Yea, the 929 was great. My 1992 went well from 1997 at 54,000 to over 120,000 in 2002. Sold it for two year old LHS.
Problems were costly transmission, rear shocks, etc.
People often asked what it was. Jag styling, Jap engineering and so on.
I loved my 929 when I bought it in 99. It had about 78k miles on it and the features were perfect. It's quite luxurious and definitely turns heads when it's clean.
But I have had a lot of problems with it. I've replaced the transmission (approx. $2k), the water pump (twice), muffler, exhaust, and more. The parts on this car are costly.
I realize it's an old car now, but I can't wait to be rid of its problems. Too bad all that luxury couldn't have a better long term rating.
Sept 01 2006 - just bought a 93 Mazda 929 - replaced exhaust - but everything else seems strong. 166,000 miles with no fluid leaks. I paid peanuts, but no drink holders drives me nuts. My poor toy poodle can't find a place to ride without tumbling around.
The only reason I sold my 929 was that the power train is too much for teen age drivers. Both my kids are in their first year of driving and this car has too much power for inexperienced drivers.
The power windows did have problems, but overall the 929 out lasted a rough family of drivers and gave me 2500 back in my pocket.
I also own a 1994 GS300 Lexus. It is another excellent car and more rugged than the Mazda 929; however the Mazda has reached 120 mph with more left whereas the Lexus seemed to top out around 120.
A very good car. I had no transmission problems.
I still own my 1992 929 and love it. The crazy part is I got it for 1000 dollars back in 2006 with 108K on it. Well I have beat her to death the past year (156K) and the only few problems I have is a stutter in the tranny when I got from 30-40mph, the window motors failed in the rear and the passenger side is almost shot too, but I found out that it is a normal problem with the 929. The rear shocks were bad when I got it, but I never replaced them and the car only rides a little rough because of it, But if I had the option to buy it again I would do it without a second thought. But to anyone trying to get one keep in mind PARTS ARE HARD TO FIND AND NORMALLY QUITE EXPENSIVE. Rear Shocks - $302 a shock. Tire Rod - $275, Tranny - $1200-$5200.
I own a 1992 92, got it in 2005 and I love it. Very fast and even thought it's an old car, still turn heads. Handles very good on the highway and very steady at high speeds. Solid body, not like these new model cars. Problem is parts are very expensive when they are actually and the controls for the rear window stopped working. Trans stutters at about 25 to 30 mph. Small trunk and no cup holder. Trans takes a while to respond when trying to overtake. Apart from these minor glitches I love my ride. Wish I had a new one in excellent condition.
I have owned my 1992 929 since new. All my family members including myself, have driven this car. My 18 year old now uses it in college, and it provides a wonderful ride on his 5 hour trips back home.
Mine has 144000 miles on it and still has a showroom shine. I did have to put in a used transmission in at 120k.
The A/C compressor has a small leak and needs a can of R-12 once a year.
The driver's interior door panel has cracked due to age.
I just had the emissions test performed (ATL-GA) and the tech was surprised how clean it was still burning. It is one heck of a car. Hard to believe the book value is only 172.00.