1982 Mazda RX7 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1982 Mazda RX7 S2 1.2a Rotory from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2a Rotory Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired282000 kilometres
Most recent distance283000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Cheap Speed

Faults:

Cooling Fan Drained Battery.

Unreliable to start.

Previous owner had messed with it too much, but didn't know enough about rotaries.

Seats faded.

Gear knob ground down to almost nothing.

Steering wheel worn.

Upholstery cracked and dirty.

Body was resprayed, but lots of bog and rust.

Changed: Suspension, Wheels, Tires, Windows, Engine, Exhaust, Cooling fan, battery, interior... crashed it 1 week later.

General Comments:

Car was very rough to drive, as it had been thrashed.

But did handle well due to the lowered suspension and softer Tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2003

1982 Mazda RX7 Savanna LSD Spec Edn Rotary 2.2 nom from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Rotary 2.2 nom Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

The only car I've ever really admired

Faults:

There is a little rust at the bottom of both doors, which is not bad enough to bother about. Otherwise no problems as yet.

General Comments:

It is unusual to find a 1982 Savanna RX-7 LSD at all.

It is even more unusual to find one that is virtually the same as the day it left the factory.

Made for the Japanese home market, the car features a cruise control, leather interior, 'rotor' styled wheels, tinted windows, and a 6-port induction 12a engine.

As a finishing touch, an emergency flare is provided as standard.

I've never before thought of cars as being 'beautiful', but the bullet-shape of this '82 model is just that.

Even now, some 21 years after it was made, there's nothing on the road quite as good looking as my Savanna!

It looks as if it's doing 100 mph when it's just standing still.

In its day, it was one of the fastest, but time and engineering developments have improved generally, and it's not as lively as some quite 'ordinary' cars.

This is my sixth RX-7, and by far the best of the bunch.

I'm desperately trying to keep the mileage down to preserve the car for future owners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2003

28th Dec 2006, 02:02

Base models did not come with LSD. the GSL and GSL-SE models had LSD.

28th Dec 2006, 21:02

I've also owned six 1st generation RX7s, two of which we still have, and all of which were (are) the GSL 12A package. The two current ones are an '84 and an '85. Previous ones were an '81, two '82s and an '85.

The LSD was first available in the 1981 model year and only on the GSL. (In Canada this package was known as the GX until the 1984 model year, when it joined the rest of the free world and called it the GSL package).

Four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power mirrors, sunroof, digital clock, factory mags, shaded windshield, headlight sprayers (except in the U.S.), rear window wiper, power antenna, cruise control and leather-wrapped steering wheel were also included in this option package.

The only items that didn't come standard on the GSL (and later on the GSL-SE) were power steering, leather upholstery and air conditioning. They were available, but at extra cost.

1982 Mazda RX7 GSL-SE 13B Manual from North America

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 13B Manual Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21 miles
Most recent distance300000 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

This is going to be that car you wake up early for just to drive

Faults:

To start this little list my lights had to be replaced along with a new engine because I blew it street racing, but otherwize that's about all. if you treat this car with respect it will love ya back.

General Comments:

This is one great car if you like to go fast or like going to places in style. These cars easily out run a highly modified Honda, my rx7 has won me 1600$ and Counting.

Currently I own 2 rx7's there a fun and easy project for anyone. But it takes a while to find the right rx7, don't, but one at first sight if you do this your looking for trouble. Here are some tips take a ride in the car. Don't buy one over 500,000 miles and make sure there are no body kits attached due to the water gathering in places because of the unique styling of the body. Never judge a car by the paint that's a quick fix. Make sure they use non-synthetic oil and finally no leaks, any leak in an rx7 leads to lots of money and lots of hard maintenance.

The rx7 is a great vehicle responsive turning lots of acceleration and finally a light-weight body will top it all of with one great car for any reason!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2003

17th Jan 2005, 12:38

Why do you insist on non-synthetic oil. Quality 100% synthetic oil (Mobil 1) is much better then conventional oil in every respect?

14th Jul 2005, 05:53

Some synthetic is not designed to be burned. The RX-7 adds small amount of crankcase oil to the air-fuel mixture to lubricate the apex seals of the rotors. This oil must burn, or end up as deposits in the engine. Synthetic oil was never designed for this purpose, but regular oil does burn rather well. RX-7s whose oil is changed every 3000 miles last and last and last and last. Synthetic is not needed.

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