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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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2002 Mazda SP20

2002 Mazda SP20

$3,200
  • Contactless trade
  • 140000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda SP20 Low kms 139000 kms Logbook/Service history Automatic 2 Keys Central locking Rego mid of November Power steering Power windows Electric mirror Aircon CD player Good interior

Orange AreaOrange

11 minutes ago

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$750
  • Contactless trade
  • 132000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323, 1999, 132k km, Auto, 1 month rego, no RDW

Whittlesea AreaMill Park

3 hours ago

1989 Mazda 323 SHADES Automatic Hatchback

1989 Mazda 323 SHADES Automatic Hatchback

$790
  • Contactless trade
  • 199000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This much loved car was purchased new and has been in our family since then. It is in reasonable condition for its' age. It is not registered and does not come with a RWC. It is driveable with a Vic Roads Temporary Permit. Tyres are okay and the car starts first kick. It can be registered with a classic car club for $50 a year. It has the original radio cassette player and the aircon works well. It has standard 1.6L engine and 3 speed auto. There are no issues with these. The car drove very wel

Maroondah AreaCroydon South

5 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$2,800
  • Contactless trade
  • 211000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 2002 Mazda Astina that I purchased from the dealer last year. Recently serviced, new tyres, new gasket. No mechanical issues, very reliable car. I bought it to travel Australia and never had any issues during this time. Only selling because I’m leaving the country. Rego till mid August, w/o RWC, however it did come with it at the time I purchased the car. Needs a bumper replacement due to animal impact, and also there is a small crack on the windshield from the rock. Very inexpensive

Casey AreaCranbourne East

6 hours ago

MAZDA AUTOMATIC 323 SEDAN 1995 REG 14 NOV 2020 RWC

MAZDA AUTOMATIC 323 SEDAN 1995 REG 14 NOV 2020 RWC

$1,780
  • Contactless trade
  • 177200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH WARRANTY ON ENGINE FOR 2 MONTHs CHEAP TO RUN 1.6 litre MAZDA 323 AUTOMATIC 1995 REG RWC POWER STEERING AIR COND ELEC WINDOWS WITH REG 14/11/2020 WITH RWC MECHANICALLY VERY GOOD HEATER AND AIR COND IS WORKING WELL DRIVES WELL VERY RELAIABLE CAR CHEAP ON FUEL 1.6 LITRE ENGINE POWER STEERING AIC COND ELEC WINDOWS CENTRAL LOCKING left rear door has a scratch IF interested email me your number and i will call you

Hume AreaRoxburgh Park

11 hours ago

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

1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!

$3,999
  • 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

14 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

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

$5,968
  • 193426 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Buy direct from our Warehouse and SAVE BIG. Smart buyers save THOUSANDS of dollars on hundreds of cars, starting from just $1990, and all under one roof. Shop where the Dealers shop, and come and see why we sell over 400 cars per month. Ask us to send you a video on this actual car today!! Due to our Warehouse pricing and high demand, it is best to enquire now to see if this car is still in stock. Every vehicle goes through our workshop with a full 105-point i

West Torrens AreaMile End South

14 hours ago

1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$3,990
  • 152278 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND DRIVES WELL, THIS MAZDA 323 ASTINA IS IN VERY TIDY CONDITION. THIS 5 DOOR HATCHBACK IS SURPRISINGLY ROOMY FOR A VERY ECONOMICAL 1.6 LITRE 4 CYLINDER. COMING WITH POWER STEERING, TRIP COMUTER, AIR CONDITIONING, AIR BAG SAFETY, CENTRAL LOCKING, COMFORTABLE CLOTH TRIM AND WINDOW TINT. 1 YEAR AWN WARRANTY IS INCLUDED AND TRADE-INS ARE WELCOME. View the rest of our stock at www.parkviewautos.com.au

Victoria Park AreaVictoria Park

17 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$1,500
  • 200150 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Is nice car I'm go back my country so I don't need car

Brimbank AreaBrooklyn

17 hours ago

MAZDA 323
Dealer used

MAZDA 323

$4,995
  • 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

Lismore AreaClunes

21 hours ago

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

2002 Mazda 323 SP20 Protege Sedan Auto 7Months Rego

$3,890 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.

Campbelltown AreaMinto

23 hours ago

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

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 5Months Rego

$3,200 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

24 hours ago

Mazda 323 astina 2003

Mazda 323 astina 2003

$2,500
  • Contactless trade
  • 255 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Great car perfect inside and out inside looks brand new still goes well great first car

Logan AreaJimboomba

10/08/2020

1995 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE
1995 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE
1995 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE
Dealer used

1995 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE

$2,990 Drive Away^
  • 230992 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Please call zero four one nine three six two zero eight seven. We are located 15 mins from the eastlink tunnels, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Please look at photo 2 for our number.Just arrived and drives great. Mazda 323 Protege sedan, very economical 1.6ltr 4 cylinder automatic with power steering, air conditioning, cd player and electric windows. Sold with long 15/1/2021, RWC and 12 months warranty. Well maintained vehicle with service books. Up to 5 years extended warranty availabl

Yarra RangesMooroolbark

10/08/2020

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE AUTO LOW K'S
Dealer used

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE AUTO LOW K'S

$3,999
  • 159663 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE AUTO, LOW K'S, AIR BAG, AIR CON, EXCELLENT SERVICE HISTORY MOST DONE AT MAZDA DEALERSHIP CLEAN INSIDE AND OUT, DRIVES GREAT. $3,999. WE ALSO HAVE FINANCE AND WARRANTY AVAILABLE ONSITE. CALL IAN NOW ON TO BOOK A TEST DRIVE.

Whittlesea AreaThomastown

10/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$3,500 Negotiable
  • 226400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Very good condition. 226400kms but everything is fine. Rego upto December 2020. Just 5days ago I have done servicing

Hurstville AreaHurstville

10/08/2020

Wanted: 2003 Mazda 323 Astina one year Rego Automatic

Wanted: 2003 Mazda 323 Astina one year Rego Automatic

$3,499
  • 199000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Automatic No leak No damage No issues One year Rego 27/7/2021 5 brand new tyre New oil service New battery New radiator New engine mount New brake pads back and front CD player Sony Aux USB Power steering Remote control Tint windows Nice body Nice drive Tidy interior Inside outside so clean A1 mechanically Ice a/c Read less Read less Read less

Parramatta AreaMerrylands

10/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$6,000 Negotiable
  • 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

Gosford AreaGosford

10/08/2020

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$2,000
  • 400000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This great little drive away car comes with rego she runs well perfect car for nipping out and about in. Just had a new tyre replaced at the front the other side wheels will need replacing in time. The car has just had it’s rare break pads replaced. Few minor dints to the exterior but the car has no issues and is very reliable.

Boroondara AreaKew

10/08/2020

1994 Mazda 323 Low K's

1994 Mazda 323 Low K's

$1,500
  • Contactless trade
  • 116444 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale is a 1994 Mazda 323 1.6L Carby Model with three speed automatic. It is in excellent, original condition with regards to the mechanicals however the body has a couple of dings related to the previous owner's, God bless her, attempt to remodel a brick fence. Interior is excellent, clean and no tears. How many 26 year old cars have only done 116,444k's, that's less than 4,500 per year! Cars are not this simple anymore. Everything works! and it would make for an ideal 1st car. Sold a

Maribyrnong AreaYarraville

09/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan
2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan
2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan

$5,490 Negotiable
  • 162260 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ONE YEAR AUSTRALIA WIDE EXTENDED WARRANTY INCLUDING PARTS AND LABOUR WITH UNLIMITED CLAIMS OPTIONS Well Maintained and Vehicle in a Great Condition. In Very Good Condition IN & OUT 2003 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SP20 4D SEDAN 2.0L INLINE 4 4 SP AUTOMATIC Power mirror, power window Ac,radio, alloy wheels, body kits tidy interior, no accidents, 2 keys Mechanically A1......PPSR available price $ 5490 162,260 km, WESTLAK AUTO CENTRE EXTENDED WARRANTY OPTIONS & 24 HOURS ROAD SIDE

Gosnells AreaKenwick

09/08/2020

Stylish 1997 Mazda 323 Astina For Sale

Stylish 1997 Mazda 323 Astina For Sale

$3,494
  • 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

Eastern SuburbsRandwick

09/08/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$3,900 Negotiable
  • 193000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mechanically A1 car , service history with my car service centre. New Tyers and rego till 5/2021 Aftermarket Bluetooth player. Excellent condition. Contact text only please :

Parramatta AreaSouth Wentworthville

09/08/2020

Mazda 323 Protege Automatic Sedan 1999

Mazda 323 Protege Automatic Sedan 1999

$3,500
  • 155000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Air Conditioning Cloth Trim Power Steering Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers

Ku-ring-gai AreaKillara

09/08/2020

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.