1980 Mazda RX7 Reviews

1980 Mazda RX7 13B from North America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 13B Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 kilometres
Most recent distance206000 kilometres
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Fast, but not Cheap

General Comments:

Well balanced, revs well, quick and agile.

High fuel costs, tends to flood.

I would keep it if I could afford to drive it. Loved the smooth rotary power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2007

1980 Mazda RX7 n/a rotary from North America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission rotary Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2500 miles
Most recent distance42081 miles
Previous carMazda Mustang

Summary:

This car was awesome fun every day and very safe.

Faults:

I never had a problem with the car except wearing out the clutch at 40,000 miles and normal wear and tear on the brakes.

General Comments:

This car hugs you like a glove when you sit down. It rides low to the ground and handles with pinpoint precision. You can stop on a dime and turn on a dime. Many times it saved me from accidents by being able to respond so quickly and move out of harms way.

I was cresting a hill at forty miles an hour and got hit on the left rear quarter panel by a Nissan 300z doing eighty miles an hour. I went into a high speed spin on a bridge. The car kept its balance and spun in the middle of the lane. The passenger and driver were thrown together in a centrifugal spin while signs, trees, etc. slammed the windows and doors. It came to rest on the down side of the bridge embankment at at forty five degree angle. Gasoline smell was huge. Both passenger and driver walked away from the accident virtually unhurt. The balance and stability of that car saved our lives. The back of the car was completely smashed into a flat metal wall behind the seats. We should have rolled and burned if nothing else.

Awesome perfomance and I loved that car. It broke my heart that it was totalled since I had bought it from someone that only drove it once in a while on weekends and it was like brand new.

It is typical for a rotary engine to use a little oil. It is just the nature of the engine and the way it was designed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2006

1980 Mazda RX7 rotary turbo from Philippines

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission rotary turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

It's an old car in steroids

Faults:

Being one of the 1st rotary turbo engine, spare parts are very hard to find specially in my country.

General Comments:

This car will surely smoke even new model cars if provoke.

Handling is great, you can drift the car with ease.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2006

1980 Mazda RX7 12a rotary (6 port) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 12a rotary (6 port) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired177000 kilometres
Most recent distance178000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A timeless classic

Faults:

I have only had the car for a short period of time, so am yet to find any real faults.

- Air-con stopped working. New fuse fixed this.

- Electric Antenna motor doesn't work. Came like this when I purchased the car.

General Comments:

My car is the Series 1 RX7 but it has been custom made into a soft-top convertible. It has been very well maintained and looked after, paint has been resprayed and looks almost brand new. We paid an unbelievable low price of $3200 for this immaculate example of an RX7.

This car is a load of fun, handles great, decent acceleration and performance. This car loves the higher RPM's, power really picks up around the 3,600 mark - all the way up to about 6,800 (I'm not keen to take it any higher out of fear of blowing up the engine). It's not the quickest car on the road by any means, but will surprise quite a few off the lights.

I am averaging roughly 270-300klm's from a 45 litre tank (running Premium), which isn't too bad I suppose.

The interior is great, I was intrigued that this 1980 car had features such as a boot release button and a few others.

Warming the car up and cooling it down is proving to be a bit tedious, I plan on getting a turbo timer installed (my car is not turbo) so I can walk away while it cools itself off before shutting itself down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

11th Aug 2008, 02:46

No need for cooling down non turbo rotaries. Warming up at 2,500-3,000 RPM for the first 30 seconds, and then driving at low to medium throttle below 3,500-4,000 RPM is all you need to do for any RX7 till normal operating temperature is reached.

Cooling down of turbo (below red hot) is so the oil in the turbo isn't fried/carbonized etc when the oil flow is stopped. For more info visit www.ausrotary.com and use the search feature.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews