1991 Mazda RX7 Reviews

1991 Mazda RX7 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Faults:

27 kms after purchase, motor blew out rear rotor apex seal.

Second motor (used) blew 4600kms after professional install.

Third motor (brand new crate 13b) runs tight, but leaking. Rear crankshaft seal, oil pan, injection lines for oil to lube apexes are also leaking.

Some kinda of road tracking problem, probably due to rear tow steer bushings worn.

6 port injectors do not work, nor have they ever worked.

Always floods and lacks power.

General Comments:

This car is known for its performance, but that's provided it runs. You can't shut it off in "cold cycle" or it floods itself, you then have to jump through a hoop if you want it to start again.

Weak/inferior materials seal these engines. They never last long (more than 200 000kms).

The amount of fuel/oil/general maintenance that these cars require is obscene, and makes it impractical as a daily driver for most people.

These cars have a very poor resale value.

The ride is far too stiff even for a sports car.

It corners well, but it tracks the grounds imperfections, thus making it handle like chuckwagon with a rocket on it.

In 38000 kms I went through three motors, numerous sensors and gallons of oil, the car ruined my driveway with oil stains and it handles and rides worse then my Num's Neon!

It's got some revs, but no torque really, considering how much fuel it uses for such little power.

Horrible gas mileage.

Looks nice, but all that glitters is not gold.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2009

1991 Mazda RX7 Convertible 13b from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 13b Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Good Sunday cruiser!

Faults:

The only problem I've had so far is keeping it running with cold starts in the winter.

General Comments:

The car is not the fastest on the street, but it does handle very well. Being that it's a convertible it is very heavy.

The stock stereo is very week and the headrest speakers help, but not that much.

Good gas mileage if you keep it out of the upper rpm range.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2007

1991 Mazda RX7 Turbo Rotary turbo from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Rotary turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25822 miles
Most recent distance80534 miles
Previous carMazda Expedition

Summary:

Owning this car was one of the best experiences of my entire life. The car was awesome

Faults:

I didn't have any problems with the car until I moved to the country and had to drive down a dirt road every day. A sensitive sports car engine just can't handle dirt. I had air cleaner problems, wore out a clutch and replaced brakes. The fuel injection system did not like dirt and had to be bled several times to unclog it.

General Comments:

I previously owned a 1980 Mazda RX7. I got into this 1991 RX7 and the turbo blew me away. I had to have it. I drove it home from the dealer immediately. It became a part of you when you drove. When people have to be in traffic so much they should choose fun over ordinary.

The handling and performance of this car was unbelievable. I lived in North Dallas at the time which is like L.A. for high priced sports cars. A brand new vet pulled up next to me one day and revved his engine at the stoplight. The light turned green and within two blocks he was five car lengths behind me. Porsche's, Beamers, Vipers, and you name it would pull up beside me on the North Dallas Tollway and I would blow them away.

My Mom had a heart attack and she lived 350 miles away. I made it in three hours with the highway patrol calling ahead so I was escorted through small towns on the way. This car loved to run at eighty to ninety miles an hour. It got the best gas mileage and performed the best at this speed. The turbo still had pull away and leave them in the dust speed starting at eighty. It never ran hot once.

It was black on black, with power everything and I kept it looking brand new. My two year old daughter loved it also and called it the "Bat-mobile". We are now looking for a new Bat-mobile since we are no longer on the farm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2006

3rd Jun 2008, 21:24

I agree with everything you have said about the car. It's the sweetest ride I've ever had. My model is a 1990 RX7 GT, and I've raced a few people, and the results were all the same. WIN.

I have noticed a couple of electrical issues, but other than that it's been flawless.

By the way... great little story on the car.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 7 reviews