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2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe

4dr Cpe Auto Sport

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  • $26,435 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Mazda RX-8 Coupe

The 2008 Mazda RX-8 offers a unique driving experience in the automobile world. Not only is the twin-rotor 1.3L RENESIS rotary engine the only one of its kind, but no other car in the class offers four doors. Add to the mix crisp handling and an entry price of just over $26,000, and the RX-8 easily slots in under the Infiniti G35 coupe, Nissan 350Z coupe, and BMW 3-Series coupe.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, Mazda offers a special-edition 40th Anniversary RX-8 to celebrate the company's 40th year of employing rotary technology in its passenger cars. The car comes only in Metropolitan Gray with Cosmo Red leather interior, and has a stiffer suspension, special 18-inch wheels, blue tinted fog lamps, a silver engine cover, and unique badging.

Model Strengths

  • Unique, high-revving rotary engine
  • free-flow door system with room for four adults
  • aggressive styling
  • affordable price
  • excellent handling.

Model Review

The 2008 Mazda RX-8 is the perfect compromise between a pure sports car and a sports sedan. The high-revving rotary engine sounds like nothing else, and the free-flow door system allows four adults easy access to the front and rear seats. The rear seat features a handy fold-down center section that allows long items like skis to extend from the trunk into the cabin.

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Lots of people buy four-door sedans. They want practicality, reliability, and value. They are not RX-8 customers.

The RX-8 is a sports car. But, amazingly, it is not an irresponsible, gas guzzling, heavily polluting two-seater. On the contrary, the RX-8 offers a unique way of enjoying driving, bringing some friends along, and not breaking the bank at the fuel pump or at purchase time.

The RX-8 is the only mass market car that comes with a rotary engine. This tiny, 1.3-liter displacement powerplant generates 232 horsepower, with 159 lb.-ft. or torque, enough to drive the 3,053-pound vehicle down the road at a thrilling clip.

Using a triangular rotor instead of pistons, the RENESIS rotary engine is smooth and quiet, and surprisingly tiny compared to a normal six-cylinder or even four-cylinder engine. It sports an incredible 9,000-rpm redline-you can rev the rotary up till it howls to get maximum power out of it. With the low-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, the RX-8 boasts a perfect 50/50 balance front to rear. The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide gives the RX-8 scores of 6 on the Air Pollution score and 5 on the Greenhouse Gas score. That's about average for all cars, but the RX-8 is much more fun to drive.

My test car, in bright Velocity Red, came with the standard six-speed manual transmission, but you can order up a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters as well. I'd rather shift my own gears with a sports car, thank you very much, but that's me. The engine horsepower drops to 212 with the automatic transmission. With four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with anti-lock, stopping power arrives quickly and smoothly. The car also has a limited slip differential to transfer power effectively. All RX-8s have a tire pressure monitor to help you keep the inflation at its optimum level for performance and safety.

With its set of rear-hinged "suicide" doors in back, you can open up a wide space for rear passengers to enter and exit. I fit my son's teenage friends in back with no problem. Even though there's no center pillar, the doors lock in using pins so the structure is rugged and safe for impact protection.

Mazda loves to flaunt its triangular rotary design, so you will see it as a "goatee" under the front grille, at the top of the shift knob, in the headrests, on center console, and on the emergency brake. Two design elements are surprising inside the RX-8. The circle theme on the center console looks like a CD. However, CDs actually slip into a slot, just as in any other car. The brake handle features an additional lower section that seems unnecessary.

The RX-8's firm suspension makes the car handle like a real road athlete, but every surface variation is broadcast throughout the car. A sports-minded driver won't care-just pump up the stereo-but for day-to-day cruising it's not ideal.

One handy feature is the car's flat card-shaped key. It never has to leave your pocket when approaching, opening, or starting the car. Pull it out to lock the doors when you park and that's it.

Like the beloved Mazda Miata (now known as the MX-5), the RX-8 is fun to toss around and feels like an extension of your body. The electric power steering adds assistance when you need it and drops it off when you don't. It's easy to get used to pointing and shooting through traffic.

The RX-8 comes in three trim levels for 2008. The Sport is the first level, with a generous list of standard equipment, including a six-speaker 100-watt audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The Touring model adds Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with fog lights, an upgrade to a nine-speaker 300-watt audio system, a power sunroof, an automatically dimming rearview mirror, and dynamic stability control with traction control.

The Grand Touring model, like my test car, further sweetens the pot with heated, leather-trimmed seats. The driver's seat has eight-way power adjustment. The Grand Touring also receives the aforementioned automatic keyless entry and start system.

Pricing runs from $27,705 for the Sport to $31,705 for the Grand Touring model-those numbers include destination charges. For this level of entertainment, uniqueness, and content, that's easy to take. If you want to be extraordinarily entertained, your car is waiting for you now!

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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