Bought my first RX-8!

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Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Lego Prince » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:28 pm

Hello Everyone.

Wanted to introduce myself, it's a polite thing to do. :)

I'm Martin from the Midlands and I've bought my RX-8 last week, I believe it's the first series 192. Always been a fan of the look, the engines (I'm afraid I don't know much about rotaries, but excited to learn) and Japanese cars. Of course the car does have problems, but what car doesn't :roll:
Can't currently drive the car as it don't have any MOT, but I did drive it into my garage once the car was carried to my house. So a 5 second drive, it was nice. :lol:

Anyway, I look forward to contributing to this club and hopefully meeting you at some meet ups.

All the best,
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Bought my first RX-8!

Post by GreySilver Beast » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:35 pm

Hi Martin & :welcome: to the RX-8OC :thumleft:


Please check out the EVENTS SECTION's for anything coming up soon in your area :thumleft:

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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by casey » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:38 pm

:welcome: to the forum Martin. If you have any questions, just ask. Post up some pictures too, when you get a chance :D
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Conan » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:40 pm

Hey Martin,
Welcome to the forum :thumleft:
The cars aren't as scary as they seem ;)
Nigel ( GSB) on the other hand :shock: :roll:
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Whizzp » Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:40 pm

Hi Martin! :welcome: to the club

Congratulations on your purchase!

We all enjoy seeing pictures of other people's purchases if you have any you can share! :)

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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by geofftl1000r » Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:10 am

Hi Martin,

:welcome:

remember to let the engine warm a little before shutting down. Starting and stopping to move in/out of a garage can cause flooding.
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Shagrington » Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:42 pm

Hi and :welcome: Martin and :whathesaid: (hopefully that hasn't happened with yours when you put it in your garage [-o< ).

Have a good read through whatever in the FAQ section viewforum.php?f=25 you didn't already read :study: and then (and just ignore me if you know all this already) here are my best tips for keeping it all running sweetly:

1. To start up turn the key to position 2, wait for most of the lights on the dash to go out (I watch the airbag light by the glove box), press the clutch to the floor (optional, but reduces drag), turn the key to start and do not touch the throttle until it has started. You can drive off straight away, just keep the revs down for a bit (see #4 below).

2. Never [-X turn off the engine before it has reached at least somewhere towards normal operating temperature (should only take a minute or two, but best to go for a short drive if just swapping cars round on the drive etc). Switching off cold risks flooding, which is a real :censored: with a rotary engine. Mazda recommend rev to 4k and hold it for 8-10 seconds switching off while still revving if you have no option but to switch off cold (it is not necessary to do this in any other circumstance).

3. Check the oil level regularly (use the dipstick - the oil gauge tells you nothing other than that you have or don't have pressure) and top up if necessary with semi synthetic 5w30 (most people and specialists are advising to use 10w40 now though) ... small amounts at a time, no more than ½ a litre then check the level again before adding more as you don't want to overfill it.

4. Use all the revs once the engine is nice and warm (don't sit idling to warm up, start up and drive but keep it below about 4k until the needle on the water temperature gauge is pointing straight up, then give it another 10 minutes for the oil to warm up too before really thrashing it :twisted: ) and hit the beep often. Best acceleration is from 4k revs up - to pull away you really need to rev to 2k - you can let the revs drop after lifting the clutch if you are in traffic, cruising steadily at 3½k revs and changing down to go up hills or accelerate gets you the best mpg ... which still won't be great. ;)

5. Join the club for discounts on all sorts of things (you will very quickly get the cost of membership back - and then some), loads more info in the members only sections (including access to all the workshop and technical manuals), local meets (they were all postponed but are beginning to happen again now) - if you can't find one exactly local it is a good excuse for a drive if you come to one a bit further away), a sexy keyring just for joining and more. :thumright:
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Lego Prince » Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:53 pm

Hey all.

I'll post some pictures of the car this weekend. Wait until you see the gear stick. 😂😂 When I saw it, I nearly wet myself. 😅

Thank you for the advice, it's greatly appreciated. 😊
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by warpc0il » Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:07 pm

Just don't let Nigel (GSB) see it ;)
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Honkytonk » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:23 am

Hello Martin, and welcome. I didn't see if you'd mentioned joining the club yet (or if you have already and it just hasn't come through!), but if you haven't I would highly recommend it. As friendly as everyone on here is already, as a club member you get access to a huge database of technical manuals, diagrams, part number finders, as well as all the training documentation Mazda put together for the car upon release. And that's on top of the group buys the club runs regularly, discounts on innumerate things that exist, and just the general cameraderie and support of other club members.

Trust me, when you get a chance to drive it for longer, you're going to love it (unless there's something seriously wrong of course...)

Are there any immediate issues causing it to be non-MOT'd?

Best of luck with it and I hope to see your progress!
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Lego Prince » Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:57 pm

Honkytonk wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:23 am
Hello Martin, and welcome. I didn't see if you'd mentioned joining the club yet (or if you have already and it just hasn't come through!), but if you haven't I would highly recommend it. As friendly as everyone on here is already, as a club member you get access to a huge database of technical manuals, diagrams, part number finders, as well as all the training documentation Mazda put together for the car upon release. And that's on top of the group buys the club runs regularly, discounts on innumerate things that exist, and just the general cameraderie and support of other club members.

Trust me, when you get a chance to drive it for longer, you're going to love it (unless there's something seriously wrong of course...)

Are there any immediate issues causing it to be non-MOT'd?

Best of luck with it and I hope to see your progress!
Hello. I do plan on becoming a member as I can see it being more beneficial for me but at the moment, with the whole Covid-19 and just starting back work, money is slightly tight. I am hoping to purchase the membership next month. 😊

The car does have the hot start issue and I'm hoping its just the starter motor that needs changing and uprated. I'll probably do a compression test on it this weekend.
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Re: Bought my first RX-8!

Post by Lego Prince » Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:58 pm

warpc0il wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:07 pm
Just don't let Nigel (GSB) see it ;)
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Hahahahaha! 😂😂

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