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Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by Ionosphere » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:23 pm

Hi Folks,

As a Jag geezer, I’m thinking of taking the plunge and going for the RX8, I love it’s looks and the ‘internets Reputation’ for its Wankel Engine intrigues me to find out if it’s as good as its sounds, but in the wrong hands can be a maintenance nightmare from what I gather. I’m looking for a weekend car, second hand and a budget of a round 3-4K depending on the condition. I seek the advice of you RX8 gurus and what to look for on purchasing a second had version, seen lots of YT vids which is enough to put anyone off but that could be said with any car. if I do purchase one, apart from the maintenance regime of regular oil changes, 2 Stoke mixing etc, how can you extend the life of the rotary engine and try to keep it in tip top condition. Are there Mods than can help maintain and assist the life of the engine? Is the CAT a contributing factor of one of the weak spots? Who would you recommend in the SW that on purchase, I could get a good diagnostic on what I end up purchasing to highlight any problems or potential problems. All comments much appreciated! :thumleft:

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Mike

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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by Davemitch » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:34 pm

First of all, an excellent buyers guide: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=24047
Now the good stuff :) in my experience the best thing to upgrade/replace are the coils and leads as mazda coils (even C spec) were not long lasting and often got overlooked from services. I'd recommend a decat (or even a ghetto decat) just in case ignition components were to go as these kill cats and a plugged cat is a dead engine :) next is keeping on top of oil changes and even upgrading to a clean oil feed system (otherwise known as a sohn adaptor) which injects clean oil in to rotors rather than sump oil, depending on your use I would also upgrade brake discs and pads to ebc just because they have superb stopping power :) that should be enough to keep you busy a while and I'm sure more knowledgeable folk will add things I've also missed haha
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by Davemitch » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:36 pm

Also, if it was my money, i would purchase a recently rebuilt special edition (pz edition look amazing and already have upgraded suspension and other goodies) which should fall nicely in the 3k budget :)
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by Shagrington » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:31 am

Hi and :welcome: Ionosphere. :D I'd echo everything Davemitch already said (other than upgrading the brakes, it isn't necessary as the originals are very good ... having said that I have Black Diamond disks and Hawk pads on mine ;) ). Also, as I prefer to keep mine road-legal, not just for MOTs (and I wouldn't be able to swap a Cat on every year :oops: ), even though a decat would be better for the car I do have a high-flow cat on mine.
Along with premixing 2 stroke and doing regular (frequent - about every 3k to 6k miles at most) oil changes, the specialists and rebuilders recommend using 10w40 oil as it offers better protection to the bearings than the 5w30 recommended by Mazda. Another thing that could help with longevity if you don't go for the Sohn adaptor is an upgraded oil regulator gizmo - I had one put in when I had the sump replaced by Essex Rotary.

Specialists in the SW for diagnostics, health checks and so on ... there is a list of known specialists with another link to a map showing where they are here viewtopic.php?f=25&t=36531 but if you can't find one you like near enough Luke Mordoch (Murdoch's Rotary Specialist) is mobile and will go pretty much anywhere I think.
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by bigpete » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:51 am

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254070767590
This car had sold to a guy in France but he never turned up with the monies so back up for sale ;)
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by warpc0il » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:07 pm

bigpete is a trusted trader on this forum and that car has come highly recommended by members that have seen it "in-the-flesh".

PZ's are a bit special, in a good way :D
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by New Duke » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:41 am

Hi Mike.

Welcome and don't bother looking at YT or Facebook for answers. Most of the stuff out there even on RX8 dedicated channels/groups is dubious at best. Come here for all yer wisdom needs.

First bit of advice: buy the PZ that bigpete is selling. You won't find better for your budget and will have some left over for future servicing. It's quite a jump in cost to the R3 model.

Bigpete looks after my RX8 and is trustworthy, and the PZ is considered special.

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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by V8 Power » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:29 am

Welcome
You have a good budget there so should bag a nice example.
Do some research on here and ask away for advice, there are plenty of knowledgable people on here.
PZ’s are particularly nice and that bit extra special.
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by MARKTHOMASBRAND » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:14 am

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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by bigpete » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:16 pm

Too late I’ve taken a deposit today sorry
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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by leetrx8 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:22 pm

What Jag do you drive? I'm a Jag geezer myself these days :D

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Re: Newbie here, taking the plunge!

Post by Dom-PZ » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:50 pm

I bought a PZ with a recent engine rebuild and the rest of the 24 month warranty. I'm massively impressed with it!

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