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Mazda RX-7 (1979 - 1985)


Complete coverage for your vehicle

Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Mazda RX-7, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Mazda RX-7. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Mazda RX-7 can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

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Mazda RX-7 Haynes Repair Manual covering all Mazda RX-7, GS, GSL and GSL-SE (1979 thru 1985)

PLEASE NOTE that this manual is intended for vehicles built to US specifications and do not cover diesel models unless specifically stated. Although it is useful when the products or systems are similar to those in other markets, there may still be significant differences, especially in areas concerned with safety and emission control.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Engine
Chapter 2: Cooling and lubrication
Chapter 3: Fuel, exhaust and emissions control systems
Chapter 4: Ignition system
Chapter 5: Clutch
Chapter 6: Manual and automatic transmission
Chapter 7: Propeller shaft
Chapter 8: Rear axle
Chapter 9: Braking system
Chapter 10: Electrical system
Chapter 11: Steering and suspension
Chapter 12: Bodywork and fittings
Chapter 13: Supplement
Wiring Diagrams

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The first-generation Mazda RX-7 was launched in 1979 as a two-door coupe that had an unusual 1.2-liter rotary engine under the hood. It drove the rear wheels through either a four- or five-speed manual gearbox, or a three- or four-speed automatic. The engine’s small size and light weight meant it could be mounted ideally to enhance the car’s weight distribution and therefore handling. Tweaks throughout the car’s life included restyled bumpers and rear lights, and a redesigned instrument cluster. Haynes has an extensive range of Mazda repair manuals and online maintenance procedures to suit professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts. Our Mazda RX-7 repair manual will be able to help whether you're servicing or repairing your car.