Originally Posted by B T
free revving nature of the Rotary isn't something many enthusiasts would have a problem with.
No thanks, I wasted 15 yrs on rotary CRAP and I have nothing to show for it but grey hair and ALOT lighter wallet.
Mazda ain't gettin no mo of my mo!
It really depends. Turbo rotaries are notorious for being problematic (one of the reasons my dad is finally selling his FD, FD = Financial Disaster) but naturally aspirated rotaries can live forever provided the apex seals which are a major area of concern are properly taken cared of. I've got friends with naturally aspirated FCs that have gone 150,000 even 200,000 miles in one case and they still run great. I won't deny that there are much more efficent ways to make power than with a rotary engine, and that the design itself does have it's flaws, but there is still an allure about the free revving nature of the engine that many enthusiasts still love.
I hear what you're saying though and I'm sure many people might agree with you. For anyone who's had to deal with a problematic rotary, talk about a PITA.