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

steering problem

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

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problem #3

May 302009


  • 80,000 miles


Failure of power steering on 2004 Mazda Rx-8. power steering shuts down intermittently during driving. Steering then pulls to the right during driving and at a stop, the steering wheel will rotate on it's own. Dealer has repaired suspected short in wiring harness, cleaned harness ground connections, replaced a sensor in the power steering circuit. Car is currently back in the dealer shop waiting for a new harness "pigtail" to replace on the electrical steering harness. Contacted Mazda and they said since car is out of warranty, it's my problem--even though I consider the car unsafe for driving.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 072008


  • 55,046 miles
I bought my 2004 Mazda RX8 from an authorized dealership in doral, fl with 53M miles on it, still under powertrain warranty & I purchased the extended warranty for 2 years.the car has been back to the dealership 8 times (that is averaging once a month) since purchase, back for various reasons including: Engine light on, coolant light on, and the most important and dangerous-locked power steering! of the 8 times, 4 of those are for the power steering locking on me, either when I start the car, or while driving, it's random that it happens, when it 'feels like it'. I can't trust this car, and though the service dept at the dealership has attempted to repair it numerous times, the problem has not subsided. The times that I start the car and the power steering is not locked, while driving the wheel becomes very loose, then the car shakes, then the steering locks. I have been lucky and have gotten safely out of traffic, but the wheel is very hard to turn, especially when driving at low speeds. I'm officially filing a complaint B/C it seems to be a manufacturing problem, and I want this issue resolved. I would prefer to have Mazda buy back the car from me, since, at this point, I don't feel safe in my car, especially to drive long distances. But if Mazda can repair the problem for good, I'll be satisfied. Thank you.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 142007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,107 miles
Purchased used vehicle in April 2007, first incident 8/14/2007 engine stalled (engine internal failure) at 45,107 miles engine replaced by Mazda dealership. Second incident September 2007 power steering goes out (poor connection on engine room harness) connection fixed steering gear replaced; third incident October 2007, steering problem (steering shaft torque sensor malfunction) broken wire repaired--learned that the vehicle had been serviced 15 times prior to my purchase.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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