1988 Mazda RX-7 User Reviews

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    1988 Mazda Convertible Rx-7 — The perfect car to drive on a sunny day. The Mazda RX-7 has plenty of power and even more style. My wife drives this car and it is definitely a head turner. Everywhere she goes people comment on how much they like this car. This car is now officially a classic. It rides smooth and is comfortable on long trips.

    Pros: Great Fuel economy, fun to drive, comfortable seats, lots of get up and go power. Manual Transmission and convertible top.

    Cons: This car is a bit high maintenance, mostly due to its age. It is very hard to find a mechanic who truly knows how to fix it right. Very limited leg room.

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    Who Needs A Porsche? —

    Sadly, the majority of my cars over the years have been either red or white. Yuck! I was the proud owner of a 1988 Mazda RX-7 in blah-white paint for several years. My nephew now owns the car. I bought the RX-7 with 110,000 miles, no accidents, and two previous owners from a used car dealer for $2000 cash. At roughly 240,000 miles the Apex seals went out. They typically need replacing every 150,000 miles but I got really lucky. I was pricing whole engines at this point, due to the extremely high mileage, and noticed that rebuilt units cost more than I had paid for the car! I randomly started calling salvage yards and lucked out again by finding a good runner from an '89 with 68,000 miles for only $150.00! The engine swap took about 8 hours under an oak tree in my dad's yard and it was back up and running. I then decided to rebuild the original engine as a spare, which I took my time with. Fortunately, again, the rotor housings all measured well within maximum wear tolerances so the total rebuild cost a little over $600.00, including changing the intake gaskets and having the injectors checked and cleaned. It only took me about 2 to 3 hours every other day over four weeks. Up to this point I had never worked on a rotary engine, or even even seen one outside of the car in person, but it was the easiest rebuild I'd ever done. Why do I mention all this? This is the only thing I had to do to the car besides basic maintenance and an alternator. Everything on the RX-7 seemed to be made of superior grade materials. I have dealt with Porsches in my time and this car had similar looks to the 944, but outperformed it in nearly every way except the hood badge. The lightweight construction without feeling cheap, power to spare, and the ability turn on a dime or drift through an empty Wal-mart parking lot at three am are unsurpassed. The brakes on the RX-7 were the best I've ever experienced. I think they were actually designed to check if the inertia seatbelts were working properly.... and give drivers a sore left shoulder by the end of a day. My RX-7 was the first car I ever beat the crap out of on a daily basis and it kept coming back for more every time. Ironically, the Apex seals went on a lazy Sunday evening drive while my daughter and I were coming back home from dinner at her grandparents. Even popping and coughing and barfing oil, it still made it home. As I said, it became my nephew's first car, He loves it's looks, respects it's history, and fears it's power! He drives it like a grandma in a Dodge Omni.

    Pros: Speed, power cornering reliability uniqueness.

    Cons: APEX SEALS!!!!

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    My Baby — This is my first car and I knew I had to have one. Rotary is what I love. The power is pretty good and handles good. If you treat the car right it will last a long time. Ihave 230k miles and am still going. Just maintain the car and let it warm up befoe driving it. I am happy with the car.

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

    Pros: Fast, Reliable, Cool, Beautiful, Rotary

    Cons: Fuel economy, Ca Smog hard to pass

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    Buy One — Gets up and goes even though it was a non turbo, handled like a go-cart on steroids. cost of ownership was extremely high, especially if something broke, revved to the sky and back, extremely loud when its a open long tube header

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

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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    Awsome Car. Always Plan On Having One In My Collection — Great Car. Extremely fun to drive and handles amazingly well even in stock form. The interior has a neat cockpit feel to it and keeps you in place nicely. Gas mileage isnt the greatest but its a sports car so that is the least worry. The only downfall is maintenance can be a slight pain especially if you dont run the car to the redline enough as it will foul the plugs and build up a lot of carbon in the engine.

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

    Pros: Handles Well and is super fun to drive

    Cons: Maintenance is a pain

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    Its A Sports Car, Fun As Hell To Drive, For All Its Issues I Still Love Her — This is my second FC and as I expected the turbo II is more fun to drive I love the feeling when it starts making boost. Like all Rx7's the cost of parts are higher and your not likely to be able to find a someone else to work on it for you, (find by me). Both of mine handled really well and have good brakes for stock. This car is truly a blast to drive as N/A and pure joy in the turbo'd version.

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

    Pros: looks Good, goes fast handles well, its a 2 rotor

    Cons: plastic parts are fragile its a 2 rotor parts are spendy and it gets >20mpg

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    Awesome — the car is so freaking awesome i love the way it handles the way it boost the way it looks the way it feels when you drive it the noise it makes as you rev it to the red line i even like the way it smells

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

    Pros: awesome car

    Cons: none

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    Its Awesome! — Its really tight but I plan to make it even better. I am gonig to add a bodykit, rims, change the performance parts to it as well. I also will change the interior to make it look brande new YEAH!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Its a perfect drifting machine

    Cons: none whatsoever

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    Epic On All Levels. — when i owned this car i couldnt think of any car id rather own or drive. the rotary bug bit me and now i hope to own another soon as time/funding allows. all in all mine was a less than desirable example but not due to Mazda or my own making-it was poorly cared for by the owner at the time and was running poorly. a few weeks and some good work hours daily turned this little car into something to be proud of... build quality of this car was top notch just as all mazda rotaries are-built better than any other engine type or model. performance was advanced over stock due to the way this car was built and the purpose for which it was built. all in all, it was one hell of a car and i would gladly own many, many more like it.

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

    Pros: Its awesome, its a Mazda, and its a Rotary. all the reasons needed right there...

    Cons: make sure you buy one with an interior...

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    If You Absolutely, Positively, Have To Own One, Have It Sorted Out By A Professional First. — The Mazda RX-7 is a really fantastic car. Really, really fantastic. It performs like cars costing exponentially more. Naturally, it is flawed. RX-7s tend to catch fire. A lot. Fuel pulsation damper is usually the culprit but if you fix that something else will ignite eventually.

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

    Pros: Performance

    Cons: Interior build quality, fuel economy, propensity to catch fire

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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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