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Been looking around on craigslist for shits and giggles and saw this

MAZDA RX7 MUST SELL BC OF JOB.

Anyone have any thoughts on this or anything I should look for when I go to see it? I have 0 experience with Mazda's so not sure if maybe there's a common problem with them but this one seems like its been taken care of really well. All thoughts welcome. Thanks.

p.s. not positive if this should be here or not so feel free to move it :)
 

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Do you understand those motors in and out? I tore mine apart a few times and it SUCKED. And mine was turbo. Rotaries are awesome concepts but IMO SUCK! They burn oil alot and have serious heat issues. They are known for catching on fire. The FC's (that year) are known as the Fire Catcher. The next generation (the FD) is known as the Fire Disaster. Mine had already caught on fire before I got it. Myfriends FD caught fire before he got it too. Research how often these things catch fire.
 

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I hear alot of the fuel lines dry-rotting and breaking. No idea on the mileage part. I want to buy a Rx8 because I love the body style and general look. But until another motor is an option, it aint gonna happen.
 

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After driving them I love the feel of a rotary engine especially with a turbocharger. the majority of the people I've talked to love the way the rx7 drives. I personally think that is a blast though I haven't driven the N/A version myself.
 

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do not get a modded rotary unless their is a rotary specialist near you. they can even work on them at the dealeriship. handling wise it's a nice car. reliability wise and mpg wise they suck dick. unless you leave them 100% stock and baby them don't count on it lasting too long. n/a they lack any kind of power and it takes lots of work and a substantial drop in reliabillity to make an n/a one remotely quick. i had an 87 gxl for about a year. i would never get one unless it was a turbo II
 

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You have to admit that the FD series was nice though.
 

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You have to admit that the FD series was nice though.
no they weren't, they were less reliable than the fc. they were pretty and could handle that's it. 13b-rew could make power but it was highly unreliable when any decent power was made. you could run 11's on the stock twins but you needed to upgrade the air pump, cooling system, i/c etc. the 13bt was a much more solid motor than the 13b-rew in my opinion. the rew weigh withing 70 lbs of an ls-x v8 and made much less power with alot less reliability.
 

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Thanks for the input, really appreciate it. =D I don't much at all about mr.wankels engines cept for a vid I watched on em in my engines class last year. I just know that the seal things on the tip of the rotors points start to wear pretty badly after awhile and can cause leaking into the different chambers cause of that, and that they're supposed to be A LOT easier to work on rather than regular piston engines because there's a lot less shit to work with. Was mainly looking into it because I got my Del Sol with plans on restoring it myself without realising the costs, and was going to possibly sell it and get the rx-7. Guy with the rx-7 hasn't gotten back to me so probably not gonna happen. Thanks for the help and info though guys, probably saved me from having more hassles. =D <3
 

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Actually, my uncle who works in a Mazda Wherehouse says taht the rotarys are almost impossible to work on, and part of his job is to take inventory of "new" broken rotarys put into the warehouse which wind up just geting melted down instead of rebuilt, since there's not a whole lot that can be done with little headache. Plus, I don't believe in a freaking triangle running a car. That's just dumb, and I belive the RX8 has 3 triangles of lies. WHich is 3 times worse. The body's on em are ok, but the motors suck.

My friend traded in his mint Miata (which is another topic...) to the dealership for $3000 off of a brand new RX8 when he was in High School, I guess his parents loved him more than mine did cause I got a $1200 car from an auction to start off with and it was always broken, but was always fixable.His RX8 ran for about 20,000 miles, and the seal corroded on the covers, and it was fryed, litterally fried. Like as in fire. And now he has a 2006 RX8 with a black hood and melted headlights, and no engine, and he still owes about $12,000 bucks on it.
 

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The most common rotary motor (a 13b) comes in NA and turbo. for being a 1.3L the power output is freaking awesome but the maintenence is a freaking nightmare. Now if your motor has 3 little triangles then you have a 3-Rotor motor and should sell me the car immediately! I forget what the car was that came with the 3 rotor but it is one of the sickest motors I ever saw. 20b puts out like a billion horsepower and almost has as much power as Chuck Norris.
 

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rotaries are not really 1.3 liters. they are but they aren't. if you measure displacement how you should according to combustion cycle it's really a 2.0 6 cyl. 146 hp is no impressive by that means at all. and 24 mpg highway with that kind of power? and the s5's only made 160 hp. by no means impressive. they were really reliable though.......when left 100% stock

and the 20b you're referring too is a 10-15 grand to swap.
 

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rotaries are not really 1.3 liters. they are but they aren't. if you measure displacement how you should according to combustion cycle it's really a 2.0 6 cyl. 146 hp is no impressive by that means at all. and 24 mpg highway with that kind of power? and the s5's only made 160 hp. by no means impressive. they were really reliable though.......when left 100% stock

and the 20b you're referring too is a 10-15 grand to swap.
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My s5 TII was 200hp stock. :hug
 
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