The problems from the stock TR-7 were minor, actually, I was glad that the small stuff went instead of the big things.
I expected to change a few bulbs and screws here and there, but the most surprising thing was that the car was holding together very well.
I replaced the bad seals and headlights, but that's all really. I did run into brake lock up because the calipers froze due to rust. It was my bad though.
NOTICE: This car I have had for most of the time was my own conversion to a Wankel Rotary twin turbo engine. I did own the original car for about 10,000 miles though.
This TR7 originally came with the 2.0 DHC 4 cylinder engine mounted on a 5 speed transmission. It was a drop top, which I later customized to a targa top.
The best part about this car, is that you are not worried about dinging it here or there, because it's already old. You drive it how it's supposed to be driven, you jump in and have fun. This car is a great daily commuting car as well because of the gas mileage. I drive slow in the city so maybe the numbers are off compared to others.
If anyone is looking for cheap, sharp, fun little project, the TR-7 is right for you.
With the stock engine I was quite impressed at the quickness and the sound, with a custom exhaust and ports it sounded great.
I also got around town with it @ an average of 34 MPG High 41 Low 21. After I converted the car to the Rotary engine I dropped to about 24.
Total amount of money spent, $3,800 on paint, engine and transmission ($2,500) and other minor parts to make it great.
This is the most fun car I have owned ever! Even without the rotary engine I recommend to anyone who wants to have a thrill car.
Stats: With the RX7 twin turbo unit, I ran 0-60 in 4.9 sec vs. 9, 284 hp vs. 107, and 161 mph vs. 126 mph. (Location where tested is undisclosed)