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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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MAZDA 323

  • 201136 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

02 MAZDA 323 ASTINA AUTO EXCELLENT CONDITION IDEAL FIRST CAR FOR LAND P PLATE DRIVERS GOOD REGO AND TYRES TIMING BELT HAS BEEN CHANGED CALL IN FOR A TEST DRIVE WONT LAST LONG CALL GARRY ON*****1270 STOCK NO 1772 DLN 13711 Website: clunesautocentre.com.au Phone: ******1270 Monday to Friday 8.00 to 4.30 Saturday 8.00 to 4.00 Mobile:

$4,995
Clunes, NSW

Dealer used
56 minutes ago

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

  • 205000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Hatchback $5990 Driveaway comes with qld rego 12 months extended warranty Easy Finance Available t.a.p 18 Snook Street Clontarf PH 07 284 2775 visit us www.autosalesredcliffe.com.au

$5,990
Clontarf, QLD

Dealer used
4 hours ago

1999 Mazda 323 Protege shades manual sedan

  • 239446 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This little cheap to run 4cyl manual drives great and presents exceptionally well inside and out with a great service history cheap on fuel low maintenance don’t delay this one won’t last long would make a great first car or daily run around Rwc supplied Rego included Cold aircon Immobiliser fitted 5 speed manual 4 cyl Cheap on fuel Low on maintenance We are by appointment only so any questions or to arrange an inspection just call text or message

Contactless
$2,990
Rosemount, QLD

Dealer used
22 hours ago

1994 Mazda 323 BA11F1 Astina White 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 295391 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl

1994 Mazda 323 BA11F1 Astina White 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

$1,199
Blair Athol, SA

Dealer used
24 hours ago

Mazda Astina

  • 321931 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

We've run it out of water & cooked the engine but was running before that. great for All panels are straight but rear has a chipped spot see in the photos but panel still straight. Good for parts selling unregistered and not running.

$600
Mount Warren Park, QLD

20/09/2020

2002 MAZDA 323 SEDAN, rego,rwc,automatic, clean car!!

  • 250000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 MAZDA 323 SEDAN Automatic Cold air Power steer Power windows Central locking CD player 6 months Qld rego and Rwc supplied Drives like new Grab a bargain today!! Trade ins welcome We offer easily approved Finance T.A.P and warranty on all our cars We are Located at 38 Lawrence drive, Nerang Gold Coast Call or sms me on to arrange a viewing today.

$2,999
Nerang, QLD

Dealer used
20/09/2020

1989 Mazda 323 DELUXE Manual Sedan

  • 232000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi all, Just need to sell my father's old Mazda 323 ASAP. It's been going strong since 1989 and has never missed a beat which is why he has kept it over the years. There is a bit of damage to the paint and inside, but mechanically it's very reliable. It needs to be sold asap since it's no longer used and the rego has just expired. Any questions, let me know. All reasonable offers accepted. It's located in Tully and you're welcome the check it out. Thanks

$800Negotiable
Tully, QLD

19/09/2020

1997 Mazda 323 auto rego rwc

  • 249000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego and rwc 249,000kms Air con Electric windows 4 cylinder Call or text Located rowville

$1,999
Rowville, VIC

18/09/2020

Mazda 323 Sedan “FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY”

  • 158000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY / UNLIMITED KM'S 1995 Mazda 323 Sedan with Manual transmission. This lovely little Mazda has only travelled 158,000 kilometres from new and presents and drives very well. Please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a hassle free inspection and test drive. Ventura Autos 130 Radium Street, Welshpool Phone: D/L: MD25845 The Swift is Suzuki’s competitor in the small car category, competing against the likes of the Toyota Yaris and Toyota

$2,490Negotiable
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
18/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Protege White 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 282127 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Airbag Driver, Central Locking, Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers, Cloth Trim, Engine Immobiliser

$2,699
Woodville Park, SA

Dealer used
14/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 209100 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excellent car in great condition! Freshly serviced with new brakes, cheap to run, air conditioned and comes with a free bluetooth phone connector. A easy and smooth manaul car to drive, perfect for anyone! Full service history and rego. Small scratch on aft of right rear wheel. Price negotiable.

$2,400
Salisbury South, SA

13/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 protege sedan

  • 244000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 protege 5 speed Towbar 2 new front tires 244,000 kms 10 months rego $2300 Located Ulladulla

$2,300
Ulladulla, NSW

13/09/2020

Mazda prostege 323 automatic

  • 161000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

161k on the clock 1995 model Runs fines New brake pads all around Tyres all roadworthy. Wouldn't need much for rwc. Was daily till last week when rego lapsed and bought a newer car. Selling as is.Pick up is Nanango 4615

$1,100Negotiable
Nanango, QLD

12/09/2020

1998 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual (1 YEAR REGO)

  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

LOOKING FOR YOUR FIRST MANUAL!! - This is a great first car to learn manual on or even use as a little run around car, it is pretty reliable as usual with all Mazda’s, has 1 year rego, new brakes and oil, new radiator, very clean car, price is negotiable. - Selling due to upgrade -

$1,699Negotiable
Merrylands, NSW

11/09/2020

500 ono .. still drives

  • 200000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Fluid leaked after the crash, it looks like only the power steering fluid has been affected, still drives and has at least 2mths rego on it

$500Negotiable
White Rock, QLD

11/09/2020

1994 Mazda 323 Astina White 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 137260 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Bids will be taken from the price listed. To make a bid for this vehicle please contact us via the Enquiry Form or contact our Sales Team directly. Inspect the vehicle in our rooms at Cardiff NSW. Save time and book an appointment with one of our staff. We are open Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm and Saturday/Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm. <str

$3,913
Cardiff, NSW

Dealer used
10/09/2020

1997 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 294000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

I had the car for more than 3 years and well taken care of. for more than 1.5 years car wasn't used much as I had another car. This car is perfect as a 'first car' for someone. Price is negotiable for the right person. No Rego or RWC provided. Inspections welcome, please message me

$2,200Negotiable
St Albans, VIC

05/09/2020

94 mazda 323 astina sedan

  • 179000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

94 mazda 323 astina sedan 179,000k's, manual, runs well, front guard is damaged but could be knocked out enough to pass pits, needs new tie rod and cv replaced. I may be able to help with delivery too $400 firm Located Devonport area Listed elsewhere

$400
Spreyton, TAS

04/09/2020

Mazda 323 prostege 2003

  • 260000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Looking to see what I can swap SWAPS ONLY PLEASE looking for more a bigger car for a growing family Can't afford a new car out right Still have rego til 18th Sept recently got pink slipped or u need is green slip than rego can be renewed Can is very clean and tidy some dings and scratches nothing major Engine is still very strong I only put the good 98 fuel in my cars straight out this is a perfect car for and elderly lady that don't like big cars Very easy and calm to drive

$2,500
Tregear, NSW

04/09/2020

Mazda 323 Protege 2002 Auto BJ-II 1.8L

  • 313000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Protege 2002 Last of the 323's BJ-II Automatic 4speed 1.8L EFI Tow bar Cruise control - Electronic AC, PS, PW, CD, Tinted, 16inch Alloys SP20 Boot Spoiler Fully Serviced New Water pump, Timing Belt kit, drive belts, engine mounts, Spark Plugs, Injectors serviced, Transmission Service, great tyres and brakes, New wheel bearings, KYB Shocks all replaced All original and unmodified Everything works Rego & RWC Best serviced and equipped example on the market This car is super reliabl

$3,900Negotiable
Elanora, QLD

03/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege

  • 254248 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

PRICE REDUCED!! For sale is the mighty Mazda 323protege General specs: 245248km Auto Since owning the car we have had the following work done to it: New timing belt and water pump Transmission flushed Transmission control unit serviced and repaired due to common fault with the cars New speed control sensor due to the old one being faulty New rocker cover gasket Aftermarket black alloy PDW wheels New tires all round Creature features include: Power windows Cheap to fill

Contactless
$2,500Negotiable
Ellenbrook, WA

31/08/2020

Mazda 323 Astina White. Great reliable vehicle

  • 311052 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Great car in very good general condition, drives well, service history available. October registration. Selling without road worthy. Has some minor panel scratches on passager rear side door.

$1,999Negotiable
Balwyn North, VIC

31/08/2020

Car for sale very good reliable first car

  • 318273 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Astina,p/s,a/C,cd player 4spk stereo with reg /no rwc sup cheap to run very clean car

$1,900
Lilydale, VIC

26/08/2020

MAZDA 323 BJ 1998 1.8 AUTOMATIC SEDAN RWC $2999

  • 192000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

MAZDA 323 BJ 1998 1.8 AUTOMATIC SEDAN 192000 KMS RWC ON SALE JUST RECENTLY SERVICED NEW CAMBELT NEW WATERPUMP NEW TAPPET COVER GASKET NEW RADIATOR HOSES OIL CHANGED AIR CLEANER ENGINE MOUNTS NEW ULTIMA REAR SHOCKS HAD $2500 RECENTLY SPENT ON VEHICLE BOB JANE TYRES COLD AIR CONDITIONING POWER STEERING POWER WINDOWS CENTRAL LOCKING TILT ADJUSTABLE STEERING WHEEL TINTED WINDOWS CLOTH TRIM COLOUR CODED BUMPER BARS MIRRORS DRIVERS EXCEPTIONALLY WELL VERY ECONOMICAL FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES PLEASE PHONE

$3,990Negotiable
Yatala, QLD

26/08/2020

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.