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Mazda RX8 Common Problems and Solutions

Gear knob illumination failure

Problem:

Does the gear knob on your RX-8 illuminate? If not, then there is a known issue with the wiring breaking. Mazda produced a modified version of the gear knob to resolve the problem.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to fit the modified gear knob to avoid this problem in future.

Difficulty level

3

Catalytic converter failure

Problem:

The catalytic converter is prone to failing on the RX-8. The most common symptom of this problem is a jumpy acceleration. The acceleration should be smooth, but if not, then the catalytic converter would be the most likely cause.

Models affected:

Solution:

You need to replace the catalytic converter to resolve this issue. We can help you find a replacement catalytic converter at a very low price.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Catalytic Converter

Part required

Catalytic Converter

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Starting problems

Problem:

There are known issues with the starter motors on the RX-8. If you are having difficulty starting your car, then the starter motor is the most likely cause of this problem.

Models affected:

Solution:

Fitting a replacement starter motor will fix the problem.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Starter Motor

Part required

Starter Motor

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Engine problems

Problem:

The RX-8 has the unique rotary style engine, and this version of the rotary engine has proven to be highly unreliable, particularly after 60,000 miles. Warranty companies say that Mazda have unofficially said that these engines do become unreliable and susceptible to problems at over 60,000 miles.

Models affected:

Solution:

If you are having difficulties with your RX-8 engine and it has done over 60,000 miles, then you will need to fit a replacement engine to resolve the issue. We know that an engine replacement can be very expensive, but we can help you find a replacement RX-8 engine at a very low price. The video below gives tips and advice on how to look after your rotary engine.

Difficulty level

4

Reading these common Mazda RX8 problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Mazda RX8 – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Mazda RX8 does have one of these issues.