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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 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 312000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale is my Mazda 323 used as a first car and am now moving on , rego expires on the 19/7/2021, recently serviced and new front tyres , few scratches and dints but nothing major , all round good reliable car .

$1,800
Gwandalan, NSW

11 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Shades Gold 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 245760 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great looking MY03 Mazda 323 with heaps of rego, excellent service history and comes with ``FREE`` 12 months warranty!! Features Include: 5 speed manual, power steering, air con, dual front airbags, keyless entry, alloy wheels, central locking, tinted windows and much more! Drives and looks great, first to see will buy so dont miss out! All our cars come with a current RWC and all on road costs! No pushy salesman our cars sell themselves so come in a

$3,999Drive Away^
Newport, VIC

Dealer used
24/01/2021

2002 Mazda 323 astina

  • 246000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Mazda 323 Astina 2002 in perfect condition. Rego until 05/21. super reliable car, perfect to get around and very fuel efficient. drives smoothly on the high way as on gravel roads. had service and pink slip 2 months ago. for the last 3 months using it every day never had any problem, took me to noosa a couple of times easly. Comes with soft racks for boards/kayaks. selling because I'm buying bigger car for travelling :) price negotiable

$3,800Negotiable
Mullumbimby, NSW

23/01/2021

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 188000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Astina 323 in excellent condition

$3,000
Werribee, VIC

22/01/2021

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

  • 158742 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Family Owned Business Est 1985 Free 3 year warranty Full Car History Report available and Clear of All titles NSW Registered All Cars Mechanically Workshop tested Automatic

$5,990
Lidcombe, NSW

Dealer used
22/01/2021

1999 Mazda 323 auto

  • 230000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego No rwc Air con Electric windows 4 cylinder Clean car Located boronia

$1,900
Boronia, VIC

15/01/2021

1999 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 209900 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

$3,950 ONO Second owner (since 2009). Full service history. Low kms for age. Regularly serviced. Time belt has been changed at 196,000kms. Rego until Nov 2021.

$3,450
Glenunga, SA

06/01/2021

For Sale or for Parts Mazda 323 Astina 5 speed manual negotiable

  • 264000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

selling my mazda 323 Astina as is no Rego no roadworthy need to fix or for parts ,, engine and transmission works fine , below are the list to be repaired - Rear left calliper - Front left window motor - Shift gear bushing ,needs to replace all - Right rear small window need new one - needs new wipers - no head unit

$1,500Negotiable
Dallas, VIC

16/12/2020

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.