Piston Slap: A Car So Nice I Wanna Buy It Twice!

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TTAC Commentator NotAPreppie writes: Hey Sajeev … or Sanjeev … I’m not feeling picky, Am I insane for considering buying the same Mazda RX-8 twice? Alternate title: A car so nice I want to buy it twice. (Thanks for that – SM) Backstory: Three years ago, I sold my daily driver and autocross car (2005 Mazda RX-8 Sport) to a car club buddy when living and going to school near downtown Chicago meant that it sat in a parking garage for months on end (physical chemistry was intense). I graduated and got a job a year ago and bought a new autocross toy: a 1995 Miata, now with 70k miles. The Miata has turned out to be something of a mongrel. Anywhere fluids can leak, they have. Not having a garage to wrench on the car myself, it’s nickel-and-diming me to death. Also, I’ve discovered that while it’s a Great Car™ during the 60 seconds of an average autocross run, it’s pretty awful to live with day to day. Maybe if I didn’t live in a major metropolitan area, I’d see the appeal of a soft top. To add insult to injury, I think it aggravates my sciatica. Fast forward to last weekend: I ran into my old ‘8 and her current owner at an autocross event (I swear I did a triple-take when I walked past her on the grid). The owner was making noises about selling it. He’d tried last November, lowering the price to $6,500 before giving up and deciding to hang onto it. It’s got 48,000 miles and is still on the original engine (which shows none of the usual symptoms of low compression, compression check will be requested) and is in exactly the same condition as when it left my hands (actually in better shape, mechanically speaking). So… am I insane for wanting to buy my ‘8 back? Sajeev answers: Yes you are insane. That said, who cares? There’s something very touching about getting back the car you once owned. You are a different dude, what with your new life outside of school. And you obviously love it — you’re a Mazda nut, you’ll enjoy having it back. That said… The second-generation RX-8 is so, so much better from a long-term ownership perspective. The R3 version is a better track car, even if the ride is punishing. Don’t take my word for it, take Jonny Lieberman’s word back when he was a (relative) nobody here at TTAC.  Even though I like the front end of the original Mazda RX-8 better, you owe it to yourself to consider a later model. Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry…but be realistic, and use your make/model specific forums instead of TTAC for more timely advice.