1985 Mazda RX-7 User Reviews

1985 Mazda RX-7 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"power" 19 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"steering" 2 reviews

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carlover187 writes:
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL SE Review
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5

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The 1.3L Wankel rotary engine is amazing and it makes a huge amount of power for a rotary at 135Hp and 135Ft pounds of torque.First ever car to make more then 1G on a skidpad.

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Nothing wrong with this car in my opinion.

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Best Percormance Car Of The Time. — This Generation RX7 Is amazing. This car could out handle any car at the time and even most cars of this time. The RX7 was the first car to ever pull a full G-force on the skidpad. The RX7 Of this generation wasn't meant for straight line speed even though it could keep up with a V8 mustang at the time. Overall, this generation RX7 was one of the ground breaking sports cars of the time. Without the RX7, there wouldn't be double wishbone suspensions, rotary engines, or even the overall popularity of the sports car name.

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

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Ozzie writes:
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Handles and drives awesome, Its not super fast, but its still really fun.

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carb + rotary= bad idea. get a GSL-SE

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I Would Love To Own Another One, Preferably Fuel Injected And Turbo'd — Performance- It was very light and extremely nimble, cornered awesome and stopped awesome, It was lacking on torque but revved to like 8 or 9k RPM (don't remember where the fuel cut off) Build Quality- Fit and finish was pretty nice for being a 1985, I loved the removable sunroof, it was glass in the summer and had a solid piece for the winter. Appearance- It is in my opinion the ugliest body style RX-7, but its also the lightest and simplest. I can't imagine it with a 3rd gen engine in this chassis. Cost of ownership- The gas mileage wasn't what you would expect for something that was a little over 1 liter, It could be that I could never get it to run well with the carburetor. I would have liked to drive a fuel injected rotary and see how it compared.

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

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Restoration writes:
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5

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Man,you could really get on the freeway,with the greatest of ease

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it was a hatch back {Glass},so not much could be carried that was out of sight!

Restoration
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Very Smooth Body Lines,had A Leather With Suede Insert Seats. — It was a chore to get the spare tire out, you had to watch out,not to bump your head.If you went out somewhere,only 2 total passangers could go.But the highway performance was totally awesome.It was a little car,but people allways wanted to go with you.

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

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jamnblues writes:
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Review
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4

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sway bars front and rear, Panasports with Michelin Pilots- this is the best cornering car I have ever owned- where are its limits? and the Rotary engine is a hoot

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love this thing but the rotary engine needs to be babied

jamnblues
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Defines The Word "sportscar" — This is just fun- I found a 30 mile long road with no traffic and at least 100 nicely banked turns- now I've had my fun and it's time to sell it before I kill myself- slow down, old man!

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

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Jacob writes:
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Fun fun fun!

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only two seats, make it hard to take friends for a ride.

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Fun Weekend Warrior — It looks like a wedge on wheels. That being said the performance is unbelievable with an 8000 RPM RPM range, it truly is fun to drive. You find yourself shifting quite alot, both because you need the extra rpm's and because its fun to hear it wind up! The cornering and handling is stiff, and solid. You find yourself wanting to jam into a low gear, crank the wheel, and gas it so that you can slide around instead of merely driving.

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

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launcher writes:
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Radil tires have 4,00 miles.Cooling system recently rebuilt.Clutch and throw out bearing just replaced.

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Has 220,000 mules on orignal rotery.

launcher
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Still A Hot Looking Car!over All In Quite Good Condition. — Great looking auto,handles very well,is the rare GSl-SE five speed transmission model.Four wheel disc brakes,sun roof,interior leather trim,White sheep skin seat covers,factory air.power out side rear mirrors and windows.Color is REDStill turns 6000 if you drive that way,Good brakes(12,000 miles on them.Gets around 15 mpg in city and 25-28 mpg on high way @65-70 mph.My second one and I still enjoy driving it!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Andrew writes:
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3

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It`s fast

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It`s an import

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Never Attempt To Fix Someone Elses Screw Up — Performance- It was very light and extremely nimble, cornered awesome and stopped awesome, It was lacking on torque but revved to like 8 or 9k RPM Build Quality- Fit and finish was pretty nice for being a 1985 Appearance- It is in my opinion the best body style RX-7, but its also the lightest and simplest. Cost of ownership- The gas mileage wasn't what you would expect for something that was a little over 1.1 liter.

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

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Justin writes:
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FUN FACTOR

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LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ROTORYS

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Buy One If You Can — performance of the mazda 12A rotory engine is very impressive. It will hold 8,000 RPM's all day long without a problem. Car is a blast to drive with the manual 5 speed transmission, and LSD rear end. Build quality is amazing for a car that is 25 years old she is in excellent shape, only has 84K miles. Appearance is very unique, in my opinion these where the best looking RX-7's ever built (1st Generation) Maintenance can be a little hard if you dont know how to work on the rotary engine. THIS CAR IS A BLAST TO DRIVE!

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

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Jesse writes:
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4

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Handles pretty well, decent amount of power, high visibility.

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Rotary engine requires more tlc.

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Complety Stock...for Now... — Nothing special--stock. Working on dropping a RB26DETT Nissan engine into it, though.

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shlibotnik writes:
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I bought this used for 4k (SE) and it's best years were past.  I loved the feel (my first and only sports car) and the whir of the rotary engine. I bought it primarily based on looks.  Performance wise by today's standards it's mediocre with 135 hp. The ride was OK and road noise wasn't bad.

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My main complaint with the car is the rotary engine itself.  It uses 3 spring loaded apex seals on the two rotors which must be lubricated with oil.  Unfortunately since it's the nature of the engine to burn about a quart of oil every 1500 miles or so many people fail to keep the oil level where it should be and the engines get killed quickly because of this.  Mine eventually lost compression to the point I had to prime it with oil to get it to start, at which point it looked like a civil war battlefield with the smoke it produced and I traded it in on a Honda Civic.

shlibotnik
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Fun For A While But More Trouble Than It's Worth — I know Mazda went on to squeeze a lot of performance from the rotary engine in subsequent versions but for a daily driver with the oil burning and lousy mileage there were better options I didn't consider at the time (1991 when I bought it). My current Toyota Matrix rivals it performance wise but 1985 was a long time ago.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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