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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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MAZDA 323

  • 201136 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

02 MAZDA 323 ASTINA AUTO EXCELLENT CONDITION IDEAL FIRST CAR FOR LAND P PLATE DRIVERS GOOD REGO AND TYRES TIMING BELT HAS BEEN CHANGED CALL IN FOR A TEST DRIVE WONT LAST LONG CALL GARRY ON*****1270 STOCK NO 1772 DLN 13711 Website: clunesautocentre.com.au Phone: ******1270 Monday to Friday 8.00 to 4.30 Saturday 8.00 to 4.00 Mobile:

$4,995
Clunes, NSW

Dealer used
59 minutes ago

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

  • 205000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Hatchback $5990 Driveaway comes with qld rego 12 months extended warranty Easy Finance Available t.a.p 18 Snook Street Clontarf PH 07 284 2775 visit us www.autosalesredcliffe.com.au

$5,990
Clontarf, QLD

Dealer used
4 hours ago

1988 Mazda 323 SS Turbo

  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1988 Mazda 323 SS Turbo. This car will not disappoint, with electric sunroof, electric windows, upgraded turbo and computer, you'll be sure to turn heads. Owned by a mechanic, serviced every 7,500km. The car was used at powercruise 2019 and performed beautifully, chopping Golf GTIs and SS commodores. Great little sleeper to scare some commos. Goods -Chipped ecu to safely run 16psi -GTX2860R GEN 2 turbo. Externally gated -3" dump to 2.5" high flow exhaust system with HKS 4" cannon -Custom intak

$8,500
Gunning, NSW

8 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 Black 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 236041 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

`````` MAZDA 323 SP20 HATCH ALLOYS TINT MY04 PRESENTS AND DRIVES BEAUTIFULLY. `````` WE are Located At 540 Rode Rd in Chermside, 4032. CALL Us On To Arrange An Inspection. ASK Us About Our Tailor Made Finance Packages. VISIT Us Online At www.davidsonwholesale.com.au 2/2003, Mazda 323 SP20 Hatch, Central Locking Remote Control, 16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Power Steering, Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Radio CD with 4 Speakers, Anti-Lock Braking, Dual Front Ai

$4,999
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 BJ II Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 202655 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*****2001 MAZDA 323 BJ II Astina Hatchback 5dr Auto 4sp 1.6i ***** ** GREAT 1ST CAR ** ** AUTOMATIC ** ** BLUETOOTH AND USB CONNECTIVITY ** ** SERVICE HISTORY ** ** FULL ROADWORTHY ** ** DEALER WARRANTY ** Easy to Buy with confidence and safety, we are a “CLICK and COLLECT’ Licenced Company that offers FREE Transport delivery to your door anywhere in Victoria under the COVID 19 compliance. We offer easy contactless methods for vehicle purchases, trade-ins and Finance. Great prices

Contactless
$6,490Drive Away^
Ravenhall, VIC

Dealer used
24 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Economical, Perfect First Car or Daily Runabout

  • 302018 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

PRICE DROP FROM $2990 to $1990 ! Now FIRM price (cannot go lower) The ever-popular Mazda 323 hatch, in classic silver! I'm selling this car for my son. Need to sell this weekend. Includes 10 months rego (worth $470!) Strong 1.8L motor, yet very fuel-efficient and economical to run. Basically straight body, a few minor blemishes. Runs really well, ideal first car for manual drivers, or a reliable daily. Practical car - small yet roomy, nice big loading space in the back. Comfortable 5 seat

Contactless
$1,990Negotiable
Woodsdale, TAS

24 hours ago

1994 Mazda 323 BA11F1 Astina White 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 295391 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl

1994 Mazda 323 BA11F1 Astina White 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

$1,199
Blair Athol, SA

Dealer used
24 hours ago

2003 mazda astina Auto, RWC & Rego

  • 205134 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Selling 2003 Mazda323 Hatchback Auto with more than 7 Months long Rego & RWC, has done 205134 kms. It runs smooth, mechanically it’s great, cheap to run around and has lot of space in boot, has Rego until 09-04-2021, nice and tidy inside and outside with minor wear and tear for age, has power steering, central locks, cold Aircon, CD player Radio etc, Body paint is good except some fade only on roof. inspections welcome.

$3,950
Arundel, QLD

Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 170000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Fantastic car it has had only 1 owner Serviced regularly Automatic transmission Just got a $4000 paint job on it 1 month ago. Brand new radiator installed recently Air conditioning works Runs perfect. Text for further info and for inside pics. Open for swaps reason selling is because want a 4x4 Thanks

$6,000Negotiable
Gosford, NSW

Yesterday

Stylish 1997 Mazda 323 Astina For Sale

  • 258000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Slick looking car, drives really well, timing belt and waterpump changed last year, sunroof works and no mechanical issues, rego till december

$2,500
Randwick, NSW

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Hatchback Automatic Astina

  • 211450 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Perfect as a first car -2002 Holden Astina 323 P01A -Automatic - New Tyres. - Perfect working condition. - Bumper needs fixing as shown in photos. - NSW registration. - Regularly serviced and looked after very well. - No smoking car. - Can provide with RWC, please ask. Bumper fix won't cost more than 500. I can adjust the price in the sale. Only selling because moving away to US.

$2,499
Cranbourne East, VIC

20/09/2020

Mazda 323 Astina

  • 170878 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

$5000 negotiable. Mazda 323 Astina . Great mechanical condition, excellent interior, great first car. Paint fading on roof and a little on some panels. Only selling as I needed an automatic car for my daughter. RWC included/ 9 months rego left.

$5,000Negotiable
Rothwell, QLD

20/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 187000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Clean and reliable little car with long registration. Air conditioning works perfectly. Front tyres are new rear tyres have lots of tread. Low k’s for age. Remote central locking with spare key No issues other than front brakes need doing. Central coast Ourimbah

$3,900Negotiable
Gosford, NSW

20/09/2020

Mazda Astina

  • 321931 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

We've run it out of water & cooked the engine but was running before that. great for All panels are straight but rear has a chipped spot see in the photos but panel still straight. Good for parts selling unregistered and not running.

$600
Mount Warren Park, QLD

20/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 294000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

No Mechnical issue or leakage 2 month rego 4 new tyre No paint fade All are working well Central lock Power window Kenwood music stereo Clean and tidy

$1,900
North Adelaide, SA

20/09/2020

mazda 323 astina

  • 273000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

mazda 323 astina 1997 273000kms Has sun damage with the paint Come off the road about a month ago Won’t need much for a road worthy Or would swap for motor bike or tinny

$1,100Negotiable
Lockwood, VIC

20/09/2020

1994 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 155000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Low ks mazda 323 Cylinders filled with water, needs head machined Very clean car except 1 headlight amd minor bonnet damage from roo, brand new tyres, Would pass rego easily once running amd new light Locsteded tumbarumba nsw, make an offer

Contactless
$500
Tumbarumba, NSW

20/09/2020

Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 230000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina 1991 Petrol Manual Brilliant fuel economy Electric windows Blue green tourqoisy paint colour Good tyres Genuine Mazda rims Stereo 23000* KMs Old lady owner Clutch isnt that good Economical AF all arounder 2kONO

Contactless
$2,000Negotiable
Munno Para West, SA

20/09/2020

1991 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

  • 295000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

unregistered.for spare parts only.most major components have only 30,000km wear on them.

$250
Cairns North, QLD

20/09/2020

1998 mazda 323 hatchback AUTO (NOT RUNNING)

  • 200 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

1998 mazda 323 hatchback auto (NOT RUNNING) Automatic 1.8L Series 2 Aftermarket headunit Alloy wheels Bit of fade on roof Was making a weird noise then decided not to start. Towed to my work so needs a trailer, comes with NO REGO. Cranks but doesnt fire cant be bothered fixing. Suspected buggered motor. My loss your gain $1000ono located lonsdale

$1,000Negotiable
Lonsdale, SA

19/09/2020

Mazda auto good mechanical

  • 166350 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Auto parked most of the time very good mechanical cond RWC

$2,550
Southport, QLD

19/09/2020

Mazda 323 sp20

  • 19235 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 sp20 hatch 6 moths rego Mags and Tyers are 6 months old Tinted windows Blue tooth touch screen stereo Sports ex Central looking Just had a full service at Jackson garage New oils Oil filter Hand break adjusted New breaks New spark plugs New window wipers New head light globe Brand new inner tank fuel pump done by Jackson Manual 5 speed Electric windows Drives like a dream just need something bigger

$5,700
Glenorchy, TAS

19/09/2020

Mazda 323

  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Hi all I am selling my mazda 323 it's a 2000 model cheap 4cyl the car is very cheap to run and very reliable it just needs a new radiator as last owner brought a crud one and I just dont have the money to waste as have another car to maintain. Has a brand new pair on 17 inch rims and brand new tyres been driven on like 5 times max got rego till the 5/11/20 the clutch is very good the way it should be few dings here and there few scratches and some paint fade. I wont be replying to low ballers s

$2,200Negotiable
Alberton, SA

18/09/2020

Mazda 323 astina sp20

  • 195000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda astina 323 sp20 $5,000 ONO Aftermarket headunit Aftermarket immobiliser All wiring back to the boot for sub & amp as I will be keeping the sub & amp Manual Brand new speakers in all doors Power windows Sunroof Sp20 seat covers 190,000 k’s Led headlights just had all fluids changed (brake, transmission, engine oil, power steering) 7months rego Pm for more photos and details!

$5,000Negotiable
Erina, NSW

18/09/2020

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.