1983 Mazda RX7 GSL 12a 1.1L from North America


Donuts, melted rubber and burning oil


Replaced; Transmission, carburetor, radiator, ignition, steering pump, master cylinder (brake), slave cylinder (clutch), clutch & flywheel.

Drivers seat isn't on railing properly.

Either of the rear electronics work, wiper & defrost.

Passenger door locks, but handle is broke.

Lock busted (linkage to door) driver side.

Fuel filter is nearly full.

Choke assembly line is broken.

AC pump is out.

No Rear view mirror.

Tape/radio do not work.

Clock resets when lights come on.

3 1/2inch chunk is missing from rear right wheel.

General Comments:

Three years of beating a car senseless has cost me 3000 in repairs, everyminute worth it.

The minutes are still counting down.

2nd to 3rd gear in an uphill (cornering) climb, tree cover, windows down.

Heaven on Earth.

Donuts, melted rubber & burning oil.

Smells no Rx7 lover has been without.

Most wonderful car I've ever had the joy of driving.

High maintenance, but worth caring for an rx7.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008

1983 Mazda RX7 GX 1.1 wankel from North America


What an affordable sports car should be


The transmissions mounts are bad, shakes at mid rpm.

Drive shaft seal was leaking.

Replaced wires, cap, and plugs.

General Comments:

Very quick for an older car.

Handles like a dream.

Very light weight.

The best $1000 I have ever spent.

All the thrills of a sports car with a low price.

Parts are hard to come by, and expensive.

No power steering is good at higher speeds.

The whole package is sweet, with a fully loaded car.

Mazda should build the RX7 again like the first generation, cheap, fast, low weight, and fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2007

1983 Mazda RX7 12A from Australia and New Zealand


Pure sportscar!


When I purchased the car, it required some work. But it was a pleasure to work on, and its pretty fantastic now. I had to:

Rebuild the front end with new boots and seals.

New shocks & springs (old ones stuffed)

Replace front wheel bearings (whirring noise)

Rebuild rear brake calipers (noisy)

New tyres and wheels (16'). Wheel alignment.

Removed air conditioning (heavy, wasnt working)

Upgrade to direct fire ignition (better idle/power.

Replaced carb with re-bored/upgraded carb (old carb had a lot of crud in it). StuBerfied!

Put catalytic converter into exhaust system.

Touched up body work, removed any rust.

Removed Rats Nest.

General Comments:

I've always wanted an rx7. I looked around for two years before finding a really clean one for a bargain. It is a dream come true.

This ain't no Honda, this is a real drivers car; it is purposeful and pure. Do not purchase one of these machines if you are not mechanically minded. You need to understand how these cars work and how to maintain them! Regular oil/filter changes (every 5k) should be executed (but it is very straightforward and a pleasure to work on).

The 12A has 160,000km on it and the car really hauls ass! I highly recommend a carb upgrade and an ignition upgrade as they had a drastic effect on the performance of this first gen rx7.

I've blown away many cars at the lights. Older v8s are easy, the newer ones are somewhat quicker however, not bad for a stock port NA 12A!

It is best to let these run wild in the hills. The pace and the handling are mind altering when driven at ten tenths! If you've never driven a rotary, you don't know what your missing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

7th Dec 2006, 07:28

What kind of struts did your car have? Did you do the work your self?

1983 Mazda RX7 GSL from North America


A great, fun, street racer !


Driver side window stuck in the down position. Probably $300.00 to fix.

4 way stereo system hasn't worked since I bought it. Haven't checked price for repair.

Son broke off rear window wiper and power antenna.

General Comments:

Great car that goes like a bat out of!@#@.

I think so highly of this car that I am selling it to get a newer model.

The previous owner was a vice president of the Washington chapter of RX7 fan club and has 10 RX7's all in show room condition. I thought he was crazy until I bought this one from him. Now I'm sold on them.

Want to know more? Contact me at crombiedave@hotmail.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2004