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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 protege 323

  • 190000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great little car,rego to June, clear coat coming off in spot's but nothing wrong with it. Only selling as don't need it any more

$2,500Negotiable
Wallerawang, NSW

21/01/2022

Mazda 323

  • 326000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale is this little Mazda 323. Purchased this for my missus but she can’t master the manual yet, has 326 000 kms on it but runs and drives like a new. Has log book history from brand new; I’m the 2nd owner of the vehicle. NSW rego till July this year, brand new tyres Also has a Bluetooth head unit and new speakers installed. For any questions feel free to message me. Cheers

$2,600Negotiable
Murwillumbah, NSW

19/01/2022

2003 Mazda sp20

  • 240000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Selling my Mazda SP20 daily, drives good, handles well, performs well. Never had any issues with the car, recently serviced, fun to drive. This is a great first car for anyone looking for a new car, this is a great daily drive, this car is good for anything. Message if you have any questions

$4,000Negotiable
Kellyville Ridge, NSW

24/12/2021

Mazda 323 2003 Protege

  • 242000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 MAZDA 323 AUTO!! PERFECT FOR LEARNERS!!! ***RELIABLE***LUXURIOUS***PERFECT INTERIOR*** PERFECT CAR FOR A FIRST CAR BUYER!!! Beautiful Condition!!!!! DON'T MISS ANY OF THESE FEATURES IN YOUR FIRST CAR: ✅ Only 243130KM ✅ Alloy Wheels ✅ AUTO ✅ Power steering ✅ Rego till 16/7/2022 ✅ Very good condition ✅ Tinted windows ✅ Beautiful Condition First to see this car will buy so get in quick.

$3,490Negotiable
Morley, WA

19/11/2021

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

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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.