1984 Mazda RX7 GSL 1.1L 12A carbureted from North America


Great car if taken care of. It's 30 years old, my first car, really wouldn't choose anything over it


Nothing, so far. Will have to due routine maintenance, the usual.

General Comments:

This is my first car, I'm 17, I've had my hands on building and repairing plenty of cars, some a lot older than this.

Love the fact that is so different from any other car. Pop-up head lights, rotary engine, just a 2-seater, small, light, quick.

It's 30 years old so you're gonna have to realize that. Love it, and love taking care of it. Puts a big grin on anybody's face that sees it, and they automatically want to know about it. No rust, everything works, no leaks, everything is there.

I'm always smiling driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2014

1984 Mazda RX7 GS 1.1 from North America


Fun to drive, but you need to understand and appreciate RX7's


The car sat in a garage for twenty years, so seals and bushings needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

Runs beautifully just like my '81 RX7.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th August, 2010

1984 Mazda RX7 GS 1.1L Rotary from North America


Fun and it handles like a dream


Speedometer floats at 80mph.

Oil Pressure Gage failed.

Poor Electrical output (i.e. Battery charge fluctuates with blinkers on)

Right headlight refuses to open (On occasion).

Pedal Wear as well as, brakes, tires, paint...etc.

Rear glass window latch loose.

Sunroof, minor water leak.

General Comments:

I just want to say that in my own opinion, this is a Great first car. It's reliable (Thus far), quick, and so much fun to drive. While it is by far not the fastest thing on the road, you can impress your friends by taking down their brand new Honda's with your 20+ year old POS. I kid you not.

It's got aggressive styling and girls seem to love it. The stock exhaust is throaty for a Japanese car and sounds ridiculously good with even a moderate exhaust system. In my eyes, this is a true sports car. It doesn't have tons of horsepower like a muscle car, but it does well on a track. It handles like a dream (Even without power steering or even assist!) it accelerates fairly quick for it's class, and it's just fun to drive. Period.

Like all cars, there are a few problems. First and foremost, the Power Steering. It would help, a lot. A speed, the unassisted steering is great. At low speeds (Say, in a parking lot), you better have done your push-ups, it's a pain.

While the car has a nice high red-line (7000rpm), the Wankel rotary engine doesn't shudder, shake, or groan when it approaches or surpasses the redzone. It's a little to easy to let each gear go a little high, because you don't catch the screams of the engine as you do with most other cars.

Manual Choke. Fun to mess with at first if you've never seen one... But it gets old. Really, really old.

I still have to say that this is the best car I ever owned. With more than 300,000 miles on the same tranny and engine and no overhauls, doubt many can contest it's reliability. But like all beauties, it has it's flaws.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2008

22nd Mar 2011, 23:32

I would just like to disagree with a few of the statements of the original poster.

First of all, the power steering is not bad at all. Even in parking lots, I can usually steer with one hand if I really need to. Also, the choke does not "get old", it is not really a problem, and if you know the correct procedure, you don't need to "mess with it". Using the choke becomes like second nature. I often reach for the choke in other cars when I start them, only to realize that nothing is there.

Other than that, this review is pretty accurate. This car is loads of fun, even in 2011. And with some upgrades, it can hang with many newer cars in terms of handling.

7th May 2012, 07:35

The poster may have had an RX7 without power steering, as the 1985 GS I had owned lacked power steering and only had power assisted brakes. I had no problems with the lack of power steering in parking lots however, and I'm not all too strong myself.