definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2005 Mazda RX-8 body / paint problems

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 232009


  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


I bought a used Mazda RX8 (2005 with about 60 thousand miles) with a manual transmission. After about 3 months of daily driving (no racing or hard shifting) my clutch pedal broke while approaching a red light. The bracket that holds the pedal in place broke due to its very thin metal design. Upon researching the issue online I have found that many Rx-8 owners are having the same issue. I have installed a reinforced bracket at my own expense and still need to make some adjustments because it has unaligned the gears in the transmission. If this break would have occurred at any other time I believe it could easily result in serious injury or death. I spend a lot of time on the highway getting to school and I believe that at 65 mph this break would have at least destroyed the transmission. This issue needs to be resolved and a recall must be implemented.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 262007


  • miles
2005 Mazda RX8: Upon driving I heard what sounded like a loud crack. The clutch pedal on my car felt 'loose' and I immediately pulled over to discover that the welds on my clutch pedal had broken. Fortunately I was almost home but I had difficulty shifting and had to be careful as the clutch pedal was making its way towards the brake pedal. (if it broke any more, it would have been difficult to apply the brake) this could have been disastrous under different circumstances.

- Tusitn, CA, USA

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