I got to drive a '90 NA the other day. It had KYBs and a couple other mods, but it was cool. Totally weird to drive... the pedals were way on the right side of the foot well, and the brakes bugged me, mostly because i'm used to my stellar MR2 brakes. It was funny how free-revving the engine is though. I didn't get a chance to push it, unfortunately. Another friend has a modified turbo... 87? haven't had the chance to drive it though. i'm learning to like RX-7s more and more these days.
umm, engines failing constantly??? ive been messing with rotaries for over 5 yrs now and i have to disagree with you there. its when ppl don't know what they are doing with tuning or building is when you have constant engine problems.
My friend just got rid of his 1993 RX-7. 1/2 Bridge, new twins, large injectors, huge stock-mount intercooler, Apexi chip, Apexi intake, racing beat exhaust, downpipe, and a Greddy BOV. It was a monster, but inherently unreliable, and I don't think I have to tell someone like you about the gas mileage :thumbup
But it was fast as hell. He had all of the parts except for the turbo to push him into the 10 second 1/4 mile, but he sold the car.
I don't not like them, but I'm simply saying that stereotypes are usually stereotypes for a reason, and the reason Rotaries are stereotyped as engines that blow up is simply because of (mostly) the FD's and their unreliability.
totally when it comes to fd's. stock fd motors will not usually(key word usually) last you more than 70k miles. lol and gas mileage being ______, i know alll about that. on my street map i can usually get a max of like 16mpg on the free way if i keep out of boost, which i never do=). but all in all i love rotaries and will probablly keep racing em for a long time.
I had a 90 white GXL, car had 78K when I bought it. 169K when I sold it two years later, still on original engine and runs the same as the day I bought it. Car in a way drove nicer than the MR2, in a way it was worse. The pedal positioning on hte MR2 had got to be the worst!!!!!