1985 Mazda RX7 Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1985 Mazda RX7 GSL-SE 1.1 4 BBL from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.1 4 BBL Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

So far the only thing wrong with the rx7 is it has a cracked windshield and small spots of rust above the windshield. Other than that it's a good solid car.

General Comments:

In My opinion the rx7 was one of the most innovative cars made. It is very quick and handles well.

Although the fuel economy isn't the greatest the driving experience makes up for the pump price.

They are very easy to maintain and are very reliable.

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

Review Date: 1st May, 2006

1985 Mazda RX7 GLS-SE 1.8 Rotary from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Rotary Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired309000 miles
Most recent distance313586 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

A blast to drive at a high fuel cost

Faults:

After purchasing, the clutch needed replacement.

My dashboard lights don't work at the moment, I'm thinking a wire has come loose somewhere.

I lost my brake tail lights at the same time as my dash lights.

The added fuel cut-off switch broke off and needed replacing, it was only a $5 (Cdn) switch.

General Comments:

This is an awesome car to drive, it's sleek, maneuverable and comfortable.

I originally bought it to sell my previous car (VW Jetta) to my parents and I didn't want to carry around all my free loading friends in my car anymore. Although I wanted to go smaller, the unique, elongated shape of the car won me over.

Since purchasing it in the Spring of 2005, the clutch has been replaced but there has been nothing else wrong with the car. It's very reliable and extremely fun to drive. It picks up speed really quickly and the engine will never die. I love Mazda's Rotary design however it sucks gas. I can see why there is a 63L tank!

Average gas mileage is around 17-20MPG; not very good at all. I bought it when fuel prices were a little lower, but in the wake of the sudden increases I can't afford to drive it to and from university anymore.

Overall if you want a sporty, reliable and fun car to drive around, this is the one for you. If you don't care about fuel costs, this is also the car for you. I don't recommend it for university/college students or people on a tight budget. Fuel alone will drain you.

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

Review Date: 11th September, 2005

23rd May 2006, 01:03

I'm not sure when the original post was made.

It's probably been fixed by now.

These electrical failures may be common (based on my experience).

My son bought a 1984 GSL-SE two years ago.

(Mint condition - stored for 13 years).

During the test-drive, the car filled with electrical fumes and smoke.

He bought it anyway, with a suitable discount.

The problem is caused by the main wiring harness from front to back.

Snakes along the drivers' side, under the carpet.

There are two "storage bins" behind the passenger seats.

The wiring harness runs along side of the drivers' side storage bin.

Depending.. that storage lid may pinch the harness, causing a short. All electrics will go dead.

It took us about 30 minutes to trace the problem, snip the wires, add new connectors. The problem was solved. No damage. Easy fix.

10th Nov 2010, 19:06

I recently got my first car, and it is a '85 Mazda RX7, but the dash lights don't work, the turn signals don't work, and when I start it, it smokes really bad, and I don't know where to start. Can you help me find where I could possibly look for these problems? PLEASE HELP ME!!!

1985 Mazda RX7 GSL-SE 13B from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 13B Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance313300 miles

Summary:

Outstanding perforrnance, value and reliability

Faults:

I have owned this GSL-SE since new (18 years) and experienced very few problems.

The entire car is stock, except for replacing the power antenna four times.

After 313K miles, I need a new 13B engine. Imagine that, 313K miles on the same engine, clutch, transmission, radiator, etc.

General Comments:

This has been the most reliable, fun to drive car I have ever owned.

She has an amazing power curve, enters the freeway with ease, and wants to cruise at 70-80 mph all day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2003

29th Oct 2003, 21:31

Well, there is no doubt about it that the 13B engine is an excellent car, but the main reason your car can rum 313 miles, is because it is under the concept of the exceptionally built rotary engine. I too hope to soon get an 1985 GSL-SE having completely rebuilt the 13B engine myself. The car without a doubt is a remarkable piece of machinery.

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