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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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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
Yesterday

Top2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan

  • 302222 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 SP20 AUTOMATIC LOG BOOKS MANY EXTRAS ALLOY WHEELS FOG LIGHTS POWER WINDOWS CENRAL LOCKING AIR CONDITIONING WINDOW TINT AND MUCH MORE FOR ANYNMORE INFO CALL******6211 JAMIE OR CHARLIE TRADE INS WELCOME WARRANTY AVAILABLE

$4,499
North St Marys, NSW

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Yesterday

Top2000 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Silver 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 207146 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located in close proximity to Brisbane city, we are Brisbane's premier used vehicle specialists. Stocking only high quality pre-loved vehicles which have all been comprehensively checked by our trained technicians to offer you hassle free buying and worry free motoring. We offer no deposit finance and leasing options to suit your needs. You also have the option to protect your investment by selecting a Vehicle Safeguard plan with options ranging from 12 months to 36 months. All safeguard plans

$4,490Drive Away^
Nundah, QLD

Dealer used
6 hours ago

Top1997 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SEDAN AUTO

  • 270284 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

-1.8L 4 CYLINDER PETROL -AUTO -SERVICE HISTORY -REGO UNTIL 29 NOVEMEBR 2020 -ICE COLD AIRCON -ELECTRIC WINDOWS AND MIRRORS -GOOD TYRES -RUNS AND DRIVES WELL FINANCE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VEHICLES ABOVE $3000. EXTENDED 1 AND 3 YEAR WARRANTY AVAILABLE FROM ONLY $350. ALL TRADE iNS WELCOME, WE PAY CASH FOR YOUR OLD CAR!! MMA MOTORS DL: MD27051 1520 ALBANY HWY BECKENHAM 6107 CALL OR TEXT FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND ENQUIRIES NO BOOKINGS FOR TEST DRIVES REQUIRE

$2,000
Beckenham, WA

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Yesterday

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
13 hours ago

Top1999 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

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Yesterday

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

  • 146699 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Astina Hatchback 5dr Auto 4sp 1.8i ( AW14) ONE OWNER - FULL SERVICE HISTORY - 2 KEYS 146,699 Kilometres Automatic Air Conditioning Power Steering comes with FULL MAZDA DEALERSHIP SERVICE HISTORY with books. This vehicle has been fully mechanically and safety tested by a approved mechanic. Buy at Adelaide Drive with confidence from one of the longest serving Licensed car dealership in South Australia. LVD 2455 Family owned and operated business in Ade

$6,900
Norwood, SA

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51 minutes ago

2000 Mazda 323 BJ Protege Silver 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 117296 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Please read the whole ad before contacting us. This car has hail damage. How are we serving our community at this difficult time of crisis? 1. Low prices on all our cars. 2. Lifetime trade prices on all the parts and labour while you own the car. You can save between 30% - 70% on all your future repairs through our partner workshops in ACT. 3. 12 months Integrity warranty with any car that you buy from us. 4. 12 months roadsid

$3,999
Fyshwick, ACT

Dealer used
2 hours ago

Mazda 323 shade automatic! $2499

  • 199185 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 shade - 2000 model Automatic/power steering/air conditioning comes with blue slip - road worthy certificate 3 months NSW registration AUX compatible Alloy wheels Perfect *first car* *run around car* *family car* Call or Text Ryan on

$2,499
West Ryde, NSW

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Silver 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 207146 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located in close proximity to Brisbane city, we are Brisbane's premier used vehicle specialists. Stocking only high quality pre-loved vehicles which have all been comprehensively checked by our trained technicians to offer you hassle free buying and worry free motoring. We offer no deposit finance and leasing options to suit your needs. You also have the option to protect your investment by selecting a Vehicle Safeguard plan with options ranging from 12 months to 36 months. All safeguard plans

$4,490Drive Away^
Nundah, QLD

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Protege Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 148782 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
7 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
13 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 BJ II Protege Green 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 241080 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WHO doesn't know about MAZDA'S UNBEATABLE RELIABILITY??? This 2001 MADZA 323 ''Protege'' Sedan AUTO is ready to take you on an ADVENTURE! Equipped with a POWERFULL yet ECONOMICAL 1.8l petrol engine, AIR CONDITIONING and a TOW BAR, it is PRICED to SELL! DON'T Miss OUT! FEATURES INCLUDES: * TOW BAR * AIR CONDITIONNING * AIRBAGS * WEATHERSHIELDS * PREMIUM Velour TRIM * HEIGHT adjustable SEAT on DRIVER side * ELECTRIC Mirrors * ELECTRIC Windows * Radio with

$3,590
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
23 hours ago

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

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Yesterday

1997 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SEDAN AUTO

  • 270284 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

-1.8L 4 CYLINDER PETROL -AUTO -SERVICE HISTORY -REGO UNTIL 29 NOVEMEBR 2020 -ICE COLD AIRCON -ELECTRIC WINDOWS AND MIRRORS -GOOD TYRES -RUNS AND DRIVES WELL FINANCE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VEHICLES ABOVE $3000. EXTENDED 1 AND 3 YEAR WARRANTY AVAILABLE FROM ONLY $350. ALL TRADE iNS WELCOME, WE PAY CASH FOR YOUR OLD CAR!! MMA MOTORS DL: MD27051 1520 ALBANY HWY BECKENHAM 6107 CALL OR TEXT FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND ENQUIRIES NO BOOKINGS FOR TEST DRIVES REQUIRE

$2,000
Beckenham, WA

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Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Grey Metallic 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 218190 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

`````` MAZDA 323 PROTEGE LIMITED ALLOY WHEELS PRESENTS & DRIVES NICELY.`````` WE are Located At 540 Rode Rd in Chermside, 4032. CALL Us On To Arrange An Inspection. ASK Us About Our Tailor Made Finance Packages. VISIT Us Online At www.davidsonwholesale.com.au 6/2003, Mazda 323 Protege Shades, 218190 Kilometers, Central Locking Remote Control, 15 Inch Alloy Wheels, Near New Tyres, Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Radio CD with 4 Speakers, Dual Front Airbag Package,

$3,499
Chermside, QLD

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Yesterday

1998 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

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Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Shades Gold 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 236234 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great value Mazda 323 Hatch! This nice looking vehicle drives well and has a sporty 1.8L Engine, Power Steering, Zippy Manual Transmission, Airbags and much much more! Drives very well. Ideal first car or perfect for a student. Priced to sell very quickly. Hurry in for a test drive today! This Vehicle is located in Perth, Western Australia! Extended Warranties and Competitive Finance Packages available, Top trade in prices offered, all less than 20kms North of Perth CBD! We are a Western Austra

$2,490
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

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

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Yesterday

2001 Mazda 323 BJ II Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 202655 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*****2001 MAZDA 323 BJ II Astina Hatchback 5dr Auto 4sp 1.6i ***** ** GREAT 1ST CAR ** ** AUTOMATIC ** ** BLUETOOTH AND USB CONNECTIVITY ** ** SERVICE HISTORY ** ** FULL ROADWORTHY ** ** DEALER WARRANTY ** Easy to Buy with confidence and safety, we are a “CLICK and COLLECT’ Licenced Company that offers FREE Transport delivery to your door anywhere in Victoria under the COVID 19 compliance. We offer easy contactless methods for vehicle purchases, trade-ins and Finance. Great prices

Contactless
$6,490Drive Away^
Ravenhall, VIC

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Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan

  • 302222 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 SP20 AUTOMATIC LOG BOOKS MANY EXTRAS ALLOY WHEELS FOG LIGHTS POWER WINDOWS CENRAL LOCKING AIR CONDITIONING WINDOW TINT AND MUCH MORE FOR ANYNMORE INFO CALL******6211 JAMIE OR CHARLIE TRADE INS WELCOME WARRANTY AVAILABLE

$4,499
North St Marys, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM RWC AND REG

  • 137676 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 HATCH BACK LOW KLM 137676 AUTOMATIC PWR STEERING AIR COND PWR WINDOWS VERY CLEAN BLACK DUCO GREY CLOTH INTERIOR CAR RUNS WELL AND WE WILL SUPPLY RWC AND 3 MONTHS REGO CAR CAN BE VIEWED AT 22 SECOND AV SUNSHINE CALL******1299 FOR ALL DETAILS******1299 $3950.00 ONO FINANCE AVAILABLE TRADE INS WELCOME *****1299 LMCT 11308 ACL 444317 *****1299

$3,950
Sunshine, VIC

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Yesterday

2001 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SHADES AUTO SEDAN

  • 194770 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Full power options Auto sedan Always serviced regularly power steering air conditioning power windows central locking electric mirrors SRS airbags Abs brakes tinted windows CD player Alloy mag wheels rear spoiler good tyres looks and drives fantastic ••••••1-5 years warranty available •••••

$3,950
Camden, NSW

Dealer used
23/09/2020

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
23/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Sedan “FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY”

  • 193000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY / UNLIMITED KM'S 2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan with Manual transmission. This lovely little Mazda presents and drives very well and has only travelled 193,000 kilometres from new. The registration is paid up till the 9th of November. 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 categ

$3,490Negotiable
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
23/09/2020

Mazda 323 auto air and steer $1450

  • 300000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 automatic air condition and power steering 4 cylinders 1.8l engine Cheap to run

$1,450
Pooraka, SA

Dealer used
23/09/2020

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
22/09/2020

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE AUTO LOW K'S

  • 159663 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE AUTO, LOW K'S, AIR BAG, AIR CON, EXCELLENT SERVICE HISTORY MOST DONE AT MAZDA DEALERSHIP CLEAN INSIDE AND OUT, DRIVES GREAT. $3,999. WE ALSO HAVE FINANCE AND WARRANTY AVAILABLE ONSITE. CALL IAN NOW ON TO BOOK A TEST DRIVE.

$3,999
Thomastown, VIC

Dealer used
21/09/2020

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

$799
Blair Athol, SA

Dealer used
21/09/2020

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

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.