RX-8 – MY2004-2012

Mazda RX-8 R3
Mazda RX-8 R3 (S2)

Mazda RX-8

“Series 1” or “S1” refers to MY04-08, while “Series 2” or “S2” refers to MY09-12.


Click the links below to see common problems specific to the engines available on this vehicle.


  • Engine flooding can happen if the engine shuts down before it is fully warmed up. In the long-term, this can damage the catalytic converters. Flooding is less prevalent on the S2’s than the S1’s thanks to the upgraded ignition system, though is still possible.
  • Automatic transmission vehicles have a lower redline than those with manuals (7500 rpm vs 9000 rpm), which means they produce less power. They also are more likely to have issues with apex seals, as the engine cannot rev high enough to blow out carbon deposits.