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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 AUTOMATIC 323 SEDAD 1995 REG RWC

MAZDA AUTOMATIC 323 SEDAD 1995 REG RWC

$1,750
  • Contactless trade
  • 177190 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH WARRANTY ON ENGINE FOR 1 MONTH CHEAP TO RUN 1.6 litre MAZDA 323 AUTOMATIC 1995 REG RWC WITH REG 14/08/2020 WITH RWC MECHANICALLY VERY GOOD HEATER AND AIR COND IS WORKING WELL DRIVES WELL VERY RELAIABLE CAR CHEAP ON FUEL 1.6 LITRE ENGINE POWER STEERING AIC COND ELEC WINDOWS CENTRAL LOCKING IF interested email me your number and i will call you

Hume AreaMickleham

3 hours ago

Gra body bulikd

Gra body bulikd

$10,000
  • 206000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

80 percet compltelednperfectly find all u need is bigger bigger n libk ecu tune n ul b banginh innow a bigger turbo mawel go fo 30/50 wnf a link 3 will but go forr 4 linkc.. moving hme to nz quick seal what you got.. can threw mazda new regi as a daill need to to shil be i wol hell !6 k for rbo 10 k with both MYby up fot swap sag eith way ldt no Chur Raide

Logan AreaLoganlea

3 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$3,100 Negotiable
  • 300000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great reliable car, 2 owners since new with full service history, all the sp20 options plus car alarm, cruise control, tinted windows, sp20 car mats , headlight and bonnet protectors and scuff plates

Mount Barker AreaLittlehampton

5 hours ago

Wanted: Wtb 4 cyl auto

Free
  • 10000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Hi just looking for a 4 cyl auto. Must be clean and tidy and have some sort of rego. Need a car to get to a to b. Got $1500 cash. Can pay more for the right car cheers

Charles Sturt AreaBeverley

6 hours ago

1997 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

1997 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$1,200 Negotiable
  • 246048 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Good runner, reliable never let me down, new tyres, newish radiator Lots of dents from hall storm and everything else

Rockingham AreaWarnbro

6 hours ago

MAZDA PORTAGE  323   2000 SEDAN MANUAL

MAZDA PORTAGE 323 2000 SEDAN MANUAL

$3,350
  • Contactless trade
  • 262137 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA PROTAGE BJ 1.6 4 door, built in OCT 2000. COMPLIANCE 01/01 Lady owner, regularly serviced, every 5000 km, in excellent condition cheap to run, 262137 km, mainly highway use, ALLOY WHEELS. • Airbag Driver • Air Conditioning • Central Locking • Cloth Trim • Engine Immobiliser • Power Steering • Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers ,6 stacker CD player . tyres almost new, new front shock absorbers last service. • Good reliable transport Rego till 05/MARCH/

Hurstville AreaPeakhurst

7 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Shades Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

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

$5,968
  • 193426 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Buy direct from our Warehouse and SAVE BIG. Smart buyers save THOUSANDS of dollars on hundreds of cars, starting from just $1990, and all under one roof. Shop where the Dealers shop, and come and see why we sell over 400 cars per month. Ask us to send you a video on this actual car today!! Due to our Warehouse pricing and high demand, it is best to enquire now to see if this car is still in stock. Every vehicle goes through our workshop with a full 105-point i

West Torrens AreaMile End South

9 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$3,800 Negotiable
  • 176543 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Exc. Condition Comes with Roadworthy 2 New front tires Selling because had to get bigger car for family Power windows Bluetooth speaker Manual 176543km 2003 Tinted windows Zippy and sporty Great car

Caloundra AreaCaloundra

10 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 BJ II Protege 4 Speed Automatic Sedan
Dealer used

2002 Mazda 323 BJ II Protege 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

$4,998
  • 190000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located 7 min north of the Adelaide CBD, We are third generation motor dealers est.1949. now a boutique style of car yard with quality handpicked stock. Business as usual during COVID-19 COVID responsible business 2002 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SEDAN AFFORDABLE !! AUTOMATIC 1.8ltr injected motor T/bar automatic air conditioned power steering power windows gold duco with contrasting beige cloth interior non smokers

Port Adelaide AreaBroadview

11 hours ago

Mazda 323 Astina 1996

Mazda 323 Astina 1996

$500
  • 215000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Unregistered but still goes well. Shouldn't be any issues re-registering. Would be happy to sell for parts as I'd hate to see it go to the wreckers.

Gungahlin AreaPalmerston

11 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 astina

2003 Mazda 323 astina

$2,500
  • 230400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 astina 5 speed manual has 230000ks has full touch screen head deck with gps has sports muffler with tip drives amazing recent had a service including oil filter and oil has pod filter installed rego till 27th of November will also take swaps

Wollongong AreaWollongong

11 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan
2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan

$3,995
  • 291936 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 SEDAN MAUAL DRIVES GREAT WONT LAST WELCOME TO AWSUM AUTOS I HAVE BEEN A MOTOR DEALER SINCE 2001 AND IN THE MOTOR INDUSTRY SINCE 1988 I HAVE BEEN IN THE CAR CITY COMPLEX SINCE 2001 AND HAVE ENJOYED SERVING CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK TO THE PUBLIC FOR YOU TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN PURCHASING A VEHICLE FROM ME..I ALSO OFFER EXTENDED WARRANTYS AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU IN PERSON PH NOW TO ENQUIRE ABOUT MY VEHICLES IN STOCK I AM LOCATED IN YARD 32 NO PUS

Blacktown AreaMinchinbury

12 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 3Months Rego
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 3Months Rego

$3,200 Negotiable
  • 165000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 3Months Rego • Dual Front Airbag Package • Air Conditioning • 15 Inch Alloy Wheels • Central Locking Remote Control • Cloth Trim • Power Steering • Radio CD with 4 Speakers.

Campbelltown AreaMinto

12 hours ago

Mazda Protege auto air steer drives well
Mazda Protege auto air steer drives well
Mazda Protege auto air steer drives well
Dealer used

Mazda Protege auto air steer drives well

$2,200 Negotiable
  • 251777 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale is a clean and tidy Mazda 323 protege feature power power steering nice cold air/con bluetooth radio 2 new front tyres the car drives very well paint work is fairly clean and tidy and the interior is also clean and tidy this would make a great first car or second family car with the reliability of mazda if you have any questions feel free to give us a call or send us an email than ks for looking. RNB Cars are a family owned buisness we hand pick our cars to ensure quality EFTPOS A

Campbelltown AreaNewton

14 hours ago

1999 Mazda 323 protege

1999 Mazda 323 protege

$1,850 Negotiable
  • 196320 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

5 speed manual 169320 k's. Interior good condition . Boot inside good . Under bonnet good . RWC included. 6 months regro.

Redcliffe AreaKippa-ring

14 hours ago

Goes well manual blows smoke on Start up but goes well text only 04503

Goes well manual blows smoke on Start up but goes well text only 04503

$550
  • 289632 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Goes well manual blows smoke on Start up but goes well text only

Southern MidlandsBagdad

15 hours ago

Mazda Astina

Mazda Astina

$1,500
  • 265843 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Astina, currently being used as a daily very cheap on fuel no longer needed.$1500 car is manual, rego till 9/1/2021

Launceston AreaYoungtown

17 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 PROTEGE Manual Sedan

2000 Mazda 323 PROTEGE Manual Sedan

$2,650
  • 209628 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

IMMACULATE example of the popular MAZDA 323 Sedan It's a 5-speed manual with cloth seats, alloy wheels, power steering , air-cond, SONY after-market AM/FM/CD player and all the Mazda features that make this car so saught after. Modest kms (for it's age), service history, near new tyres and excellent interior and exterior condition, just look at the photos. Ideal commuter, first car and/or urban run-about, frugal on fuel and easy to drive. Well worth an inspection, car comes with roadworthy

Noosa AreaEumundi

18 hours ago

FOR SALE - Mazda 323 Astana 2002

FOR SALE - Mazda 323 Astana 2002

$2,500
  • 246590 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

6mths rego to 4 July 2021 Runs well no issues $2500 ONO

Ashfield AreaAshfield

24 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

$2,500
  • 181000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Wanting to sell or swap for items of interest!! Including motorbikes, dirt bikes, trailers etc...! Asking $2500

Logan AreaBahrs Scrub

24 hours ago

Car forsale

Car forsale

$2,000
  • 19000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

2004 mazda323 1.8 19000kms

Circular HeadSmithton

24 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

$1,200
  • 397984 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Plan to fix the car and get it road worthy, so I bought lots of parts for it , aready replaced 3 new engine mounts, knock sensor, timming belt kit, But I have an unexpected f*** visa issue, need toove overseas, so have to let the mazda go. I still has other parts which I already bought for the car but not installed yet, including 1 engine mount, RHD handle, power steering pump, power side mirror and roof liner. great for parts or you can fix it with the parts that I bought did a c

Brisbane South WestEight Mile Plains

24 hours ago

Mazda 2001

Mazda 2001

$1,900
  • 23405 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

-Aircon runs perfectly -roadworthy -electric window - manual - automatic mirror

Cairns CityCairns

04/08/2020

*** 2003 MAZDA ASTINA *** AUTO SPACIOUS HATCH *** FINANCE AVAIL ***
Dealer used

*** 2003 MAZDA ASTINA *** AUTO SPACIOUS HATCH *** FINANCE AVAIL ***

$4,989
  • 171000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ON SALE NOW AT TRADE INN MOTORS! ALL STOCK REDUCED FOR A LOIMITED TIME ONLY! 2003 MAZDA 323 ASTINA SPACIOUS HATCH AUTOMATIC SERVICE HISTORY 1 MONTH OR 1000 KM STATUTORY WARRANTY 1.8 L 4CYLINDER PETROL DONE 171000 KMS 5 SEATER COLD AIR CONDITIONING LOW KMS GREAT CAR EXCELLENT CONDITION WELL PRESENTED AND LOOKED AFTER TINTED WINDOWS ALLOY WHEELS 4 X GOOD TYRES CD RADIO SPACIUOS HATCH EXTENDED WARRANTY AVAILABLE WITH REGO & RWC FINANCE AVAILABLE ***WE TRADE ANYTHING

Logan AreaSlacks Creek

04/08/2020

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.