really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,708 miles

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2005 Mazda RX-8 drivetrain problems

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2005 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #18

Jul 212016


  • 95,003 miles


Driving my Mazda RX8 last night on a local highway shifting from fifth to sixth gear the clutch pedal gave way and doing 65mph and stuck itself under the brake pedal had to shut the car off and hit the E brake to stop. Lucky im not dead.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #17

Aug 152014


  • 98,000 miles
Oil cooler coupling severely rotted to the point of failure (hoses looked fine just the coupling areas). Warranty will not cover parts and Mazda has recalled in Canada (special service #76), which is 30 miles from my home but will not do anything to help me in the states. Repair cost is over $1300 for new lines.

- Richmond, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 272014


  • 80,000 miles
Clutch bracket snapped while at stop sign. Unable to get car into gear.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #15

Apr 192014


  • 82,480 miles


As I'm driving my clutch pedal gets stuck when it hits the floor and wouldn't up back up on its own and I would have to use my foot to tap it under to go back up. Clutch pedal seems to be leaking oil also. Also at times when I'm wanting to change gears the shift knob would grind gears. If I'm going at a fast speed it often keeps me from shifting to fifth gear and I would have to jump to sixth instead.

- Greenfield , CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 102014


  • 94,950 miles
I was on my way to buy some food supplies for weekend. I was looking for a parking lot at low speed, so when I stepped onto the clutch pedal to put back to neutral and parked suddenly I heard a crack. At that time I did not know what it was until 30 minutes of shopping later, I started the engine and felt a little odd about the pedal clutch. The clutch pedal was function a little odd when I stepped into the pedal, I felt like it didn't release completely. Fortunately, I made a the way home and checked. When I got home and it snapped off.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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problem #13

Jan 012014


  • 124,000 miles
As I was shifting into 4th gear, my clutch pedal mad an odd loud "cracking" sounds and ever since then, my pedal is very loose and has a lot of play and engages very low to the floor. It also has very little pressure now.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 102013


  • 99,700 miles


As I was pressing my clutch pedal to place my car into first gear, I heard and felt a snap in the clutch. I then noticed that my clutch would not fully disengage and I had trouble placing my car into gears and out of them. Once I arrived home I examined my clutch and noticed that the bracket had snapped. I contacted the Mazda dealership and I was told my car was no longer covered by the warranty and I would have to replace the part out of pocket for a flaw that Mazda created.

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

problem #11

May 052013


  • 164,000 miles
The clutch would not allow a shift into gear, clutch pedal bracket assembly broke.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 152013


  • miles
The clutch pedal bracket in my 2005 Mazda Rx-8 has broken and as a result is very difficult to change gears.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 312013


  • 106,800 miles
The clutch pedal bracket on my '05 RX8 broke. It had been squeaking for some time but I did not recognize it was under an extended warranty. The left side spot weld failed and the mounting ear sheared off of the bracket. Mazda na refused to apply the 100K mile warranty to my 106.8K mile car.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #8

May 152012


  • 124,000 miles


**resubmit-didn't go through** I was driving approx 65 mph on the freeway and felt a kick/jolt and had a loss of power. My speed went down10-15 mph and although I tried to accelerate it wouldn't do anything. I pulled over to the shoulder and tried to exit but car refused to go into gear. Every time I forced it into gear, the car would constantly stall and die. I had the ignition coil and spark plug replaced but now the clutch just sinks to the floor. I've tried to pump the clutch to get it into gear but this is quite dangerous on the road. My vehicle has trouble controlling its speed since there's a lag switching from 3rd to 4th, 5th to 6th since I have to pump my sunken clutch several times and fiddle with the shifter to actually kick my car into the next gear. My car is now over 100K miles and just read about the Mazda RX8 clutch pedal recall online. This malfunction/safety issue was never announced professionally by my dealer. Mazda had no problems contacting me via phone, email, mail regarding bills but for some reason failed to give me a notice regarding this defect. I've been advised that repairing this problem is quite expensive and since my car although less than 8 years old has passed the extended warranty based on mileage, I'll be stuck driving this car without proper repairs" I feel Mazda should've contacted all RX8 owners to reduce the number any future disasters. Would there be any chance to extend the warranty for the clutch pedal based on mileage over 120K? I can't afford to purchase a new car at this moment but need to still commute to work without paying for repairs that would cost me an arm and a leg at the dealer" if this is a recall issue, I would feel more safe having an authorized dealer inspect the problem rather than a cheap auto shop that isn't fully aware of specific details.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 172012


  • 51,000 miles
Failure of clutch pedal assembly. A plastic plate cracked and caused an irritating plastic binding noise, ever time I released the clutch pedal. This apparently happens a lot, sometimes it is fixable but in my case I had to replace my entire assembly, as I was told if it completely cracked I would lose the function of my clutch pedal. Failure of the passenger side power lock actuator. I have read many accounts of this part failing. Usually blamed on hot or cold claimant, however mine just failed earlier this week, with weather in the mid 40's. just from the amount of postings I found when this happened to me it needs to be reported.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 052012


  • 105,000 miles
While driving at 50 mph and changing gears normally the clutch pedal assembly suffered a catastrophic breakage causing the cars transmission to become inoperable. Transmission had to be damaged to be forced into neutral to come to a stop. Clutch pedal had already previously been replaced in 2009 after identical incident occurred. Mazda North America has refused to honor a warranty replacement for the most recent incident.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 092011


  • 70,263 miles
On my Mazda 2005 RX8 the clutch pedal assembly broke while I was driving on the highway. Now I'm unable to put my car in reverse. At this point, it's barely drivable.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 102011

RX-8 4WD

  • 46,221 miles
My RX8 2005 have a problem with the clutch. It some how broke and now I change change into gear. My car only have 46xxx mile on it so its shouldnt be breaking and also I read a lot of site saying other RX8 owner also having the same problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 082010


  • 83,000 miles
2 days before the incident the clutch made a clicking sound. I looked down and saw no problem. I was driving down the road and the car would not go into gear because the clutch pedal assembly had gave way. I was able to turn off the car and get it into 1st and had to drive home in 1st gear. I have been looking through forums online and this seems to be a very frequent occurrence. I also got a ticket for failure to yield and causing an accident $350 dollars. I called Mazda and they even told me it was a common occurrence. Im working on the issue now but Mazda wants $1150 dollars to fix a "common" problem. Its completely ridiculous. Ive counted over 150 different people who this has happened to but just got it fixed on Mazda forums and other auto forums. Many of them caused accidents as well. I just dont want this to happen to someone and they get killed because of it.. it was the clutch pedal assembly.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012010


  • 73,000 miles
I had just backed out of a driveway on to a side street about to pull on to a main highway, I had put my car into first gear and it did so fine and I was accelerating and went to shift into second gear and went to push in my clutch and I could not find it for a second it was stuck and pushed slightly behind my brake, so I just pulled my car into neutral and pulled off to the side of the road I had some breaking but not full braking. I found that the clutch pedal bracket had failed, a spot weld on the frame had broke and caused my clutch to move freely, this has never happened to me before, I will have to pay for a new part out of my pocket although I was doing research online and found this has happened alot on Mazda RX8's.

- Mtn.Home, UT, USA

problem #1

Oct 182009


  • 45,321 miles
My clutch pedal on my 2005 Mazda RX8 snapped while changing gears (3-4) on the freeway. Last month there were noises coming from the clutch pedal [squeaking] and after the pedal snapped the pedal does not fully pop back all the way up. In order to get the pedal in the right position I have to get my foot under the pedal while driving in order to pull the pedal up in the right position. [every time I switch gears] in order to correct the failure [which was the weak welds on the clutch assembly snapped] I have to get it rewelded and add extra support welds.

- Panorama City, CA, USA

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