They DO burn cleaner, but the requirements have gotten more strict too. A clean car (meaning that the majority of stuff coming out of the tailpipe is CO2, N2, and H20) REQUIRES a cat. converter to get there.What I find interesting is that the problem is that the oil is interfering with the catalytic converter. Did I read that right? So the engine is fine, but the government-mandated emissions gizmo gets whacked by oil blowing through the engine...
Don't cars burn a lot cleaner now than they did in the '70s when they were introduced? Isn't there some other technology available? Why do we still look at the Catalytic Converter as the savior of the green planet after more than three decades?
I Agree!! I've always liked the looks and great handling of the RX8, but that engine always scared me off... All they need to do is put the Mazdaspeed 3 engine in it and you'd probably get a lot more buyers!--Mazda needs to now switch to a 4-banger and can the wreckel--:lol:
In the RX7 it wasn't surprising to replace your engine every 60,000 miles.Well, I sure am glad I don't own one of these puppies--The article also states plant in NC that will "rebuild" the returned engines--In other words, when you get an engine replaced it will be a "rebuilt engine" not a new one--Does not sound promising. If they rebuilt with the same junk won't it crap out again or do the same thing--Mazda needs to now switch to a 4-banger and can the wreckel--:lol:
The Protege had a Ford engine I thought? The rotary is an ENTIRELY different animal. By design the rotary uses oil...it's just not supposed to use THIS much. I've had a few friends go through rotaries, now one of them has a V8 under the hood and another is on his 3rd engine in 40k miles :lol: The price you pay to go fast with an RX7 I guess.I had a Mazda Protege that I ran 300,000 miles. They can make a dependable car, why can't they fix the sportscar?
the supra, nsx, and skyline are all upper tier automobiles....$40K +no doubt those cars are FAST when tuned. There is also a yellow fully caged one that tears up our local autox course. My friend gave me a ride in his RX7 TT it was amazing how fast that car cornered and the brakes OMG. I remember coming up to an intersection I thought we were going to go straight and he turns the car 90 degrees and gasses it, that puppy STUCK. I have driven or rode in many nice cars, vettes, NSX, Bimmers, and NOTHING cornered like that car. Granted it wasn't stock though.
He wound up selling it becuase of all the up keep and got a Lexus IS300 (totalled after 1 month). I told him not to drive the IS300 like it was an RX7, didn't listen.
I think the imports aren't keeping up for once. The Miata isn't so great, the only "imports" I think get respect currently are the S2000, G35, and the 350Z.
From what I'm reading the Japaneese sports cars will be making a comeback when the new Supra, NSX, and Skyline hit the streets in a little over a year. Then the Celica, MR2, and RX7 will hopefully follow.
Starting with the Kappa Cars no less.the supra, nsx, and skyline are all upper tier automobiles....$40K +
For that price, there's a lot of domestic competition that frankly outperforms it. Granted, not too many of the domestics can corner like some of the imports, but across the board, i believe the domestics in that price range have them beat. The foreign car makers are finally beginning to give american vehicles some well deserved credit.