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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

  • 286000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

03 Mazda 323 Astina Mag wheels good tyres. 5speed manual, no 5th gear still drives fine thru the rest of the gears. Needs timing belt doing 286000kms Good little buzz box for driving around town. Make an offer, need gone as moving interstate

$800Negotiable
Maroochydore, QLD

20 minutes ago

Mazda in 2000 auto

  • 204900 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego will expire on 03.11. There is a fine crack on the wind shield. The front bumper is a second hand one so the color is different because it has been changed by a spray. This is old car so every window is worked by hand.

$1,500
Perth, WA

2 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 226183 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

We have this car for more than ten years and we are the second owner, my son spent $600 before pandemic( ( February) replaced new tyres new battery with complete full service nothing wrong very reliable hardly used in the past three months he just bought new one.

$1,000
Castle Hill, NSW

2 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE Automatic Sedan

  • 129500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my previous daily drive due to upgrade. Low Kms. Neat and tidy interior. More than 75% treads on all tyres. Tinted glasses. Rego expires on 14.10.2020 Service due on 130000 Kms Damaged front bumper and dent on the passenger side fender. Paint fade on the bonnet. Welcome inspection. Price can be negotiated after inspection. ALL LOWBALLERS WILL BE IGNORED.

$2,690Negotiable
Maddington, WA

3 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 221225 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina Hatchback in good condition Air conditioner excellently functional Airbag driver Automatic Power window Spacious cabin excellent for family and friends Backseat can be laid down for extra space 1-month rego till 28 Oct 2020

$2,600
Salisbury South, SA

4 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Automatic Hatch. CHEAP!!

  • 258000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Need it gone today. 3 days rego left. Air con power steering power windows central Locking good tyres everything works and runs perfectly. Just been serviced. $2000 firm ! Don’t call with offers. 6 months rego will cost you $550 .

$2,000
Burwood, NSW

6 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 280000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For sale/swaps 2001 Mazda SP20 323 5 speed manual Serviced in last 2 thousand kilometres including new air filter and spark plugs. Just had 4 brand new tyres fitted and wheel alignment Aftermarket head unit, with Bluetooth audio and hands free calls. 280xxx kms, car has service history up to 200 thou and some bits and pieces with the books, car is mechanically fine and presents well. Suit someone who is after a reliable car or even for a first car. Great little car and has been my run around

$3,000Negotiable
Salisbury, SA

7 hours ago

Mazda 323 Sedan with RWC for sale

  • 179000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The car drives very smooth and nice. 1999 Mazda 323 Sedan. In excellent condition. Comes with Roadworthy certificate. Power mirrors and power shutters. Center locking system. Rego till Nov. All issues have been fixed for the rwc and car drives in perfect condition. Excellent fuel economy. Selling due to upgrade. Price negotiable for the right buyer.

Contactless
$2,750Negotiable
Narre Warren South, VIC

19 hours ago

1998 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 0 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

98 Mazda would be great for a learner car or cheap a to b car hasn’t overheated comes with a months rego only selling due to moving and need gone serious offers considered 1500 ono call or text anytime

$1,500Negotiable
Woodroffe, NT

Yesterday

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 230000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Astina 323 SP20 All auto options Recently serviced (oils, filters, radiator flushed and spark plugs Timing belt and water pump changed previously. Rego until March 2021. Reliable car, starts first time. Media player, speakers and amp installed. A little paint fade, happy to provide right colour paint with the sale if you want to paint yourself. Inspection in Mortlake. No low ballers. If you can see the ad, it’s available. Read less

$3,200
Mortlake, NSW

Yesterday

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 220000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina Hatchback in good condition Air conditioner excellently functional Airbag driver Automatic Power window Spacious cabin excellent for family and friends Backseat can be laid down for extra space 1-month rego till 28 Oct 2020

$2,600
Salisbury South, SA

Yesterday

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 111776 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excellent condition, only 111,776kms!!! Manual, 2001 model. Headlight protectors, alloy wheels, factory mats. Power windows, air conditioning, radio and CD player, everything working. $4,300 ono

$4,300Negotiable
Mount Stuart, TAS

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 263000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Due to this crisis I'm leaving this country and also my beloved car (Mazda Astina 323). It's in very good condition, did a Rwc in January when I bought the car in VIC. Tyres and front windscreen are new. Rego is still on for 6 more month.

$2,500
Mosman Park, WA

Yesterday

1998 Silver Mazda Sedan

  • 185000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Silver Mazda Sedan for sale Automatic Power steering Power shutters Aircon Exterior and Interior in good condition Little for roadworthy NO REGO...NO ROADWORTHY

$1,350
Noble Park, VIC

Yesterday

Mazda323 protege

  • 173000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi selling my mazda 323 protege . It’s a unhappy sale for me but have to sell it due to job loss have run 173k kms regularly serviced have a great mileage . Has always been a great companion

$2,800
Valley View, SA

Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 160000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great car, runs beautifully great engine. I’ve had absolutely no issues with this car and am sad to be selling. 8 MONTHS REGO. Selling due to upgrade to a van for camping.

Contactless
$3,400
Culburra Beach, NSW

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 238000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great little runabout car. Very reliable. Very fuel efficient. Manual. Registered until April 2021. Please contact me if you need more info or would like an inspection. Located Tweed Heads.

$2,700
Tweed Heads, NSW

Yesterday

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Speed Manual 5 Door 5 Seat Hatch

  • 236217 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Much loved & still going strong. Rego Dec 2020 and still very reliable.

Contactless
$1,500Negotiable
West Perth, WA

23/09/2020

1997 Mazda 323 Astina

  • 244000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

1997 Mazda 323 Astina Mags CD player No dents Upholstery excellent Rego runs out on the 29th of September, car runs and drives well though blows smoke, could use a bit of work on the motor. Good for someone who doesn't mind fixing it up, otherwise good for parts. $750 ono. Call Ross on

$750Negotiable
Dodges Ferry, TAS

23/09/2020

Mazda 323 hatchback for sale

  • 189000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323, manual, runs and drives well, needs work for roadworthy. Make good car to learn to drive in. Call Graham on

Negotiable
Bohle, QLD

23/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

  • 245000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 manual,hatchback,245000 km,rego 1/6/2021. New clutch, now there’s unissue with gears.call

Contactless
$1,200
Blacktown, NSW

23/09/2020

Mazda Astina 323 BA series

  • 363500 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling unregistered as is, where is. Drives nicely, however, due to its high mileage and this cars age it does suffer from a worn engine and overall, needs a good tidy up for it to become a quite fun and presentable vehicle. Air Conditioner runs cold Alloy mag wheels Auto transmission Brake pads recently replaced (front) Body is in fair condition Bumper bars have scuff marks and slight damage Central locking Cloth trim King Springs and shocks (rear) - near new Pioneer stereo Powe

$990Negotiable
Southport, QLD

23/09/2020

1993 mazda 323 astina

  • 137800 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Pretty tidy car for swaps or sale. Im looking for something to be able to carry my kids around in as this has no baby straints. Only 137000 on the clock. Runs great. Only had a problem with the fans not kicking in and started overheating. Put in a switch for city driving and haven't had any trouble since. Just message what you have to offer as I'm up to anything. Can definitely add cash your way. I'm looking for around $2100 for my car.

Swap/Trade
Craigmore, SA

23/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 211000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 2002 Mazda Astina that I purchased from the dealer last year. Recently serviced, new tyres, new gasket. No mechanical issues, very reliable car. I bought it to travel Australia and never had any issues during this time. Only selling because I’m leaving the country. Rego till mid August, w/o RWC, however it did come with it at the time I purchased the car. Needs a bumper replacement due to animal impact, and also there is a small crack on the windshield from the rock. Very inexpensive

Contactless
$2,800
Cranbourne East, VIC

23/09/2020

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.