1982 Mazda RX7 Reviews

1982 Mazda RX7 Series 2 1.1 Rotary from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.1 Rotary Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired114465 kilometres
Most recent distance115349 kilometres
Previous carHolden Berlina

Summary:

Sure to be a classic before long

Faults:

The only thing that has failed is the electric radio antenna. Relatively cheap and easy to replace.

General Comments:

This car easily out handles my 2005 V6 Holden. But treat Rexy with respect in the wet as the tail can snap out if not careful.

For some people the old fashioned recirculating ball steering may be heavy and a little vague straight ahead, but it doesn't worry me. It's no problem at all on twisting roads.

Being a sporty hatchback you hear tyre, differential and transmission noise more easily than you would in a sedan, but I think it adds to the character of the car.

With it's normally aspirated 12A rotary engine and automatic transmission, don't expect to win traffic light drags. However it really shines in the mid range (80-120 kph). Fantastic for weekend drives in the country.

Well equipped for a car made long ago in 1982 - air conditioning, 4 wheel disc brakes, decent stereo, electric hatch and fuel door release, etc. The styling has aged well - almost 30 years after its release now.

This is a car you look forward to driving. Will keep this one until I'm old and grey.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2008

27th Jun 2012, 05:04

Agree! I have just bought a 1982 Series 2 with 181 original k's. And I LOVE it, for all the reasons you refer to. The sounds, the feel, the interior!!! And what it has in it for its time, electric mirrors etc. It's my 3 day a week work car, and I arrive with a grin every morning.

MatG.

1982 Mazda RX7 13B 1.3 Litre Rotary N/A from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 13B 1.3 Litre Rotary N/A Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance269000 kilometres

Summary:

Affordable sports-car, with proper care the rewards are immeasurable :) Little thirsty on the fuel.

Faults:

Everything - for a 22 year old car I have had to replace the usual things which were original.

Alternator

Suspension bushes

Mufflers

Steering bushes

Catalytic Converter

Ball joints

Universal Joint

Gearbox

Wheel Bearings

Brake rotors.

General Comments:

My car was not looked after which is why so much has gone wrong with it, since acquiring it a year ago I have replaced all the worn parts and turned it into a reliable trustworthy car.

The driving position is excellent.

It's a rotor - built to rev - keeps pulling to 8200rpm where I back off because I don't want to see how far it'll go.

It's a drivers car, if you are worried about the interior/climate control - this car is not for you - the interior is pretty good, all the climate control you'd need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2005

1982 Mazda RX7 GSL 1.2L 12a from North America

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2L 12a Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Classic sports car fun at a great price

Faults:

Leaky coolant hose going from block to firewall.

Rust on the rear wheel-wells.

Sluggish performance (previous owner used cheap spark plugs that looked like they had not been changed in a decade)

General Comments:

This car is great. It does not really have a lot of power in comparison to my 1988 RX7 but its handling is wonderful and the brakes are great. The upgraded model GSL is well worth the extra money if you can find one as it has rear disk breaks and a LSD rear end. If you are looking for a lot of sports car for a little money you should check out the RX7. Zoom Zoom and happy motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

1982 Mazda RX7 S2 13B turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 13B turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Most recent distance306000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Patrol

Summary:

Will make you love Rotaries!!!

Faults:

All faults caused by excessive abuse...

Broke standard diff center doing burnout.

Broke axle next week with locked diff.

Minor electrical problems (Window motor and fusible link).

Suspension a bit worn at 300000...

Badly scrapped turbo-smart exhaust because it is too damn low!!!

Cracked windscreen getting aluminum strips off to repaint - be careful!!!

General Comments:

Very fast car with 220KW at flywheel.

12 second quarter mile time slips.

Interior can be made heaps better with S6 RX7 leather seats...

Rear hatch makes for impressive reverse loading bass... easy 140dB+

Faster than nearly all cars on street.

Out handles Police taxis...

Nothing like the rush of a rotor with a fat turbo and big exhaust.

Faster than S4-8 RX7 when engine conversion done (power/weight) and easier to get parts for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 10 reviews