting the petal the mounting bracket on the left side had broke off and the petal bends to the right side.

- Austell, GA, USA

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