I finally convinced myself to sell the Fiero and focus on the 924 Turbo but I foolishly didn’t put the money in the bank and put the envelope on my dresser instead. I was struggling to find seat sliders for the 924 and missed having a fun car to drive so I started looking at what was available on Kijiji and Autotrader for the money I had. Some guys at work had told me that Mazda RX-8s were going cheap and after a bit of googling, the rotary engine sounded like it would be a cool thing to explore. I found this cool looking 2005 model on Autotrader and worked out a good deal with the young lad selling it.
This is how it looked after I installed the new wheels and had done some tinkering …
To Do List
Remove and overhaul engine!
Mazda recall on fuel pump
Check trunk light wiring under parcel shelf, battery dies if trunk light bulb is in place
Re-spray trunk, properly this time!
Fix rust spots on rockers and rear wheel arches
PS tail light misting up – drilled drainage holes in bottom
Install small hose clamps on fuel pump – not required
Parasitic power leak with ignition off – removed trunk light bulb
Replace ignition coils – ordered set of Napol coils from Amazon
Fix button on central console lid – see post here
Replace spark plugs and leads – NGK plugs, STI leads
Freaking weird intermittent power loss issue!?!?!? – fixed at last
Replace broken fuel pump housing and pump – picked up used housing, ordered new ring and 340L/h pump
New battery – thanks again John
New battery holder
Change oil and filter
Front headlight level sensor bracket broken – welded up
Re-attach muffler hangers
Replace hardware in rear bumper
Repair all four broken bolts in spoiler
Tire inflation kit
Heater not working – resoldered joints on heater dial (DIY instructions here)
Install windscreen washer fluid tank
DS headlight unit cracked and misting – sealed crack with silicone
High beams not working – replaced relays in DRL module and both bulbs (DIY instructions here)
Repair and reinstall plastic underbody and wheel liners
Repair front bumper
New tuner lug nuts with small OD adapters
New tires (and wheels) – found some 18″ Mazdaspeed wheels with BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 tires for $500, awesome deal, thanks Nick!
Replace 2 x wheel lugs