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 Post subject: I need advice about buying an 1988 FC turbo
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:55 pm 
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Hi all im currently in the market for a mazda RX7 FC and i found one at $7500 ONO. compression is good in both rotors at 100 PSI+ body is in mint condition and there is no rust. however the owner bought it a year ago so he isn't sure how long ago the engine was rebuilt. its on 164000 kms.
unfortunately im on a somewhat strict budget. is it worth getting, how soon till i need to rebuild the engine and how much will it cost me a year to own one?

thankyou all for your help i really want to join this community


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 Post subject: Re: I need advice about buying an 1988 FC turbo
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 1:23 pm 
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Nice I love the white FC's :)

No to sure on running costs yearly but basic maintenance (fluids) every 5000kms and slightly higher fuel consumption should be on your list for owning a rotary or any performance car really.

As for the engine build, If it's unknown, the only safe way is to just go into the purchase with a rebuild in your budget. Local shop prices (Brisbane) for a stock rebuild are 2-3k if you deliver the engine to them (not including if housings needs machining)

I recently bought an FC with engine/driveline unknown so you kind of have to go in knowing you'll be doing a tear down sooner than later.

I know this info doesn't help much but you gotta go in with your eyes open.


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 Post subject: Re: I need advice about buying an 1988 FC turbo
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 2:55 am 
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thanks for your opinion im have a compression test tomorrow. fingers crossed [-o< cant let my dream car put me in debt i cant pay off


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 Post subject: Re: I need advice about buying an 1988 FC turbo
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 12:43 am 
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yep, compression test.

if it's good then you want to start sniffing around the body and suspension (like you'd do with any car purchase).

it's a near 20 year old car now so there's going to be constant spends.. unless it had a quality ground up rebuild.

if it's not the one, don't sweat it, take your time and you'll find the right car for you.

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 Post subject: Re: I need advice about buying an 1988 FC turbo
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 2:44 pm 
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If compression is good and starts warm then thats good. Look for champagne bubbles or overpressured coolant - a broken O-ring or ring land means a rebuild on an otherwise healthy engine. 160k is f-all on a 25-30 year old car and if it has had a rebuild recently thats great.
As already mentioned they are thirsty - probably 20% more fuel commuting than equivalent piston car, and the conscientious owner will change the oil more often, but at least you dont need expensive synthetics - Penrite HPR-30 is the go-too. About $40 for 4 (or 5?) litres.

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