1984 Mazda 929 Reviews

1984 Mazda 929 2.0 from Finland

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance259000 kilometres

Summary:

Comfy, fun, old, cool car

Faults:

The engine temperature sensor is not working. In the winter it will not heat up.

General Comments:

This is a very good car; no big problems. But here in the north, it gets very cold, so you need a warm car, but this car is not heating up! I don't know why, but it could be some small problem with the heating system. I hope I can get this fixed, because I like this car, and I don't want to sell it just because it doesn't heat up inside. If you know what the problem is with my car, please help me.

The ride of the car is very good and comfy. It's a bit noisy, but it's a 30 year old car. I like this car a lot too, because it's rare and it's rear wheel drive, so it's very nice in the winter to slide with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2012

26th Oct 2012, 17:33

Is it taking a while or just not heating up?

Try running the car with the heater off; give it some time and it should warm up.

29th Oct 2012, 09:17

Go to http://www.mazdaforum.com/forum/ and post your question. I am sure you'll get help there.

29th Oct 2012, 10:46

It's just taking a while to heat up. And then when the engine is at full heat, it does give some heat, but not as much as other cars give.

31st Oct 2012, 15:18

I would try flushing the cooling system. I would make sure the heater core gets flushed in reverse flow direction, separate from the engine. I would inspect the heater valve, and I would replace the thermostat.

1984 Mazda 929 Deluxe Sedan 2L Carburettor from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2L Carburettor Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance205000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 929

Summary:

Refined luxury motoring and immensely practical

Faults:

Original fully-automatic aerial stopped working at 130k - this has happened on almost every 929 I've owned (including the current one with 140k on the clock). Mazda wanted $400 for a new aerial. You can buy universal replacements from Repco or Sprint Auto parts for $50.

Head gasket needed replacing at 150k.

Water pump bypass hose needed replacing.

Wheel trims fell off or mysteriously disappeared!

General Comments:

Having owned Mazdas for over 30 years (including 4 929's) I can honestly say that this car was brilliant.

Whilst not the most luxurious model, the car came with aircon, power windows & mirrors, electronically adjustable suspension, cruise control, central locking, power aerial, headlight washers, remote boot and fuel release, headlight/igintion key reminder and a plush, comfortable interior. The attention to detail was excellent - with lots of reading lamps, cigarette lighter and radio control for the rear passengers and lots of useful integrated features throughout. The more luxurious sedans and hardtops had slightly better stereos, a sunroof and mags, but we were very happy with the equipment level in this car.

The car had a very comfortable driving position, excellent soundproofing and a good high-speed cruising ability. However, boot space could have been better if the location of the fuel tank and/or spare tyre had been rethought.

The 2 litre engine with 5-speed manual has good performance - the gear ratios are excellent! This model did not have power steering, but the steering was reasonably light.

The car was a good medium size - it had just enough room for a family of four, but any bigger would have been a disadvantage. This model 929 was a perfect car for us - a safe, quiet, luxury family sedan with decent power and good economy.

The only reason for selling was due to the car's age and kms - we now have a 1989 model 929!

However, 929's have always been loaded with high tech gear - this is where problems can arise. Power window, mirror and aerial (common!) motors can burn out, central locking actuators, the auto adjusting suspension etc can start to go once the car ages. When the car was sold at 205,000km, it was starting to smoke slightly when started up and the front bearing of the gearbox was getting noisy. Apart from this and the aerial, everything else was immaculate. We serviced the car ourselves (every 5000kms) and decided to sell whilst the car was still presentable and everything was working.

The other thing to note about 929's is that the depreciation is pretty bad - bought for $14000 in 1990, the car sold for $2900 in 2001 despite being straight, not rusty and basically immacculate in the body and interior. Every 929 I have owned has had poor resale.

But do not let this deter you, as the 929 is an excellent car!!

My recomendation is that buyers should try to get a well-looked after example that has not done over 150,000kms. For owners, try and sell before 200,000. This way little expensive things will not start going wrong and you can maximize your resale by keeping the car under that magical 200,000km mark!

Keep the reccommended and usual preventative maintence up on these cars and you will experience refined luxury motoring and fantastic economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

1984 Mazda 929 Station Wagon 4 cylinder inline from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder inline Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 kilometres
Most recent distance147098 kilometres

Summary:

A great first car

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

This car has been customised (stereo, tinted windows, etc...) and is a pleasure to drive.

Although it is noisy compared to the modern cars on the road now, this problem is easily fixed with some sound absorbers.

The seats are very comfortable even during long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2001

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews