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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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1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
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1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!

$3,799
  • 150000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 in very good condition for its age with all the usual power options, rego till 15 July 2021, Ice cold aircon, centre locking and much more! Inspections by appointment only No appointment no inspection Strictly no offers and not negotiable please don’t contact if you are not Looking to spend the asking amount All our cars are tested for quality and safety by our experienced technicians. All our cars come with a roadworthy certificate and history check with clear title. Warranty a

Hornsby AreaAsquith

11/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan

$3,995
  • 291936 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 SEDAN MANUAL EXCELLENT CONDITION ALL ROUND DRIVES GREAT WONT LAST WELCOME TO AWSUM AUTOS I HAVE BEEN A MOTOR DEALER SINCE 2001 AND IN THE MOTOR INDUSTRY SINCE 1988 I HAVE BEEN IN THE CAR CITY COMPLEX SINCE 2001 AND HAVE ENJOYED SERVING CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK TO THE PUBLIC FOR YOU TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN PURCHASING A VEHICLE FROM ME..I ALSO OFFER EXTENDED WARRANTYS AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU IN PERSON PH NOW TO ENQUIRE ABOUT MY VEHICLES IN STOCK

Blacktown AreaMinchinbury

11/08/2020

Urgent
1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$3,300
  • 178000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CD / DVD CD Stacker - 6 disc Speakers 4 Speaker Stereo Radio Radio Cassette Air conditioning After market tint 178000km NSW registration until 31/05/2021 Radiator,spark plugs and coil packs have been recently replaced. Interior is in good condition. Perfect for a first car or a cheap run around

Wagga Wagga CityWagga Wagga

3 hours ago

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Mazda 323 protege 2002 _offer me some price

$500 Negotiable
  • 260000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Red colour Manual Unregistered Parts or full Paint is damaged No battery Contact-

Victoria Park AreaSt James

2 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 (ASTINA Shades)

2000 Mazda 323 (ASTINA Shades)

$3,800
  • 174274 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling 2000 Mazda 323 (ASTINA Shades) 1.6L Auto, reliable, low Km, long rego (expiring August 2021), well looked after, good tyres, recently changed rear shocks (both), regularly serviced. RWC available on sale. Drives very smooth and no issue with engine. Selling because of moving out, will prefer to hand-over on 21 September. Inspections are welcome, please contact via text.

Cairns CityEdge Hill

2 hours ago

Urgent
1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$3,300
  • 178000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CD / DVD CD Stacker - 6 disc Speakers 4 Speaker Stereo Radio Radio Cassette Air conditioning After market tint 178000km NSW registration until 31/05/2021 Radiator,spark plugs and coil packs have been recently replaced. Interior is in good condition. Perfect for a first car or a cheap run around

Wagga Wagga CityWagga Wagga

3 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 hatch auto $2499

2003 Mazda 323 hatch auto $2499

$2,499
  • 170000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 astina Auto 4 cylinder Reliable and clean inside and out Few scratches Around Rego till end of september Best for students or doing uber eats Aircon and heater works great Good tyres Power windows Mags Non smoker and pet free Price is nego to genuine buyers No offers No low ballers Located in campbelltown area Price is $2499 Please note left front window switch is faulty

Campbelltown AreaAthelstone

3 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 5Months Rego
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2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 5Months Rego

$3,050 Negotiable
  • 165000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 5Months Rego • Dual Front Airbags • Air Conditioning • 15 Inch Alloy Wheels • Central Locking • Cloth Trim • Power Steering • CD Player • Low kms.

Campbelltown AreaMinto

3 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 SP20 Protege Sedan Auto 7Months Rego
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2002 Mazda 323 SP20 Protege Sedan Auto 7Months Rego

$3,700 Negotiable
  • 202000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 SP20 Protege Sedan Auto 7Months Rego • Dual Front Airbags • Automatic Air Con / Climate Control • 16 Inch Alloy Wheels • Body Kit • CD with 6 CD Stacker • Central Locking Remote Control • Cloth Trim • Fog Lights • Power Mirrors • Power Steering • Power Windows • Radio CD Player with 4 Speakers • Rear Spoiler • Drivers smooth • Aftermarket exhaust (cat only).

Campbelltown AreaMinto

4 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback Log Books
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2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback Log Books

$2,500
  • 204000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback Log Books 3months rego Power steering, power mirrors, power windows, central locking , SRS airbags , CD player , aircon, good tyres, alloy wheels , car drives good both in and out in good condition, great on fuel, log books , all inspections welcome please no time wasters

Liverpool AreaLiverpool

5 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$2,000
  • 289323 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Amazing car! Super economic Comes with REGO and RWC Bluetooth radio

Tweed Heads AreaTweed Heads

15 hours ago

Mazda 323 rego rwc

Mazda 323 rego rwc

$1,900
  • 25000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Manual runs well rego till November

Gold Coast CitySurfers Paradise

15 hours ago

Mazda 323

Mazda 323

$4,600
  • 133000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Very good condition, no mechanical issues , no leaks , alloys wheels, CD player, power windows, tyres very good , new Sparks plugs and ignitions coils, new rear brake, please only serious buyer ,12 months rego.

Liverpool AreaChipping Norton

19 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20

2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20

$3,500 Negotiable
  • 248450 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Up for sale is a 2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20. It's a 5 speed Manual. Registration paid until 14/2/2021. Just been serviced and brand new tyres installed Interior is very clean with factory floor mats still in car and seat covers only removed for sale. Perfect First Car. Reason for sale is just purchased a new car and need to downsize Located Fairfield West $3500 ono

Fairfield AreaFairfield West

20 hours ago

Mazda astina 323 2003

Mazda astina 323 2003

$4,500 Negotiable
  • 10300 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

My partner is Looking to sell or maybe swap for a ute or wagon couldnt really ask for a better vehicle it has only done 102000km always been kept in the best condition with regular services to keep her up to health with receipts for proof all heating cooling and other electronics are 0 never skipped a beat the only after market upgrade is the subwoofer and headunit not sure if it will be sold with subwoofer or not as of yet feel free to contact to arrange to come have a look yourself theres no

Ballarat CityBallarat Central

21 hours ago

1999 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1999 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1999 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

1999 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$3,990
  • 211100 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Thank you for viewing our vehicle. We are LOCATED At 47 Turton Rd Waratah 100 meters from Kmart Waratah and opposite WARATAH HIGH SCHOOL. Our Contact number is ******0277 1999 Mazda 323 ASTINA 1.8 ltr AUTOMATIC 5 door Hatch with Airconditioning, Power Siteerring, Power Windows, CD player, Alloy Wheels with Near N E W Tyres, Window Tint, Dual Airbags, Log Book Services and A VERY RELIABLE and Very ECONOMICAL Model. A Very Popular Model. Do

Newcastle AreaWaratah

22 hours ago

2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO
2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO
2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO
Dealer used

2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO

$3,990
  • 285000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES 5D HATCHBACK 5SP MANUAL LONG REGO REGO TILL JANUARY 2021 GOOD TYRES NO DENTS OR SCRATCHES SPACIOUS BOOT NEAT AND TIDY RADIO/CD PLAYER AND MUCH MORE... CONTACT US ON IF INTERESTED. WE ARE ALWAYS BETTER WITH PRICE AND QUALITY, TRADE INS WELCOME TOP $$$ PAID NO MATTER WHATEVER THE CONDITION IS, VEHICLES CAN BE DELIVERED TO ANY STATE IN AUSTRALIA. BEST RANGE OF PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN STOCK!!! CALL US ON TO B

Gosnells AreaBeckenham

22 hours ago

02 Mazda astina auto steer pwr low km long rego

02 Mazda astina auto steer pwr low km long rego

$3,500
  • 142000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Runs well Economical and reliable 11 months rego 140000kms Located in Minto . Robi . Calls or text only

Campbelltown AreaMinto

24 hours ago

Mazda Familia GTX 1993

Mazda Familia GTX 1993

$8,000 Negotiable
  • 118000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

$8,000 Negotiable P Plate Legal Turbo 4 Months Rego (8/1/21) 2145, Girraween PM for photo of list & VIN Perfect P plate legal car. • AWD • VF10 Turbo running on 13PSI boost • Screamer Wastegate • BC Gold Struts • 4 New Kumho Tyres & Wheel Alignment Carried out most, if not all fluids and filters for peace of mind, got photos and receipts of the work I've done on the car. Alot of rare parts on the car for the model. 118,000km on the cluster, had the car for a year and spent most of the time in

Parramatta AreaToongabbie

24 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

$3,600
  • 211000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

very clean mazda 323 protege for sale...loud exhaust...bluetooth stereo...nice looking alloy wheels...2 months rego...no oil leak...well looked after...electric windows...just little marks on the paint..but the whole car is clean and shiny...and that marks can be removed...drives smoothly...consumes very less fuel...

Campbelltown AreaWoodbine

Yesterday

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$3,500 Negotiable
  • 193500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Excellent condition. Service history with My car service centre.

Parramatta AreaSouth Wentworthville

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$2,500
  • 263000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Due to this crisis I'm leaving this country and also my beloved car (Mazda Astina 323). It's in very good condition, did a Rwc in January when I bought the car in VIC. Tyres and front windscreen are new. Rego is still on for 6 more month.

Cottesloe AreaMosman Park

Yesterday

1998 Silver Mazda Sedan

1998 Silver Mazda Sedan

$1,350
  • 185000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Silver Mazda Sedan for sale Automatic Power steering Power shutters Aircon Exterior and Interior in good condition Little for roadworthy NO REGO...NO ROADWORTHY

Greater DandenongNoble Park

Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM  RWC AND REG
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM RWC AND REG

$3,950
  • 137676 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 HATCH BACK LOW KLM 137676 AUTOMATIC PWR STEERING AIR COND PWR WINDOWS VERY CLEAN BLACK DUCO GREY CLOTH INTERIOR CAR RUNS WELL AND WE WILL SUPPLY RWC AND 3 MONTHS REGO CAR CAN BE VIEWED AT 22 SECOND AV SUNSHINE CALL******1299 FOR ALL DETAILS******1299 $3950.00 ONO FINANCE AVAILABLE TRADE INS WELCOME *****1299 LMCT 11308 ACL 444317 *****1299

Brimbank AreaSunshine

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

$3,200
  • 239000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Time has come to sell my Mazda 323 SP20 manual hatchback. PROS Complete service history, log books and receipts from new Third owner Body and paint in good condition Registration valid until 15/10/2020 Vehicle is at 239xxx km New timing belt and water pump at 191980 km New tyres at 220434 km Full audio install, with Pioneer amplifiers and bluetooth head unit, Alpine Type R splits and subwoofer CONS Possible idler pulley/serpentine belt issues, with belt squeal/noise (minor issue, vehicle has

Wyong AreaLake Haven

12/08/2020

Mazda 323 SP20 •• 2002 , RWC & 7 MONTH REGO •• NEW TYRES (Recently)
Mazda 323 SP20 •• 2002 , RWC & 7 MONTH REGO •• NEW TYRES (Recently)
Mazda 323 SP20 •• 2002 , RWC & 7 MONTH REGO •• NEW TYRES (Recently)
Dealer used

Mazda 323 SP20 •• 2002 , RWC & 7 MONTH REGO •• NEW TYRES (Recently)

$3,999
  • 227000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 SP20 •• 2002 , RWC & 7 MONTH REGO •• NEW TYRES (Recently) & 4 cylinder 2.0 litre Mazda 323 Protege SP20 • 2002 model with current roadworthy certificate ••7 MONTH REGISTRATION ••REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING WITH 2 KEYS ••CD PLAYER ••FOG LIGHTS ••JUST HAD THE OIL SERVICE DONE ••MAGS WITH NEW TYRES (Recently) 227,000 km done and looked after very well It’s a 4 cylinder car 2.0 litre Power windows and electrical mirrors Mags with good tyres and good brakes

Greater DandenongDandenong

12/08/2020

Mazda Astina 323 Hatchback

$2,550
  • Contactless trade
  • 314000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Polar white duco is straight and in reasonable condition. Interior is good for this car and appears well looked after. I have the original owners service booklet and owners manual with stamps and was serviced regularly in its early years. An easy to drive hatchback that’s manual and got power steering. Brakes are good and is reliable and cheap to run. Repair and maintenance for this type car will also keep cost down with parts easy to find. I’m selling only due to I’m needing a van for wo

West Torrens AreaMarleston

12/08/2020

  • Common FAQs
  • The top speed of a Mazda 323 is 167 km/h for the four or six-cylinder version. The Astina variant with a 2.0-litre dual overhead cam engine can generate 104kW of power and 183Nm of torque to the front wheels.
  • Based on sales volume alone, the Mazda 323 is a proven performer, enjoying widespread popularity with Australian motorists spanning three decades. In this respect, it's a worthy contender to the Toyota Corolla, when considering reliable motoring on a budget.
  • A 1994 model Mazda 323 can fetch as much as $4,070, which indicates that if well taken care of, these cars represent good resale value. In comparison, a 1998 model Honda Civic sedan on Gumtree can be found from $3,999.
  • Mazda 323s with a proven record of care and attention command high resale values. Prices range from $1,000 to almost $7,000 on Gumtree. A Mazda 3. Consider the Honda Civic range where 2012 models and onwards score a 5-star ANCAP rating.

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.