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Even possible??

Post by Scott1102 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:17 pm

Hi all,

Is it even possible to buy an RX8 231 for under £1500 without it being someone else’s scrap metal?

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Re: Even possible??

Post by qwakers » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:17 pm

yup. been done many times. you just need to get lucky.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Bigblueknight3k » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:19 pm

Yep done same

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Nickp47 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:20 pm

It’s getting harder and harder, patience may be required!
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Re: Even possible??

Post by Scott1102 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:21 pm

I’m desperate for one now lol. Iv wanted an rx8 231 for easily the last 10 years but for what ever reason never had chance. Either that was because they used to be in the £2000-£3000 range or they’d be available when I’d just bought a car and was poor.

Trying to keep my eye out as much as possible now. Preferably in black

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Re: Even possible??

Post by ChrisHolmes » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:48 pm

Be warned that buying an RX8 at that price without “knowledge” could easily cost you as much again within weeks. As a minimum expect to spend £500 immediately on coils, plugs and oils.
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Re: Even possible??

Post by Scott1102 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:58 pm

Ahh...I noticed a lot of sale posts online stating new coils etc

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Re: Even possible??

Post by warpc0il » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:02 pm

The trouble is that most* "new coils" are barely worth their weight, in chocolate.

*Numerically more common

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Post by ChrisHolmes » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:04 pm

Unless the new coils are a Revision C from a reliable trader, not Tom and Dick on eBay or RRP Mkll or BHR then “new coils” means nothing.
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Re: Even possible??

Post by Delanor » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:20 pm

More than likely any car at that price would be for the early cars and they can be up to 17 years old so rusting body work can be a problem and that can be expensive to sort out.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by 350matt » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:20 am

I'd say while its possible to get a car for £1500 you will be very lucky for it not to need parts almost right away


to get a good car which has been cared for , with no rust, engine in good shape and you can just jump in and drive you need to spend more like £3000

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Nickp47 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:44 am

It is worth considering a 192 depending on what you want from the car, there’s not that much difference and the 192 tend to sell for less due to the perceived lower desirability

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Delanor » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:16 am

I always remember the day in 2004 when I went to collect my first RX-8 a new 190 car in brilliant Black with red and black interior and whilst I was checking it out on that nice sunny day a young couple came along and said "Is that your car have you just bought it?" to which I replied "yes I have" together they just said "it is such a beautiful car you are so lucky we are so envious!"

Just because it was a 190 car doesn`t make it any less desireable IMO and having had both now I didn`t for one minute regret having the 190 car.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by V8 Power » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:14 pm

I get the point about 192’s but the RX8 is renowned for its ability to rev so why not have the ultimate version that can go up to 9,5K?
However if it is being bought as a project then absolutely go for a 192 as there are some great sounding developments being made by RRP which may make it the tuneable Renesis of choice.
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Re: Even possible??

Post by Yorindesarin » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:17 pm

192s also come in some very very lovely colours too which is nice.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by FrenchCarMan » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:51 am

I did, over 3 years ago. But I might just have been lucky!

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Re: Even possible??

Post by MightyCondor » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:57 am

£1,100 3 years ago. Not much wrong with it, although not the cleanest

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Scott1102 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:53 pm

Ok so iv had a little bump in my budget as of next week. I now have £2000-£2500 and have no clue what I’m doing to be honest. The guys I spoke to at a car performance shop near me basically just said “RX8? Ha chocolate engines them pal stay clear!”

Iv obviously heard/read about the rotary engine a little and how people seem to report this hot start issue problem.

All I know is I want the 231 version, in black that is as perfect as possible for its age/price.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by qwakers » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:00 pm

should get something decent for that.

i sold a 05 with low miles (back to its original owner, long story...) for £1300 or so a couple of years ago. id get £2k for it now, so you should do ok.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Scott1102 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:05 pm

I’m just terrified of buying a RX8 that seems brill ok the test drive. Then two weeks later bang massive engine failure lol. I know you run that risk with all cars privately but with the RX8 engine stories I’ve heard it’s worrying me more. I’m just obsessed with them

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Re: Even possible??

Post by qwakers » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:14 pm

then buy from a specialist with a warranty and compression test readings. you should manage it on your budget. you wont get a perfect car but you will get a good starting point that wont go bang as you drive it down the road.

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Re: Even possible??

Post by Scott1102 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:17 pm

Iv heard about the compression test. That’s something I’ll definitely be looking for

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Re: Even possible??

Post by 350matt » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:08 pm

how about this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mazda-RX8-19 ... SwLTZfV-MW

only a 192 but still
only £820 as well ( at the moment)

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Re: Even possible??

Post by dac69er » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:48 pm

Scott1102 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:53 pm
Ok so iv had a little bump in my budget as of next week. I now have £2000-£2500 and have no clue what I’m doing to be honest. The guys I spoke to at a car performance shop near me basically just said “RX8? Ha chocolate engines them pal stay clear!”

Iv obviously heard/read about the rotary engine a little and how people seem to report this hot start issue problem.

All I know is I want the 231 version, in black that is as perfect as possible for its age/price.
Shame your budget isn't higher as I may be tempted to part with mine.

It's done under 20k miles, 231 in black ;)

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Re: Even possible??

Post by GraemeC » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:06 am

Scott, I'm sure you're read the Buyers Guide, if not, loads of useful information here

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