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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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2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 187000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Clean and reliable little car with long registration. Air conditioning works perfectly. Front tyres are new rear tyres have lots of tread. Low k’s for age. Remote central locking with spare key No issues other than front brakes need doing. Central coast Ourimbah

$3,900Negotiable
Gosford, NSW

20/09/2020

Mazda auto good mechanical

  • 166350 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Auto parked most of the time very good mechanical cond RWC

$2,550
Southport, QLD

19/09/2020

Mazda 323 2003 *REGO & RWC*

  • 208000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda Astina 323 *Automatic *Drives great *In perfect condition *Service history *208,000 ks *6 months rego *RWC *Price negotiable* Great little car if youre looking for something small. Reason I am selling is because I need a bigger car for my growing family.

$4,000
Geelong, VIC

18/09/2020

Mazda 323 astina

  • 205000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Mazda 323 1.8 automatic Carbon fibre bonnet wrap Wrx front seats Coil over strut bars modified suspension Kn filer setup Mazda usa gauge cluster Lots of dollars spent great little car very sporty Selling without rwc and taking personal plates off

$3,500
Birkdale, QLD

16/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 257000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I have my Mazda 323 Astina YR 2000 car for sale I’m asking $3,200 or nearest offer, need to buy a bigger car for the family, this car has only had two owners since brand new. Exterior is cherry red in pretty good condition with of course a little bit of sun damage and paint peel on the roof as all cherry red cars do and possibly minor scratches nothing that a buff can’t fix :) Interior is near perfect only a couple scratches on the glove box on the front dash, no noticeable or major stains i

$3,200Negotiable
Bucca, NSW

29/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 254000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Sell my car I had for under one year. Before yearly mechanic checkup from 2011, I have the documents. Clutch fork and slave broken needs replacing. Car is not working need a trailer to take it away. Besides of that good condition see attachments. Good opportunity for mechanic, parts in good condition beside of the broken ones. VIC rego till 20 March 2020. Price innegotiable.

$700Negotiable
Pelverata, TAS

23/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 123234 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

The car is in excellent condition and well maintained. The car is fully serviced and is driven only 1,23,234. Rego will be expired in 1.5 months. Big boot and smooth while driving. Got serviced around December.

Contactless
$5,500
Casey Area, VIC

21/08/2020

1996 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 297695 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Registered May 2021

$4,500Negotiable
St Marys, NSW

19/08/2020

1995 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 255663 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

*quad cam 24 valve* *4 speed auto* *super smooth drive, lots of power and tourqe in lightweight good looking body. *very zippy around town* *always looked after inside and out* *TWIN AIR BAGS for safety* *ferrari red* *four door hatch back* *5 spoke " hollow type" mag wheel rims with low profile tyres *cd, cassette and am fm radio* *air conditioned* *top of the range spec when new* needs $1400 of work to meet compliance requirements hence price drop

$1,500
Wattle Park, SA

17/08/2020

1993 mazda 323 astina

  • 137800 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Pretty tidy car for swaps or sale. Im looking for something to be able to carry my kids around in as this has no baby straints. Only 137000 on the clock. Runs great. Only had a problem with the fans not kicking in and started overheating. Put in a switch for city driving and haven't had any trouble since. Just message what you have to offer as I'm up to anything. Can definitely add cash your way. I'm looking for around $2100 for my car.

Swap/Trade
Craigmore, SA

12/08/2020

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.