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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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1994 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 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

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$500
Tumbarumba, NSW

6 hours ago

Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 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 Clutch isnt that good Economical AF all arounder 2kONO

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$2,000Negotiable
Munno Para West, SA

6 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 BJ II Protege Green 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 241080 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WHO doesn't know about MAZDA'S UNBEATABLE RELIABILITY??? This 2001 MADZA 323 ''Protege'' Sedan AUTO is ready to take you on an ADVENTURE! Equipped with a POWERFULL yet ECONOMICAL 1.8l petrol engine, AIR CONDITIONING and a TOW BAR, it is PRICED to SELL! DON'T Miss OUT! FEATURES INCLUDES: * TOW BAR * AIR CONDITIONNING * AIRBAGS * WEATHERSHIELDS * PREMIUM Velour TRIM * HEIGHT adjustable SEAT on DRIVER side * ELECTRIC Mirrors * ELECTRIC Windows * Radio with

$3,590
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
18/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 240000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

cold air con economical reliable little car its done me very well

$1,800
Clontarf, QLD

18/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 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 👍

$4,250Negotiable
Whittlesea, VIC

11/09/2020

MAZDA ASTINA 323 BA 1996 5 SPEED MANUAL

  • 285000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excelent condition. Mechanically it has all the work done. You will not find another 323 like this one full service just done. $295.00 Led Lights $300.00 Timing chain just done. $1,195.00 Sport excaust and extraxtors. $1.259.00 Sports lowerd suspensions and shockers.$795,00 Respray. $3,600.00 Total spent close to $6,000.00 dollars This is a must buy car for any person that likes nice sports car. No other 323 in this condition. As I am not in a hurry to sell (ONLY) resonable offers

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$2,700
Epping, VIC

07/09/2020

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE AUTO LOW K'S

  • 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.

$3,999
Thomastown, VIC

Dealer used
07/09/2020

Mazda 323 Protege 2000

  • 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

$3,000Negotiable
Nunawading, VIC

29/08/2020

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.