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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 323 Hatch

  • 79000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

For Sale 1980 Mazda 323 Hatch Very regretful sale as only selling due to personal issues have came up and sadly the Mazda has to go 😔 Car is in good original condition for inside and out, has some Mark's here and there and there is some bits of rust here and there aswel, but overall car is clean and represents very well esp for age ( 40yrs ), We all know these cars are getting very hard to get esp in this condition and the price of them are only going up in value aswel. Interior is also cle

$10,900Negotiable
Newcastle, NSW

23/11/2020

Mazda rx3 323 glc rx2

  • 63000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my Mazda 323 glc Nice beauty all original, comes with plenty of extras, Rotary crossmember installed ready for conversion. Auto Pm If interested

$13,500
Bankstown, NSW

19/11/2020

MAZDA 323 fa STATION WAGON 1978 GLC BUG EYE REAR WHEEL DRIVE SUIT PART

  • 68000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

ROLLING SHELL WITH INTERIOR WILL SELL PARTS OR WHOLE CAR TOP 2 PICTURES ARE ITS CURRENT STATE. 10/06/2020. LOTS OF PARTS ALREADY SOLD MAZDA 323 STATION WAGON VERY RUSTY PARTS CAR ONLY. ALL FRONT PANELS , LIGHTS, BONNET ,DOOR TRIMS, PEDAL BOX ,MOTOR ,GEAR BOX , HOODLINING , STEERING COLUMN SURROUNDS , INNER PILLAR TRIMS, ROOF RACK ALREADY SOLD. ALL SEATS AND HARD WARE AVAILABLE STILL OR BUY THE REST OF WRECK. LOCATED PORT FAIRY VICTORIA. PHONE CALLS ONLY . Gumtr

$500Negotiable
Port Fairy, VIC

15/11/2020

Mazda 323 rotary

  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 1977 RWD 2 door Round lights Wrap around chrome bumpers Tinted windows Freshly Panel&paint Gloss black Complete Jail bar grill Polished hotwires and eagers Deeloomed engine bay Rolling body Standard interior Veiwing only no time wasters 18k firm ! car has never been seen before! Don’t message me . Calls only and don’t call if your full it!!! Can help with interstate. Free delivery any where in Brisbane/ Goldcoast Thank you

$18,000
Albany Creek, QLD

13/11/2020

1982 Mazda 323 rwd Panelvan

  • 139000 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1982 Mazda 323 rwd 2 door Panelvan Totally rust free, dead straight, original 1.5l 4sp Manual, car runs well and is in excellent condition for its age and is the perfect base for a project or even keep as is. Original 139.000kms. You won’t find better. $6,500ono

$6,500Negotiable
Marangaroo, WA

31/10/2020

1985 mazda 323 panel van

  • 306302 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Very straight car for its age and not many of these left,ideal for a rotary conversion,has 2 rust holes around the seat mounts but very easy fix, I haven’t got the key for it but it wouldn’t be far off starting.

$1,300Negotiable
Bendigo, VIC

22/10/2020

Original 1984 Mazda 323 Sedan

  • 153612 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Reluctantly selling our reliable runaround and kid's learner car. All orginal parts and in great condition mechanically, this will suit someone looking for a cheap way to get around town or a club car project. Has minor superficial damage to external panels and cracking on some upholstery. 153,000 kms on the clock and registered until end July '20. Selling without RWC for $1900, happy to negotiate on price.

$1,900
Stratford, VIC

18/10/2020

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.