Mazda RX7 Reviews from Japan

1992 Mazda RX7 Efini 1.3 Rotary Twin turbo

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Rotary Twin turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Silvia

Summary:

Costly to maintain, but well worth it for the experience!

Faults:

The first problem that I had with the car was an internal wiring problem with the ignition and dash harness. The Mazda dealer took two weeks to disassemble my car in order to tell me it was going to cost 1,500 dollars to replace or 300 to repair the harness.

The car was never taken in for the recall on the interior components having their finish wearing off. I was unaware of the recall until after I purchased the car.

Water pump went out at about 45000km.

The most irritating problem is my climate control system is out of control. Essentially it works when it feels like it, I cannot turn on or off the unit. I have seen that this is a common problem.

Engine blew at 60000km, poor maintenance on previous owner's part, and poor gas choice on my part. Replacement engine overhaul, 2,000 dollars.

General Comments:

This car has amazing balance, and feels almost glued to the road.

If you are a taller person getting in and out of the car takes a little getting used to, but the interior fits like a glove.

Interior is well designed for easy visibility of all gauges and components.

I love this car, it has a huge amount of power and style. The main drawback is the cost of maintaining the car in proper condition. The RX7 is not a Chevy, you must keep a proper maintenance schedule with this car or expect to have a severe price to pay.

Rotary engines also run hot, I suggest placing a metal air separator tank and new thermostat in the car on purchase.

I have read issues about the suspension being "too firm", but this car was designed as a pure sports car. There are no cup holders or trivial objects to weigh this masterpiece down. The suspension is firm, but not unbearable. Expect sport suspension, not a ride like a Cadillac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2002

29th Oct 2002, 06:55

An RX7 is my dream car and I'm considering buying one second hand, but have heard/read a lot about the engine's reliability problems. Which year would be more reliable of the 1992 to 1996 RX7?

And if I was to drive it properly without taking the car to the limit like most drivers, would the 'reliability' factor still be a problem for me (considering that the last owner has taken care of the car too)?

I'm in Australia by the way so the cars we get should not be so different if at all. Thanks all.

1997 Mazda RX7 RS Twin turbo

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance43000 kilometres
Previous carToyota MR2

Summary:

Overall great car!

Faults:

Well first, I lost the turbos, so I dropped in a T04-E, which is running nice along with a Trust intercooler and some other fun parts.

Second, now I'm having some trouble with the clutch. I overhauled the slave cylinder, and the clutch still has a tendency to lose pressure the longer it's pressed. I hope it's not the master cylinder $$$.

General Comments:

I just came from an MR2 so it's not any smaller that's for sure. I do have a 7 point roll cage, so it's pretty much a 2 seater. I don't think Mazda had more than 2 people in mind when they built it anyway.

The handling is great, and you've got to love the torque of a rotary engine. Feels like that V-8 from back home...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews