hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,516 miles

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2004 Mazda RX-8 suspension problems

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2004 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 312015


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. while driving at various speeds, the contact noticed strong exhaust fumes in the vehicle. In addition, while making a left turn at a low speed, the contact heard a loud noise underneath the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to remain in position. The contact had to continuously maneuver the steering wheel in order to make the vehicle remain in position. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign numbers: 05V325000 (suspension) and 05V317000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 242014


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Rx-8. while driving approximately 35 mph and making a right turn, the contact heard a loud noise and the ball joints separated and fractured. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 05V325000 (suspension). The dealer inspected the vehicle and determined that the recall remedy was not required. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was pending the manufacturer's approval for the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 012008


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda RX8. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle made a creaking noise whenever the steering wheel was turned. He took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that there was a tear line crack in the lower control arm in the suspension. The contact received a recall notice in 2005 for NHTSA campaign id number 05V325000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint) and the manufacturer repaired the vehicle for free. The failure has recurred, but the manufacturer refuses to repair the vehicle according to the recall. He believes that the component that was used to previously repair the vehicle was faulty; therefore, the manufacturer should be responsible for the repairs. The check engine indicator would randomly illuminate while driving various speeds. A local mechanic stated that the vehicle experienced a ruptured oil cooling line. During the repair, the technician noticed that the oil pan was perforated and leaking oil. The oil pan needed to be replaced; however, the oil cooling line was replaced. The mechanic stated that this was all caused by rust. The contact was unable to find a recall for the failure, but believed it should have also been recalled by the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000 and current mileage was 42,000.

- Balatie, NY, USA

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