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Old 02-20-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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Mazda RX8

hi fellow camaro enthusiasts.

i have a question reguarding the car above...my impala's dead now sadly..well not yet but for the 5TH TIME!!! the transmission fails.. it skips in first gear with barely a toe on the gas pedal, i don't race it..i don't abuse it but after the first tranny wen't out it was just bad, and i'm not fixing it again..its over, so i'm contemplating buying me a new toy, i'm saving up for it but in the mean time i need suggestions for a beater, i wan't to send like 1 thousand on just a beater to use for work, thus saving money for a mazda rx8 with a manual transmission, i fell in love with this car and it will put my camaro plans behind a bit, i didn't plan it this way but my impala forced it upon me.

so, what kind of beater can i get for 1k that might last me a good 6 months?
and is the rx8 a good choice? i know i might get some unique responses knowing everyone here loves gm, but a collection of minds that actually know about car's might help me better than my friends say "Yea man...buy that car and let's get drunk!!".....and that quote is real too.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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by the way i wan't a manual beater...cuz and i hate to admit i don't know how to drive stick and i desperately wan't to learn....
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:38 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:36 PM   #4
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i gave up on that too, i guess right now i dont know if im coming or going, i guess i will fix my impala after all
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:39 PM   #5
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a week ago i bought a manual '96 mazda 626 for $950.
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:58 PM   #6
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as for my opinion on the RX8...

i've driven 2 of them & loved it! it handles so well - very balanced and smooth weight transitions. the manual mode for the auto was a little disappointing. it's only a four speed (or at least that model was), the idea of not lifting off the gas was a bit weird. the 6-speed stick, however, was awesome. it has a pretty short throw & is very tight. clutch was pretty comfortable & easy to feel. the steering has little play & the car turns on a dime. that rotary engine is something else. it'll wind right up & is pretty responsive from the mid-range RPMs & up. interior is nice & controls are easy to access. seats are really comfortable.

some things i didn't like are the fact that there wasn't a lot of room for my size 13 skis, but it was acceptable (much better than a miata). also, it's pretty bad on gas. i also hear you gotta watch the oil level because rotaries use it like a mug. rear & 3/4 visibility is hampered by the high back end, but it wasn't too much of a problem for me. (i'm used to suburbans & excursions that you can't see crap around there)

overall, i'd like to have one, but not as a daily driver.
hope that helped
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:38 PM   #7
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it did thank you, i have decided that though i'm still buying a beater, i'm staying off the rx8..i figure if i buy the rx8 that's about 15k that can go to my camaro, i've thought it over some and i feel that is best, i'll just save that cash and put it towards a huge down payment, thanks again.
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:48 PM   #8
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15k? really?? ive seen some on autotrader for much cheaper....i think(like 4k or 5k)
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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u serious?! hook me up with links! the best i found were like 10-15, if i can find one like that even if i need to repair i'll be back in business!, i'll check auto trader in .5 seconds of typing this, thanks man!
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:03 PM   #10
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aww man i found that beautiful black one, cheap with good milage...but its auto..total turn off, never the less the search continues, i appreciate the info though.
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no prob ill help you search too when i get some free time
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #12
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:27 PM   #13
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thank's for the help, i just want something i guess to help the crave of a sports car until i get my camaro
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:40 PM   #14
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