hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,706 miles

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problem #7

Jun 092011


  • 70,263 miles
On my Mazda 2005 RX8 the clutch pedal assembly broke while I was driving on the highway. Now I'm unable to put my car in reverse. At this point, it's barely drivable.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 142010


  • 64,278 miles
While driving normally 7/14/2010, the clutch bracket on my 2005 Mazda Rx-8 snapped, rendering the clutch pedal inoperable. There was no accident only because this happened in a parking lot and I was able to disengage gear and shift to neutral.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 072010


  • 51,000 miles
I own a 2005 Mazda Rx-8 with 51xxx miles on it. Driving home I stepped onto the clutch prion to a turn and snap! the car was locked in second gear and the clutch pedal was not returning to its normal position. Only a few miles home, I realized the clutch pedal bracket broke on the left side around the bolt. It looks like it was cheaply made and poorly welded. I also got online and found out that this is a common problem. This could have been a lot worse if I was traveling at a higher speed and got locked in gear. I am taking the car to a dealership to replace the bracket.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #4

Dec 232009


  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I bought a used Mazda RX8 (2005 with about 60 thousand miles) with a manual transmission. After about 3 months of daily driving (no racing or hard shifting) my clutch pedal broke while approaching a red light. The bracket that holds the pedal in place broke due to its very thin metal design. Upon researching the issue online I have found that many Rx-8 owners are having the same issue. I have installed a reinforced bracket at my own expense and still need to make some adjustments because it has unaligned the gears in the transmission. If this break would have occurred at any other time I believe it could easily result in serious injury or death. I spend a lot of time on the highway getting to school and I believe that at 65 mph this break would have at least destroyed the transmission. This issue needs to be resolved and a recall must be implemented.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 152009


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have experienced the typical signs of a faulty clutch pedal. I have done research on the subject and I am experiencing the same issues as the people had before their clutch broke. This issue started around two months ago. The pedal squeaks very loud and has give from side to side as well as in and out. I have a 2005 Mazda RX8, 6 speed manual transmission.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 022009


  • 30,650 miles
1. for a few weeks prior to the failure, I heard squeaking coming from the clutch pedal each time I used it. 2. the clutch pedal bracket, which holds the clutch pedal to the body of the car, snapped off, rendering the clutch inoperable and the car unable to engage/change gears. 3. the clutch bracket and clutch pedal had to be replaced with oem parts.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 252008


  • 50,750 miles
I had my 2005 Mazda Rx-8 towed to the dealership and was told that my clutch pedal assembly was broken and was making it difficult to drive and shift gears, I believe it's a safety hazard and is poor workmanship. I've heard that this is very common on Rx-8's that aftermarket companies are producing clutch pedal reinforcement kits. You know it's really a problem when aftermarket companies address and flaw in a product. Especially when it's part of the clutch and safety of the car. And it's not even covered under warranty, which is horrible. Not only did they produce a flimsy product, but now I have to pay to have it fixed.

- Mead, WA, USA