The ultimate real life performance car for real life money
Not too many thing's went wrong with this car:
1. Fueling problem, I removed the first Catalytic Converter (hole in the CAT) and replaced this with a "HKS" Down Pipe (£280 pounds), this resolved the problem and the car had more power and better idle - a common problem with these cars.
2. Flooded Engine - My car would not start one morning, turned out to be a fuse problem. I removed the 20A fuel pump fuse, took out two of the spark plugs and turned over the car until the fuel had been pumped out of the engine and then I jump started the car without any problems.
3. Had the wiring loom correct, replaced all faulty wiring and most importantly - these cars do not have the best earthing - I connected a 8WG wire from the negative (-) battery terminal to the fuel rail, the engine block and the suspension turret to fix any electrical problems - this is a must fix for any RX7.
4. Brakes, my vehicle had the wrong pads up front resulting in a costly replacement of the disc's and pads.
This car is amazing, truly a sports car.
The bodywork is exceptional, especially as it is aluminum and weighs next to nothing.
The performance is also amazing, unlike any car I have driven.
The Rotary engine has to be driven to be believed, especially the smooth acceleration due to the lack of a fly wheel like on conventional engine.
I had bad experiences with my dealer, I purchased the vehicle UK ready from a local car dealer who obviously knew nothing about the RX7's - no after sales support.
Luckily I found a local (Bedford) based RX7 tuning garage, they took the car in and in two weeks had fixed any major problems and replaced the exhaust system with a HKS 3" system to a "HKS" Hiper Muffler, very very loud with flames!
Performance is amazing as long as you don't do stupid modifications, I purchased the whole "HKS" engine kit ("HKS" Intercooler, "HKS" Re-Breather Kit, "HKS" Induction Kit, "HKS" SQV Blow-Off Valve, "HKS" Radiator) purchased for £2750.00 pounds which pushed the power up to around 350BHP.
I would recommend you have a fuel computer fitted or you will run the car lean, something like an "APEXi" unit is reasonably priced and looks very cool in the cabin.
I chased a "Honda CBR" on my way to Birmingham so this tells you what these cars are capable of.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2004