What I really like about the turbo Miata situation is that it's the rare combination of fast, cheap, and pretty reliable. Granted, they aren't the most practical things in the world, but think about the performance you get for the price and the fact that you still get 30ish (sometimes more) MPG. It's a tough combo to beat in the performance car world.
How are people getting 30ish MPG in a turbo Miata? I am lucky to get 25ish in mixed driving on my stock-powered turd.
Originally Posted by Fireindc
This was also my thought. I'm still going to look at the car if its around this weekend, but I really don't feel like it would be a good idea to straight up trade for my miata.
And if I WERE to get one, it would absolutely stay on stock twins @ somewhere around 300whp.
Consider this: two of the "reliability mods" are a full standalone ECU and a single turbo swap.
I have been lusting after FDs for years and years and years. I've researched them pretty diligently for a guy that's never owned one. I've known a couple of buddies with them and talked with anyone I ever met in person that owned one.
Please believe me when I tell you that you are not ready for an FD, based on the information you have provided in this thread.
Don't even go look at it. You may end up doing something stupid in the heat of the moment.
Since this thread is resolved and we're all just rambling at this point, I remember when my cousin had one of these bad boys. This was way back in like '02 or so, and a 250whp rx7 was considered pretty quick. I remember him going through clutches so often it was unreal. Like 3 in a year. This was of course in addition to 2 engine rebuilds in 4 years. Also in addition to replacement of the stock twins 2 times. The 2nd time he got them worked over by some company, supposedly some power gains from it. With intake exhaust and some weird re-soldering of hte stock ecu (to raise redline or something?) and some piggyback he got it to run mid 13's. The car always sounded like crap, always idled like crap, left a pool of oil under it in every parking lot, and was driveable about 4 out of every 10 days.
I remember thinking: who would want to punish themselves with such a car?
But he did get a ton of girls in it. Put some gay looking body kit on it, and painted it some pearl baby blue color, so it was the gayest thing in existance, but MANNN all the chicks would absolutely wet themselves over his car. I was kinda jelly at times lol (drove an RSX-S back in those days)
Videos like that are why I've lusted over an FD for so long. I ******* love the way they sound, rev to 9k, spit flames, and idle like ****. All of that is awesome.
This thread has made me realize I DO still want an FD, but just not at this point in my life. When I have more expendable income I'll pick one up and play with the rotary until it pops, then slap an lsx in there and enjoy the glory.
I really liked the rx8 I drove. Until I had to accelerate quickly.
I pulled, took apart, machined, reconstructed my motor including all the little dinky mods... you know coolant reroute, cops, 1.6 to 1.8 conversion crap, clutch, trans swap... Head mild port, valves, springs, etc...
My neighbor across the street was dropping in a crate motor into his rx-8 and came over and was like oh that's nothing compared to what i'm doing. Four months later by the time I had it all back together he was still dicking with it.
Maybe his motor swap was more complicated than my forged motor, turbo build
And him flooring it down the street sounded like poop and didn't look like he was going anywhere. I've never had the pleasure of driving one.
No one does OTS fenders for the NB conversion (except for one obscure Japanese company, I think). But, according to the threads I've read, it's pretty simple job of welding/cutting the fenders and properly aligning the front peripherals. I think you could do it if you wanted.
If you just want the lower half of the NB front end it's even easier.
TOPIC: What about N/A rotaries? I've read/heard that the reliability aspect increases dramatically when you take boost out of the equation. Then I'm sure power suffers drastically, as well.