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Possible RX7 Owner
« on: April 03, 2017, 07:58:57 PM »
Hello,

First of all please correct me or feel free to elaborate on any point I have made as I am very keen to learn and get a good idea of what an RX7 is like.

I am yet to drive one but have recently been looking for another car and am a little underwhelmed with most modern cars. A little off topic I have a Skoda Fabia vRS 1.9 SE currently, not a bad looking car and goes well for 60mpg! But am fancying something more exciting (possibly a second car?)

I am very new to rotary cars and have done some research into care etc and understand lubrication is very important, both oil and additives.

I was just wondering if anyone had any advice regarding what to expect, common issues maybe? What to look for when buying one? (seems best to buy from a specialist? http://www.apexrotary.com/), which model would you recommend? are they ok outside? do they rust? are certain models/ years more susceptible to rust than others? would it be ok as an every day car? am I better getting a modified one? if so what sort of modifications should i look for?

I have been led to believe in my research that they are better (more reliable) modified, is this correct?

If anyone knows anywhere around Yorkshire (England) where it would be possible to test drive that would also be appreciated.

Any more help or advice you can think of would be much appreciated!

Regards,
David

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Re: Possible RX7 Owner
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 12:02:17 AM »
Hello and welcome. You'll certainly find the RX way more exciting than the VRS, RWD moderate to high power to weight and minimal electronic's unless you opt for a rx8 make for a interesting driving experience to say the least.
No doubt as others will warn you running cost are high but as a second car not unreasonable and well worth the thrill a rotary can give. I know people who use them for a daily but running costs may prove to be more of a issue with mpg in the teens.

Where to start FB, FC or FD are all different beasts and within each model unless stock very few cars are alike due to the inherent tunability of the rotary power delivery and aftermarket options out there. If your personally of a larger stature you may find the FB, FC or RX8  more accommodating than a FD however with the right seats/runners a FD will seat just about anyone.
Stock or modified is a case of ride in a few and see what you actually want on the older car's they're less complex than the twin turbo FD where it  can be beneficial loosing the complexity of stock twins and going either simplified twin or single turbo.
The dreaded tinworm will attack any motor in the UK if not looked after, imports tend to be less of a issue but it's not a certainty, on the FC check out the Cill's and floor between the main rail and cill, I'll leave others to comment on FB's and FD's. 
Other things to check for coolant condition, coolant levels and absence of air bubbles in  the coolant when running. Likewise white sweet smelling smoke from the exhaust (steam)...........water seal failure is probably a bigger engine issue than any other if the motor isn't warmed up right. Personally I won't go anywhere near a motor that isn't running a high concentration of antifreeze the mix of alloy housings and steel plates can be a electrolytic timebomb without the corrosion inhibiting properties of a 50:50 antifreeze mix.
A compression test is useful but not the be all and end all ported motors inherently have lower compression all you can really look for is even pulses across all the rotor faces front and rear.

As for test drives there's a few cars locally but your more likely to get someone to take you for a ride than throw you the keys. My car's off the road for a couple more weeks and then I'll be breaking in the freshly ported motor and mapping for the larger ports and turbo so not a option for a while.


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Re: Possible RX7 Owner
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2017, 04:07:42 PM »
Hi Kevin,

Sorry for my ignorance, after googling FB, FC and FD I realised it was the FD I have been looking at and like. Do these (FB, FC, FD) refer to the MK so to speak?

Anyway, thank you for coming back to me. I will be honest I am leaning more towards getting one as a main car as it would be easier and cheaper and i could see myself neglecting one or the other car.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142334177372?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

This is a good example of what I am looking for, maybe not with the side skirts and possibly a more standard look.

There is a place in York not far from me (http://www.japaneseimportspecialists.com/used/mazda/rx7/type-r/york/north-yorkshire/17592429) and I am looking at getting a test drive here but they have not come back to me after I called them earlier.

Would this give me a good idea of what I am getting myself into haha.

If they are as nice as people say they are then I think I can stomach the low MPG as it would be nice to go to a few car shows etc as I have done in the past.

Thanks again for the information any more is much appreciated.

Regards,
David

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Re: Possible RX7 Owner
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 09:10:58 PM »
Hi David and  :welcome: and yes the FD is everything and more you have been told about or read about  8)

Really nice straight car your looking at, but make sure you take it for a run, get it properly warm then once back and when turned off make sure you hear no noises from the water system, like gurgling etc. If you do, walk away as some salesmen will try and tell you that they all do that !!!!       
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