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#29 of 38 Re: Funny [lemmer]
Feb 27, 2008 (6:08 am)
All RX 7's will use some oil. It's their nature and they HAVE to use oil to keep those seals lubricated. Not a big deal but you have to watch your oil level.
And you can NEVER EVER get one overheated. If you blow a heater hose and try to drive to the next repair shop a block away, you WILL ruin the engine.
A rotary expert once told me.." If you ever THINK you might have overheated your RX 7, you HAVE".
Still, great cars that are becoming hard to find now.
Feb 27, 2008 (11:54 am)
don't you also have to be pretty religious about changing the coolant? I thought I read somewhere that you should do it every 2 years max, compared to the usual 3 years/36K miles.
#31 of 38 Re: With RX7's... [andre1969]
Feb 27, 2008 (7:58 am)
Yes, that too. You have to make sure all of your belts and hoses are in good shape too.
All of this is well worth the effort. Nothing like winding one of these little jewels to 7000 RPM. Silky smooth and what a sound!
The real early rotaries before the RX 7's had a nasty havit of backfiring when slowing down. A friend had a early rotary sedan that made an M-80 sound like a cap pistol.
It would even backfire five minutes after being shut down, all by itself!
#32 of 38 a couple from the 90s
Mar 05, 2008 (3:31 pm)
I know what Shifty says about cars with this many miles, but a V8 luxury GT for $6000 is a lot of car for the money SC400
97/98 Boxsters with less than 100K miles for around $12K are pretty appealing also.
#33 of 38 Re: a couple from the 90s [lemmer]
by kyfdx HOST
Mar 05, 2008 (7:24 pm)
What you really want is the SC300 with the stick-shift!!
#34 of 38 Re: a couple from the 90s [kyfdx]
Mar 05, 2008 (8:41 pm)
All five of them. There are probably more auto-manual-converted SC300s than built-as.
#35 of 38 Re: a couple from the 90s [lemmer]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 05, 2008 (11:11 pm)
You mean "was" a lot of car for the money 205,000 miles?---the car is done for. It could implode in the next 15 minutes and no one would call that unexpected. More like $1,000 and a big roll of the dice is the right money IMHO. It's a "steal" but maybe not in the right direction.
In human terms that car is 95 years old. Not sure about dog years.
#36 of 38 Re: a couple from the 90s [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 06, 2008 (7:16 am)
You are completely right, of course.
After looking a little more, it seems that similar cars with half that mileage is only another $2-3K. That seems like a steal to me.
Where is the point of demarcation for a car like this? On a '95 Lexus, was interest wavers heavily at around 135K miles. On a '95 BMW, more like 90K.
#37 of 38 Mileage Related Depreciation
Mar 06, 2008 (8:09 am)
"Where is the point of demarcation..."
I think it's a steepening downward depreciation curve, that starts flattening out at some point after 200,000, rather than a point, since many of the same people who would consider a car with 205,000 would also consider one with 245,000. The big round numbers are the inflection points (100,000, 150,000, 200,000, etc.), where there are spikes in the number of people who say, "the mileage is too high; I'll pass."
#38 of 38 Re: a couple from the 90s [lemmer]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 06, 2008 (9:56 am)
excellent question and excellent answer.
My two cents is that on the automobile actuarial tables, the planned life of a car, be it due to mechanical failure, collision, what have you, generally cannot exceed (for a gasoline car) about 175K-225K miles. Now of course some cars will fail to reach that, and some will exceed. But as a rule, this is what to expect of any car. After 225K, you should plan on major expense of one sort or another and catastrophic failure.
So when I look at a car with 205K, what's going on in my mind is "I have one good year if I'm lucky", then the waste product hits the spinning variable temperature device.
Then the question becomes---what am I willing to pay for that one good year? $6,000? No way. I'd rather pay $9,000 for 3 or 4 good years.
This is the way I think anyway.