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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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For Sale 2003 Mazda 323 Astina sp20

  • 365700 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

For sale 2003 Mazda 323 Astina sp20 Mechanically great 5 speed manual 365500 ks Just over 5 months rego New clutch bout 6 months ago New front bumper,freshly painted by talon bodyworks bout 3 months ago New front led fog lamps in bumper with halo ring lights New could packs about 2 months ago 16inch factory wheels Rear tyres have about 80% and front have about 50% tread Double din DVD player Electric windows,mirrors 2 3/4 inch from cat back sports exhaust with hotdog muffler at rear Recently ha

$2,800
Gagebrook, TAS

6 hours ago

Mazda 323 sp20 2003

  • 153000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Mazda 323 SP20 up for sale. Great run around car never had any problems with it. Only reason for selling is due to upgrade. Cheap on petrol, gearbox is in very good condition, comes with reciepts for servicing, all around a very good car. Cons: Has some hail damage. One of the bottom fog lights is broken due, slight crack in the rear reverse light and some other slight wear and tear. 153xxx Ks 4 months rego

$3,600Negotiable
Granville, NSW

6 hours ago

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
11 hours ago

12 months rego and rwc

  • 182000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Selling our mazda 323 sp20, great little zippy car cheap to run, cold aircon freshly serviced with new spark plugs and air filter only selling due to us moving has rego untill october 2021 will have a rwc upon sale, unfortantly the service books were misplaced somehwere

$4,200Negotiable
Ipswich, QLD

13 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

over heats i dont know why mazda 323 sp20 2002 4 months rego 190xxxkms manual freezing ac logbooks power windows body is 100% not one single scratch drives amazing im after $2200 negotiable

$2,200
Smithfield, NSW

Yesterday

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

25/09/2020

Mazda 323 sp20

  • 19235 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 sp20 hatch 6 moths rego Mags and Tyers are 6 months old Tinted windows Blue tooth touch screen stereo Sports ex Central looking Just had a full service at Jackson garage New oils Oil filter Hand break adjusted New breaks New spark plugs New window wipers New head light globe Brand new inner tank fuel pump done by Jackson Manual 5 speed Electric windows Drives like a dream just need something bigger

$5,500
Glenorchy, TAS

19/09/2020

2003 Mazda SP20 5 speed

  • 229000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

03 Mazda sp20, pwr windows, cold air new clutch always serviced by fussy mechanic owner has 229,000 klm on clock. Currently unregisted but will have 6mths rego and rwc upon sale

$3,900Negotiable
Nundah, QLD

15/09/2020

MAZDA SP20 5 SPEED MANUAL

  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

FOR SALE OR SWAPS BLACK MAZDA SP20 5 SPEED MANUAL 6 MONTHS REGO ALL POWER OPTIONS WRX FRONT SEATS SP25 MAGS WHEELS AIR CONDITIONING K&N POD FILTER HID HEADLIGHTS HID FOGLIGHTS 5% TINTS SUN VISORS ALPINE SOUND SYSTEM EXHAUST SYSTEM TWIN AIRBAGS ABS BREAKS BONNET PROTECTOR KEYLESS ENTRY WITH REMOTE COLD INTAKE EXEDY HEAVY-DUTY CLUTCH UNDERCAR NEON LIGHTS RECENTLY SERVICED ENGINE OIL GEARBOX FUILDS TYRES SPARK PLUGS LEADS & COILPACKS DRIVES SMOOTH WITH NO PROBLEMS NO OIL LEAKS ETC... CALL OR SM

$5,500Negotiable
Campbelltown, NSW

14/09/2020

MAZDA ASTINA 2001

  • 336696 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Original SP20 5spd man. Owned for 5yrs. Great reliable car 336696k's Since owned I've replaced most wear & tear items. New tyres, New W/screen New window tint to all other windows. Brand new F&R struts & strut mounts. Recent F&R pads & rotors. Brand New clutch & rebuilt clutch m/cyl. Replaced 3 of 5 engine mounts. Engine serviced every 10k. Replaced both coils & lead set. New 2din stereo & speakers. Ice cold A/C & hot heater. Bad points are: A/C compressor needs clutch oil topped up & some clea

$3,200Negotiable
Frankston, VIC

07/09/2020

Car for sale

  • 17000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Selling due to needing an upgrade, few stains on the seats and scratches on the side, recently serviced with replacement of all 4 tires! Rego , with road worthy certificate! Runs absolutely perfect, no problems!

$4,200
Hampton Park, VIC

07/09/2020

Mazda sp20 5 speed nice little car cheap on fuel

  • 360000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2001 mazda sp20 $4500 or swaps comes with reg but no rwc

$4,500
Endeavour Hills, VIC

04/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 ASTINA SP20 Automatic Hatchback

  • 239040 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

It's has rego 9/4/2021 mechanically good condition big scratch on top of benth all other body Good yellow colour have time to make photo

$2,500
Lakemba, NSW

25/08/2020

Mazda 323 protege 2002

  • 235000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Mazda 323 protege sp20 sedan, black color in very good nick for sale $3500.00 now....$3250.00.... Call me @ . Done around 230k... But still goes good.... Interested call me Asap... Or else u miss it...

$3,250Negotiable
Taylors Lakes, VIC

23/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 197051 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego till mid of October Dents on either side of front doors (if you want you can replace both doors won't cost much ) selling ASAP because can't drive due to license restrictions

Contactless
$2,900Negotiable
Hurstville, NSW

19/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA SP20 Manual Hatchback

  • 267000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 . Rego , Air-conditioning, Airbags, registration, tinted windows. fantastic condition. Log book service history, full service including plugs,

$1,699
Hackham West, SA

19/08/2020

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.