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Jamie Hankins
05-27-1999, 06:28 PM
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Gregg
05-27-1999, 08:43 PM
Car looks clean. How many miles on the chassis and why the new engine?<p>Gregg<br>840ci<p><i>: I need to sell my 1993 RX-7 first. Anyone know anyone that's interested? It has 6,000 on a new engine and turbos.<p>: I have a deposit down on a '00 yellow M Coupe. As soon as I sell my '7, I'm in it.<p>: If anyone is offended by this not being a "pure" Coupe post, then accept my appologies.<p></i>

Alf
05-27-1999, 11:58 PM
I've always loved the 3rd gen RX7. Outstanding body, handling, twin turbo 255 bhp rotary performance that will probably smoke an M....the list goes on and on.<p>Why the new engine ? You'll be amazed if you do an online search (e.g. www.traderonline.com) on '93-'95 RX7s. Usually a few hundred for sale at any one point in time across the U.S., and many of those ads, due to the sheer honesty and integrity of the owners, state that the engines are either new or have been recently replaced.<p>My understanding is that the engines are basically used up by 60-80,000 miles, and the twin turbos often need to be replaced at additional considerable expense. In addition, the automatic transmission is poorly suited to this application, and literally transforms the car's performance from ferocious to lackluster.<p>No offense to the seller - I would love to own another RX7 - but there is just too high a price to be paid for the pleasure to own a 3rd gen car.<p>Closing thought - Mazda is rumored to be introducing a new production RX at this year's Tokyo motor show, I believe in October. <p><p>

Jamie Hankins
05-28-1999, 12:55 PM
According to Hayes (the people who replaced my engine), the cabon buildup in the engine suggested two things. First, the previous owner didn't do regular oil changes. Secondly, the car was rarely (if ever) run at high RPMs. Running at high RPMs occasionally is neccessary to burn off excess carbon. The owner before me was an airline stewardess. Take from that what you will.<p>The turbos needed replacing because pieces of the apex seal were sucked into them when the engine died. If an RX-7 is properly cared for (as most RX-7 owners do not), then an engine can be good for 150K miles. If it is not, then you're usually looking at an engine at about 60K miles. If the car is not properly warmed up and cooled down, you're looking at turbos about the same time.<p>Proper care of an RX-7 means:<br>* Religeously changing the oil every 3K miles.<br>* Using "good" oil (Castrol GTX 20-50)<br>* Always warming the car 3 minutes before driving<br>* Always making sure that the car is at normal operating temperature before driving hard.<br>* Always idling the engine for at least 30 seconds after driving (you can buy a turbo timer for this).<br>* Occasionally running up high RPMs to burn off carbon (use manual mode for this).<p>The car has 62K original miles on it. It's tempting to keep, but I want something newer. The M Coupe is the closest thing currently made (I can't afford a 996).<p>The next car from Mazda is the RX-8. It will be a normally aspirated 200HP rotary car. It will not be nearly as exotic or fast as the RX-7. It will cost a lot less, however. The reason is that Mazda has figured out that they can't sell $35K sports cars and be taken seriously, no matter how good they are.

CoupeDude
05-28-1999, 05:16 PM
Don't worry about the negative stuff mentioned on this board, I'd say the chances of the buyer comeing from this board are very slim, anyway. <p>I know the RX-7 is a hell of a sports car, and you mentioned that people don't take mazda seriously in the 35K+ range, but if the engine can't last for 60K miles or even 150K miles as a general rule, then it is understandable why they wouldn't be taken seriously.<p>Most modern engines can be expected to last that long easily. Why was the engine life so short?<p>Is the replacement engine a brand new mazda replacement?<p>Anyway, good luck selling your car and getting the Coupe. I'd advise you to just trade it in and you'll be driving your M Coupe sooner! Yellow is a great color, check out a picture in a thread below.<p>I tried to sell my car rather then trade it in, and took a bath on the trade, but it's worth it in my opinion not to hassle with it! :)<p>-Anthony<br>99 Z3 Coupe 2.8<p><i>: According to Hayes (the people who replaced my engine), the cabon buildup in the engine suggested two things. First, the previous owner didn't do regular oil changes. Secondly, the car was rarely (if ever) run at high RPMs. Running at high RPMs occasionally is neccessary to burn off excess carbon. The owner before me was an airline stewardess. Take from that what you will.<p>: The turbos needed replacing because pieces of the apex seal were sucked into them when the engine died. If an RX-7 is properly cared for (as most RX-7 owners do not), then an engine can be good for 150K miles. If it is not, then you're usually looking at an engine at about 60K miles. If the car is not properly warmed up and cooled down, you're looking at turbos about the same time.<p>: Proper care of an RX-7 means:<br>: * Religeously changing the oil every 3K miles.<br>: * Using "good" oil (Castrol GTX 20-50)<br>: * Always warming the car 3 minutes before driving<br>: * Always making sure that the car is at normal operating temperature before driving hard.<br>: * Always idling the engine for at least 30 seconds after driving (you can buy a turbo timer for this).<br>: * Occasionally running up high RPMs to burn off carbon (use manual mode for this).<p>: The car has 62K original miles on it. It's tempting to keep, but I want something newer. The M Coupe is the closest thing currently made (I can't afford a 996).<p>: The next car from Mazda is the RX-8. It will be a normally aspirated 200HP rotary car. It will not be nearly as exotic or fast as the RX-7. It will cost a lot less, however. The reason is that Mazda has figured out that they can't sell $35K sports cars and be taken seriously, no matter how good they are.<p></i>

Jamie Hankins
05-28-1999, 07:19 PM
<i>: Don't worry about the negative stuff mentioned on this board, I'd say the chances of the buyer comeing from this board are very slim, anyway. <br></i>Thanks. I have a thick skin!<p><i><br>: I know the RX-7 is a hell of a sports car, and you mentioned that people don't take mazda seriously in the 35K+ range, but if the engine can't last for 60K miles or even 150K miles as a general rule, then it is understandable why they wouldn't be taken seriously.<br></i>Well, by that measure, Ferraris shouldn't be taken seriously. If you take a Ferrari (or most exotics) out and abuse them, you're not going to get 60K miles out of them. The RX-7 <i>is</i> an exotic. However, being made by Mazda doesn't really give people this feeling. In Japan, it's sold as an Enfini instead of Mazda, kind of like Acura here.<p><i>: Most modern engines can be expected to last that long easily. Why was the engine life so short?<br></i>The previous owner did not properly care for it. Rotary engines, especially turbocharged ones, are a lot more succeptable to failure when they aren't properly cared for.<p><i>: Is the replacement engine a brand new mazda replacement?<br></i>It's custom built by a nationaly recognized rotary engine specialist (http://www.hayesrotary.com). Mazda replacement engines are notorious for only lasting 30K miles. Hayes includes enhancements like stronger apex seals and such so that the engine will last 150K+ with proper care. They're expensive, but I like to do things right. It helped that I had an extended warranty. :-)<p><i>: Anyway, good luck selling your car and getting the Coupe. I'd advise you to just trade it in and you'll be driving your M Coupe sooner! Yellow is a great color, check out a picture in a thread below.<br></i>My BMW dealer already has my yellow one there with a deposit and a sold sticker. I went there to buy a yellow M3, and saw this car. If it had been any other color, I wouldn't have noticed it.<p><i>: I tried to sell my car rather then trade it in, and took a bath on the trade, but it's worth it in my opinion not to hassle with it! :)<br></i>Cars like mine are sitting on lots here (in the Seattle area) with $20K+ price tags <strong>without</strong> new engines. I just have trouble stomaching letting my car go for $13K when I owe $16K. A dealer buying my car for $13K and selling it for $19K (after negotiation) would make as much as the dealer selling the M Coupe.

Cheuk in Seoul
05-30-1999, 12:32 PM
I had the engine replaced at 55K due to a failure of the coolant seals. This is the standard story. Although rigorous maintance is required, the reason for these failures seem to be detonation due to lean conditions, especially those that have been modified.<br>First of all the RX7 does not use a MAF sensor, and when boost is elevated, even minimally with even slight changes such as intake, exhaust, the ECU can not adjust to add enough fuel. The turbos have a tendancy to cause a boost spike with the activation of the second turbo. Detonation in a rotary is FATAL. I killed my first engine when I turned up the boost to 15 psi, even with an aftermarket computer (I didn't program it correctly).<br>My advice to RX7 owner is to get a aftermarket ECU / piggyback computer before any modifications, check the boost curve while on a dyno, and run the car rich.<br>If you do all those things, it should give you reasonable longivity and of course power. My RX7 with $3000 in mods puts out 290 hp at the wheels on the low setting of 10 psi and 320 hp at 15 psi. My best time is 12.7 at 115 mph on street tires. My 2.8 Z3 is a pig in comparison.<br>

Jamie Hankins
06-03-1999, 08:29 PM
It's a done deal. I pick up my Yellow 2K M Coupe Saturday.<p>I'm thinking of having the wheels (or maybe just the spokes) blacked out and the calipers painted yellow. Any thoughts on this?

Raymond
06-05-1999, 06:45 PM
Hi,<p>First of all I would like to congratulate you on a fine purchase. From previous messages, I am guessing that you are around the Seattle area, correct? If so, I would love to see your car. I also have a yellow M coupe, but 99. You might have seen a photo of my car on the messgae board. What interior color did you get? It would be awsome if we can get the two rare yellow ones together for a photo session. <p>Doug Mills (Y2K silver with black) and I have been looking for fellow M coupe owners around the puget sound area. <p>Ray

dp
06-06-1999, 12:05 AM
personally i think that 'blacking out' the wheels would look great on a yellow coupe. you could get them powder-coated semi-gloss black for the best durability (i'd do the entire wheel). i had the wheels and frame done on my first bike a while ago and was very pleased with the results. was actually thinking of doing the wheels on my silver ///M coupe in gunmetal grey... if you do decide to do the wheels please post pictures - i'm curious to see if it turns out as well as i think...<p><i>: <br></i>


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