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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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Top2000 Mazda 323 BJ Astina White 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 136880 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

We have over 300 good quality cars at unbeatable prices, Auto or Manual, SUV or Wagon, Coupe or Convertible, Sunroof , Hatch or Sedan,Petrol or Turbo Diesel, 4x4 or 4x2 All cars are workshop tested, and optional parts and labor warranties are available . Trade-ins are welcome and we pay top dollars for them, and for interstate buyers transport can be arranged .Finance can be arrange at best rates for all customers. We are located in Western Sydney. Call us today for the best deal 02 9625 8

$6,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
11 hours ago

Top2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Gold 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 195357 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

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

$5,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
17 hours ago

Top2002 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 203580 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WHOLESALE OUTLET. 6102. TRADE-INS WELCOME. WARRANTY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FINANCE OPTIONS CONTACT BRAD ON OR CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR FINANCE ENQUIRY https://loansunlimited.com.au/dealer/auto-planet/ used cars, cheap cars, automatic, manual, fuel efficient, cheap, reliable, private, dealer, ute, sedan, hatch, diesel, petrol, small, service history,

$2,985
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
15/06/2022

Top2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Red

  • 175000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Manual Red Hatch $5900 ✅Rego: Extra $450 for 6 months fresh rego upon your request ✅ODO: 175,000km ✅4 cylinder ✅1.8L Petrol engine ✅Central locking ✅Spare key ✅Electic Windows 💚Clear History 💚NO ACCIDENT 💚NOT REPAIRABLE WRITTEN OFF See more cars at: 😎 www.aussiefirstcar.com.au 🟢🔴🟣🔵Follow us on instagram please See more cars at: www.aussiefirstcar.com.au Please arrange a time for inspections and confirm your booking before coming to the yard We are at

$4,900
Greenslopes, QLD

Dealer used
22 hours ago

Top2002 Mazda 323 BJ Protege Sports Edition Blue 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 143240 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WHOLESALE OUTLET. 6102. TRADE-INS WELCOME. WARRANTY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FINANCE OPTIONS CONTACT BRAD ON OR CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR FINANCE ENQUIRY https://loansunlimited.com.au/dealer/auto-planet/ used cars, cheap cars, automatic, manual, fuel efficient, cheap, reliable, private, dealer, ute, sedan, hatch, diesel, petrol, small, service history,

$4,485
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
15/06/2022

Top2003 Mazda 323 Astina Black 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 170451 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

USED CAR CLEARACE CENTER. We are located in Melbourne’s West, only 25 Minutes from Melbourne CBD. Open 7 days a week, MONDAY TO SATURDAY 9AM to 5PM and SUNDAY 10AM to 2PM TO SPEED UP YOUR FINACE APPLICATION, PLEASE BRING WITH YOU *Your 3 most recent payslips *Most recent bank statement *Rental statement or rates notice *Centerlink income salary statement Come and see us today – Affordable, Reliable, Cheap cars. Cheap cars arriving daily.

$5,999
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
22/06/2022

Mazda 323 Hatch, Auto, 157000K's, Log Books, Rego & RWC $5990

  • 157000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Hatchback Very Ecconomical 1.6L 4 Cylinder Engine Only 157000 Kilometers Log Book Service History & Manuals Rego Paid Till 18/8/2022 Current Road Worthy Certificate Clear Title (PPSR) Automatic Transmission Cold Airconditioning Dual Air Bags Central Locking Power Steering Power Mirrors CD/Radio Excellent To Drive & Very Reliable!

$5,990
Hendra, QLD

25 minutes ago

Mazda protege

  • 184244 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

1999 Mazda 323 protege 1.6L presents well for age no longer being used as have gotten a new car Price is $ 2500 ONO DOES NOT COME WITH REGO OR RWC Do not ask if still available if add is up it’s still available

$2,500Negotiable
Earlville, QLD

4 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 BJ Astina White 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 136880 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

We have over 300 good quality cars at unbeatable prices, Auto or Manual, SUV or Wagon, Coupe or Convertible, Sunroof , Hatch or Sedan,Petrol or Turbo Diesel, 4x4 or 4x2 All cars are workshop tested, and optional parts and labor warranties are available . Trade-ins are welcome and we pay top dollars for them, and for interstate buyers transport can be arranged .Finance can be arrange at best rates for all customers. We are located in Western Sydney. Call us today for the best deal 02 9625 8

$6,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
11 hours ago

Mazda sp20 5sp

  • 300000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Front bumper damaged , have replacement. Defected runs killer. WRX seats .

$1,500Negotiable
Davoren Park, SA

14 hours ago

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

  • 195357 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

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

$5,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Red 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 165351 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

FANTASTIC RUN AROUND VEHICLE GREAT 1ST CAR PRESENTS IMMACULATE Local Trade In Vehicle: As this vehicle is a wholesale trade in vehicle it has already had pricing adjusted in line with the market ensuring you of the best value.. Buy from the biggest Mazda dealer, all our vehicles have been thoroughly inspected by our master technicians. Enquire with us about our finance and receive a complimentary finance assessment.

$7,890
Kirrawee, NSW

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 300000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

Selling my 02 car battery is currently flat so will have to bring another battery or tow vehicle Price is very much negotiable

$1,100
Waikiki, WA

22 hours ago

2003 mazda 323 astina

  • 230554 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

For sale is my partners 2003 mazda 323 astina, car runs and drives good but looks pretty average due to the scratches down the side. The car does however have great fuel efficiency which could be usefull for someone that drives a lot in these times of high fuel prices. It wont win any styling points but will be a good first car for someone or a good daily beater

$5,000
Hackham, SA

22 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Red

  • 175000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Manual Red Hatch $5900 ✅Rego: Extra $450 for 6 months fresh rego upon your request ✅ODO: 175,000km ✅4 cylinder ✅1.8L Petrol engine ✅Central locking ✅Spare key ✅Electic Windows 💚Clear History 💚NO ACCIDENT 💚NOT REPAIRABLE WRITTEN OFF See more cars at: 😎 www.aussiefirstcar.com.au 🟢🔴🟣🔵Follow us on instagram please See more cars at: www.aussiefirstcar.com.au Please arrange a time for inspections and confirm your booking before coming to the yard We are at

$4,900
Greenslopes, QLD

Dealer used
22 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 Protege $3000 ONO

  • 168505 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Transmission: Automatic ODO: 168505km Rego expires: 13 Aug 2022 (neg.) Located Kingsgrove NSW. My mechanic (also located in Kingsgrove) who has regularly serviced it over the 4 years I've owned it is happy to take a look at it on your behalf. Brake pads & spark plugs replaced April '22 2 front tires replaced March '22 There are a number of aesthetic scratches (please see photos) which were there when I bought the car, but it's a reliable ride and she has served me well. A great first car or

$3,000Negotiable
Kingsgrove, NSW

23 hours ago

1978 Mazda 323 RWD Manual

  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

Good start to a project. Almost complete car. Motor runs. Back wheel bearings need replacing. New ones come with the car, just need pressing in... Have been contacted 3 times by mainland buyers interested in the BUMPERS! But I'm not wrecking cars... Maybe you are..? Located in Mathinna. Offers and swaps welcome. Price: Any offer more attractive than the car will be considered. (Cars pretty ugly!)

$999
Mathinna, TAS

Yesterday

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SEDAN 2000

  • 112673 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

LOW KMS DRIVEN. (112673 KMS) GOOD CONDITION FOR AGE OF CAR. Sell my Mazda 323 Protege Sedan 2000 (Automatic). For upgrading to Big family car. First registered in July 2000. I am second owner for this but we'll maintained car by me. No Hail Damage. Original Manuals & Service book available. 02 keys & 01 remote available. Even Extended service records bill available on demand. PPSR history clearance available in photos. No finance, No written off records or No stolen records. Car drives ver

$5,100Negotiable
South Plympton, SA

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

  • 225000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

I'm selling the car for parts. It still drives at the moment but there is a leak in the master cylinder and the clutch hydraulics are well and truly on the way out, so would need to be replaced. Will be selling unregistered.

$1,000
Byron Bay, NSW

26/06/2022

Registered and running Mazda 323 Astina. Priced to sell

  • 331001 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Car has 3 months registration. Runs well, no oil leaks. Priced to sell. Book value $2600 - $3000 Car is is located in Hamersley I may be able to bring the car to you pending your location. 2 Keys Good Bridgestone Tyres Car could do with new front shocks ($200) Car has immobiliser and central locking. Air Conditioner and heater works Driver window needs some attention. Be quick as it is priced to sell

$1,490
Hamersley, WA

26/06/2022

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 188065 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

Great looking MY00 Mazda 323 with heaps of rego and comes with "FREE" 12 months warranty!! Features Include: 5 speed manual, power steering, air con, drivers airbag, alloy wheels, central locking, cd/mp3 player, 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 and check it out. Located in Melbourne's west just 5

$4,499Drive Away^
Altona North, VIC

Dealer used
26/06/2022

1997 Mazda 323 PROTEGE Automatic Sedan

  • 185000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

For sale 1997 Mazda with low kilometres just been serviced and mechanically good. Price negotiable. Genuine buyers only.

$700
Eltham, VIC

26/06/2022

Mazda 323 protege 2002

  • 314934 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Sound engine. Good cold a/c New tyres, great sound system with 10inch sub and amp with touch screen head unit. Selling as is . This was my baby , now I have upgraded and don't have time to do her up like I wanted so I have to sell .

$4,500
Peachester, QLD

26/06/2022

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 253299 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

FIRM - No time wasters please! Selling Mazda 323 SP20 253,209 kms Automatic 2.0 Litre motor Absolutely no issues at all, car runs and drives well Aftermarket double din head unit with Bluetooth connectivity Has all wiring for a subwoofer in the boot New battery New tyres & wheel balance Has a tow ball and wiring for the trailer plug working as it should Registered until 17/08/2022 This vehicle was purchased 2 months ago for my nephew who has since relocated and is now selli

$3,500
Henley Brook, WA

26/06/2022

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Automatic Hatchback

  • 220733 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

1 owner. Registration until 16/12/2022. Good running car however paintwork on the bonnet and roof is faded we have maintained services etc. Good tyres, new spare, no leaks.

$3,950
Gillieston Heights, NSW

26/06/2022

1998 Mazda 323 protege

  • 265000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

1998 Mazda 323 protege BA series 3 1.8 BPZE engine Manual Power windows, mirror, CD player / Bluetooth Air conditioning Car for its age is in good condition. Had money spent on it over its years. Receipts included. Previous owner had timing belt and water pump done early 2020 Paint in good condition, some panels have hail damage. Gear shifter has a bit of play due to plastic bushings need doing in the linkage, I've lived with it and it selects gear without issue. Been used as a work / general

$2,900Negotiable
Bellbird Heights, NSW

25/06/2022

1998 Mazda 323 BA11P3 Astina Gold 4 Speed Automatic Hardtop

  • 164253 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

1998 Mazda 323 BA11P3 Astina Gold 4 Speed Automatic Hardtop

$5,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
25/06/2022

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Mazda sp20 Dead motor Knock motor Sp20 Manual Exhaust $1250

$1,250
South Penrith, NSW

25/06/2022

2001 mazda 323 protege

  • 300000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Great car for it's age. Runs well, good fuel economy. New battery Air con has new compressor and re-gased New radiator Some paint damage Was my mother's car but she can no longer drive. Any queries txt: Julian 040174522

$3,750Negotiable
Mount Hawthorn, WA

25/06/2022

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 219985 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

Selling Automatic 2002 Mazda 323 Astina. Registered until October with a RWC included. Vehicle has been inspected by RACQ and all is well. Drives well with very few issues, all i've been able to notice is: - Brakes are starting to squeal - rattling isnide door (possibly something dropped down window slot) - scratch on rear passenger door

$3,500
Eight Mile Plains, QLD

25/06/2022

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  • CarsGuide gave the Mazda 323 an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 with 26 expert reviews.The reviews span across several years and variants. Check CarsGuide site for more details.

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.