Saturday, June 27, 2015

10k: Seller Submission: 2005 Mazda RX-8

This next feature comes as a seller submission from Matt, who answered DT's hypothetical question "See a better place for a used rotary engine?" at the conclusion of the VolkRXwagen Reneseetle post.  In his words:  I do!  Selling my 05 RX-8 because I miss having a convertible and car ADD has struck hard.  Find this 2005 Mazda RX-8 offered for $8,000 in Columbia, SC via craigslist.

More from Matt:  Sent it in prompted by the rotary curiosity in comments for the Renesis powered bug. Really my favorite non-convertible I've owned.  Sporty, practical, unapologetically weird. Drives like a big Miata with an engine that is happy to rev. Aside from the fuel/oil usage there are really no downsides as long as you get one owned by people that understand the rotary quirks. Keep oil in it, don't beat on it when it's cold, redline it frequently and you're good!

DT: The Mazda RX-8 is one of the better deals for a used sports car on the market today -- the misunderstandings of Renesis longevity and maintenance is something that pushed the used values to a paltry amount for a such a capable chassis.  Stay tuned for a DT market update on the RX-8 in the near future.

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  1. I'll preface with how I've never liked the looks of these. "Unapologetically weird" puts it well. Like it was trying to hard to look like a racecar.

    Man, I look at that lead pic


    and BAM - that's a great looking car!

    Apologies for not being an entertaining buyer and instead a mindless commenter, but hey-


    You've inadvertently successfully converted me.

    Thank you.

    1. The second image, proper:


    2. Grrrrrrrr.

      " it was trying too hard"

      My mom would kill me if she saw that.

  2. Seller---you live in Columbia?

    a) I'm sorry!
    b) Go Tigers!

    (All in good fun from a proud former upstater and CU alum ;-) Good luck with the sale.

  3. This strikes me as a good deal and I love all of the little details in the RX-8.

  4. On another note, is "Renesis" a bad stereotypical play on Japanese pronunciations? Aka the "Rotus"?

    Stan, I apologize in advance for the lack of PC in this question.....please don't leave.


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