1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II

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  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    My nice old 626LX got totaled on Sunday and one of the guys at the body shop is selling an '87 RX-7 turbo. He (supposedly) installed a new engine in it 2000 miles ago, and it has a new clutch, engine wiring harness, and factory aftermarket turbo as well. It has been repainted gloss black and the paint doesn't have any bubbles underneath it. The exhaust has been replaced front-to-back with stainless aftermarket pipe.

    However, the body has 109939 miles on it, the upholstery has a couple of popped seams (supposedly where the previous owners have rubbed it while climbing out), the AC might be low on coolant or might be broken (can't tell right now), and the horn inexplicably doesn't work.

    It lists on Kelley Blue Book for retail at $3400. He wants $5000. Does this sound reasonable, considering how much money he's spent to fix it -- and how much money I might have to spend to fix it more?
     
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    huntz0r New Member

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    No.

    And buying a beat RX-7, especially a turbo one, is just asking for it.
     
  3. steve o

    steve o OT Supporter

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    no run away from it
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Mind if I ask what about the car makes you say "No!" so strongly? Besides being 18 years old, of course.
     
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    huntz0r New Member

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    Well, mostly that car sounds a little overexpensive and risky. New engines and stuff can either be a dream or a nightmare, depending on whether it was done right. Even in the best of circumstances, turbo rotaries are generally high-maintenance and prone to breaking, especially if they are modded (you mentioned an upgraded turbo and other bits). They just aren't a great choice for an only car. As a second car or a project, well that's different.

    If the risk of headaches and expense every now and then is something you can live with, that's up to you... but if you need a car you can be sure of jumping in and driving, day after day with a minimum of hassle I would look elsewhere.

    I can certainly understand the appeal since I love FCs myself. I just am not sure I would ever want to own one unless it had a V8 or something swapped into it :)
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Thanks for the well-thought out post. Though I hope you never get a JFC compact sports coupe and put a V8 in it. You would slide off the road at the first corner.
     
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    huntz0r New Member

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    Probably true!

    Sticking with a stock power 1.8L Miata for now. :big grin:
     
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    IgnitionGSR OT Abuser

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    Since when does AC run on coolent?
     
  9. gergrx7

    gergrx7 Hate it or Love it

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    Will you be willing to work on it yourself?

    if so go for it. if not dont go near it.
     
  10. Echoratz

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    Wtf is that.... see if the rotor housings have been painted, its a good way to tell if the engine has been replaced. Also turbo rotaries are likely to have problems if the car wasnt modded correctly if your serisouly interested do a compression check on the rotors. I would offer the guy 4k for a price.
     
  11. sub9lulu

    sub9lulu LSx RX-7 in progress krew

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    buy it $5000 is a good price
     
  12. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I ended up getting a 1999 VW Passat 1.8T. Rather more pedestrian, to be sure, but hey...it runs great and the aftermarket is huge. Thanks for the advice and warnings.
     
  13. Zeff

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    turbo s4's are at max like 4k
     
  14. wallydog11

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    That's expensive..you can get a nice S5 T2 here for around 5000c-6000cdn..
     
  15. bl4ck

    bl4ck the hopeless romantic

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    tiis are becoming exceedingly rare in many parts of the country. I would talk him down to 4k. But 5k isnt bad for a 2k mile engine. Read up on rx7club.com and nopistons.com and get an idea about the value of the car. I have an s5 NA that im in the process of swapping to TII with t3/t4 hybrid turbo and manual swap. engine comes in today!!!!
     
  16. dguy

    dguy She smells like angels ought to smell.

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    5k is far too expensive for an S4. Also, there is no such thing as a 'factory aftermarket turbo' (I'm assuming me means an upgrade supplied by Mazda) so that's a bit shady.
     
  17. zyg0te

    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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  18. Shogun

    Shogun Turntable tactician

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    wtf is a factory aftermarket turbo? isnt that called OEM
     
  19. cafcwest

    cafcwest Plutonium Member

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    3k-3500 is its really clean. an S4 (86-88) just doesn't fetch that much money.
     
  20. VashTheStampede

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    I have an 87 TII myself, but there's no way I would pay that much for an S4. You can find them alot cheaper than that. :nono:
     
  21. Eric Happy Meal

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    most likely an S5 turbo.
     

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