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    A Fun "classic" At Fair Prices —

    I grumble about certain things regarding the 1st gen RX-7, but I still haven't gotten rid of mine (which should tell you something.) It's a fun car to drive and you don't see them every day on the road. They have pretty lines to them. Kind of graceful. One thing I like is that they're not particularly difficult to work on. Don't let the unique engine design fool you...unless you're planning to rebuild the thing it won't make any difference. It has plugs, wires, and a distributor just like other cars. It's a small engine so there's plenty of room to work, which I like. The engine compartment isn't as "packed" as modern cars and contains less electronics. I don't keep mine for performance (by today's standards the stock 12A is a bit sluggish with something like 100 HP) but because it's a cool car to have. I like the first generation (79-85) better because I think the lines are more appealing than the 2nd (albeit the 2nd is faster.) There are guys who do a lot of jiggering to make their cars a lot faster than stock, so if you are into that, it's quite doable. Out of the box, though, they just aren't very fast any more. The best you could do is try to get an 84/ 85 GSL-SE with the 13B engine in it, as that would boost things by about 30%. I prefer the GS trim level, myself. The "S" model had steel wheels, a lesser stereo, and lacked a few other features. And while I would have liked to have the moon roof, the other things in the GSL model I can do without: the leather seats, power windows and locks, and rear wiper on the GSL are just more things to break. The leather usually doesn't hold up very well after all these years. I like to keep things simpler. It uses a lot of gas by today's standards (which is annoying because it's not very fast) but what can you do. I think I get about 16 MPG in the city with the AC on. it's better on the highway. I'm probably at about 25 there. It has a carburetor, which people seem to have forgotten about how to work on, but if you keep the car maintained it's not hard to adjust now and then. The ride is low to the ground (and not very comfortable) but I always feel like I'm going faster than I really am so that makes up for it. This car blows in the snow. I put in in the driveway one day when I was moving some stuff around in the garage and it started to snow. With a couple inches on the ground, I couldn't get it up my angled driveway. On the road it's like a hockey puck. With snow tires and some weight in the back you'd do better, but there are no airbags in this car so if you get hit you're going to feel it. Overall, they were well made by 80's standards and good examples are still fairly easy to find. If you're up for it, get a 1979 and own a real classic. Otherwise, the 85 model year is pretty popular. I know I said that the GS trim was best, but I'd still pick up a GSL-SE if you can find one. Despite the increase in electronics, you'll step up to fuel injection and a bigger engine. Of course, it's all relative. If you're really into speed you'd probably want to look at the turbo-charged second generation or the ultimate prize: third gen.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: 1. High original build quality
    2. Fairly easy to find parts for
    3. Established enthusiast community
    4. Reasonably easy to work on
    5. Eye catching
    6. Fair prices for good condition examples  
    7. Unique rotary engine.   

    Cons: 1. Poor fuel economy (when considering the size of the car and the HP),
    2. Uncomfortable for long trips,
    3. Low powered by today's standards
    4. Harder to find ones in unmolested condition
    5. Complicated emissions system
    6. Not t the easiest car to upgrade the stock stereo on.

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    2002 Mazda RX-7 Reviews

    Spirit R Review By Desmond

    A great ride. Last batch of the production line, the spirit r is the best ever rx-7 of all time. The classic is also included in various racing video games at a good price. G R E A T car! Read More

    Mazda Rx7 Fd3s By Willi

    my mazda's rotary engine is the best in it's class, it's 1300cc rotary engine can give me somewhat 250+ Bhp, wonderful acceleration, very nice grip since mazda surely know how to built a high perform... Read More

    2001 Mazda RX-7 Reviews

    Awsome By Matt

    When the second turbo hits its like a kick in the back of the head. Good handling likes to get the tail out a fair bit. Appearence is awsome looks like sex on wheels!!!! It would be the most fun car i... Read More

    2000 Mazda RX-7 Reviews

    Cool By Billy

    overall it is a veri good car to drive around . one bad ting about tis car is high petrol consumption . the design wise is timeless . the best rotary base engine car every build in history . my favour... Read More

    Fast With Amazing Lines By Benjamin

    It's mine. I wouldn't swap it for anything. And the mods have only just begun! Twin turbo 13b, abs, lsd, power windows, air cond, power mirrors etc etc Read More

    1998 Mazda RX-7 Reviews

    Okay By Cole

    Performance- Moderate acceleration. Braking is okay. and handling is moderate. Build quality- No repairs or strange noises. appearance- interior needed work,. exterior is like a Miata. Cost of Own... Read More

    Mark 2,1.3 Litter With After Market Large Twin Trubo Beats A Cbr600 On 0-100km! (then Over Heat!!) By Cam

    Had 2 of them at one time... Great fun to own... good looks too! Later vesion of the 1.3 Rotary Engine with twin turbo would gave 260ghp is much better then the 2.6litters earlier version. However the... Read More

    1997 Mazda RX-7 Reviews

    Rx-7 Fc By Josuah John

    like it so i recommend it for those people who love potato engines and to add its an FR so drifting is quite easy the acceleration is also good so definitely a car that you must have that's all i can ... Read More

    Mazda Rx7 3rd Generation By James

    car had 280bhp standard but had mine boosted to 350bhp. car has tonnes of power and as is a rear wheel drive does not tolerate mistakes but is a proper purist drivers car and in the right hands great ... Read More

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