1989 Mazda 929 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1989 Mazda 929 Hardtop 3.0i V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0i V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired174000 kilometres
Most recent distance201000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A big cruiser or family car

Faults:

The Automatic Gear selector broke. Which was dues to a split pin breaking.

The rear left hand shocker started leaking oil and lost pressure which in turn damaged my tire wall which cost at the dealer $480 but was sourced at the wreckers for $10.

Steering boots required replacing at 178,000 kilometers which cost $48.

General Comments:

This car is huge. it barely fits in my garage and has trouble fitting into some parking spaces in shopping centres.

It is not powerful on the verge of becoming a little bit underpowered, but the Automatic can be selected to rev harder.

Seating is more than adequate, but the front seats lack much side support.

There is plenty of boot space.

There are all the options you could possibly need that come as standard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004

24th Jan 2008, 02:52

How do you select the auto to rev harder.

1989 Mazda 929 3.0 24v DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance267750 miles
Previous carIsuzu I-Mark

Summary:

Best

Faults:

Hydraulic Valve Lifters have been ticking since 40K miles! But no problem!!

Replaced the console cover at 160K miles.

Replaced exhaust muffler at 180K miles.

Replaced Timing Belt idler pulley at 200K miles.

Power seat mechanism is partly not working (and I did not fix it)

Replaced Transmission at 240K miles.

Replaced Distributor at 260K miles.

Driver's seat leather started tearing at 260K miles.

All other maintenance is normal wear-and-tear.

General Comments:

Excellent car, both interior and exterior still look good though it has always been parked outdoors (under a roof for 10 years, no roof for 5 years).

During the first 10K miles (critical run-in period) I never exceeded 55 mph. Throughout, I never accelerated sharply - no burnt rubber; always gentle acceleration and slowdown.

Always maintained per schedule: oil/filter change 5K miles, transmission oil change 15K miles, timing chain change 60K miles, etc.

Engine is still very strong. Ride is still firm. This is still my primary car (and will be for a long time if I can replace the seat leather).

Shows how well built the car is, and how long it lasts if it is driven gently and maintained properly (mechanically and cosmetically).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2004

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews