A no-compromise sports car. Rough, noisy ride; cramped interior. Not good on long trips. Scary on wet pavement. 17 mpg. Not a practical every-day car. Find a mechanic qualified to work on the extremely complex engine; I found one at a specialty "tuner" shop. First engine died at 86,000 miles (typical); $5,000 to replace. Make sure you find out engine mileage; engine runs hot and slowly cooks itself to death. Japanese Ferrari in terms of performance and maintenance cost. Expect to pay $100/hr for maintenance. $35,000 maintenance cost over 16 years. I love this car. I will never, ever sell it.
Silky-smooth, high-revving rotary engine. Turbo boost presses you into the seat; very strong acceleration, but low low-rpm torque means poor driveability in stop-and-go traffic. Handling is unbelievable; car is glued to the road. Beautiful body style still gets compliments. Classic gauges. Rare.
Replace pre-cat with downpipe; less backpressure, more horsepower(!), cooler-running engine. Replace stock muffler with cat-back system; less backpressure and better exhaust note. Install boost and temp gauges; stock temp gauge is basically an idiot light; overheating is death to rotary engines.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.