2006 MAZDA RX-8
I bought this car about a month ago. It's an automatic which is a disappointment. If you're going to buy one, try to find a manual. It's worth it. Also, if the previous owners have done ANYTHING to it in terms of modification, do not buy unless you plan on spending thousands of dollars in repair almost immediately after purchasing. I use this car as my daily driver and my fun car. Maintainable doesn't look to be too bad in the future, but gas is a pain. It drinks it like an alcoholic drinks his favorite beer. This car is for car lovers and driving enthusiasts, not the faint of heart or those lacking the desire to work on and maintain their vehicle. The interior is lacking frills but it has heat, AC, four speakers, a CD player, seats, and a steering wheel. Stock sound isn't great, but that's true for all cars. Mechanically, these cars are finicky, and like it just a certain way. They burn oil, and this is normal. If you buy one, keep a quart with you and watch the oil level. I recommend checking it every time you get fuel, which will be about every 150-200 miles. Ignore harsh sounds when it starts up, unless it doesn't start to idle smoothly in a few moments. If you want power out of this car, expect to keep it near red line for most of its life, and expect the consequences of doing so. Also, these are not quiet cars. That's good because other than the street bike like sound coming from under the dash, the car doesn't really let you know that you're going fast. Which brings me to another point; the drive is excellent. I've heard good things about mazda's ability to make a car smooth to drive but I never imagined how true that statement was. The steering is by far the best I've ever felt and the handling at speed is like carving through butter with a laser. If you don't mind the cost and the work, I can say with decent surity that this car will be one of your favorites.
by Austin Hert