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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!

$3,999
  • 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

11/08/2020

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

1994 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

1994 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$500
  • Contactless trade
  • 155000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Low ks mazda 323 Cylinders filled with water, needs head machined Very clean car except 1 headlight amd minor bonnet damage from roo, brand new tyres, Would pass rego easily once running amd new light Locsteded tumbarumba nsw, make an offer

Tumbarumba AreaTumbarumba

09/08/2020

Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$3,000 Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 230000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina 1991 Petrol Manual Brilliant fuel economy Electric windows Blue green tourqoisy paint colour Good tyres Genuine Mazda rims Stereo 23000* KMs Old lady owner Perfect all arounder 3kONO

Playford AreaMunno Para West

08/08/2020

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

$6,990
  • 245500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

A true credit to the previous owner. Well looked after automatic hatch. don't miss out this car wont last long Our finance department is available most days, and can provide competitive finance quotes in a matter of minutes. Contact our team if you would like more information on any of our services. Thank you for supporting local business. We are a family owned and operated, New and used vehicle dealership, operating from the same premises for almost 50 years. Offering over 100 new and

Glenorchy AreaDerwent Park

06/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$4,250 Negotiable
  • 89090 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda Astina Shades 323 Automatic - ONLY 89,000km !!! - RWC - Rego till June 2020 - Alloys - Power Windows - CD player - Great Condition - Lowest Kilometres for its age This is a genuine low kms Mazda Astina in fantastic condition, timing belt just replaced, new rear tyres and drives beautiful. Previous older male owner with limited driving. Available now RW and Rego for under $5,000 Contact Luke on Your Auto Advocate - Connecting Good Buyers with Good Sellers 👍

Whittlesea AreaWhittlesea

31/07/2020

1998 MAZDA 323 PROTOGE SEDAN AUTO

1998 MAZDA 323 PROTOGE SEDAN AUTO

$2,750 Negotiable
  • 229203 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Mazda 323 Protoge Sedan Auto Looking for a first car or a reliable daily car? It’s a very economical 1.8L car, spend $30 on fuel and you get nearly 500kms! Perfect for daily driving and saving $$ on fuel. Comes with brand new Pioneer head unit, a 12” Option Audio sub all hooked up and ready for blasting! Good sound systems makes drives just that more fun! $2,750 nego Selling due to needing a Ute for work Automatic Rego until 13/10/2020! Byo rwc or can sort rwc for extra $$ Ready fo

Brisbane South WestRuncorn

18/07/2020

Mazda 323 Protege 2000

Mazda 323 Protege 2000

$3,000 Negotiable
  • 254000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Good condition Mazda 323 Protege Automatic transmission 250k KMs done New tyres New shock absorber Bluetooth stereo with remote and mic Clean car Minor wear and tear No oil leaks Recently serviced Transmission service done at 240k Alloy wheels Rego until 23/10/20 Roadworthy not included

Whitehorse AreaNunawading

17/07/2020

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

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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.