1989 Mazda 929 from North America
Best car ever made
Replaced the brakes about 4-5 times in 220,000 miles.
Replaced the heater core with a rebuilt one at 50,000 miles. No problem since.
Covered driver's seat with a fake lamb thing at 200,000 miles.
Some other small repairs I can't remember under the hood. One was slightly over $1,000. A few others much less.
Cost of parts always surprises mechanics. Always double what they quote.
I bought my 929 brand new in 1989 solely on the advice of Consumer Reports after owning a gorgeous Audi 5000 that I almost never got to drive (always in the shop). So I wanted something reliable and I got it.
20 years later we are still together, my 929 and I. It is true, parts are ridiculously more expensive than most other auto parts, but since my car never (almost never) breaks, parts have not been an issue. I suppose that since I'm a woman, you would say I have been easy on her. I am not a speeder. I also am a nut about changing the oil... every two or three thousand miles. But other than that, I've been pretty negligent. She's not been garaged. Not been pampered. For 16 of her twenty years, she was home to my English Shepherd who went everywhere with me.
Still, everything, including the paint (except the fake chrome on the interior door handles and the thin strip of it around the gear shift console... oh and the logo on the trunk that says 929... all that has peeled. I think in later years they got that better) but everything except that and the driver's seat looks and sounds way better than I could have hoped for in 20 years.
She's still solid, the engine is still powerful (going up steep hills is not a problem). The overdrive feature is great for that. And speaking of features, every bell and every whistle still works without exception, even to that silly duct that oscillates back and forth for the air conditioner and the heat.
Oh and one more thing. I have read critiques that bash the boxy look of the 1989, but those people have no class. This is the model that looks like a Mercedes, not the rounded version of the 929 that came later and tried to be a clone of everything else out there.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2010