RX8 Buying Guide – You know you want one

Apparently the engines can be reliable, just get a compression check before you buy it.

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Trawl the classifieds for a noughties four-seat coupe, and it’s likely that the results will be packed with Mercedes CLKs and E46 BMW 3 Series Coupes. While many of those at the lower end of the market will be rusty, tatty or with huge mileages, squeezed among them will be a suspiciously cheap Japanese alternative.

Values for the Mazda RX-8 are temptingly low, and ironically it’s largely due to arguably its most defining feature. The ‘Wankel’ twin rotor engine revs to 9000rpm and sounds brilliant doing so, but alleged horror stories about their diva-ish tendencies and high maintenance costs put many buyers off. Do your homework properly, however, and there’s little need for concern and you can bag yourself something of a bargain as a result.

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