Originally Posted by Torres
I used to have an RX-8. Nice car but its greatest downfall was the engine. Horrendeous fuel economy, used 1l oil every 1,000 miles, non-existent torque at the bottom of the rev range, had a tendancy to flood over very short distances. Also heard from various owners clubs that the engines needed to be rebuilt at 70-80k miles. I'm not sure what benefits there are to the rotary design as there seem to be more disadvantages than advantages.
I also heard that if you start and stop the engine within a ~5mins window, you risk flooding the engine too. Also, I heard that you have to redline the engine at least once a day to get rid of the carbon build up. And I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous.