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MAZDA RX-7 Used Car Review

In 1978 Mazda continued its love affair with the distinctive piston-less rotary engine with the RX-7 - a compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car. The RX-7 combined great handling with the famously smooth and high-revving engine to establish a classic, especially in third-generation guise. Its reputation wasn't harmed by local success in the Bathurst 12-hour endurance race, when it won three successive events from 1992 to 1994.

Pros

Cons

  • Fantastic, high-revving performance
  • Great balance of power, grip, handling and braking
  • Low-rev punch of twin-turbo rotary engine
  • A classic Japanese sports car
  • Rotary engine's thirst for fuel/oil and susceptibility to wear
  • Boot not very practical
  • Second-generation model more GT than sports car
  • Good used examples are fairly expensive
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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1992 Mazda RX7 Type R (Factory Condition)

  • 100603 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 2 cyl

Selling my 1992 Mazda RX7 Type R (Series 6) - Grade 4C imported in November 2020 (can provide auction sheets) - Paint is in immaculate condition - 100600KM’s (no books but Japan logs match the condition) - Healthy compression at 110-115Psi - Has been fully serviced by Kensei Autoworks - Factory condition, only aftermarket part is the head unit and HKS intake pipes (have OEM pipes) - Located in Melbourne, Victoria Car will be sold with a RWC. More details, pictures and videos av

Contactless
$93,000Negotiable
Cheltenham, VIC

21/01/2022

1983 Mazda Rx7 series 2

  • 135000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 2 cyl

1983 Mazda rx7 series 2 Silver, brown interior all original 135,000kms. All matching numbers Original engine 12a, 5 speed manual, Completely stock besides exhaust and stereo (have all original parts, wheels, steering wheel, exhaust and stereo to go with the car) Original spare wheel and jack All original paint no repairs or rust never been involved in an accident very clean and straight unmodified example of an rx7. Very hard to come by in this condition. Original log books and receipt of sal

$40,000
Blacktown, NSW

21/01/2022

1986 Mazda RX-7

  • 123456 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 2 cyl

1986 Mazda RX7 FC that I bought as a roller without a gearbox in january 2021, decided I wanted to swap a Volkswagen VR5 20valve turbo engine into it. Recently plans have changed and I'm getting rid of it because I'm moving and I wont have the space or the time. I got pretty far into the build before I changed my mind so the following is a list of things I've done to it. - Built bottom end AGZ code VR5 (ARP Main studs Rod bolts, OEM crank and rod bearings, OEM rings gapped for boost, full

$10,000
Cobar, NSW

06/01/2022

Wanted: Wanted rx7 series 1,2 or 3

  • 123456 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 2 cyl

Cash waiting for the right car. Will also consider project cars and parts.

Free
Coffs Harbour, NSW

30/12/2021

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Overview of the Mazda Rx7

Overview of the Mazda Rx7

In 1978 Mazda continued its love affair with the distinctive piston-less rotary engine with the RX-7 - a compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car.

The RX-7 combined great handling with the famously smooth and high-revving engine to establish a classic, especially in third-generation guise.

Its reputation wasn't harmed by local success in the Bathurst 12-hour endurance race, when it won three successive events from 1992 to 1994.

MAZDA RX-7 GENERATIONS

1978-1985

1985-1992

1992-1998

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

Rotary (twin turbo): 10.6-11.1 litres per 100km (approximate)

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO MAZDA RX-7

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: MAZDA RX-7 (1992-1998)

The very last RX-7 was a very potent car and attracted buyers who weren't afraid to use that performance.

So watch out for crash damage and be wary of a car that has been used as a track-day weapon. The giveaways are holes in the floor where a roll-cage was once fitted, a relocated battery, fire extinguisher and extra gauges.

The engine can be a bit fragile, so it would be wise to have a rotary specialist check it out including a compression test. The turbo should also be checked out for wear and an engine that takes plenty of cranking before it fires up could also be showing wear and tear.

Bear in mind that elderly performance cars can be real money pits, but if you score a good one, the late RX-7 is an exciting car to own.