really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,577 miles

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2004 Mazda RX-8 suspension problems

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 212015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. while the vehicle was being serviced for routine maintenance, the mechanic discovered that the front passenger side control arm lower ball joint was deteriorating which could cause a loss of power steering. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was informed that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 05V325000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 192010


  • 110,683 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda RX8. The contact was attempting to change a tire when the ball joint fractured in his hand. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where repairs were made to the ball joint. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was serviced by the previous owner under NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05V325000 (suspension lower ball joints) in 2005 and would not provide any assistance. There were no further repairs. The failure and current mileage was 110,683.

- Cedar Hill , TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 312006

RX-8 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Engine failure, purchased car 3/11/2006, a couple of weeks later the car started idling roughly, then stalling, the computer module has been replaced twice, the engine once, I still have problems with acceleration, the last incident happened last week 7/29/2007, I was in the center lane pulling out into the passing lane and the car lost all power but did not stall my head was slammed forward almost hitting the stirring wheel and a few seconds later shot off like a rocket slamming my head back against the drivers seat, causing my neck to whip lash I have had a bad headache since, and I was almost hit by a big diesel truck. The car is in the shop again getting the oil and tires changed, and also getting checked for this problem but they are saying they could not find anything on the road test. Well it happens to me quite often when I go to pass someone on the interstate, it hesitates before it kicks in and someone is going to get killed. I am paying for a car that spends more time in the shop than out. I bought it 3/11/06 it stayed in the shop almost continually until 7/18/2006, and I was making payments. Now it is starting all over again with the rough idle and hesitation. I am getting to the point that I want my money back and I'll give them the car back. I am getting to scared to drive it. Now I find out today about other recalls the control arm I was not aware of, I guess that is why my car is starting to pull hard to the right, now I have to have that taken care of. I have moved 350 miles away and I can't leave until my car gets fixed and out of the shop, this is starting to be bull!!! someone needs to do something I have a friend who also has an RX8 we purchased ours on the same day and she is having the same problems and hers is a 2006 where mine is a 2004, so Mazda hasn't fixed the problem.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 072005


  • Manual transmission
  • 9,800 miles
Hi, I want to report a control arm failure on my 2004 Mazda Rx-8 that resulted in an accident and minor injury. I was driving the car on December 7 in Oklahoma city and after completing a right hand turn at approximately 30 mph, I was accelerating away when the right front control arm separated at the ball joint resulting in loss of control. The car spun around and went over a 10" curb with all four wheels and struck a highway sign. I suffered a jammed right thumb and hyper-extended right shoulder, with no medical attention needed. The vehicle was towed to bob moore Mazda in edmond Oklahoma where it remains with parts on back order. Interestingly the vehicle had just been to the dealer on or about October 15 and the inspection recall on the control arms was performed. I personally think that the recall should be replacement of all suspect control arms and not just an "inspection.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 072005

RX-8 0-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,400 miles
I received 2 safety recall notices on my RX8. I took the car to the dealer where I leased the vehicle and I thought they corrected and/or inspected the problem. Over the course of the past 60 days, the service I have received has been unsatisfactory and I have been lead to believe that the dealer may not have addressed the safety recall issues. (cracked ball joint and heat insulation). I have a check engine light problem and I think they don't know what to do, to the point they will replace the engine. This will inevitably cause my vehicle to lose value.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

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