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Mazda RX-8 Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2017. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8 Reliability And Durability: Pros
2006 4dr Coupe 238-horsepower 1.3L R2
6-speed manual RWD
Mazda makes great cars, I puttet to the test and its up for more. full 2006 Mazda RX-8 review
2004 4dr Coupe 238-horsepower 1.3L R2
6-speed manual RWD
Zero reliability problems in 45,000 miles. full 2004 Mazda RX-8 review
Mazda RX-8 Reliability And Durability: Cons
2009 4dr Coupe 232-horsepower 1.3L R2
6-speed manual RWD
I haven't had any problems with my RX-8 yet (knock on wood - 36,000 miles and counting), but it certainly has developed a reputation for premature engine failure. Early-production series one models seem to be particularly at risk. Conversely, Mazda supposedly fixed many of the problems by the time it rolled out the series two (2009 and later) models like mine - something to think about if you're seriously considering an RX-8. A well-known but worth repeating fact is that the RX-8 requires its owner to be very attentive to its oil level, as the rotary burns a not incosiderable amount of oil during the course of normal operation. This hasn't bothered me, as I'm not troubled by spending five minutes every few weeks to check the oil, but those who don't have the time or the interest should look elsewhere. I've found that my RX-8 needs two quarts of oil roughly every 1,500 miles. full 2009 Mazda RX-8 review