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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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2002 Mazda323, Hatchback

2002 Mazda323, Hatchback

$1,200
  • 307000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling Mazda 323, Hatchback Awesome, zippy little car and great for a first car or learner driver Gets you from a to b and great on petrol Easy car to maintain *Tinted windows *Great aircon *radio aux provided Rego due October 2020 Viewings available Sunday 09-08-2020 or later

Belmont AreaBelmont

7 hours ago

FOR OR SWAPS

FOR OR SWAPS

Swap/Trade
  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

FOR SALE $5000 OR SWAPS BLACK MAZDA SP20 5 SPEED MANUAL 6 MONTHS REGO ALL POWER OPTIONS WRX FRONT SEAT SP25 MAGS WHEELS AIR CONDITIONING K&N POD FILTER FOG LIGHTS HID HEADLIGHTS HID FOGLIGHTS 5% TINTS SUN VISORS ALPINE SOUND SYSTEM EXHAUST SYSTEM TWIN AIRBAGS ABS BREAKS BONNET PROTECTOR KEYLESS ENTRY WITH REMOTE EXEDY HEAVY-DUTY CLUTCH RECENTLY SERVICED ENGINE OIL GEARBOX FUILDS TYRES SPARK PLUGS LEADS & COILPACKS DRIVES SMOOTH WITH NO PROBLEMS NO OIL LEAKS ETC... CALL OR SMS ON

Campbelltown AreaCampbelltown

10 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM  RWC AND REG
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM RWC AND REG

$3,950
  • 137676 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 HATCH BACK LOW KLM 137676 AUTOMATIC PWR STEERING AIR COND PWR WINDOWS VERY CLEAN BLACK DUCO GREY CLOTH INTERIOR CAR RUNS WELL AND WE WILL SUPPLY RWC AND 3 MONTHS REGO CAR CAN BE VIEWED AT 22 SECOND AV SUNSHINE CALL******1299 FOR ALL DETAILS******1299 $3950.00 ONO FINANCE AVAILABLE TRADE INS WELCOME *****1299 LMCT 11308 ACL 444317 *****1299

Brimbank AreaSunshine

12 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$2,000
  • 225000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Solid engine Clutch is good New alternator New battery Small dint in bonnet Windscreen has a crack down the bottom. Brake pads are getting low but Comes with brand new rotors and pads just need to be installed. Mint little run around. Great on fuel. 2k ono Only selling due to buying a 4WD Selling as is *NO REGO NO RWC* Located in Redbank Plains Posted elsewhere

Ipswich CityRedbank Plains

13 hours ago

2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO
2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO
2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO
Dealer used

2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO

$3,990
  • 285000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO REGO TILL JANUARY 2021 GOOD TYRES NO DENTS OR SCRATCHES SPACIOUS BOOT NEAT AND TIDY RADIO/CD PLAYER AND MUCH MORE... CONTACT US ON IF INTERESTED. WE ARE ALWAYS BETTER WITH PRICE AND QUALITY, TRADE INS WELCOME TOP $$$ PAID NO MATTER WHATEVER THE CONDITION IS, VEHICLES CAN BE DELIVERED TO ANY STATE IN AUSTRALIA. BEST RANGE OF PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN STOCK!!! CALL US ON TO B

Gosnells AreaBeckenham

13 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$2,500 Negotiable
  • 317214 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Reliable car economically Selling due upgrade bigger car New fan belts, New front and rear brake pads Drain and flush all brake fluid fill with new fluid. New battery Safety check report completed 12 montH CTP and has 12 month rego,rego until 11/06/2021

Tweed Heads AreaKingscliff

17 hours ago

Goes well manual blows smoke on Start up but goes well

Goes well manual blows smoke on Start up but goes well

$450
  • 248563 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Goes well manual blows smoke on Start up but goes well text only

Southern MidlandsBagdad

20 hours ago

1997 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback 4months Rego
Dealer used

1997 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback 4months Rego

$2,450 Negotiable
  • 220000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1997 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback 4months Rego Power steering, power mirrors, power windows, central locking , SRS airbags , CD player , aircon, good tyres , car drives good both in and out in good condition, great on fuel, log books , all inspections welcome please no time wasters

Liverpool AreaLiverpool

20 hours ago

Mazda 323 2003 *REGO & RWC*

Mazda 323 2003 *REGO & RWC*

$4,000
  • 208000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda Astina 323 *Automatic *Drives great *In perfect condition *Service history *208,000 ks *6 months rego *RWC *Price negotiable* Great little car if youre looking for something small. Reason I am selling is because I need a bigger car for my growing family.

Geelong CityGeelong

Yesterday

Great Car... "97 MAZDA 323 ASTINA..

Great Car... "97 MAZDA 323 ASTINA..

$450 Negotiable
  • 280000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

SOLD.. Pending Pick Up.. .. REGRETFUL SALE.. Great Cheap Little Car NEEDS BLUE SLIP RUNS GREAT .... $$$ 450.00 $$$ .... Recently installed NEW Tappet Cover Gasket & Spark Plugs.. ..and Comes with Brand new Clutch Kit & Gearbox Rear And Main Seals.. The Clutch never slipped / missed a Gear Just had trouble descending through Gears when got warm ITS A BARGAIN FOR A DEPENDABLE REALIBLE CAR BATTERY & CLUTCH INSTALLATION / ASSEMBLY NEEDED BEFORE DRIVEABLE CAR FLOAT OR FLAT BED... You may need

Newcastle AreaCarrington

06/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Green 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Green 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$6,990
  • 245500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

A true credit to the previous owner. Well looked after automatic hatch. don't miss out this car wont last long Our finance department is available most days, and can provide competitive finance quotes in a matter of minutes. Contact our team if you would like more information on any of our services. Thank you for supporting local business. We are a family owned and operated, New and used vehicle dealership, operating from the same premises for almost 50 years. Offering over 100 new and

Glenorchy AreaDerwent Park

06/08/2020

2003 MAZDA 323 ASTINA (AUTO) LOW KMS! *FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY*
Dealer used

2003 MAZDA 323 ASTINA (AUTO) LOW KMS! *FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY*

$3,999
  • 130350 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 MAZDA 323 ASTINA 5DOOR HATCHBACK 1.8L INLINE 4 4 SPEED AUTOMATIC, AIRCON, POWER STEER, POWER WINDOWS, TIDY CAR EVERYTHING WORKS AS IT SHOULD. FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY! (CONDITIONS APPLY) CALL OR MESSAGE US TO BOOK A VIEWING AS THIS CAR WON'T LAST LONG! OPENING HOURS: 9AM – 5:30PM MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00AM – 1:00PM SATURDAY 2 BURWASH PLACE MADDINGTON WA 6109 ********8899 click to reveal - CONTACT DURING OPENING HOURS OTHERWISE EMAIL OR GUMTREE MESSAGE AT EAGLEONE MOTORS WE ARE A

Gosnells AreaMaddington

06/08/2020

MAZDA 323-2000-4 CYL-REGO-RWC-AIRCON-CHEAP

MAZDA 323-2000-4 CYL-REGO-RWC-AIRCON-CHEAP

$2,250
  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323-2000-4 CYL-REGO-RWC-AIRCON-CHEAP Comes With Registration till 23/12/2020 New RWC Safety Certificate, Cold Air Conditioning, 250,000 Kms, 4 Cylinder, Very Economical and Reliable Car, Please call or txt , Well Serviced, Perfect for Backpackers, Work or family, $2250 Price Firm, Upper Coomera 4209

Gold Coast NorthUpper Coomera

06/08/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$3,800
  • 193000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Astina sp20 已行駛194xxx公里 車牌: Tas Rego:2/2021 售價:$ 3800(誠可議) 排氣量:2.0L 汽油:Unleaded 91/95 排擋:自動擋 冷暖氣:正常 車況良好,有定期維修紀錄。 剛換一對前軚,正時皮帶已經換過,新的三腳 架,新的coil跟火星塞,新engine mold,基本 要花錢修的我都修過了,不用擔心再花錢修東 西,賣車只是想換排量大點的車。(已更換成塔斯牌) 地點:devonport 2002 Mazda 323 Astina sp20 194xxx kilometers traveled License plate: Tas Rego: 2/2021 Price: $ 3800 (negotiable) Displacement: 2.0L Gasoline: Unleaded 91/95 Gear: automatic Heating a

Devonport AreaDevonport

06/08/2020

Mazda Astina 2002 Hatchback

Mazda Astina 2002 Hatchback

$600
  • 427225 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Good for parts. Good tyres, good battery, good interior, small dents in passenger doors and on bonnet. Light covers in good condition. Silver in colour. Roof faded. Sold unregistered. Will need to be towed away due to electrical fault.

Redland AreaAlexandra Hills

06/08/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina hatchback

$2,000 Negotiable
  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Runs and drives well! Has cold aircon 🥶 Rego 4 new tyres Paint is good for its age.

Logan AreaBrowns Plains

06/08/2020

Wanted: Mazda sp20 323

Wanted: Mazda sp20 323

$2,500
  • 253228 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my sp 20 Great little car never let me down Nothing wrong with the motor. Drive well very good Tyres 90% 5%tints Just put 6 months rego on it yesterday Inside very clean outside body 70/80% Bad things It has rust small rust nothing major Roof faded and spoiler clear peeling Other then that very good car to drive nothing wrong with it. Plz no time wasters thanks

Parramatta AreaParramatta

06/08/2020

1979, Mazda 323, Automatic

1979, Mazda 323, Automatic

$800 Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1979 Mazda 323, Auto, 1.6 L, in running condition, drives well, unregistered due to small amount of rust in fire wall. Great project or part car.

Clarence AreaHowrah

06/08/2020

Evo/grs

Evo/grs

$10,000
  • 206000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

80 percet compeleted all u need is link ecu tune an all you need is bigger turbo n link n dyno tune paint.. moving hme to nz quick seal what you got.. can threw mazda new rego as a dailly 6ono evo for 10 k with both Front bumper sold sorry Maybe up for swapz hit me up

Logan AreaLoganlea

06/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$3,000 Negotiable
  • 300000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great reliable car, 2 owners since new with full service history, all the sp20 options plus car alarm, cruise control, tinted windows, sp20 car mats , headlight and bonnet protectors and scuff plates

Mount Barker AreaLittlehampton

05/08/2020

Wanted: Wtb 4 cyl auto

Free
  • 10000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Hi just looking for a 4 cyl auto. Must be clean and tidy and have some sort of rego. Need a car to get to a to b. Got $1500 cash. Can pay more for the right car cheers

Charles Sturt AreaBeverley

05/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$5,968
  • 193426 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Buy direct from our Warehouse and SAVE BIG. Smart buyers save THOUSANDS of dollars on hundreds of cars, starting from just $1990, and all under one roof. Shop where the Dealers shop, and come and see why we sell over 400 cars per month. Ask us to send you a video on this actual car today!! Due to our Warehouse pricing and high demand, it is best to enquire now to see if this car is still in stock. Every vehicle goes through our workshop with a full 105-point i

West Torrens AreaMile End South

05/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$3,800 Negotiable
  • 176543 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Exc. Condition Comes with Roadworthy 2 New front tires Selling because had to get bigger car for family Power windows Bluetooth speaker Manual 176543km 2003 Tinted windows Zippy and sporty Great car

Caloundra AreaCaloundra

05/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 astina

2003 Mazda 323 astina

$2,500
  • 230400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 astina 5 speed manual has 230000ks has full touch screen head deck with gps has sports muffler with tip drives amazing recent had a service including oil filter and oil has pod filter installed rego till 27th of November will also take swaps

Wollongong AreaWollongong

05/08/2020

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.