Mazda RX2 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1971 Mazda RX2 Super Deluxe 12A turbo

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 12A turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carMazda RX4

Summary:

V8 eater

Faults:

The RX-7 series 2 gearbox fitted to the car when I purchased it failed and has now been replaced by an RX-5 gearbox.

The differential has failed twice. This is no fault of the car, the original differential was never designed to cope with a turbo charged engine.

General Comments:

This car handles well for it's age. It has multi-link rear suspension, which certainly beats the leaf-spring design of its era.

My car is fitted with larger front and rear sway bar, lowered heavy-duty springs and Koni dampeners.

I have owned a Mazda RX-3 and a Mazda RX-4 with similar suspension set-ups. The Mazda RX-2 is superior in the suspension department.

The standard braking system is average, almost dangerous. This is one area I will improve.

This car is stupidly fast, I can't believe my car is legal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2003

1974 Mazda RX2 13b Rotary Engine turbo

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 13b Rotary Engine turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 120Y

Summary:

Cheap, fast and fun

Faults:

The original engine had seized and was replaced by a newer version, this was a 13b turbo rotary, and driveline was slightly modified to suit. Other than this it was fine.

General Comments:

This car is surprisingly fast for the size of the engine.

The interior is a little boring, but this is what you would expect from a car of this age, although it is comfortable.

However, this car being rear wheel drive should be driven with utmost care in the wet, as it is prone to sliding out.

Also the brakes aren't the best, and if money allows, they should be upgraded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2002

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews