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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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1980 Mazda 323 Deluxe Gold 4 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 51359 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Deluxe Manual hatch 1980 model. Here we have a step back in time to 1980 when the Mazda 323 won the "Wheels Car of The Year Award". This lovely 5 door hatch might be your first step into the collectable car market. These cars are becoming rarer by the day. This car runs perfectly and all switches and knobs work.Very low kms new tyres and a full major service completed also 12 months rego.

$5,990
Armidale, NSW

Dealer used
18 hours ago

1980 Mazda 323 5 door hatch

  • 123456 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

¤1980 Mazda 323 ¤5 dooar hatch ¤1.5 litre 3 speed auto ¤Factory air con ¤Running condition ¤Minimal surface rust-worse area is on rear hatch ¤Body has some dints and scratches-minor wear for it's age ¤Interior in good nick ¤FR-18-1 Simmons rims and tyres, both in new condition ¤Happy to take more photos on request (Can only upload 10) ¤Pick up only in Tongala, Victoria- 2.5hrs NORTH of Melbourne.

$10,000
Tongala, VIC

18/10/2021

Mazda 323 1983 12a rotary

  • 1 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

****$15500 NEGOTIABLE**** For sale is my Mazda 323 unfinished project with a 12a extend port paired with a rx7 5 speed box, brass button clutch, full exhaust system, extractors, 48mm Webber intake, Gilmore drive, alloy radiator, sits on 15" performance globes. Body wise is fairly clean, right hand rear door has a scrape on it. Comes with 4 litres of yellow paint. Car is registered till 02/07/22. The car starts but will require a service or tune. needs clutch pedal to be finished off.

$15,500Negotiable
Rouse Hill, NSW

17/10/2021

Mazda 1985 BD 323 Manual 5 speed Hatchback Survivor Classic

  • 214131 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Reluctantly selling my 1985 Mazda 323 1.5 litre 4 cylinder 5 speed manual Only 214,131 km Mechanically sound. Very zippy to drive. At 210,301 km it had: -new spark plugs -new oil and filter -new spark plug leads -new points -new distributor cap & rotor button -new belts -new water pump -new radiator hoses & cap Very original car. A true survivor which gets lots of attention and comments. Had been garaged but I had to make room for another car. Being sold unregistered 0429 92

$3,850
Caboolture Area, QLD

16/10/2021

1985 Mazda 323 DELUXE Automatic Wagon

  • 175000 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Suit restorer, does not include steering wheel or radio

Contactless
$2,850
Panton Hill, VIC

13/10/2021

EOI - 1980 Mazda 323 Deluxe - Original 88,000km

  • 88800 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

EOI- Not in any hurry to sell - based on any 1970’s & 1980’s makes / models prices climbing as you can look and see on Carsales and Gumtree and be quiet surprised!!!! Built Oct 1980, Sold 1981 - Mazda 323 Deluxe, all in original condition, one of a kind find condition wise for a 41 year old car and probably won’t find one alike, for a 41year old car it has very very low Km’s, 1 previous lady owner who barely drove it and sat in it, genuine 88,000km, with books back then, Air con, everything wor

$8,500
Mawson Lakes, SA

12/10/2021

1981 MAZDA 323 PANEL VAN

  • 87000 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1981 MAZDA 323 VAN/WAGON rare early FA4U6 model van (low roof) ,factory paint,no rust,no accidents, 3rd owner, new carpet,door trims,tyres,brakes,starter motor, healthy engine,4 speed manual. Drives great!...turns heads,awesome little cruiser,perfect for a easy rotary conversion or just leave it as is.. currently on historic rego so non transferable. NO TIME WASTERS! Msg for more information.

$13,900Negotiable
Blacktown, NSW

10/10/2021

Mazda 323 4 door hatch

  • 143696 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 5 speed hatch back as is run prefect just ve no use for it anymore rust as per photo on rear hatch door no reg $ 4500 ono

$4,500
Bacchus Marsh, VIC

28/09/2021

1980 Mazda 323 wagon - 12A Bridgeport

  • 75901 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I built this car with the idea of a cruiser with a OEM theme. I wanted it to be mechanically potent, but looking original interior and exterior wise minus lowering and wheels, no bucket seats, no alumium dash, no saas steering wheel, just original interior with a nice shift knob and a couple of gauges mounted in a nice spot. On a dyno where a healthy 12a would make 170-180hp, this car made 206hp when tuned by ape racing - so me spending the money on a killer stainless proper length exhaust and

$29,999
Mernda, VIC

27/09/2021

Mazda 323 3 door hatch

  • 233000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Ready for rotary project..mint original interior except front seats comes with original modgies an eagers

$11,000
Joondalup, WA

25/09/2021

MAZDA 323 fa STATION WAGON 1978 GLC BUG EYE REAR WHEEL DRIVE SUIT PART

  • 68000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

ROLLING SHELL WILL SELL PARTS OR REST OF CAR LOTS OF PARTS ALREADY SOLD MAZDA 323 STATION WAGON VERY RUSTY PARTS CAR ONLY. ALL FRONT PANELS , LIGHTS, BONNET ,DOOR TRIMS, PEDAL BOX ,MOTOR ,GEAR BOX , HOODLINING , STEERING COLUMN SURROUNDS , INNER PILLAR TRIMS, ROOF RACK , SEATS, DOOR TRIMS, ALREADY SOLD. LOCATED PORT FAIRY VICTORIA. PHONE CALLS ONLY . Gumtree / email messages will not be answered.

$400Negotiable
Port Fairy, VIC

15/11/2020

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.