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Old 05-27-2006, 03:36 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone know much about RX7

Yar.....I am thinking getting a 93-95 RX7 but I don't know much about it.....
all I know are it's spec....

but for a 13 years old car.....
what should I look for? Cos I did heard there are lots of problem with them and not much ppl in Van or Canada knows how to maintain or fixing Rotary engine back then.

Are there a lots of engine problem? turbo problem?
or should I just forget about it?

if anybody know....please give me some advise....thank you
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Old 05-27-2006, 03:39 AM   #2
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I would forget about it a 13-year old car, and you dont know what've happened to it.
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Old 05-27-2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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my buddy was selling one about a couple weeks ago, but sold now...
it was an amazing car, but yes, the rotary is problem matic...
and w/ gas price, dang, my friend got 300km if lucky on a 65-75L tank!!
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Old 05-27-2006, 03:57 AM   #4
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wilso09. you referring to johnson? if so, his car was mint and yes, you should have picked it up off him. good luck with your search.
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:01 AM   #5
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you know ...the price for these car are high.......

i just happen to find Rx7club.com and took a look inside......there isn't much selling in Canada right now in good condition.....

i guess everyone else that wanted one are just waiting for one that pop's out somewhere...

but i know their maintenance costs are high
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:25 AM   #6
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I used to love these cars but reality of them is they were a great idea on paper and in the right hands they can be monsters but like all monsters they can turn on there owner for no reason.
2 main problems with this car are the sequential turbos and the undersized cooling system.
The sequential turbos had big issues with heat soaking due to there design and they were prone to cracking. If they cracked in the right area they would boost into the cooling system blowing just about every hose and causing and **** hit the fan situation.
The undersized cooling system was mostly to fit that FMIC in (yes a better rad still fits but some how Mazda couldnít get this one) which lead to many problems as a result of the over heating
More issues are common to all rotary engines include the O rings used to seal each combustion section. These were very weak and prone to cracking allowing coolant into the combustion chamber. Overheating made this problem even worse.
Also the apex seals were undersized and often resulted in blow buy and hence the poor fuel economy of the 1.3 (debatable) engine.
With the RX-8 out you would hope there would be a better following for this engine and more people would learn how to work on them but it is a rare few who actually know the ins and outs of this tricky lill motor.
In the end as much as itís a cool car there is far too much hassle in owning one.

If you really like the super cars of the import seen get a Supra. Sure they cost an arm and a leg but the engines were over built and can handle well over 600 hp with stock internals.
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:46 AM   #7
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You should find out from an RX-7 or a rotary forum like this one. I hear a lot of rotary guys don't even run a thermostat in the coolant system.
You'd prolly just want it as a toy, you would definately want a 2nd car as well.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:20 AM   #8
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yeah jlam86, it's johnson's car...
it was soooo nice!...too bad he had to sell
he said he'd buy it again in the future if he can find one again...haha
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:19 PM   #9
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Out of the highly demanded sports cars in the 90s, this one is probably the least reliable but one of the best in handling (mostly because of the light weight and 50:50 weight distribution). Used market prices are far too high for such a unreliable car (stock-wise it's ok but everybody buy these to mod them up). While the Supra and the NSX are still super expensive, they are not as fragile (still debating on the NSX since it's expensive on collision repair). I know I wanted one but I gave up, same goes for my sis. You can try to look for one but my advice is that unless you're mechanically-ept, it could cost you an arm and leg to keep it running in addition to the gas prices and insurance (not to mention the amount of oil burnt). It is an amazing car though
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:23 PM   #10
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If you plan on purchasing the Rx-7, beware, you'll need plenty of bling $$$ to maintain those sexy b1tches
I wanted one as well, but you know, being a 13 year old car . . . and the price of it . . . along with the more hefty maintanence... it just wasn't worth it for me. But that's just my opinion
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:39 PM   #11
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If you have some technical questions about it I would suggest calling or visiting Forcefed in Langley. They specialize in RX-7's and Marco is VERY knowledgable with them and will be able to answer any questions you might have. He'd also be a great person to have check out the car before purchasing. He knows the cars and knows how to build them. If you go down there check out the built 20B they have... last time I checked it had a GT42R attached to it!
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:48 PM   #12
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I was going to buy a 2nd gen RX-7 before I bought the Subaru, I switched because mainly due to the maintaince problem it had. But there is a shop in N. Van that specialize in RX-7 and miatas, something eunos...something like that can't remember and there is (was?) a BC RX-7 forum before. I tried doing a search on Yahoo to look for the address but all the results said "domain expired". My opinion is think twice before you buy it and have a beater to use during the winter.
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:50 PM   #13
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There are a LOT of misconceptions about rotarys. Like any engine, if they are neglected proper treatment, then they'll obviously not last as long as you'd think.

Now, with that being said, they DO require a bit more special care and attention than your regular piston engine. I know a lot about rotarys, and studied them for a couple years before getting suckerd into the MR2. If I hadn't have gotten such a great deal on this, I'd be driving an Rx-7 right now.


Give me a shout at Predator_fmc @ Hotmail.com, as I don't have the time to talk right now. I'll try my hardest to answer your questions without any vaugeness.


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Old 05-27-2006, 07:55 PM   #14
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thanks for all your input guys....
i've stayed in the rx7 forum whole last night and i got some of the basic stuffs about the 2nd hand or 3rd hand markets......

and is was crazy.......and I do need a lot of $$$ not to buy the car...but to maintain it

but many thanks....Predwolf: if i got any questions....i will sure drop you a mail....

thanks
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:03 PM   #15
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My friend used to own a FC, so you could probably ask whatever question, and i'll see if he has an answer haha
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:30 PM   #16
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Go check out Force Fed in Langley (just off 200th somewhere) They specialize in RX7s.
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Old 05-28-2006, 12:42 AM   #17
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If you live in Burnaby like your tag says, go to Tekam as they do tonnes of RX-7's.
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Old 05-28-2006, 12:46 AM   #18
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1-rolling experiment that is never ending, and you will be the unwitting guineapig
2-2nd gen and up great handling
3-+1 on having another car for backup, you will need it
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Old 05-28-2006, 03:23 AM   #19
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At the end, I still think it's too expensive for such an old car, esp when you can't find anything newer than 93 locally. Definitely don't want it to be your only car
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Old 05-28-2006, 02:15 PM   #20
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As much as people diss the maintenance costs of the rotary, have you ever driven an FDRX7?? Hooooooly smokes that is one ballsy car. Totally different animal than the mk4 Supra TT -- can't believe someone would even recommend that as an alternative.

Ultimately, cars are not sensible budget decisions no matter what. It's all about how much pleasure you get from the $ you dump into it. If you're willing to pay to play, there are some pretty nice rewards from driving an FD.
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Old 05-29-2006, 01:31 AM   #21
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true true.......
I might look more into it and then i'll decided should i go for one or not....
but i won't trade my car if i am getting that for sure
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