[quote author=Vegasdriver link=topic=28705.msg395584#msg395584 date=1125946110]
[quote author=csweeney link=topic=28705.msg395490#msg395490 date=1125939626]
the rx7 gave mazda a bad name. people associate mazda with rotary and failure.
Had a 1987 RX-7 from new til up to 115K miles.
Asides from regular up keep, had only minor problems.
But that was just me one person. I loved the rotary and its' humming.
What was the bad name due to? :huh
MAZDAS ARE GREAT!
The RX-7 wasn't unreliable per-se, but it was very fickle to the way it was maintained. Normal maintenance was more extensive than usual piston-powered cars, and the turbos in particular could die an awful death if the right set of conditions came around. One good ping was all it took to cause huge damage to your engine. So that rep wasn't entirely unfounded, although people who have taken care of those cars have driven them well into 150k+ and beyond.
All together, the 90s weren't kind to Mazda at all, and a lot of that sentiment is still hanging around, whereas Honda/Toyota/Nissan/Subaru have only been building their reputations more and more (well, maybe not Nissan). That said though, Mazda is moving in the right direction, and they'll be running with all the big Japanese labels before long if they keep it up.