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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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2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan

  • 302222 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 SP20 AUTOMATIC LOG BOOKS MANY EXTRAS ALLOY WHEELS FOG LIGHTS POWER WINDOWS CENRAL LOCKING AIR CONDITIONING WINDOW TINT AND MUCH MORE FOR ANYNMORE INFO CALL******6211 JAMIE OR CHARLIE TRADE INS WELCOME WARRANTY AVAILABLE

$4,499
North St Marys, NSW

Dealer used
24/09/2020

MAZDA SP20 5 SPEED MANUAL

  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

FOR SALE OR SWAPS BLACK MAZDA SP20 5 SPEED MANUAL 6 MONTHS REGO ALL POWER OPTIONS WRX FRONT SEATS SP25 MAGS WHEELS AIR CONDITIONING K&N POD FILTER HID HEADLIGHTS HID FOGLIGHTS 5% TINTS SUN VISORS ALPINE SOUND SYSTEM EXHAUST SYSTEM TWIN AIRBAGS ABS BREAKS BONNET PROTECTOR KEYLESS ENTRY WITH REMOTE COLD INTAKE EXEDY HEAVY-DUTY CLUTCH UNDERCAR NEON LIGHTS RECENTLY SERVICED ENGINE OIL GEARBOX FUILDS TYRES SPARK PLUGS LEADS & COILPACKS DRIVES SMOOTH WITH NO PROBLEMS NO OIL LEAKS ETC... CALL OR SM

$5,500Negotiable
Campbelltown, NSW

14/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 264946 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

$4600 ONO Rego til March 2021 Good first car Automatic Just been serviced Got Mag wheels and brand new tyres There is a small dent on the grill, shown in the photo.

$4,600
Orchard Hills, NSW

13/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 349742 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Clean 2001 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback, serviced and super reliable. Everything works fine, simply letting it go due to upgrade.. ((Price is negotiable) Comes with 3months rego

$3,500
Dandenong, VIC

02/09/2020

Mazda 323 protege 2002

  • 235000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Mazda 323 protege sp20 sedan, black color in very good nick for sale $3500.00 now....$3250.00.... Call me @ . Done around 230k... But still goes good.... Interested call me Asap... Or else u miss it...

$3,250Negotiable
Taylors Lakes, VIC

23/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 protege shades 5sp man

  • 255000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up forsale or swaps radiator has been flushed car runs and drives great and is good on fuel 2.5" redback exhaust with hotdog so fairly loud good matching tyres all round, rego til the 31/10/20 Quick sale $1500 ONO

$1,500
Sussex Inlet, NSW

20/08/2020

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.