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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    Having owned three RX7's, I have nothing but good to say about them. They are GREAT cars that can still be bought for little money.

    There are a couple of things people need to be aware of or they quill quickly kill that little rotary but when well maintained they are a wonderful car.

    I am always amazed at how much power they can get out of that "beer keg" rotary!
  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    I have had two and they were probably the most fun cars I have ever owned. Climbing inside always reminded me of getting into a planes cockpit.

    The problem is finding one in decent shape( I always liked the pre '86 styling best) because alot of them have been turned into track cars, or have had a Chevy V-8 put in them.

    If I could have found a survivor with under 125k miles in decent shape I would have bought one over my Miata.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    All RX 7's will use some oil. It's their nature and they HAVE to use oil to keep those seals lubricated. Not a big deal but you have to watch your oil level.

    And you can NEVER EVER get one overheated. If you blow a heater hose and try to drive to the next repair shop a block away, you WILL ruin the engine.

    A rotary expert once told me.." If you ever THINK you might have overheated your RX 7, you HAVE".

    Still, great cars that are becoming hard to find now.
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    I had an '84 that died at around 85K miles. The guy I bought it from promised he regularly changed the oil...

    The scary thing about them is that the engines often die without warning. An apex seal goes, and it just quits. Service records (particularly oil changes) are vital when buying one of these.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    Yes, that too. You have to make sure all of your belts and hoses are in good shape too.

    All of this is well worth the effort. Nothing like winding one of these little jewels to 7000 RPM. Silky smooth and what a sound!

    The real early rotaries before the RX 7's had a nasty havit of backfiring when slowing down. A friend had a early rotary sedan that made an M-80 sound like a cap pistol.

    It would even backfire five minutes after being shut down, all by itself!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    MazdaTrix also warns against using synthetic oil in a rotary, interestingly enough. Sounds controversial, but those guys have tons of experience rebuilding rotaries, so one has to take their advice with some seriousness.


  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Pretty much all the rotary experts say to avoid synthetic like the plague.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,511
    Maybe has something with the '2-stroke' nature of oil consumption in those rotaries? Maybe synthetics don't burn cleanly?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    Yep, some kind of residue issue.


  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,852
    don't you also have to be pretty religious about changing the coolant? I thought I read somewhere that you should do it every 2 years max, compared to the usual 3 years/36K miles.
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    I know what Shifty says about cars with this many miles, but a V8 luxury GT for $6000 is a lot of car for the money SC400

    97/98 Boxsters with less than 100K miles for around $12K are pretty appealing also.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    What you really want is the SC300 with the stick-shift!! :)

    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    All five of them. There are probably more auto-manual-converted SC300s than built-as.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    You mean "was" a lot of car for the money :P 205,000 miles?---the car is done for. It could implode in the next 15 minutes and no one would call that unexpected. More like $1,000 and a big roll of the dice is the right money IMHO. It's a "steal" but maybe not in the right direction.

    In human terms that car is 95 years old. Not sure about dog years.


  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    You are completely right, of course.

    After looking a little more, it seems that similar cars with half that mileage is only another $2-3K. That seems like a steal to me.

    Where is the point of demarcation for a car like this? On a '95 Lexus, was interest wavers heavily at around 135K miles. On a '95 BMW, more like 90K.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    "Where is the point of demarcation..."

    I think it's a steepening downward depreciation curve, that starts flattening out at some point after 200,000, rather than a point, since many of the same people who would consider a car with 205,000 would also consider one with 245,000. The big round numbers are the inflection points (100,000, 150,000, 200,000, etc.), where there are spikes in the number of people who say, "the mileage is too high; I'll pass."
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,421
    excellent question and excellent answer.

    My two cents is that on the automobile actuarial tables, the planned life of a car, be it due to mechanical failure, collision, what have you, generally cannot exceed (for a gasoline car) about 175K-225K miles. Now of course some cars will fail to reach that, and some will exceed. But as a rule, this is what to expect of any car. After 225K, you should plan on major expense of one sort or another and catastrophic failure.

    So when I look at a car with 205K, what's going on in my mind is "I have one good year if I'm lucky", then the waste product hits the spinning variable temperature device.

    Then the question becomes---what am I willing to pay for that one good year? $6,000? No way. I'd rather pay $9,000 for 3 or 4 good years.

    This is the way I think anyway.


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