Winning Blue Rotary Wonder: 45k-Mile 2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed

  • March 08, 2021
The Rundown
  • Less Than 45k Owner Stated Miles
  • Numerous Upgrades
  • 6-Port Rotary Engine
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Original Winning Blue Paint
Why We Like It

Launched in 2003, what made the RX-8 so special was its high-revving, 231hp 1.3L rotary engine mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The RX-8 did have a bit of an identity crisis: it’s not a regular coupe, but it’s also not a sedan, but it was cleverly designed with 4-doors that open in a clamshell configuration (the rear doors being rear-hinged). A bit unusual, getting out from the back seats implied opening up the driver’s door, and inside the RX-8 has a clean looking cabin, with comfortable seats and a great leather-wrapped steering wheel that offers a good grip. The gauge cluster reflects the rotary engine, with a redline at 9,000 rpm. The center console goes all the way to the back seats and surprisingly, the RX-8 has usable rear seating for two, as well as great leg and headroom.

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winning-blue-rotary-wonder-45k-mile-2006-mazda-rx-8-6-speed00b0b 9bjoXiCIl55z 0CI0t2 1200x900These hi-revving cars are fast and fun to drive in stock original form, and even more fun with a few performance tweaks like the ones on this Winning Blue Mazda. Some of the performance upgrades include a set of Rays Engineering Gram Lights 57F 18" forged Monoblock wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, 235/45R18 tires, H&R lowering springs, Mazdaspeed rear struts, HKS Legamax exhaust, Mazdaspeed lightweight flywheel, AFE short shifter, ShiftStyle shift boot and a Mazda Speed oil cap. Cosmetic upgrades include Clear Corner side marker lights, Racing Beat front bumper screens, Vertex Lang rear bumper and CF mirror covers. Additionally, a Yakima roof rack and a GTA car kit (allows you to play music with your iPhone through the speakers) were installed.

The seller states it has a few minor paint issues, a small problem with the remote door locks and TPMS (tire pressure light) flashes. It’s nice to know these things about the car before looking at it, and we appreciate the seller’s honesty. Overall, it looks to be a clean, low milage automobile that should be considered if you’re looking for a Mazda RX-8.

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Valuation Verdict

Value wise, Kelly Blue Book lists a range between $4,315 and $6,632 for a car in excellent condition, but if you think that seems low, it is. A quick cruise around the internet turned up two ‘06 RX-8s also located in California with similar mileage: one with 37k miles for $11,900, and another with 47,500 miles for $10,950, and we’ve seen higher mileage examples sell at auction in the $7k-$9k range. We think this car, with low miles and a host of upgrades, would be well bought for the asking price.

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