True, but the Japanese made Toyotas are dying off. Fortunately, my mom was the lucky ones to have 1 of a few hundred Japan made Camry Hybrids.
Chances are you are leaking a head gasket as well? Is it a turbo? Apparently the turbos head gaskets don't leak as often as the N/A Subbies.
I could get great financing from other companies but i'll finance a new car at a future date. Actually, I knew that my head gasket was going to go very soon because it had 164k kms on it with the original head gasket; around when it usually goes. Once that is fixed and over with, I should get 4+ more years out of it no problem. Clutch is good, gearbox is good, timing belt is new, water pump is new, got differential fluids washed and transmission fluid, everything is in tip top condition other than the leaky head gasket. And besides, that Boxer rumble is just mesmerizing every time I drive. I need new headers to amplify that rumble hahaha! And yes Octane has a large contribution to a performance cars life... Isn't this the basics people? Especially on a RX-8, that's a given.
I agree with you on the Oil. Once you go synthetic, you don't go back. And Japanese made vehicles are "generally" of better quality than other ones. My family friend is a mechanic at Toyota's factory in Japan and they have strict rules of double-checking absolutely everything on the car before shipping it out.
Yah but what if your head gasket leaks again in 2 months? If yo like the car soo much I can understand you will pay anything to drive it.
I still strongly believe the grade of gas you put if your car does have a big affect on your car in the long run. I not to long ago saw a man filling up his BMW X3 or X5 (can't remember) with regular 87 octane, I am positive it requires 91 or higher. I would not be suprised if that man receives engine problems in the future.
BTW Husky has its highest premium grade at 94 too I believe.