1988 Mazda RX7 Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1988 Mazda RX7 GXL 13B rotary from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 13B rotary Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200586 miles
Most recent distance204674 miles
Previous carHonda Integra

Summary:

I love this car. I would suggest it to any sports car enthusiast

Faults:

Other than the problems from the 20 year old wiring, like I have to hit the dash sometimes to make my clock and bright lights work, but the motor is fine; drinks some oil, but runs amazing. I outrun many many cars that are much younger.

General Comments:

It handles amazing with tight suspension (with working auto adjust between Sport and Normal). The motor runs great; just red line it every once in a while; keeps carbon buildup down, and I think this thing will run forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2007

1988 Mazda RX7 Convertible 1.3 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

FUN, FUN, car to drive!!!

Faults:

Has a bad catalytic converter, and the rear-end is making more noise than when I got it. Other than that, it's been pretty reliable!!!

General Comments:

I LOVE!!! the performance!! It is loads of fun to drive this car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2007

1988 Mazda RX7 Turbo 2 1.3 turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance161666 miles
Previous carBuick Rainier

Summary:

A great well put together sports car

Faults:

Seats are worn badly, but what can you expect from a 20 year old car that was a daily driver.

One of the pop up lights has seized in the middle and I had to disconnect the motor so that it wouldn't strain the battery.

The power window on the driver's side has malfunctioned and I had to replace the motor with a used one.

And of course... the car floods if its not properly warmed up.

General Comments:

One of the most beautiful works of art on 4 wheels.

A real seat with on a rocket.

Not many pure sports cars out there that are affordable nowadays, and this rotor-head is a beauty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2007

1988 Mazda RX7 10th Anniversary 1.3B turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3B turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carMazda Grand-am

Faults:

I just bought it for 1100 and it needed tires and a battery and a new steering wheel which working at an auto parts store is fairly simple stuff. I know it needs a tune up normal stuff for a car that has been sitting. But I have a severe case of my car flooding which I guess is fairly common for the Gen. 2 RX-7 but it is so bad I can only drive the car once a day, and god for bid I should have to turn it off because it will take a whole day before it even thinks about starting again. it had a major coolant leak which I fixed what else should I do? I am getting ready to tow it to the scrap yard I can't afford a new motor and I am getting sick of it.

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

Review Date: 15th March, 2006

15th Mar 2006, 18:11

Your problem is leaking fuel injectors. My 87' had the same problem. It's a pretty easy fix if you have the right tools. And since you said you work at an auto parts store it should be easy finding the parts. Good luck.

9th Apr 2006, 13:21

The problem is flooding.

Try pulling the fuse for the injectors.

Its located under the hood.

Turn the engine over for a few seconds with the fuse out to clear the gas out.

Put the fuse back in and it should fire right up.

24th May 2006, 02:32

I have also had flooding problems with my 2nd Gen. Mine is due to short distance drives where the engine is not able to warm up to normal temperatures. I agree that your injectors sound leaky. Another good fix for this is installing a simply switch under the left side of your dash that cuts the fuel pump line. It is pretty simple to do and also acts as a theft deterrent system. With this switch, I just flip it when I'm about to turn my car off and it dies from the lack of fuel. This also insured that no flooding can possibly take place and relieves the pressure in the fuel lines. In my friends 91 rx7 if he starts the car with the gas pedal all the way down it cuts off the fuel pump allowing the engine to un-flood. I have heard this is only on 89 and newer, but it is not confirmed, you can give that a shot though. Best of luck...

28th Feb 2009, 02:29

If your going to get rid of it email me alexlas@harbornet.com.

15th Apr 2010, 21:37

Yes, the RX7s do flood, it's normal. It usually floods when the engine is still hot. I've had it happen to me before, but there is a way to prevent it from flooding if you have a fuel kill switch anywhere on your car. Just turn off the fuel switch, crank it a few times so the excess fuel circulates out, then flip on the switch. It should start; it always works for me after a long drive. Hope that helps.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 29 reviews