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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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2000 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 286859 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2000 Mazda registered untill 28/11/2020. Put in new motor last year, 70,000km on new motor. Runs well. good on juice, around 400km on a tank. Paint a bit rough in places, on bonnet and roof. small dent on front. Great stero/cassett player, and a 6stack CD player. Good little run around, we just don't need it any more. Call Bill on

$800
Bendigo, VIC

5 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 110706 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

5 Door Auto, 4 speed, 1.6L Petrol 2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ II Shades Hatchback 5 Door Auto, 4 speed, 1.6L Petrol 110,706 Kilometres It’s perfect for a first car and has only been driven by two female driver’s - myself and my Grandma before me, who looked after it well. The car has been loved, garaged for most of it’s life and regularly serviced. It is super clean and comfortable with five fabric seats and large hatch boot space. 4 new Michelin Tyres were put on the car at the start of thi

$5,000Negotiable
Mont Albert, VIC

28/09/2020

Mazda 323 hatchback

  • 207681 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Car is in good condition, working very well , minor sacratches on the car, very smooth driving...

$2,600Negotiable
Pakenham, VIC

26/09/2020

Wanted: Mazda 323 Astina 1995

  • 200 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Far condition needs a little love!!! Runs really well but need a new battery or alternator otherwise really lovely car!!!

$900Negotiable
Hackham West, SA

25/09/2020

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

20/09/2020

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

20/09/2020

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

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.