really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,548 miles

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2004 Mazda RX-8 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,545 miles


The RX8 engine has a tendency to flood if the car is moved or driven a short distance and shut off cold. In most incidences the car must then be towed to the dealer for repair. Although Mazda acknowledges the issue, the problem was not disclosed prior to purchase and is not addressed in the owner's manual. Most recent incident is related to gasoline in the oil after several diffilcult starts. There were 2 previous flooding incidents.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 272003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Rx8S must be towed if the vehicle is shut off or stalled when the car is cold. I washed my car and then pulled the car into the garage and waxed it. The next day it would not start. No where in the manual does it say anything about the flooding issue, except how to "unflood" it. Procedure does not work. Dealership never told me this before I bought the car, even though they flood all the time when they are moved off of the trailer. Very serious safety issue. I cannot with a good conscience sell this car to another individual. I could be sued, if something terribly bad happened and I knew about the problem. The Mazda dealership has "proposed to help" by making a profit on me buying the new car and then buying it back at whosale price. The car has 4000 miles on it. A 2004 automobile should never leave its owner stranded, period. The car also consistently gets only 15 mpg on the highway. There needs to be another round of buybacks from Mazda, but unfortunately I bought this car after the first round was complete.

- Arcadia, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 122003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,100 miles
Mazda Rx-8 with less than 3000 miles has twice shut off and failed to start. Major problem with fuel delivery and/or spark ignition system.

- Ridgeville, SC, USA

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