1991 Mazda RX7 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1991 Mazda RX7 Coupe 13B Rotary from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 13B Rotary Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carMazda RX-7

Faults:

Driver seatbelt mechanism failed; rest is general maintenance; replaced clutch at 147,000 miles; OEM Bridgestone Potenza's RE-71 go about 45,000 miles; numerous headlights; throttle position sensor replaced at 155,000; engine oil pan gasket replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

In general I consider this an excellent car (so much so I have owned 3. I have probably invested under $3000 in 9 years of ownership. Handling is excellent. Engine power is so-so but adequate. Ergonomics of the cockpit are perfect.

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

Review Date: 15th February, 2000

1991 Mazda RX7 Turbo II Coupe 1.3L Rotary from Portugal

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.3L Rotary
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10

Faults:

No major problems, clutch replaced around 60.000 km (40.000 miles, messed up by previous owner), engine still very strong after 115.000 km (72k miles, sold it). Last time I drove it topped 250k (156 mph).

General Comments:

A blast to drive. A pain in the wallet.

Dealer service ? No way! (just ask one...).

Fantastic car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 1999

1991 Mazda RX7 Turbo II Cabriolet 2.6 turbo rotary petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.6 turbo rotary petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Replaced clutch at 110,000 miles. Engine had been replaced at about 80,000.

Convertible roof has small tears at 'C-pillar' at the base and the top.

General Comments:

Fast, comfortable and reliable. More than makes up for 20mpg (at speed, worse at low speeds!)

Dealer servicing is a joke - go to a specialist or DIY.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

12th Apr 2001, 21:57

Not cheap, but RoTechniks in Graveley near Reading make it more fun and cheaper than a Cav, I mean Beamer.

28th Sep 2001, 21:27

All FC3 and FD3 Rx7s have a 1.3L rotary. The only larger was the 20B engine in the Cosmo, which has 3 654cc rotors, making 1962cc, just short of 2 liters. The LeMans-winning 4-rotor, which is a race-only engine, would be the only potential 2.6 liter Mazda rotary.

23rd Aug 2002, 19:36

Hey there people. I see its been a while since anyone replied. I just wanted to say that my Mazda runs great, but has a problem with heat and burning oil, maybe I'm just driving too fast, ha ha. over all its cool besides the gas.

1991 Mazda RX7 "Savanna" (Cabriolet) 1.3L rotary turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.3L rotary turbo petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

So far nothing, with the exception of a couple of stone chips and an unwanted pregnancy at traffic lights. It does consume more petrol than I bargained for - it would probably be cheaper to stuff the tank with £5 notes, except over 3800rpm, when £10 notes are required.

General Comments:

I am in rotary heaven. All cars should have one. The only drawback to this vehicle is that it never came in my favourite colour, which is British racing green. But I get to see all the green I can handle when I pull up alongside an MX-5.

The secret, by the way, is to avoid putting synthetic oils in them. That's why the guy I bought it from said that you can only get 75,000 miles out of the engine, while in the States they regularly get 150,000+.

Yes, I will be doing all the maintenance on it myself :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 1998

29th Sep 2002, 17:00

Mine is a Savannah GT Coupe... And it's factory British Racing Green... or very close to it.

12th Jan 2004, 12:47

The reason the US version gets 150,000 miles before a rebuild is because we do not get turbos as in Convertibles. Its not even an option. Otherwise this is a great car and lots of fun to drive.

6th Mar 2006, 05:29

But really one of the reasons for a poor running rotary is the wrong oil. some synthetics will work, its all about the ash content in the oil. Less ash is better, since some oil is injected into the engine a lot of ash can cause build up etc.

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