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MAZDA 323 Used Car Review

The Mazda 3 is today one of the country's most popular cars, yet Australia fell in love with Mazda hatchbacks as early as 1977 with the first 323. It sold like hotcakes in 1981 when a new-generation front-wheel-drive 323 replaced the rear-drive model. There were various hatch, sedan and wagon body styles, and in the mid-1990s there was even a V6 alternative to the mainly four-cylinder line-up. A sporty SP20 model bolstered the 323's image before the model was replaced from 2004 onwards by the Mazda 3.

Pros

Cons

  • Good ride comfort and handling for its time
  • SP20 variant was particularly good fun to drive
  • Refinement of old 2.0-litre V6
  • Spare parts may be harder to come by now
  • Autos only had either three or four speeds
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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2000 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 183010 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Auto Hatch 183000 6Months Rego • Airbag Driver • Km: 183000 • Will come with 6Months Rego • Next Service 185k • Coilpack & Spark Plugs changed • Water pump changed • Air Conditioning • Central Locking • Service done • Power Steering • Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers • Rear Spoiler • Ph: • Serious Buyers ONLY • Finance Available for Pensioners, Payslip, must have no bad credit. • Trade in • We buy your unwanted cars. • Fin

$2,900Drive Away^
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
3 hours ago

Old School 1997 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 4d

  • 232000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Old School 1997 Mazda 323 Astina 1.8 Litre Petrol Automatic with 232,000 Kilometres and 4 months rego expiring on the 09th of May 2022. The interior is in pristine condition and has been well taken care of, the exterior the clear coat is coming off in some areas but doesn’t have any dents or damages whatsoever. Would come out perfect with a buff / polish as paint is dull. Mechanically can’t think of a single issue wrong with it, extremely reliable! Tyres are fairly new, brake pads recently re

$2,600Negotiable
Villawood, NSW

16 hours ago

Mazda SP20. 2001

  • 170000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 astina SP20 Excellent condition. Regular serviced All receipts new tyres 170,000klms Automatic

$4,200
Wentworthville, NSW

20 hours ago

1996 Mazda 323 Astina Blue 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 250896 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl

If Paint Fade and Scratches are an issue, this car is not for you! Mechanical and Safety Inspection has been performed by our Mechanic I might be a bit rough around the edges but Im only $1999 plus ORC ADELAIDE . . . Western Suburbs. Only 10 minutes from the city. Take a short drive to this family owned business for a great selection of quality used cars for all budgets. This vehicle is available from one of the oldest Independent Used Car Dealerships on Port Road Woodville. A

$1,999
Woodville, SA

Dealer used
22 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA

  • 170886 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 1.8L Auto $5995 170 886kms Rego until 11 February 2022 Comes with a Safety Certificate and 1000km/1 month Statutory Warranty Government Charges Excluded Finance can be arranged Buy with confidence from a licenced dealer. Call Barend 1220 Ipswich Road Moorooka (356)

$5,995
Moorooka, QLD

Dealer used
23 hours ago

1998 Mazda 323 ASTINA

  • 174533 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This little gem what a find only 174500 kms genuine elderly owner with a whole lot of service documents this Automatic 323 hatch drives great and presents exceptionally well inside and out cheap on fuel low on maintenance this is a very original honest car Rwc is supplied Rego included Cold aircon Automatic We are by appointment only so any questions or to arrange an inspection just call text or message

Contactless
$4,500
Rosemount, QLD

Dealer used
23 hours ago

1994 Mazda Astina 323 (161,688km - V6 5sp manual 2.0L)

  • 161688 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Was ready to put some work into restoring the paintwork though have had no need for this car since acquiring a work car. Registration expired March 2019 and plates since surrendered (formerly VOU441). New battery installed today to check all still fully operational. Right parking light and left headlight need new bulbs. Will require a permit or trailer to pick up given unregistered status. V6 model with low kms. Runs well. Sad to let this one go...

$1,750
West Croydon, SA

23/01/2022

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 260000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Runs well, no stereo but I have one to put in. Great car, pretty straight all over. A few small scratches on plastic rear bumper otherwise paint is good. New radiator and head, good tyres. All offers considered

$2,900
Brunswick, WA

23/01/2022

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 238000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

New timing belt and spark plugs approx 12000 km ago.

$3,000
Lobethal, SA

23/01/2022

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 284716 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

323 ASTINA 1.8L Manual 5D hatchback *** BIG November rego & LOG BOOKS *** Air con, tints, dual airbags, central locking, power windows / steering / mirrors, engine immobilizer, rear spoiler, 6 stack CD player, fog lights and much more. Great on fuel, test drive today. Open 7 days till late. END OF YEAR SALE!! WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK * Australia wide, interstate transport options available * 1-5 years full parts & labour warranty available * Australia wide warranty options * 24/7 Roadside

$2,950
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
23/01/2022

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 220000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Wreaking - No panel damage, Needs new head otherwise everything else is ok 4 brand new tyres Willing to sell as a whole car

$1,000
Tyabb, VIC

23/01/2022

2002 Mazda 323 astina automatic low kms

  • 140000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

One lady owner from new, well maintained, good tyres & 6 mths Rego

$4,900Negotiable
Austins Ferry, TAS

23/01/2022

2002 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 258344 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

"SP20. 5 speed manual Astina is great runabout and drives A1. Newcastle dealer. Give us a call for all the info or drop around for a look and a test drive."

$3,800
Beresfield, NSW

Dealer used
23/01/2022

MAZDA 323 ASTINA SP20 BJ SERIES II 06/2003 5 SPEED LONG JUNE 2022 REG LOW 188,873 KLMS LOGBOOKS*5YR

  • 188873 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

*** YES WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS *** ****PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 The Following Measures Are Being Taken at Steve's Auto World Bass Hill***** - 24/7 Click & Collect Online Service On NOW !!! - FREE Sydney Metro Contactless delivery up To 50 Klms From Our Dealership (T&C'S Apply) - Off Site Payment & Vehicle Reservations - Video Chat ( Face Time ) Car Viewings Available By Appointment - Interstate Vehicle Transport Available - All Vehicles are to be Sanitised with Industrial Sanitiser Pr

Contactless
$6,950
Bass Hill, NSW

Dealer used
22/01/2022

1998 Mazda Astina hatchback

  • 230000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Selling my 98 Mazda Astina hatch. I've had the car for three years and in that time have had it regularly serviced and have also made some upgrades such as full Astina V6 interior and strut brace, new Pedders/KYB suspension and tinted windows. Mature owners for most of its life (including myself). Had no plans to sell, however I've bought another 'toy' and can't keep both. Excellent first car, or fun weekender. Pros: - Healthy 1.8L engine & 5 speed - Near new Pedders lowered springs, KYB struts

$3,750
Coromandel Valley, SA

22/01/2022

1999 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 292600 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina Wagon 1999 1.8 4cyl 5 spd manual 3months rego Great little car, been using as a work car. Reliable and easy to drive. Have done work to, and regularly maintained this car. Body has some dents and scratches, and paint fade on roof. Cheap on fuel, a/c is super cold and works like a dream, all electrics work. Mechanically great. Selling as I have to many cars.

$2,000Negotiable
Klemzig, SA

22/01/2022

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Gold 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 170363 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2000 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Hatchback 5dr Auto 4sp 1.6i IN champagne silver with air conditioning, central locking, airbags, These are just a few of the features associated with this vehicle, for more information, please dont hesitate to call our professional sales team directly. Our Used Car Division, is headed by Robert Wright, and his team is committed to making your next purchasing experience, an easy peace of mind decision. We are an award-winning 5-star customer service Toyota dealer. Thi

$6,990
Ulladulla, NSW

Dealer used
22/01/2022

2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 White 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 267940 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

323 ASTINA SP20, 2.0L Automatic hatchback *** March rego & LOG BOOKS *** 16" alloy wheels, climate control air con, tints, dual airbags, central locking, power mirrors / steering / mirrors, engine immobilizer, rear spoiler, 6 stack CD player, body kit, electronic brake force distribution, ABS brakes, fog lights, leather steering wheel and much more. Great on fuel, test drive today. Open 7 days till late.. END OF YEAR SALE!! WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK * Australia wide, interstate transport

$3,750
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
22/01/2022

MAZDA 2003 ASTINA 323 SHADES

  • 134000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Selling my old mans mazda astina it is in good condition inside and out. The car runs good 1.8 ltr engine great on fuel, it has only a 134 thousand kilometresand the timing belt was done at 100.450 km,log book up to date, has Bluetooth, two keys, pirrelli good tyres, plus electronic speedo,5 months rego,Air con works a treat,good after market sound system has a small dent on left front of bonnet which you can only see close up otherwise all is good..price is $3500 and is Negotiable within reaso

Contactless
$3,500Negotiable
Port Kembla, NSW

22/01/2022

2001 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 White 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 211378 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 SP20 presented in good condition for it's age inside and out and any test drive will not disappoint. Manual,Power Steering,Power Window,Air Condition and much extra option. Come with Log Book and Part Service History. Will come with 3 month rego no charge or 6 month just pay the difference. A Great Range of Finance Packages Available,Full Time,Part Time,Casual,Pension and Self Employer. Trade-in welcome,we do our best to make the experience simple and as pleasant as possible. W

$3,999Drive Away^
Lansvale, NSW

Dealer used
22/01/2022

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 203500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 ASTINA SP20 2001 Hatchback 5 doors/5 seats AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 4 cyl/ 2.0L Pros: Regularly serviced Good air conditioning/ heater New brake pads New back lights No dents No major engine problems, no leaks Not making unnecessary noises Cons: Transmission problem but can be fixed Jerking at 40km with acceleration and deceleration. Reversing to drive sometimes needs to change to drive or park before reverse gear shifts body paint faded few scratches Rego due March 2022 Selling d

$2,300
Midland, WA

21/01/2022

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 246344 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Car for sale Thinking it’s time to sell on my old Mazda Astina I’m thinking Its time for an upgrade for me So am I offering my little Mazda up for sale I’ve owned him for three years past Rego every single time with flying colours will be up for sale as of now till the end of February asking price $1950 firm please comes with 6 mths pension rego tyres are fair car clean and tidy Inside and out body in fair condition for its age no major scratches dents no rust whatsoever no paint peeling or fad

$1,950
Raymond Terrace, NSW

20/01/2022

Mazda 323

  • 96980 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling a very good condition Mazda 323 Astina, regular serviced every 5,000km, near new brakes, timing belt and water pump ect done 30K ago, everything works, perfect leaner car or a second run about great on fuel. $6400 ONO Must sell No Reasonable offer refused,

$6,400
Yerrinbool, NSW

20/01/2022

Mazda 323 Astina low kms

  • 151000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Mazda 323 Astina 2003 5 speed manual, 5 door hatchback 3 months rego Low 151kms

$2,800Negotiable
Karawara, WA

20/01/2022

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Overview of the Mazda 323

Overview of the Mazda 323

The Mazda 3 is today one of the country's most popular cars, yet Australia fell in love with Mazda hatchbacks as early as 1977 with the first 323.

It sold like hotcakes in 1981 when a new-generation front-wheel-drive 323 replaced the rear-drive model.

There were various hatch, sedan and wagon body styles, and in the mid-1990s there was even a V6 alternative to the mainly four-cylinder line-up. A sporty SP20 model bolstered the 323's image before the model was replaced from 2004 onwards by the Mazda 3.

MAZDA 323 GENERATIONS (SINCE 1994)

1994-1998

1998-2003

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

1.6L 4-cylinder: 7.0 to 7.7 litres per 100km

1.8L 4-cylinder: 7.7 to 8.3 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder (SP20): 8.0 litres per 100km

2.0L V6: 10.0 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO MAZDA 323

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: MAZDA 323 (1998 TO 2003)

The youngest Mazda 323 is now quite an old car. That means you really need to look at every prospective purchase on its individual merits, rather than on any hard and fast rules.

That said, there are a couple of recurring themes to be observed, starting with a 323 that has ever had its engine overheated.

This can be tricky to determine years later, but any engine that blows blue or grey smoke on start-up, has a misfire or a rough idle could be exhibiting the long-term effects of once having been too hot. This damage is permanent, too, and won't go away with a service.

Automatic versions also required their transmissions to be serviced according to the factory maintenance schedule.

A quick check involves getting the engine temperature up to normal (after a five-minute drive, for instance) letting it idle and removing the transmission dipstick.

The fluid on the stick should be a clean, clear red colour and shouldn't smell of burnt toast.