1985 Mazda RX7 gsl 1.1 rotary from North America


Fun car, but there are better alternatives


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


Find a 5 speed and hold on!!!


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

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


Great car


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


A blast to drive at a high fuel cost


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!!!