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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:18 pm

ZuluMat wrote:
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well I currently drive a 2004 Honda Accord Sport with 150ish BHP but the motors I have had over the years have ranged from Toyota MR2 Turbo, Supra twin turbos, Skyline R32 Turbo, S13 200sx Turbo and other cars such as civic’s and MR2 and Supra NA’s. I’ve always wanted to have a rotary engine motor at some point and I feel the RX8 PZ is the way to go, having had my accord for a while now I’m sure the RX8 performance will far exceed it.
Good man, I have had 2 Jza80 tt's, one a UK tt6 and the other a auto tt, I loved them but the time was right to move on.
The RX8 is great pal, just invest in a compression test, check for rust, if all is well then make the jump. Do the basics and they are reliable, mine has never let me down (but then again, I plowed about 5k into it).
I think over time I’ll put a fair amount of cash into the PZ but I want to try keep it as stock as possible with some subtle mods, as times goes on the PZ will become a lot more rare.
Yes that's my view. I've had my PZ from new since Sep 2006. Kept it pretty stock though I've added the odd tidbit here and there. Not really thought of it as an investment or anything. Just really like the car as it is so have never felt it needs anything extra!

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by warpc0il » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:38 am

Stick to mods that are reversible and keep everything you remove, that gives you the best of both worlds.

That said, a sohn/cofs and a good set of coils and leads, would always be an investment, along with engine mounts.

When checking the PZ look for the rear sitting low, as the springs can snap at the top. Most obvious if only one side, less so if both sides.
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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:51 pm

v-rex wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:18 pm
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Good man, I have had 2 Jza80 tt's, one a UK tt6 and the other a auto tt, I loved them but the time was right to move on.
The RX8 is great pal, just invest in a compression test, check for rust, if all is well then make the jump. Do the basics and they are reliable, mine has never let me down (but then again, I plowed about 5k into it).
I think over time I’ll put a fair amount of cash into the PZ but I want to try keep it as stock as possible with some subtle mods, as times goes on the PZ will become a lot more rare.
Yes that's my view. I've had my PZ from new since Sep 2006. Kept it pretty stock though I've added the odd tidbit here and there. Not really thought of it as an investment or anything. Just really like the car as it is so have never felt it needs anything extra!
I’m not thinking of it as an investment but as time goes on it will be nice to own one of the last PZ’s around.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:54 pm

warpc0il wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:38 am
Stick to mods that are reversible and keep everything you remove, that gives you the best of both worlds.

That said, a sohn/cofs and a good set of coils and leads, would always be an investment, along with engine mounts.

When checking the PZ look for the rear sitting low, as the springs can snap at the top. Most obvious if only one side, less so if both sides.
Replacement springs available in Club Shop (and nowhere else for PZ))
I plan to buy and store overtime spare parts should things fail on a PZ that I buy, I’ve just seen someone breaking one on FB so will probably get a few bits.

Thanks for the advice will definitely look at the general condition of the suspension on the car, can I ask is stalling a RX8 bad? Will it flood the engine? I’ve head that it does but I’ve no idea.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by qwakers » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:03 pm

stalling a rx8 is no worse than any other engine.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by Yorindesarin » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:13 pm

Only really floods the engine if its cold and you stall over and over again. Having a good ignition system really helps avoid that happening. Its unlikely you'll stall it out enough times to flood it... When I had my clutch changed the biting point to begin with was literally a millimeter... I stalled several times in a row without flooding when the engine was cold. And my ignition system wasn't even that great then.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:53 pm

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stalling a rx8 is no worse than any other engine.
Thanks definitely worth knowing so I don’t get fobbed off.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:54 pm

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Only really floods the engine if its cold and you stall over and over again. Having a good ignition system really helps avoid that happening. Its unlikely you'll stall it out enough times to flood it... When I had my clutch changed the biting point to begin with was literally a millimeter... I stalled several times in a row without flooding when the engine was cold. And my ignition system wasn't even that great then.
Thank you, so if it was to stall and then not start again after would you think it’s an ignition issue?

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by Yorindesarin » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:59 pm

Hm. If you've only started it once and stalled once I'd be a bit worried if that were the case. Should start back up without any real issues unless you do manage to flood it or really foul your plugs up. Should really be an unlikely scenario that you manage either of those though. Especially if it fired into life with ease before you stalled it.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:02 pm

Yorindesarin wrote:
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Hm. If you've only started it once and stalled once I'd be a bit worried if that were the case. Should start back up without any real issues unless you do manage to flood it or really foul your plugs up. Should really be an unlikely scenario that you manage either of those though. Especially if it fired into life with ease before you stalled it.
Okay well it’s not happened it was just a passing comment someone made to me.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by qwakers » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:11 pm

ah yes, the uninformed scare comments...

you'll get used to it, its a common rx8 issues :D

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by Yorindesarin » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:11 am

Come now James. I said it's highly unlikely. :roll:

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by Nickp47 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:34 am

Qwakers meant the uninformed comments were the ones that originally sparked the question, not yours :)
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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by qwakers » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:30 am

Nickp47 wrote:
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Qwakers meant the uninformed comments were the ones that originally sparked the question, not yours :)
quite right.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by Yorindesarin » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:42 am

Ahah. I was just covering my bases apologies James. :p

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:01 am

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ah yes, the uninformed scare comments...

you'll get used to it, its a common rx8 issues :D
Absolutely! I’ve heard so many horror stories that have put me off for years, I’ve now decided to hell with the stories I’ll go find out for myself

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by Vian » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:44 am

Don't worry, we've all been there. Wait till you own one and someone who's never so much as been a passenger starts telling you what the car is like.
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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

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ZuluMat wrote:
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ah yes, the uninformed scare comments...

you'll get used to it, its a common rx8 issues :D
Absolutely! I’ve heard so many horror stories that have put me off for years, I’ve now decided to hell with the stories I’ll go find out for myself
I've had petrol cars and diesels. NA and turbos. Hatchbacks, convertibles and big saloons from an array of brands. The irony is that the RX8 is the most reliable car I've ever owned. It's never let me down.

The engine rebuild scene is so competitive as well. When piston engines on two of my past cars died, that was it game over. But with an RX8 you can have it rebuilt for a couple of grand, which really is good value.

Hope you like the car you're going to see.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by v-rex » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:48 pm

The one I liked best was when I had to change my rear tyres due to a nail on the edge. The tyre guy said that he heard if you don't start an rx8 every two weeks the engine will completely seize up. He knew someone this had happened to. Well not directly. Someone who knew someone.

I've had mine 13 years and it's still going strong. It requires different maintenance to a petrol or diesel but not more.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by qwakers » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:50 pm

actual lol. having parked one for six months without touching it before now, and started it straight up without even charging the battery, i cant help but find that funny!
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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by kopite72 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:52 pm

Same as any other sports car really,stay on top of oil changes,change spark plugs regular ( every 8K or so for me )don't rag the arse off it when she's cold and beep her often to keep her sweet and that's pretty much it really,oh and have deeeeep pockets!! :lol:
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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:19 pm

Okay folks so an update, I’ve been for a test drive tonight and the car from cold started well, car drove really nice and I am happy how she feels! However, I made a point at the end of the test drive to turn the engine off then attempted to start it up again and nothing. The car would not fire up, I could hear it turning over but just wouldn’t catch.

I’ve said to the garage if they can sort the issue and I can rely on the car starting every time I’ll take it off there hands. (No cash exchange yet).

So will wait on an update from the garage, what would you think the hot engine start up issue is? The water/oil temp looked okay on the dash and it drove okay, nice and smooth no issues.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by qwakers » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:21 pm

highest chance of that would be compression im afraid.

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by ZuluMat » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:22 pm

qwakers wrote:
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highest chance of that would be compression im afraid.
Ahhhh that’s not good

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Re: New Guy looking for a RX8

Post by mi60o0 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:27 pm

They can mask it with fast starter
If car won't start hot run away unless cheap and you have money to rebuild
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