by Barbara in Alabama on Jun 22, 2007 Vehicle: 1992 Mazda 929
Bought as a 2nd car used w/30K miles on it. The styling and handling sold it. Drives like a sports car, but is a family sedan as well. All the bells and whistles, well ahead of its time. Brakes superbly balanced for no-dip panic stops, independent 4-wheel suspension, amazing performance. I have another car but can't stand to let this one go. Only major repair was replacement of the A/C and fan-clutch assembly, etc. Dealer repairs very expensive as are parts, but thankfully few have been required. Quite enough trunk space for family vacations. I only have 165,000+ miles on it now, but it still cranks immediately, gets 21 mpg but now burns a quart of oil per 1000 miles. Small tradeoff.
The 929 caught my eye in mid '92. Bought my first 929 in Dec '92. It was totalled in Feb '93 and replaced with 929 Premium March '93. This car was/is phenomenal. Body style and finish is incredible. Has better features than Lexus LS 400 of the same year (my husband had one). Vehicle has been low maintenance. Oil changes every 7.5K, repl radiator, water pump, air cond hoses in past 5 years. I have approx 155K miles after 14 years, 3 or 4 fender benders and it stills rides smoothly and looks awesome. I have never kept a car this long, but I can't let the 929 go! It's been good to me.
by jbronsky on Jan 9, 2007 Vehicle: 1992 Mazda 929
The car was a great design - very stylish, the interior is well laid out, and the rear wheel drive performance is adequate. It started out nice, but the build materials showed their quality over time and lots of pieces have broken. All four electric windows, the electric sunroof, numerous interior pieces, etc. If you buy a high mileage car expect it to go south quickly.
Just hit 252k mi ALL original. Still runs like a champ, and idles silently! Has suffered from a lot of neglect yet it keeps on going and going. I seriously neglect it, for example I have not changed the timing belt, wires, or spark plugs in 7 years.Also,I JUST replaced the oil filter and transmission filter.The oil filter was so clogged NO oil was going through.Same story with trans filter.lol.Great car I love its looks and handling. EXCELLENT features also(solar roof,12 speaker audio, intelligent "fuzzy logic" cruise control,manually shiftable,the hold button,and trans can choose automatically power and shift modes.). I hear some have ride adjustable suspension.Japanese ones had MORE features!!
I bought my 929 used with over 150,000 miles on it. I have now over 180,000 miles with minimal replacement costs, (brakes, A/c conversion, belts, etc.). This car is great; gets around 26 mpg, very roomy interior, great power. So good that I prefer to drive it over my 2005 Chevy classic. I plan to keep this car until it quits on me; only thing I fear is the timing belt having to be replaced, big job, expensive labor and parts.
by Rich Stover on Jan 1, 2005 Vehicle: 1992 Mazda 929
Still a good looking car. So much fun to drive. Power to spare and it just sounds like a sports car. A little small in the trunk but a great ride in the back seat also. Unfortunately I now have a drive shaft universal problem and the only way to repair is to pay Mazda $1050 for a whole new drive shaft and universal.
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