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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2003, 10:31:51 PM »
how much does an engine \'refresh\' roughly cost - if i\'m going to buy a 3rd gen with 45,000 miles do i need to do this straight away if it hasn\'t been done?
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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2003, 11:57:51 PM »
A refresh is basically a rebuild - you just may be able to reuse a few more bits and save a couple of quid. To be honest, considering the hassle/expense of taking out and replacing the motor you may as well replace as much as poss and be doine with it...

At 45K miles you COULD have another 40K to go before a rebuild - but then they have been known to shit themselves at mileage significantly less than 45K; if you dont mod at all then you stand a chance of getting \'good\' mileage off a motor. If you start mod-ing then you pay the price sooner rather than later - as with ANY engine...

Play safe; budget for an immediate rebuild and be happy when you earna year or more interest on the cash :D
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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2003, 08:18:58 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2004, 01:42:42 PM »
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........Play safe; budget for an immediate rebuild and be happy when you earna year or more interest on the cash :D


Yes but roughly how much are you looking at for one of these rebuilds...standard replacement parts I mean, no big performance mod parts...

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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2004, 02:31:09 PM »
around 2-2.5k

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« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2005, 09:56:10 PM »
Hiya
Ive just bought a rx7 with 52,000 miles on it, now to me the engine looks very clean and the whole car has just been imported ,so no mods on it, ive read they could do with a rebuild between 50 to 70 k, is this right?
I pick the car up on the 28th Oct and i\'m really just asking if there is anything i should be looking out for?
Id be greatful for any feedback
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« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2005, 10:22:30 PM »
Look for smooth power delivery, no over the top smoking for the exhaust when hot and cold, rebuilds are not set in stone so see what the compression is, this will give you an indication of how the engine its.
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« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2006, 12:40:51 AM »
Hi Glenn, you said in your article about new rx-7s being available. Can you tell me where i can find them please, Cheers, Ken

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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2006, 06:26:41 AM »
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Hi Glenn, you said in your article about new rx-7s being available. Can you tell me where i can find them please, Cheers, Ken


Sorry mate, but there are no new ones around these days.

There was a 2002 plate spirit R for sale somewhere for £25000, do a search for "spirit r".
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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2006, 06:50:57 PM »
Hi, thanks for reply. Yes i spotted that one, but lets just say "all that glitters isnt gold". Cheers

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« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2006, 07:25:05 PM »
Hi Ken, not anymore I\'m sorry - the post was a bit out of date, I\'ve edited it now.
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« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2006, 07:48:30 PM »
Hi Glenn, remember me? I had the black 2000X RB when you had your silver RX. Usual story, sold it in 2003-- wish i hadnt. Desperately trying to find one now. Had a recent disappointment with a spirit r - it wasnt what it should have been!!! In touch with a couple of companies who hope to crack the model report very soon. So iam waiting impatiently! Hope to speak to you again soon, Regards, Ken

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« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2006, 07:51:57 PM »
Cough - cough :)  you could try southern Ireland, A little bird tells me Late models are available [nudge - nudge -wink]

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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2007, 04:14:48 PM »
Can anyone estimate what the life expectancy is on a single turbo engine running 400-450bhp?

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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2007, 05:30:33 PM »
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Can anyone estimate what the life expectancy is on a single turbo engine running 400-450bhp?


Depends on too many things to give anything other than a really wide range.  Anything from bottom of the drive to 60k+...

Depends on things like driving style, quality of supporting modifications (cooling fuelling, etc), a bit of luck, quality of the mapping, etc.

The engine could fail from some ancillary component not working well enough (poor ignition, oil pump failure, fuel/injector blockage).

Engines running uprated power will have a shorter life than a stock engine but the stock system has enough weaknesses to be worse in UK traffic conditions than a well modded high power car...

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