PH Fleet: Mazda RX-8


I love driving the RX-8. But it's been nearly two months since I last sat behind the red-and-black leather wheel after my little Nurburgring accident. But the other morning I finally drove the scraping, battered Rex up the hill from the Mazda dealer in Adenau to our Rent4Ring workshop in Nurburg.

Damage hopefully just skin deep
Damage hopefully just skin deep
All the best advice is that I shouldn't do any repairs until the insurance companies come to some sort of conclusion over who's paying who. But I just can't wait any longer! There are so many reasons to get the car repaired and on the road; the weather is definitely one of them. As I write the Nurburgring is basking in sunshine like a giant 21km asphalt snake.

Lead us not into temptation
It's been so achingly wonderful that I even took to the track on a BMW S1000RR motorcycle in an effort to sate the adrenaline demon. Demon definitely sated by that shot of fear and excitement, for now, but it's definitely another major reason to repair the car and get back within the safety of my four-wheel 'cage', if not for me, but for my wife and kids.

What was that about not riding bikes again?
What was that about not riding bikes again?
Thankfully most of the damage to my car is cosmetic, so I'm planning to be on the road again soon. A rough-and-ready repair with secondhand parts. The brand-new Toyosports cat-back exhaust system (that was only fitted for a few days) is now bent in half a dozen spots and dragging shamefully on the floor.

This will be replaced with either another example of the same or a secondhand system. I could just put the standard system back on immediately, but having sampled the two-stroke buzz of the twin-rotor wankel, I'm keen to put a sports exhaust back on. So we'll see what the forums or eBay throw up in the next couple of weeks.

Alignment check on the to-do list...
Alignment check on the to-do list...
Are we aligned on this?
The front wing looks purely cosmetic, with no signs of scuffing to the front wheel. I'll be borrowing the laser alignment kit to make sure that is indeed the case.

At the back of the car, the bumper is also a complete mess. Right now I'm actually thankful that there are so many blown-up RX-8s lurking around the country. Because the price, and choice, of secondhand parts is pretty amazing. I'm hoping to pick up the bits I need for only a few hundred quid! Not bad for a Japanese sports car less than 10 years old.

...as is sourcing another suitably loud exhaust
...as is sourcing another suitably loud exhaust
As with the exhaust, I've got my eyes on eBay and the usual forums. So by the time my next pay cheque lands I should have some options lined up and the 'send money' of my Paypal button in sight. Then I can get back to what I love, driving the RX-8, instead of fixing it!

 

 

 



FACT SHEET
Car
: Mazda RX-8
Run by: Dale Lomas
Bought: December 2011
Mileage: None
Purchase price: £2,800
Last month at a glance: Rescued from the insurance compound, assessing the damage


Previous reports:
It hasn't been a good month for Dale's Mazda...

Ordering pieces of paper to pass the German MOT
Dale makes a new RX-8 mate
PH fleet intro: Mazda RX-8

 

 

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  • Ali_T 01 Aug 2012

    velocgee said:
    i think the biggest problem with getting an Rx8 now is the lack of specialist support (i found none within reasonable distance of me). and forget the mazda dealers.....few had a clue about the car back then and it just got worse.
    True. Thankfully, although useless, my local Mazda dealership were amiable and didn't mind me finding the service bulletin code from the RX8 owners club for them to look up as to how to fix things!

  • otolith 01 Aug 2012

    edwheels said:
    highplaindrifter said:
    Rx8's are the biggest pile of **** I've come across in a while, rubbish mpg for little power,naff build quality and awful looks, they're cheap for a reason guys, mind you , you pays your money......
    I thought I had accidentally opened Yahoo Answers for a moment there ^^
    Looks more like a YouTube comment to me.

  • edwheels 01 Aug 2012

    highplaindrifter said:
    Rx8's are the biggest pile of **** I've come across in a while, rubbish mpg for little power,naff build quality and awful looks, they're cheap for a reason guys, mind you , you pays your money......
    I thought I had accidentally opened Yahoo Answers for a moment there ^^

  • velocgee 29 Jul 2012

    highplaindrifter said:
    Rx8's are the biggest pile of **** I've come across in a while, rubbish mpg for little power,naff build quality and awful looks, they're cheap for a reason guys, mind you , you pays your money......
    agree with the mpg, but the rest is just nonsense. i had an earlier one (they got even better from there (56 on..........)) and think they are great cars and almost criminal value for money.

    superb handling and balance makes-up for it's shortcomings.

    i think the biggest problem with getting an Rx8 now is the lack of specialist support (i found none within reasonable distance of me). and forget the mazda dealers.....few had a clue about the car back then and it just got worse.



  • greggy50 28 Jul 2012

    carinaman said:
    They pushed the car away from the pump before jump starting it?
    We had to push the car away yes as it was stuck in the middle off the forecourt at peak time.

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