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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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Top2002 Mazda 323 Sedan Manual

$2,500
Herne Hill, WA

Dealer used
17/06/2021

Top2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 244886 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

**JUST ARRIVED** **FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY!!** HUGE RANGE OF VEHICLES IN STOCK WITH LOW MARGINS HIGH TURNOVER.... ** HAVE A TRADE-IN?? BRING IT DOWN WILL GIVE YOU ABOVE MARKET PRICE, SAVING YOU TIME AND MONEY! ** WE GO THE EXTRA MILE WHEN OTHERS DONT** For added convenience, we have on-site finance and insurance managers who are able to discuss your finance options with super competitive repayment packages! Have confidence in your next purchase with all vehicles inspected with a rigorous 116-

$4,888
Melville, WA

Dealer used
17/06/2021

Top2001 Mazda 323 Astina Beige 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 226984 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Located 1.5 hrs from Melbourne down the South Eastern freeway, we are the largest non-franchise dealership in the Gippsland Region, locally owned and operated for over 30 years. We cater to country, city and interstate buyers and are able to conduct sales and value your trade-in via the phone or e-mail. We will also provide extra photos, walk around videos and additional information as requested to ensure an efficient and transparent sales experience. Finance and additional Warranty o

$3,990Drive Away^
Traralgon, VIC

Dealer used
18/06/2021

Top2002 Mazda 323 PROTEGE

  • 153000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

🔥🔥 CLEARANCE SALE 🔥🔥2010 MAZDA 6 MANUAL (REGO+RWC).Only 153K km. ✅ Rego: 6Months Fresh Rego upon your request (extra cost ✅ Manual✅ODO: only 153,000km✅4 cylinder 1.8L Petrol engine ✅Central locking ✅RWC 💥 Clear PPSR 💥 INPLACE FINANCE AVAILABLE, 💥 1-5 YEAR WARRANTY AVAILABLE, 💥 TRADE INS WELCOME - RWC NOT Necessary, 💥 IN PLACE REGISTRATION AND PLATE AVAILABLE, 💥 AFTER HOURS INSPECTION IS POSSIBLE BY PRE-BOOKING. Contact Number: Please do not hesitate to call Sam or Pabl

$3,990
Seventeen Mile Rocks, QLD

Dealer used
17/06/2021

Very Cheap 2004 Mazda 323

  • 203884 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Good run around car or learner car. Needs pink slip Needs rego 203,000kms Central locking broken Faded and scuffed paint Good on fuel

$450Negotiable
Cessnock, NSW

2 hours ago

Wanted: WTB: Mazda 323 BF hatch manual

  • 123456 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WTB: A Mazda 323 BF hatch preferably manual as a restoration project. Dosnt have to come with rego or rw, would prefer if it drives but dosnt have to. PM me if you have one around Melbourne vic.

$1,234Negotiable
Seville, VIC

2 hours ago

1997 Mazda 323 Astina Green 5 Speed Manual Hardtop

  • 193565 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Cheap Run around car Drives Good Good tyres, Cold A/C WHOLE SALE, NO OFFERS COVID-19 South Central Motors is taking this very seriously, so our staff and your heath is our top priority. For your safety we are disinfecting all our vehicles before and after each test drive and all our staff are adhering to strict safety/heath protocols. We hope everyone is staying safe during this difficult time and we are here to help you with the purchase of your next vehicle. South Central Motors i

$1,900
Morphett Vale, SA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

Mazda 323 Protege

  • 178700 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

2001 Mazda Protege Registered 24/7 178,700 km 2nd owner. Very good condition for the age of the vehicle, has been sitting for a while, requires a tune up. Starts and runs fine. Full log book and receipts of services etc. Driven by a disable lady who needed a higher vehicle to get into.

$4,500Negotiable
Glenview, QLD

3 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Silver 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 100685 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

JUST TRADED FROM NEW CAR DEPARTMENT , MAZDA 323 PROTEGE 1.8 LITRE PETROL INJECTED SPORTS AUTOMATIC 4 DOOR SEDAN ,THIS SHOULD BE IN THE MAZDA MUSEUM , LIKE NEW 1 ELDERLY OWNER ONLY TRAVELLED 100,000 KILOMETRES FROM NEW WITH ALL THE BOOKS 2 KEYS ALLWAYS SERVICED AND LOOKED AFTER LIKE NEW, LOOK AT THE PICTURES, CANT FAULT A THING , WOULD MAKE PERFECT FIRST CAR WITH ALL THE MAZDA RELIABILITY AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT, ECONOMICAL 1.8 LITRE PETROL INJECTED ENGINE EASY TO MAINTAIN WITH AN EASY TO DRIVE SPO

$6,490Drive Away^
Mornington, VIC

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Shade

  • 136441 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Great for for first car or small 2nd car. Excellent condition Mechanically Perfect Interior is immaculate Drives Excellent 4 Cylinder Automatic Low Kms 137000 1.8 litre petrol **Roadworthy (10th June 2021) **3 months Registration Great on Petrol Sony CD player with bluetooth

Contactless
$5,350
Warrnambool, VIC

19 hours ago

2000 Mazda astina hatchback

  • 192000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

2000 Mazda astina 192xxks 2 months rego Log books 5 speed manual 3 keys Central locking Paint isn't the best in places but mechanically a1 needing to get a auto only reason for selling $2000 ono pick up EAST MAITLAND OR RAYMOND TERRACE TXT

$2,000Negotiable
Tenambit, NSW

20 hours ago

Mazda 323 1983 auto

  • 81200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Genuine1 owner just amazing condition.Rare auto in 83, eligible for historic rego just look at the photos. Lastly don't offer me 4K and expect an answer , this car is just way too good for rubbish offers.Funny how in the first 5 replies I receive two offers for 3500 when I thought I made it clear -4000 was wasting my time,Please READ the ad!

$5,500
Colo Vale, NSW

20 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 107000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Comes with 6 months rego - Timing belt done 2000km ago - new steering system (control arms etc) - regularly serviced ABOUT THIS CAR: This is a fantastic vehicle. Excellent around the town and handles long trips comfortably. What really sets this car apart is it’s reliability and quite simply how cheap it is to run. I’ve had this vehicle for 8 years and with regular servicing it has never missed a beat. They truely don’t make them like this anymore, minimal electronics, few bells and whistle

$5,999
Wilston, QLD

22 hours ago

2003 mazda protege for swaps or sell

  • 279763 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

has 6 months rego good clutch and gearbox runs beautifully and great on fuel call or message me on 0.4.8.4.3.2.0.0.6.2

Swap/Trade
North St Marys, NSW

22 hours ago

2003 mazda protege

  • 279761 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Manual gearbox and clutch is great drives and runs great am negotiable on price a little or keen on swaps for something different call or message me on 0.4.8.4.3.2.0.0.6.2

$2,000Negotiable
North St Marys, NSW

23 hours ago

Mazda astina 323 1.6 litre auto

  • 298686 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

1999 mazda astina 323 hatchback 1.6 litre BJ model. Automatic. 2nd owner from new. Done 298686kms. Central locking, 2 keys, air cond works great nice and cold. Heater works great. Ferrari red in colour. Great paint for age. Serviced regularly. Gearbox professionally replaced 8 months ago. Just did full service on engine and gearbox a month ago. Was driving really nice till 2 days ago. But has recently developed a gearbox problem. Had car diagnosed as transmission issue. So will need repair or g

$3,000
Warnbro, WA

24 hours ago

Mazda 2001, 323 Ptotege Automatic Low KMS

  • 143000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Registration and Warranty Included JUST SERVICED LogBooks Low kilometres All Power Options Air Conditioned Alloy Wheels FOR VIEWING AND TEST DRIVE BOOKINGS CONTACT ********5350 click to reveal or ******** 004 click to reveal OPEN 7 DAYS 9am - 530pm Endless Motors Pty Ltd 3/13 Kurrajong Road, North St Marys NSW 2760

Contactless
$4,499
North St Marys, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

1998 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Blue Green 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 144468 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Blue Green 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$4,690
Cheltenham, VIC

Dealer used
Yesterday

1998 Mazda Protege

  • 183000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Runs well, rego expiring soon

Contactless
$2,000
Bundall, QLD

Yesterday

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Blue 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 122100 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina Auto Hatch 120,000km 3Months Rego Lohbook • Airbag Driver • Km: 120,000 • Logbook • Rego: 9//2021 • Air Conditioning • Central Locking • Cloth Trim • Engine Immobiliser • Power Steering • Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers • Rear Spoiler • Trade in • Finance Available. • Serious Buyers only Law Ballers will be spammed. • 6-24 Months Optional Warranty Available. • Easy Finance Available. • Finance for Pensioners Available. • Australia Wide Delive

$3,100Drive Away^
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Gold 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 133419 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 1.6L Auto Hatch 155,000km 3Months Rego • Airbag Driver • Air Conditioning • Central Locking Remote Control • Km: 155000 • Rego: 3Months • Engine Immobiliser • Power Mirrors • Power Steering • Power Windows • Radio CD with 4 Speakers • Rear Spoiler • Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats • Tinted Windows • Finance Available. • Serious Buyers only Law Ballers will be spammed. • 6-24 Months Optional Warranty Available. • Easy Finance Avail

$3,300Drive Away^
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Beige 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 226984 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Located 1.5 hrs from Melbourne down the South Eastern freeway, we are the largest non-franchise dealership in the Gippsland Region, locally owned and operated for over 30 years. We cater to country, city and interstate buyers and are able to conduct sales and value your trade-in via the phone or e-mail. We will also provide extra photos, walk around videos and additional information as requested to ensure an efficient and transparent sales experience. Finance and additional Warranty o

$3,990Drive Away^
Traralgon, VIC

Dealer used
18/06/2021

1998 mazda 323 protege

  • 244000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Tidy little 1999 Mazda 323 protege, selling due to upgrade for work. $1800 Ono but reasonable offers please Super cheap and fun run around or perfect learner manual car 4cyl, 1.8l, 5 speed manual - runs about 6L/100km only around 40$ for a tank Front damage is due to car rolling forward no structural or mechanical damage. Headlight works fine. Fresh 3 months rego Central locking Electric windows all round Fabric seats Air con & heater Xenon headlight bulbs Things t

$1,800
Magill, SA

18/06/2021

2001 MAZDA 323 PROTOGE

  • 221811 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling a 2001 mazda 323 protogé new timing belt new head gasket new water pump new radiator relatively new tyres roof racks Any other questions don’t hesitate to contact me on PRICE IS NEGIOTABLE

$4,500Negotiable
Coolbinia, WA

18/06/2021

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 290000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina SP20 Version, has some minor panel damage but nothing too bad, does blow a bit of smoke, but otherwise runs well. Not much rego left but could put another three months on. We can haggle on the price !

$2,399Negotiable
Gowrie, ACT

18/06/2021

2001 Mazda 323 Protege Blue 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 135040 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This Vehicle features: - With September 2021 Rego - Free 1 Year Australia wide Select warranty included - Having only done 135,000km - Airbags and ABS brakes - Central Locking & Engine Immobiliser - Power Steering, power windows & icy Air Con - PPSR (Revs) Report, which identifies any finance debt and major accident - history from a previous owner - RMS Authorised Safety Inspection - After sales service & support - Optional extras including easy finance & extended warranty up to 5 y

$3,990
Leichhardt, NSW

Dealer used
18/06/2021

323 Mazda Protege 2001

  • 303621 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

4 door mazda in great condition 4 cylinder very fuel efficient Power steering, electric windows, air bags, remote central locking, icy ac, after market double din head unit Very clean car inside and out, small paint scratch is shown in photos

$3,000
Hillcrest, QLD

18/06/2021

2001 Mazda 323 PROTEGE

  • 245188 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Shades Sedan Auto. Has Done 245188kms with log books with fairly good service records. 2 New front tyres, new power steering pump and new radiator. Drives great and has clear ppsr and no hail. will come with ACT Roadworthy at asking price。This is a ideal car first car for leaner. We are located in 1/115 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, ACT.(Basement of Bob-Jane T-mart) We open 10am-4pm Monday-Friday 10am-2pm Saturday

$3,450Drive Away^
Fyshwick, ACT

Dealer used
18/06/2021

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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.