1985 Mazda RX7 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1985 Mazda RX7 SE 1.1 ROTARY from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.1 ROTARY Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C10

Summary:

The beast

Faults:

I got the car for free about three years ago and I had to put spark plugs, wires, dist. cap, and rotor button. And I did a stupid thing and sold it for 500 dollars. The reason I sold it is because at the time I had a 1984 Nissan 300zx turbo, but automatic transmission, and it needed brakes and rotors. About 1 year later I traded the Nissan for a 1979 Chevy c10 with a 350ci motor. And I seen the same car sitting I someones driveway and it was for sale or trade for pickup truck thank goodness. so I said done deal and got it back.

General Comments:

IT means the fastest car I have owned, the best running, and the most reliable car I have owned, ever!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

1985 Mazda RX7 GSL from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

How can I get rid of my oldest child?

Faults:

Right now I am having some sort of vacuum problem, car runs very rough intermittently, but other than a few hoses, brakes, tires, stereo went out, clock does not work, 1 new clutch, the usual, it has been very dependable. Needs to be repainted due to a bad paint job after I was hit when the care was new. Shifts and clutches very easy.

General Comments:

This car handles awesome on dry pavement with good tires. Corners very easy and turns on a dime. I have owned other cars, but can't seem to sell this one since it is older than my child in college! One feels very "wrapped in" when you are sitting in it. It is very comfortable.

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

Review Date: 11th October, 2007

1985 Mazda RX7 GSL-SE 1.3 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired700 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Mazda RX7: a true bargain exotic sports car

Faults:

Wear items I would expect to give up at 10 years of age, but many lasted almost 20. Brake pads, front calipers (pistons sticking), master cylinder, throttle position sensor, oil cooler (cracked fitting), 5th and 6th intake port valves due to carbon build up. Also various trim and weather strip pieces.

General Comments:

Remember that in 1985 a car with a 5-speed, limited slip rear, four wheel disc brakes, fuel injection and fourteen inch wheels was not all that common. Notice the lack of cup holders, ABS and air bags. A car this light weight, with 50/50 weight distribution, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, sun roof and many other trim bits and styling that is still unique and good looking after twenty-plus years, is a certain bargain. The crown jewel is the 13B Wankel rotary. It likes more gas and oil than present day machinery, but it is after all a sports car and in that respect when compared to the sports cars of the 1950 - 1980 genre, it excels. My little "Mazdarati".

I got rid of those three cats and added a Racing Beat header and full exhaust package plus a K&N air filter. Low end torque improved quite a bit along with top end.

I also use Mobil 1 20-50W and K&N oil filter.

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

Review Date: 19th July, 2007

14th Aug 2012, 14:42

You should not use synthetic oil with the 13-b. It does cause carbon build-up.

Sounds like a great car, I have a black '85 GSL-SE with 63,000 miles. She runs like dream. Would like to get the Racing Beat full exhaust. These cars will only increase in value.

Have fun, PETE.

1985 Mazda RX7 gsl 1.1 rotary from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.1 rotary Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Fun car, but there are better alternatives

Faults:

Nothing, but I only had it for 3 months.

General Comments:

It's a fun car, but there are better alternatives.

The styling is unique and looks great.

The suspension is too soft and the live rear axel is subpar.

The car is low on power and the gas mileage is poor for such a small car with a small engine.

The best is ever got was 24 mpg combined.

If you want something similar, but much better get a 85-89 Toyota MR@

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2007

1985 Mazda RX7 Rotary Coupe 1.1 Rotary from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.1 Rotary Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired133206 miles
Most recent distance133607 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Find a 5 speed and hold on!!!

Faults:

Not a lot of knee room for tall people.

The window tracks become out of line over time.

No interior trunk release.

It's hard to come up with things that are bad with this car.

My paint is starting to peel.

Parts are harder to come by than for American cars.

Could use some more power, but I won't complain too much.

General Comments:

This is an amazing piece of machinery. I've never driven a car that handles and grips like this car. The clutch is so smooth and is a blast to drive.

Mine is over 20 years old and drives better than my dad's 2000 car. It's light, quick on its feet. Loves to go fast in corners.

Good stereo set-up.

Best bang for your buck old school sports car. I got mine for $500 so I can't complain about anything. Easy to work on. A very good investment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2006

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 16 reviews