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Hello, I'm new here - though I've been lurking for a while - and kinda realized that there are not many RX-7 owners posting on this board. I own an 88 convertable, but I can't wait for the 8 to come out! I wonder if the 7 comunity is not as interested as we might think. Any comments?
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We're around. Welcome! Many RX-7 owners signed up but don't post much yet. The demographics are a bit different also. While the RX-7's are affordable now for the younger set, the cost/insurance of the 8 (and 4-door "sedan" stigma) doesn't generate as much interest, other than it is a rotary. It's a great step-up car for a previous rotary driver starting a family.
That's what I'm so excited about. I plan on having kids soon, and this was the perfect way for me to justify getting out of my current two seater. Not to meantion the return of the rotary to North America. I was actually looking at maybe getting a FD but given that they 8 will be out in the next year (I hope), I might as well wait. Thanks for the welcome!
I have owned a 87 GXL and am currently driving a 93 R1.
I am looking forward to the RX-8 . I like the styling. I like that its a rotary. I like that it seats four. I am not of the young set and do have a wife and daughter, so I will be getting the RX-8 when it comes out. I'm not sure I will be able to let go of the RX-7 though. It is the most beautiful car I have ever seen. Maybe I will upgrade to the 4th gen.
EVERYONE Please buy the RX-8 so they will make the next RX-7!
If it ain't a rotor, it ain't a motor!
I loved that car, but I need more than 2 seats, even if only occasionally. The RX-8 suits my needs perfectly.
I think the FD RX-7 is a great car, but I have no interest in owning one. No time to convert it to single turbo, increased cooling, etc., in order to make it a reliable daily driver.
"There are only three true sports: bull-fighting, mountain climbing, and motor racing; the rest are merely games."
- E. Hemingway
i also own a 7 (90 GXL) And I like the idea of the rotary coming back to USA... I don't post much because there is way too much heresay on this website and too many people seem to rely on what the dealerships say about the 8. I will go by what mazda R&D told us at sevenstock 5. The Detroit autoshow; no sooner and it will start at $26K and go up to low 30k's. Also I will go by what I saw and heard about the technical specs (0-60mph) standard equipment, etc. from the official announcements there.
Yes we all know there will be a MPS version, (hell they're even working on a MPS version P5) but when is the question. I'm sure the major aftermarket companies will have readymade bolt-ons very soon after the release of the 8 to free up whatever HP potential is still remaining. But I am not sure if I want to change the wonderful exhaust note that the 8 makes.
I currently own a '94 R2 and I love it. I'm considering getting an RX-8 for a daily driver. I'd like to still keep my FD, since I don't think the 8 will be as fast or as pretty, but if it ends up being too expensive to have both, I'd rather have one good car that I can enjoy all the time on both the street and track than have to drive some POS 90% of the time just so I can own an FD.
I think the reason that there aren't that many 7 owners here is that many of them are into modding turbocharged cars for drag racing, and the 8, while it certainly isn't slow, is not going to be a very good drag car. Personally though, I'm much more into road racing, and you don't need 500rwhp to have fun around a track.
I'm an ex-RX7 owner. I had a 1981 for 21 years and really loved that car.
I recently sold it to make room for a shiny new RX8. I was getting tired of replacing rotting rubber parts and rust was starting to rear its ugly head again.
As far as I can tell, the RX8 is exactly what I am looking for in a car. I fully expect it to give me the love and thrill of driving my RX7 gave me. There was nothing better (well almost nothing) than a drive on some nice twisty roads on the first warm sunny day of Spring. It was a great cure-all for Spring fever.
I can barely wait for the RX8, but I will wait. In fact, I am really not interested in another car. Rotary engines are the way to go.
I remember thinking about the rotary engine before I purchased my RX7. I was concerned that if I took my car on a long trip and it broke down in East Jesus someplace, could a local shop repair it. I decided that the probablility was very low of anything going wrong inside the engine. There is only three moving parts. The stuff outside the engine such as spark plugs, fan belts, carborator (yes, before FI), alternator, were all basically the same as on a piston car. Those were the likely things to break, so I never worried about it.
In 21 years I never ran into a problem I couldn't fix with the tools I had on hand. At this point, I'm less interested in fixing things myself, but I'm not going to worry about it with the RX8.
Hello everybody, I just found this forum yesterday & decided to introduce myself.
I currently own a '93 RX-7 Touring model (undergoing extensive modifications) and a '95 SC300.
I'm thinking about selling the Lexus & getting a cheapo driver car for a year or 2 and then trading in the cheapo car on an Eight. Hopefully my plan will work out, & the car will be everything that I hope it will be.
Originally posted by wakeech hey eric, how ya doin'??? i'd be interested to know your moddin' plan on your FD, and what your philosophy on the new and improved one'll be...
I'm well, I already had all the bolt on's with a stock motor, clipped turbos. Poor tuning on my part & many hard runs on the track & I lost some apex seals. After looking at past logged pulls I've found my error so I don't plan on repeating the mistake.
Anyhow, I'm doing the rebuild & the port myself with some help from local FD friends, front mount IC, and a GT3540 single turbo.
ECU is a Power FC, Walbro 341 fuel pump, and 1300cc secondaries. After I get it together & run in I'll put some 850's in the primary inj bungs. Target horsepower is 430 @ the wheels.
I think the 8 will be a great sporty daily driver. I just hope they find a way to keep the weight below 2800 LBS. That's going to be a very important factor considering the tourque output of the Renesis...