1987 Mazda RX7 GXL 1.3L 13B FI Rotary Engine from North America


A cheap car with surprising performance and nice style


I've had the car for about 6 months now and I haven't had one major problem happen while I owned it. As someone else put in a review and I must testify to the same, the clock goes on and off when it feels like it.

Sometimes pushing the brake will put it on or sometimes even getting the engine up to like 6k RPM.

I've noticed on my RX-7 and other RX-7s around its age that the seats tear open at the seams a little.

Electrical problems are common, with the logicons and control devices.

The engine has worked totally fine for me, I was told that if the engine is treated well, it will last you up to 300k miles.

The heat on my car doesn't work, and that's a pain, especially since it's the winter now.

General Comments:

Overall, I love this car. I was lucky to have bought it, especially sooo cheap. I love the cars style, for an 80's car, it's not all boxy and has some nice style to it.

This car has a true sports car status. I like how low to the ground it is, it's a 2-seater, it handles turns very gracefully and it has power to pack behind all that.

I truly enjoy taking this car on windy roads because if you put the car in a turn, it takes it and the car is always screamin for more speed and another gear. I also love the rotary engine because it's soo smooth and it gives constant power.

The only downside however, is maintenance is a real pain. Parts cost an arm and a leg, for example, a new ashtray is $53 at its cheapest. I had to put a new exhaust on the car when I bought it (converters down). Meineke wanted $1500 for everything, Mazda wanted $4000!!! And thank God, I got it done in the South Bronx for $375.

Also, as a teenager, sometimes I wish I had more than 2 seats for friends and all, but it's nothing big.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2001

14th May 2001, 07:57

So that's what I have to do to get the clock to light up, OK.

You could have gotten a cat back exhaust system by Monza for 269.95. It's a high flow system with two chrome tips on each muffler, so you have four chrome tips that look great and sounds awesome (plus 10%increase MPG and 5 more HP)