really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,273 miles

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2004 Mazda RX-8 steering problems

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Aug 052011


  • 100,000 miles


Power steering fails due to faulty power steering harness connections. This failure happened while driving on the expressway at 65 mph. (very dangerous). This is a very common problem with Rx-8 owners. Power steering connectors are situated directly under coolant fluid reservoir tank overflow hose. If coolant leaks on these connectors it fouls the connection resulting in power steering loss. Insufficient soldering of these connectors to the connection housing by the manufacturer is also to blame. This harness has been revised 3 times by Mazda in hopes of correcting an extremely dangerous malfunctioning part. There should be a recall sent to all Mazda owners to have the faulty power steering harness F151-67-shob and F151-67-shoc replaced with the most recent revised part F151-67-shod free of charge and cost of labor.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #42

Jul 212012


  • 98,065 miles
Driver came upon a deer and slammed the brakes, missing the deer. While slamming the brakes the front end collapsed upon the left front wheel causing severe front end damage and making the car inoperable. The front end required new left lower control arm, stabilizer bar control link, new shock/strut assembly, new tie rods (inner and outer), new sway bar link and 4 wheel alignment. The original cause of this damage was a crack in the left lower control arm. The lower control arm was the subject of recall # 36261. I was not notified of this recall. Upon talking with Mazda ([xxx]... file #[xxx]) on May 14, 2013 I was informed that while this recall did affect other RX8's of the same year, my RX8 was not covered. I believe my RX8 should have been covered under this recall for the simple fact that the damage was caused by the same defective part which was the subject of recall #36261. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fairfield, PA, USA

problem #41

Mar 142013


  • 84,000 miles
Power steering jerks and shuts down while driving. Very dangerous. Also while setting still steering wheel did a complete 360.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #40

Feb 112013


  • 69,850 miles


Lost power steering. Car would still turn with heavy effort. However, there was no electronic assist.

- River Edge, NJ, USA

problem #39

Jan 082013


  • 92,000 miles
Power steering failed. This made it nearly impossible to steer vehicle, making driving dangerous. This has happened on multiple occasions over the last few years.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #38

Dec 222012


  • 129,000 miles
Powers steering failed.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #37

Sep 012012

RX-8 0-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the power steering assist would seize and cause the vehicle to veer abnormally to the left. The contact would have to move off the roadway and reset the power steering assist through the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that the battery terminal had failed. After replacing the battery terminal, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they then advised that they were inspecting the wiring harness being the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000. The current mileage was approximately 92,500.... updated 12/14/12 updated 12/19/2012

- New Freedom, PA, USA

problem #36

Sep 072012


  • 92,000 miles
I have been going back and forth to the dealer for my RX8's power steering failure while driving at various speeds. When it shut off twice of the many times, it pulled my car to the hard right and I almost ran off the road because of it. The dealership charged me the first time to replace the battery terminal because it was loosing power to the steering unit. Then multiple times later, hundreds more, they said that repairing the wiring harness connectors was recommended by their tech line and they said that may not be the last thing needed. First of all, the dealership, heritage Mazda of lutherville, md, seem to be working hard on this problem, but this truly is a traffic safety issue and its costing me hundreds in a shot in the dark to fix the problem. Can you please look into this safety matter, even mike with the service department added that it was definitely a safety issue that needed to be addressed. On the RX8 club website, there are numerous complaints about the same power steering failure. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Freedom, PA, USA

problem #35

Oct 172011


  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle's steering wheel shakes and it is hard to turn right, sometimes the steering wheel will shake repeatedly and shake and turn left by itself. I replaced the steering harness with a new one but problem was not resolved.

- Del Rio, TX, USA

problem #34

May 152012


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the steering fail to operate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who repaired the steering column wire but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the steering gear box needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to repair the problem. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 53,000. Updated 09/26/12 updated 09/27/2012

- Schwenkesville, PA, USA

problem #33

Jul 102012


  • 98,000 miles


Power steering intermittently goes out. A search of the internet indicates that this is a known problem for Mazda yet there are no recalls to fix faulty engineering. The radiator overflow leaks onto the connectors for the electric power steering causing corrosion and sporadic connections.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

problem #32

Jul 152012


  • 110,589 miles
I jumped into my 2004 Mazda Rx-8 after work started it up and went to drive and noticed it was really hard to turn and I looked and noticed that a light that was a steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it so I drove it home not even a mile away and read about it online and found out it happens a lot. Probably going to take it to the dealer very very soon.

- Exeter, CA, USA

problem #31

Jun 112012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated the driver was traveling 35 mph when a vehicle crossed the center lane crashing into a vehicle in front of the contact causing that vehicle to crash into the contact. The vehicle was hit on the drivers side door. The air bag in the steering wheel did not deploy as the steering wheel detached from the steering column. The side air bags did deploy. The passenger side air bags did not deploy. The driver suffered a crushed pelvis, tail bone shattered, and their urethra was severed in half. The contact stated the side air bag did very little to protect the driver. There was no mention of a police report being filed. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Woodstock, AL, USA

problem #30

Jun 122012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that the driver was traveling 35 mph when another vehicle crashed into the vehicle preceding the contact. The preceding vehicle then spun into the front driver's side door of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the steering wheel was detached from the steering column upon impact. The driver sustained severe injuries and suffered a crushed pelvis, shattered tail bone and a severed urethra. The contact stated that the side air bags did very little to protect the driver. The failure mileage was not available.

- Woodstock, AL, USA

problem #29

Apr 032012

RX-8 2-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
On April 3,2012 at 10pm in buffalo NY. I was driving my 04 RX8 around a bend at 35mph. I experienced a jerk/twitch in the power steering. The indicator light came on instantly I lost the steering sending me into the front of a steel divider of a train bridge. I was taken to ecmc by ambulance. I luckily only suffered minor injuries to my back neck ribs head and shoulder. I am not one to sue nor am I'm going to pursue any legal action against Mazda. I will say my airbags did not deploy my car was considered totaled $10,000 in damage. I just thought anyone looking to buy an RX8 should read on numerous sites that this malfunction is an extremely common problem that Mazda is aware about but still does not wish to post a tsb or a recall. Love the car but have lost faith in Mazda. Sincerely unhappy owner.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #28

Mar 252012


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that the power steering failed while exiting a residential driveway. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 71,100.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #27

Nov 112011


  • 89,000 miles
Car would loose its power steering, never on the highway.

- Mira Loma, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 012010


  • 46,000 miles
Loss of power steering. Restart engine ok. Happened twice again since then, same solution.

- Portsmouth, OH, USA

problem #25

Jan 232012


  • 80,000 miles
Power steering went out. Comes & goes??

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #24

Feb 082011


  • 37,968 miles
While driving the car, the power steering has repeatedly failed. The Mazda dealer said the probable cause was the steering control module, however they would not guarantee changing the part ( $1600 dollars parts and labor ) would fix the problem. This is a common defect in these cars. The car was purchased in October 2010.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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