The 5th generation Mazda 929 was built from 1992 to 1995 as a big rear-drive competitor to the Lexus LS, BMW 5-series, Audi A6/5000, and Infiniti Q45. It was halfheartedly replaced by the front-drive Millennia, but Mazda was unwilling to spin off a luxury brand like Infinity, Acura, or Lexus and realigned its focus to bread/butter family sedans. This is a shame because the 929 was a pretty darn good take on the Q-ship without using a pretentious badge or making you open your wallet too wide. Today, even super clean examples cost less than a round trip greyhound ticket to the nearest casino. Find this 1992 Mazda 929 offered for $2,200 in the borough of Lodi, NJ.
With a $28k MSRP in 1992, the 929 and its economy car emblem plus V6 was not trying to take on BMW’s 540 or even the Lexus LS400, but it was nipping at the heels of BMW’s 525, Audi 5000, and various ‘Merican full sized land barges like the Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac De Ville. Remember, the 929 was a full-sized sedan and catered to the big and easy crowd.
Under the hood of the 929 resides a 3.0 liter V6 that makes 195 horsepower and 205 ft-lbs of torque. The V6 is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission as the only transmission option. Tipping the scales at 3600 lbs the 929 wasn’t about Zoom-Zoom as much as it was an appliance driver with pretensions of luxury.
The interior of this 929 doesn’t look bad at all for a $2000 car, same for the outside. With only 80k miles on the odometer, the oily bits should be in good shape too, so this is a great oddball daily driver for someone who doesn’t want a Camry or Oldsmobile Aurora.