1st Generation (2004—2008) RX-8 Problems

This generations ranks 26th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (51%), steering (25%), and the interior (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Oil Consumption 2 complaints at an average of 23,316 miles in the 2007 Mazda RX-8.
  2. Check Engine Light On 3 complaints at an average of 59,333 miles in the 2005 Mazda RX-8.
  3. Engine Failure 6 complaints at an average of 94,216 miles in the 2004 Mazda RX-8.

What RX-8 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2007 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 2 5 97 1.89
2007 6 5 108 8.51
2006 1 5 98 0.53
2005 6 6 103 4.23
2004 12 9 130 2.88

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