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.
Great looking car, with awesome
performance. Today's new cars are
tough to match. Yet, horrible
reliability. I owned 3 RX7's total.
All needed $1000's in repairs, despite
being babied and cared for. New
engines, seals, turbos, cheap plastic,
over heating, harsh ride, hesitations.
A true sports car and definitely good as a weekend driver.
My father let me drive his Porsche 944 (not biased but it was a great car!) but when his brother bought his RX-7(FD3S) and I took it for a spin, it is definitely a car you will never forget. It was faster and handling was amazing due to the 50/50 weight split. There are many people who state reliability issues, but this car was meant to be treated like part of you with maintainence almost instinct(uncle's FD lasted for roughly 11 years before he did some major fixing, 4k engine rebuild, then sold it).
These cars are simply amazing, way ahead of their time. This car is very reliable! If you take care of it like you should it will last you a while! Do your research on this car to get to know it. They need more attention than regular cars, if you follow them you won't have any problems. I drive a 400hp RX-7 on a stock motor running 14 lbs. Brakes/handling are simply amazing! They are gas guzzlers, mine gets 10 in the city but it's always better to run a little rich on rotaries! Would not buy it if you don't know these cars! You need to use a rotary specialty shop.