January 12, 2008


(Sadly, no pictures from day of purchase, but the above is 2 months after.)

In November of 2007, I unfortunately got into a car accident that costed me the car. Thankfully, the accident wasn't my fault at all, allowing me to go on the market for a new car. Now, when I was looking for my car, I had already a small select list of cars I was highly interested in purchasing. Over time, that list got more and more narrow, until finally it was either a S2000, or a RX-8. It came down to what car I would find first with the options I wanted. As I searched the internet for good priced, decent RX-8's and S2000's, I lucked out at a used car dealership in Framingham.

When I called the salesman and told him out interested I was... He had the car waiting for me for when I arrived. Now that's service! It had everything I wanted. Black with black and brown interior, appearence package, and manual. The previous owner even left some Toyo Proxies all season on it, stock size though. After the test drive around the area, it was love at first drive. If I knew how to explain the sensations that came from that drive, I would.

The sound of the rotary truely is something that only a real enthusiast can appreciate, because they can also understand the work Mazda puts into each one of their 13B MSP engines. It's actually quite adicting, but you can just hang out at 9,000 RPM while driving around now can you? When driving the car stock for the time I did, I can tell you that this car certainly was something great even in stock form. It can perform and deliver, regardless of the low torque that everyone complains about. The Toyo's didn't match very well on the car though, as they squealed easily if turning hard, even just getting an offramp at a decent speed. I didn't feel very confident overall though with the grip of the tires, which always made me a hesitant driver. Again, the tires were the only thing NOT stock on the car from the dealership.

I'd have to say, my favorites about the car is that I have that "fighter jet cockpit" feel when I sit in the car that the RX-7 has..Just not as much as an FD. Close enough for now. The superior handling performance of the car, even just stock, and the unique (and pain in terms of maintenence!) engine that not only sounded so great, but revved and performed. I'm a fan of cars between 250-300HP, so this car just touches the barrier...And not much longer, she'll be within that range. Lastly, the fact that the stereo just sounds beast (in my opionion) stock. No need for upgrade or to get a "BLINGIN'" system, because it's already excellent.

The only thing I can say I openly dislike, besides the lack of torque, is the back seats. I know, sounds silly..And I know, I hear it 80 times a day "Go get a Miata or S2000 then!", but why do that if I love the car, just not the rear seats? At some point I'll pull apart the seats I'm sure, knowing me, but for now they'll stay in. I just have a passion for true two seater sports cars, is that so wrong?

When I purchased this car, I had only one mission in mind, and I still hold true to it, "To build a perfect balance between street car and race car."

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