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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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Top2000 MAZDA 323 ASTINA 1.8 Auto Hatch Bargain Priced

  • 330434 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Here is a tidy little Mazda 323 Astina Hatch back its a practical run about This is a very comfortable Hatch and It is a very economical little Auto and is cheap and easy to maintain and it is very economical , its Japanese made and is a very well built car, this is compact and a comfortable 5 door Auto . Its an economical and responsive 1.8 litre 4 cylinder motor twin cam and is a 4 speed Automatic with drivers SRS air bag it has power steering AIR Conditioning upgraded stereo with USB. Its

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$2,400Drive Away^
Woodbine, NSW

Dealer used
23/10/2020

Top2002 MAZDA 323 ASTINA 1.8 Twin Cam Auto 5 Door Hatch

  • 276707 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This is a nice little Hatch back . Mazda 323’s have a great reputation and this one has been very well looked after. This is a very comfortable Hatch and It Is a very economical little Auto and is cheap and easy to maintain and it is very economical , the interior of this Mazda is in really immaculate condition , its Japanese made and is a very well built car, this is compact and a comfortable 5 door Auto . Its an economical and responsive 1.8 litre 4 cylinder motor twin cam and is a 4 speed A

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$2,400Drive Away^
Woodbine, NSW

Dealer used
23/10/2020

Top2001 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SP20

  • 224758 km
  • Hatchback

MAZDA 323 SP20 WITH 224758 KLMS LOG BOOKS SERVICE HISTORY 2 KEYS MANY EXTRAS ALLOY WHEELS SPORTS EXHAUST CENRAL LOCKING AIR CONDITIONING FOG LIGHTS JVC CD PLAYER AUX USB BLUETOOTH POWER WINDOWS AND MUCH MORE FOR ANYNMORE INFO CALL******6211 JAMIE OR CHARLIE TRADE INS WELCOME WARRANTY AVAILABLE

$4,499
North St Marys, NSW

Dealer used
24/10/2020

Top2003 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
16 hours ago

Top2002 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 Red 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 318077 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 Red 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$2,850
St James, WA

Dealer used
23/10/2020

Top1998 Mazda 323 BA1163 Protege 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 280496 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Mazda 323 BA1163 Protege 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

$3,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
24/10/2020

1994 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 193600 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Perfect first car Great fuel economy One owner Regularly serviced Brand new tyres Pioneer Bluetooth sound system Air conditioning Rego til April 2021 Road worthy certificate

$2,200Negotiable
Murarrie, QLD

3 hours ago

Mazda Astina 1997 manual

  • 146000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Original owner 2 keys Only 146k on the clock. Timing belt changed at 110k. Tyres updated. Possible H plates in 2 years.. Runs well for age bad paint as can be seen, interior is ok. I don't think would need much to get RWC. selling with No roadworthy if you are mechanically inclined.

$2,500Negotiable
Bulleen, VIC

4 hours ago

Manual Mazda 323

  • 271000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2000 mazda 323 still run with allowy wheels good A/C 3 weeks rego

$10.99Negotiable
Greystanes, NSW

5 hours ago

1999 Mazda 323 Astina Green 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 162500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

4 Cylinder Manual Power Steering AC Electrics Alloys Aftermarket Headunit 162500kms Includes RWC, Reg & On Roads *DELIVERY OPTIONS AVAILABLE*

$3,650Drive Away^
North Geelong, VIC

Dealer used
6 hours ago

Mazda 323 Protege - low kilometres

  • 120000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

2001 manual Registered until March 2021 120,000km. 5 speed manual. In good condition - owned by same family since new. Regularly serviced.

$2,500
Edith Creek, TAS

6 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback

  • 276000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Nice clean car Airbags, keyless entry, split rear seats that fold down flat, cd player, headlight covers. 276000 KMs - hwy driving. Registered until end Jan 2021 Excellent condition Cheap to run 2nd owner from new purchase RWC Selling due to upgrade. Price is negotiable.

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$3,500
Geelong, VIC

6 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Protege Platinum Edition 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 234100 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Keen to swap for a cheap commodore or falcon but send in any swap offers It’s the protege so it’s got allow rims and sports steering wheel and seats. 4sp Small crack in windshield but can’t even see from the the outside really Dent above the right passengers door New sparks New oil filter

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$2,500Negotiable
Yass, NSW

7 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 BJ II Astina Gold 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 259608 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WHO doesn't know about MAZDA'S UNBEATABLE RELIABILITY??? This 2001 MADZA 323 ''ASTINA'' hatch AUTO is ready to take you on an ADVENTURE! Equipped with a POWERFULL yet ECONOMICAL 1.8l petrol engine and a RESPONSIVE MANUAL Transmission, it is PRICED to SELL! DON'T Miss OUT! FEATURES INCLUDES: * ALLOY RIMS * AIR CONDITIONNING * AIRBAGS * DASHMAT * PREMIUM Velour TRIM * LEATHER-WRAPPED Steering WHEEL * HEIGHT adjustable SEAT on DRIVER side * ELECTRIC Mirrors<b

$2,990
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 169000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

ONLY 169,000KM. ALLOY WHEELS. freezing COLD AIR CON. ELECTRIC WINDOWS. 2001 MAZDA 323 MANUAL HATCH. 2 set of keys. Log books. Price does not include Rego. * * * Contact O414 331 831 * * * Address: 26 Parramatta Rd, Lidcombe 2141 NSW Trade Ins Welcome, Interstate Transport Options. NSW Roadworthy Inspected, and Clear PPSR Report

$2,400
Lidcombe, NSW

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 170550 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling only due to upgrade. Has been serviced every 5000 kms 4 new tyres and wheel alignment. 12 months ago new rear struts and strut tops. 3 months ago it was serviced and front brakes and rotors were replaced. 1 month ago both coil packs and plug leads were replaced. Has a few marks on paint from shopping centre car parks and clear coat on rear spoiler is faded but rest of paint is fine . Air conditioning works great . Have log books and comes with 2 keys interior is in great condition a mus

$4,500Negotiable
Rothwell, QLD

9 hours ago

Mazda SP20

  • 145000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Protege, 2003 Manual. New tyres on front, new break pads, new windscreen, 145,000 kms. Great cond, awesome little car. Champagne colour. Rego till end April 2021. Has broken front fog light but still works, i have a new light to replace it.ph

$5,800
Perth, TAS

10 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Protege Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 266252 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WE'RE STILL OPEN REMOTELY! Also offering virtual tours via FACETIME to maintain buying confidence. Contactless delivery options available. ENQUIRE TODAY ON . USED CAR CLEARACE CENTER. We are located in Melbourne’s West, only 25 Minutes from Melbourne CBD. Open 7 days a week, MONDAY TO SATURDAY 9AM to 5PM and SUNDAY 10AM to 2PM TO SPEED UP YOUR FINACE APPLICATION, PLEASE BRING WITH YOU *Your 3 most recent payslips *Most re

$2,999
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
10 hours ago

1994 Mazda 323 Protege Silent Silver 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 197028 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great first car for the kids or second family runabout, call today for a test drive , Newcastle dealer.

$2,500
Beresfield, NSW

Dealer used
11 hours ago

Mazda 3 astina shades

  • 228000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

228000 kms Good condition, drives very well New front tyres, timing belt changed Pioneer hi fi Comes with RWC

$2,500
Harrison, ACT

11 hours ago

Mazda 323 AUTO “FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY”

  • 184000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY / UNLIMITED KM’S 2003 Mazda 323 Protege SP20 Sedan with Automatic transmission. Travelled 184,000 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 D/L: MD25845

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$3,990Negotiable
Queens Park, WA

Dealer used
11 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 155436 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

$2,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
11 hours ago

1997 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SHADES Auto Low Km One Owner

  • 158102 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This is a genuine One Owner Astina with Books and Service History to verify the Low Kilometres travelled. It has been very well maintained,with money spent when needed,A/c Compressor,Stainless Steel Muffler,Tyres etc. In very good original condition for age and very well equipped,everything works well as it should. Good Cold Air Conditioning,Power Windows,Central Locking,Drivers Air Bag,Quality Audio. It drives very well and has many good years left in it yet. This car offers a lot in this diff

$2,999
Glenelg, SA

Dealer used
11 hours ago

1999 Mazda 323

  • 354000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Selling my 1999 Mazda 323. Has done a fair few kms and is well worn, but has always been serviced regularly and is in good mechanical condition. Was serviced in September, and two new tyres put on. Battery was replaced in August 2019. Rego till late January 2021. Selling due to an upgrade. Gonna miss driving this one! -Andy

$1,850
Cronulla, NSW

14 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 BJ II SP20 Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 191097 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 -SP20 ,5 DOOR HATCHBACK.. SPORTY LITTLE HATCH ,WITH LOG BOOKS AND SERVICE HISTORY AND READY TO GO.. PLEASE READ BELOW.. WHOLESALE/RETAIL TO THE PUBLIC...FIXED PRICES...***PLEASE DON'T CONTACT UNLESS YOUR READY TO BUY***.Please Qualify your search,Finances and Particularly Your Time. All our Vehicles are safety check by experienced Mechanics/Technicians and Come with Road worthy Certificate and Car History (PPSR) reports. All Customers have

$3,999
Yagoona, NSW

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 Protege Auto Sedan Low Kms 3Months Rego

  • 155000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2000 Mazda 323 Protege Auto Sedan Low Kms 3Months Rego • Airbag Driver • Air Conditioning • Central Locking • Cloth Trim • Engine Immobiliser • Power Steering • Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers • KM: 155,000 • Easy Finance Available.

$3,300Negotiable
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
15 hours 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
16 hours ago

1990 Mazda 323 ASTINA SP Manual Hatchback NEGOTIABLE

  • 155000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

- 1990 Mazda 323 Astina SP Manual with LOW KM only 155k on the clock, international student driving this car for almost a year, selling it coz about to leave the country. Previous owner had this car for 20 years plus, well maintained in garage as a weekend car, and now have driven it daily for almost a year without a single issue. The car has been kept clean in excellent condition: -service history with original booklet and 2 keys -power steering -BC Racing coilers (manual adjust dampin

$5,500
Salisbury South, SA

20 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

  • 240 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

With REGO Until 08-2020 and RWC 03-25-2020 For sale: mazda 323 year 2001 1.6, Hatchback, Fuel: Petro excellent condition, manual, gray, very clean, economic. AUD: 1900

$1,900
Surfers Paradise, QLD

21 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 244144 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Shades Hatchback 1.6L engine 4 cylinder 244,143 kilometres on odometer Reliable car, we have owned it for 4 years and it hasnt caused me any drama. However at this time we have no need for an extra car so we are hoping to sell ASAP. It is registered until the 13th of October. Just had 4 new tires installed along with a wheel alignment. These also come with a Tyre Care Plan from Mycar. Price is 3000 ono.

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$3,000Negotiable
Sunnybank Hills, QLD

23 hours ago

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.