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Have a chance to buy a really good spec RX-8 PZ 231PS at a good price. Work colleague moving abroad. Problem is don't know what to price my ST at with mods (spec as below in signature). She's done 22,500 miles now and in top shape. Parkers showing private good at £13,425 but mine has the sat nav/bluetooth etc and Mountune upgrade/cat back and Eibachs. Are used prices really that good?
 

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I owned a rx8 231

£60 for 200 miles per tank and that was 3 years ago

Service was really expensive and uses about a gallon of oil a month

GREAT car but it was just to expensive to run

And god forbid you dont start it up properly and flood the engine.....nightmare...do a search on google about it....and yes I flooded mine 2 days after getting it

Hope this helps

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my brother bought a 40th anniversary RX8 and ... he hates it.
goes through oil worse than the juice and even then he only gets 16mpg out of it. He's done 6,000 miles and is getting near to a new set of rears (although I think that's down more to the fact he drives like a *******) and yes, the road tax on it is rediculous - about the same as the cost of his insurance premium


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is a much better car in my totally unbiased opinion
 

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Thats what I like about this forum. You get good facts and figures about cars other than the ST. I'd already heard about the oil usage. Maybe i should rethink and drop the idea then! I don't want something considerably more expensive than the ST to run! Cheers
 

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A guy i used to work with bought the RX8. He ended up selling after about 6 months. He loved the car to drive etc but hated the high running cost. He even commented that it was worse on fuel than the Subaru i owned at the time
 

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I checked out the RX-8 in the dealership and when I saw that the road tax for the 1.3 was higher than for my 2.0 car, I rapidly changed my mind!!!! That was before looking at the other figures.
 

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Thanks all, i'm convinced. Sticking with the
My work colleague had already warned me about the oil and fuel consumption, but he's only had it for 2.5K from new so it would have been a good deal. I'm going to splash out on a new alloy wheel instead after my pothole collision in January.
 

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QUOTE(Ronnie @ 10 Dec 2009, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Seeing the spec of your car mate, you would be nuts to get rid
nice to see you have seen the light.. lol

Yeah i have. Just put a new alloy on this morning. What a difference. Original was buckled after it dropped into a 4.5" pothole and couldn't be balanced completely out afterwards. Elite tried there utmost but couldn't quite get there. She's soooooooooo smooth again now! Might even treat it to some carbon (effect) grilles too!
 

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I had a high power RX8. The engine is very smooth but makes no torque whatsoever and you have to rev the nuts off it to get full power. I averaged 14mpg but didn't drive it very hard (although my commute is 3 miles through rush hour traffic through town so half the journey was spent with the engine trying to warm up). I used about a litre of oil a month over 500 miles but it's £15 a litre!

They do flood - everyone I know who has had one has been caught out. Believe it or not, if the engine is cold, the procedure according to Mazda to turn the engine off is to rev to 5000rpm for 10 seconds, then turn the key off while the engine is still spinning. That purges the engine of any excess fuel. If you do flood it, the run the risk of killing the Cat when you do eventually get it to start, and usually, Mazda have to sort it out as the plugs (only has 2) are buried deep in the engine bay.

The thing that got me, was it wasn't all that fast. 0-60 was OK because you're revving it to death, but on the motorway Seat Leon Diesels were faster. I don't mind
fuel consumption but not for something that gets dusted by a diesel.

The ST is a much, much quicker car once it's going. Although the RX8's do handle REALLY well.
 

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QUOTE(Flightmech @ 10 Dec 2009, 12:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yeah i have. Just put a new alloy on this morning. What a difference. Original was buckled after it dropped into a 4.5" pothole and couldn't be balanced completely out afterwards. Elite tried there utmost but couldn't quite get there. She's soooooooooo smooth again now! Might even treat it to some carbon (effect) grilles too!

Flightmech: I`m another that`s owned both an RX8, and an ST2, and you`ve DEFINITELY done the right thing in keeping the ST mate !

Honestly, 17mpg, (and that`s taking it relatively easy), and not enough torque to pull the skin off a rice-pudding ! As one poster has already mentioned, not too bad when you`re thrashing it, but a royal PITA when you`re not, which, let`s face it, most of the time you aren`t !

The only plus-side is the handling, but had you moved from a Mountuned ST to the RX8, you`d have been cheesed off within days...........I promise ! The average Focus Tdci will leave the RX8 for dead in most situations.........in a straight line of course.

In summary, you`ve made a wise choice to keep the ST, mate.

Enjoy !!
 
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