QUOTE(lostboyz @ Feb 6 2010, 08:59 PM)
So I started looking at the Rx-8. Pretty decent looking car as far as fun and unique factors go. There is a mazda dealer up the road I might go look at one. It's something I could afford now and maybe sell in a couple years when I have more money and buy something with more power.
Any opinions for or against?
They look great, they sound cool, they're comfortable and their rear wheel drive
I test drove one when I was looking for a replacement to my WRX, I was underwhelmed with the power, though the rotary is a very high rev engine so I'd suspect part of that is due to the fact you have to rev the piss out of them to get into the power band.
Steering felt very "nervous" compared to my WRX as well. Maintenance on a rotary is DIFFERENT
than a normal piston engine too so that's something to keep in mind.
I also test drove a 350Z... FWIW the 8 had a stiffer feeling chassis than then the WRX and the 350 was stiffer than the 8, the 8 felt like it had more power than the 350 but the WRX decimated them both. overall steering response and "planted" feeling in the corners was the WRX then the 350 then the 8... even thought he WRX had more flex it felt "lighter" in the corners, it would react strong and appropriately.... by comparison the 8 felt like a go-kart, initial turn in was quick but the car felt very heavy and lumbering after that.
An FD chassis is superior in almost every aspect, though an 8 is obviously much easier to find, I know a few people who own 8s and love them.
I'd take a GD impreza over an 8 personally, but that's me.
no harm in test driving one This post has been edited by twistedsymphony: Feb 8 2010, 10:08 PM