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Mazda 929

Car Review

Author: Motoring Date: 3 November

As if European entrants in the luxury car segment haven’t found tough enough in recent here’s a brand-new Japanese that’s sure to cause even more headaches.

The car is the 929 and the reasons behind this are simple. To start with, all conceptions about 929s rather dull, conservative must now be consigned to the dustbin. new one combines revolutionary up-to-the-minute with innovative mechanical and a dazzling array of standard and equipment.

Add impeccable standards of impressive road manners, and well under the European and you have a formidable contender.

Two of the 929 are available; in standard form it $55,4X0 and the asking price for the SL is $65,965. Even the standard boasts items such as steering, compact disc automatic alarm system, alloy wheels, cruise and power operation of windows, and door locks. But the SL goes a further with solar in its glass sun-roof, anti-lock full leather trim, front seats, a 12 speaker system (the standard has 6 speakers!) and key-less entry.

versions are powered by Mazda’s quad-cam 3.0 litre V6 engine and through their rear via a three-mode, four-speed electronically automatic transmission.

Styling and

Mazda’s designers started a clean sheet of paper for the new 929 and in so, have come up with surely must rank as the full-size sedan to come out of Unashamedly European-inspired, with than a hint of Jaguar in its the 929 is both desirable and distinctive in its

But there is one aspect of the appearance doesn’t suit my personal and that’s the wheel design. Not do the spoke-type alloy wheels let a lot of dust through onto the rim and are hard to clean, they allow the brake components to be visible, which I don’t as desirable on a luxury vehicle. On personal note, the test car was in an off-white, which I don’t suits the car.

It looks in darker colours.

The elegance of the exterior carries through to the with a wrap-around dash places instruments and controls easy reach and an unmistakable of quality about its interior and trim. This is particularly in the SL with its beautifully crafted upholstery.

Standards of finish are in one of the 929’s high points and the difficulties facing Australian car as they chase what is a moving target, with the one of the leading pace-setters.

About the points of criticism I could at the test 929’s finish its rather flimsy cover on the storage compartment behind the seat and a fuel filler lid didn’t always operate

Comfort and space

Occupant was obviously a high priority in the 929 and two exceptions, the car fulfils this admirably. The exceptions are restricted room for tall people and the of comfort for a centre rear (the rear seat is designed for maximum comfort in the positions and the transmission tunnel is large).

The SL model’s electrically-operated front allow easy adjustment and provide a high standard of even though they are not generous in terms of backrest or cushion length. Leg room is in the front and satisfactory in the rear.

the new 929 is bigger and sits on a 140 mm longer one aspect that hasn’t is boot space. Despite a space-saver spare tyre, boot capacity has reduced by 40 compared to the previous model.

But the boot is slightly smaller, points out that it is now easier to because the lid extends down to level and also that the new design hinges don’t into the load space. reasonably careful packing, I the boot large enough to with average family

The long wheelbase and supple have done the trick as far as comfort is concerned; one of the first you notice about the 929 on the road from its quietness at steady and its strong, solid feel is the to soak up bumps and road irregularities with an absolute of disturbance to passengers.

The automatic air system further adds to comfort and Mazda’s swing ensure good distribution of As with most auto air the boost fan operates noisily on speed if you select a large and variation in temperature. On this the SL’s solar sun-roof is of special mention. Its main is to power two boot-mounted ventilation that scavenge hot air from the and therefore keep it cooler parked.

When this energy is not for cooling, it’s directed the battery to help maintain it in a condition.

Behind the wheel

The of seat and steering column ensure that the vast of drivers should be able to a comfortable and effective position the wheel. As well as the dash curved around the driving the centre console is conveniently towards the driver. Most controls are operated by easy operation.

Vision is generally in all directions, with the large, side windows providing a view to the rear sides. wheelbase vehicles aren’t associated with good around town, however has taken care of this by the 929 with four-wheel steering.

As as improving steering response sudden changes of direction, the 4WS the turning circle. At 10.3 the 929’s turning circle is than a Magna, Falcon or

On the road

Under most conditions, the 3.0 litre V6 engine with a silky smoothness and a good job of coping with the hefty mass of around kg. However, there are times some more mid-range power (like you get with a capacity six) would be These occasions would overtaking in hilly terrain or if you to tow a caravan or a large boat.

Against the clock, the test 929 quite respectable times and away from rest The car’s throttle sensitivity on take-off can actually be a nuisance in traffic conditions as it detracts the overall smoothness if you’re not on the accelerator pedal. Highway is smooth and effortless, and apart the previously mentioned lack of torque, I reckon the majority of should be well satisfied the performance of their 929s.

Mazda 929

hard acceleration, you can hear the engine working more you would in some larger luxury cars (for the Lexus NRMA’s 1990 Luxury Car) but at steadier the 929 equalled the Lexus as the quietest car tested to date.

Each has its own idea of the ideal balance handling and ride comfort, and in the it’s fairly obvious Mazda has tipped the scales towards comfort than you find in say, a 5-series That’s not to say the 929 isn’t a capable it’s just that it feel as sporty or precise as a car when you hurry it through There’s a moderate amount of which changes to oversteer if you back off mid-corner.

But overall, the 929 as safe and controllable, with stability in cross winds and at speeds.

With its anti-lock system, on the upmarket SL model is excellent. In braking tests from 80 the test car pulled up straight in distances, with only pulsation through the pedal ABS systems give an unpleasant of kickback through the pedal heavy braking). The four-wheel system of the standard 929 is also in my experience of it, but of course it doesn’t the same anti-locking characteristics of an ABS

The automatic transmission is a little in its operation for my liking, with its buttons for Hold and Power/Economy but it works well in practice, smooth changes and a ready to kickdown when required you’ve forgotten to switch off the button). The ratios are well to suit the engine performance. As a over from American the transmission has two safety locks.

One is you can’t leave the car in anything but and remove the ignition key, and the is that you have to depress the pedal before being to select Drive range.

Lifting the bonnet is easy as counterbalanced by twin gas struts, access for repairs in the packed bay isn’t so straightforward. Service are OK, with the engine coolant monitored by a novel dipstick. At with Mazda’s enviable record, there’s a good repairs won’t be needed for a long time.

There are no points to worry about and plugs are the platinum-tipped long-life

Maintenance is due first at 1500 km at 7500 km and every 7500 km or six after that. Warranty is generous three years/80,000 km


Mazda’s recommended towing loads for the Mazda 929 are kg for a brake-equipped trailer and 800 kg for a trailer brakes. Maximum towball is 60 kg or 10 per cent of the all-up trailer if it’s less than 600 kg. A device is specified for loads 600 kg.


After years of Mazda 929s, the super-smooth and much rounded lines of the new are like a breath of fresh In fact, from what heard and seen so far, is one of the major points that people to the new 929 that certainly the case with the old model.

But the 929 just a pretty face. there’s a superbly-built vehicle up with the best in technology, equipment and features. Like the the new Mazda 929 is another case of the meeting and beating the Europeans at own game.

Every car has its weaknesses and criticisms of the 929 (depending on your include a lack of mid-range power, restricted head for tall occupants and a rather boot compartment.

By NRMA November 1991.

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