1980 Mazda RX-7 User Reviews

1980 Mazda RX-7 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5

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HSS writes:
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5

Pros

Fantastic, neutral balance, drivers car.

Cons

Appetite for clutches

HSS
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After Almost 30 Years, I Still Think It Is One Of The Best. — Used this car for daily driver, solo II, travel and just fun. It is pretty much stock (2nd engine, 140,000 miles) with performance suspension and sticky tires. It is a best in class handler with adequate acceleration. Steering is neutral with enough power to induce over steer. The 1.1L rotary will spin up to daylight and provide enough stored inertia that a shift from 4th to 5th will launch you ahead of the Z cars. The same torque makes it rough on clutches. Love this car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Lars writes:
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Great handling little car with wonderful looks

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Spares availability

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Low Budget Sports Car — You just have to love this little sports car. Even though it is fitted with a solid rear axle, it handles wonderfully. Engine reliability is a drawback though, engine problems due to cracked apex seals are costly to fix and limited popularity causes for problematic spares availability.

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Keith writes:
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13b Rotary Engine

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Not for the faint hearted

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Amazing Classic Sports Car To Drive! — Performance: Acceleration from the Mazda 13b engine is brutal when you realize the car is over 30 years old. Handling is effortless through the corners and the ability to put it into a controlled slide is just so much fun. Build Quality: Its a Mazda so you know everything works and works well, right down to the electric windows and electric boot. Appearance: Its a 2 door sports coupe with pop up head lamps. What could be more fun to drive than a 1980 Mazda RX7 with a 9000 RPM redline!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Austin writes:
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fast and great in corners

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i cant think of one

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Great And Fun To Drive — the acceleration is tuns of fun. Braking is nothing to right home about but at least they work. the car is a little lowed around 40 to 50 but once you at 50 its happy in second gear. this car is really fun to drive!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Louis-Philippe writes:
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Fun to drive

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manual choke in the winter + transmission oil too thick for Canada

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Good If You < 20 — Fun car to drive, especially in the winter :-) Heavy on gas - but again that was in 1992 so you'd get a full tank of gas for $20 Love those rotary engines - wish I had get a turbo for even more fun. First can i bough for $3000 when I got my driver's license, would recommend it - engine is low maintenance.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Luis writes:
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5

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SMALL in size BIG in ENGINE

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ONLY FOR 2

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Great Acceleration Small Sport Car — Good performance great stability.....nice punch power a small car with a big heart...great sport car appearance well built bumper to bumper very fast and economic on gas expenses. Maintenance is normal/ oil change and spark plugs and it will rock your spirit.A fun sport car for 2.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Anthony writes:
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fun,

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fuel

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Awsome — Goes fair hard, corners awsome, sounds amazing, shoots foot long flames out of the exhaust will sit at 8000RPM all day. uses too much fuel however. will keep up with newer and more expensive cars especially through the corners and can chuck a mean skid

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sammy writes:
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fun to drive...not very common

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poor gas milage...hard to find parts

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1980 Mazda Rx-7 — Fun little sports car to drive around. Its a blast to drive. It revs high and handles well. Not the fastest thing out there but it'll get you some attention. It has a 12a wankel rotary motor. The millage isn't the best i get about 18-20 in town, and parts can be kinda hard to find. But i love every second of it.

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Zack writes:
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unreal power speed and performance, great cornering, clasic style that
will never fade.

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You will never be impressed by any other car that someone considers fast.

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Rediculisly Fast! — I drove in my uncles heavely modded first generation Mazda Rx-7 and left a puddle of sweat on the arm rest! He tuned the car for more than 400hp. He installed a wicked 1500 watt plus sound system with 13 speakers and he even handmade the interior out of materials such as vinal. He disigned the car to have a stealthy feel and look to it.

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Chris writes:
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amazing shape for how old it is, very comfortable interior

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3 small rust spots

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Original Body With 3 Very Small Holes!! — it has the mazda 4 cylinder rotary valve engine, but the 302 in my truck is going in it, with a 5 speed.

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