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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Mazda RX-8?

Jalopnik thinks now is a good time to buy a Mazda RX-8, here is why its editor thinks it is.
Posted: June 12, 2017 - 12:09PM
Author: Tim Healey

This despite a recall that just came to light almost a decade late, and despite a reputation for reliability issues, especially on older models.

Why Now?

The thinking is that RX-8s are cheap right now, with some manual-transmission models in good condition and with relatively low mileage selling for under $5,000.

Reliability issues aside, the RX-8 does have some things going for it. It’s fun to drive, still looks cool, and sufficiently low-volume enough that just by owning one, you’ll belong to a special club.

You’ll also be one of the few people who can say that their vehicle has a rotary engine under hood. Of course, that same rotary engine has been known to fail (again, especially on older models) and RX-8 repairs and maintenance likely isn’t cheap.

Prices May Rise if You Wait

The key here is timing – should you wait much longer to buy an RX-8, there’s a good chance that price of the units that are still in good condition and/or have low mileage will begin to rise. As time passes, they will become more valuable and collectible, especially as the ones that aren’t well taken care of head off to the crusher.
Buy now or forever hold your checkbook – but know what you’re getting into.