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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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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
4 hours ago

Top2001 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
20/09/2020

Top2001 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
14 hours ago

Top2003 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
19/09/2020

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

Dealer used
22 hours ago

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
20 hours ago

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
58 minutes 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
4 hours ago

Mazda 323 Astina

  • 222000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

10 months rego full log book history previous owner had the car since new it's in amazing condition call aircon for new tyres new brakes just been serviced honestly the car is amazing the must see price for quick sale

$2,800
Wollongong, NSW

4 hours ago

Mazda Protege manual 9 months rego

  • 201000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Mazda 1997 Protege manual transmission, 9 months rego 201,000 kms. Perfectly clean inside & out no scratches. Everything works like new never had an issue. Regrettable sell due to no longer needing a second car.

Contactless
$2,200
Belfield, NSW

8 hours ago

1988 Mazda 323 SS Turbo

  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1988 Mazda 323 SS Turbo. This car will not disappoint, with electric sunroof, electric windows, upgraded turbo and computer, you'll be sure to turn heads. Owned by a mechanic, serviced every 7,500km. The car was used at powercruise 2019 and performed beautifully, chopping Golf GTIs and SS commodores. Great little sleeper to scare some commos. Goods -Chipped ecu to safely run 16psi -GTX2860R GEN 2 turbo. Externally gated -3" dump to 2.5" high flow exhaust system with HKS 4" cannon -Custom intak

$8,500
Gunning, NSW

8 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
14 hours ago

1999 MAZDA323 PROTEGE MANUAL SEDAN

  • 155000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale is my 1999 Mazda 323 Protege. Has been a great little car for me to run around in. Great on fuel and cheap to fill. Car had bad paint on bonnet, boot and rear bumper so have resprayed and it now looks amazing. Replaced spark plugs with brand new BOSCH spark plugs so it runs and drives perfectly. No problems with the car in the slightest. The interior is immaculate and only has 150xxx on the car! Amazing car for a learner driver, Uber eats or someone looking for a cheap car that won'

$2,400
Murrumba Downs, QLD

15 hours ago

Mazda 323 automatic car for sale

  • 117500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

I’m selling mazda 323 in very good condition with low kilometres just has done 118000km and has 4 brand new tyres and 2 set keys service has done mechanically no oil leak just has few scratches I just paid 3 months rego i have all receipt and logbook as well I’m selling due to buy another car Toyota Yaris contact with me if you are looking for a good car with low mileage thanks price will be $3700

$4,000
Bentley, WA

16 hours ago

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,

$3,399
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 268124 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

perfect little learner car, brand new tyres, recently done the front suspension and head gasket, very minimal body damage only whats in pictures. Very cheap to run. Selling due to upgrading

$3,000
New Norfolk, TAS

20 hours ago

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

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2002 mazda 323 protege sports

  • 380000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Great little car 5 spd manual brought whilst my partners csr was getting fixed now need money to fix my own car drives well very cheap to run. 380 000 km needs a new windscreen as it is damaged on passenger side

$1,900
Dodges Ferry, TAS

21 hours ago

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 hours ago

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

Dealer used
22 hours ago

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

Dealer used
24 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Economical, Perfect First Car or Daily Runabout

  • 302018 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

PRICE DROP FROM $2990 to $1990 ! Now FIRM price (cannot go lower) The ever-popular Mazda 323 hatch, in classic silver! I'm selling this car for my son. Need to sell this weekend. Includes 10 months rego (worth $470!) Strong 1.8L motor, yet very fuel-efficient and economical to run. Basically straight body, a few minor blemishes. Runs really well, ideal first car for manual drivers, or a reliable daily. Practical car - small yet roomy, nice big loading space in the back. Comfortable 5 seat

Contactless
$1,990Negotiable
Woodsdale, TAS

24 hours ago

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

$1,199
Blair Athol, SA

Dealer used
24 hours ago

2003 mazda astina Auto, RWC & Rego

  • 205134 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Selling 2003 Mazda323 Hatchback Auto with more than 7 Months long Rego & RWC, has done 205134 kms. It runs smooth, mechanically it’s great, cheap to run around and has lot of space in boot, has Rego until 09-04-2021, nice and tidy inside and outside with minor wear and tear for age, has power steering, central locks, cold Aircon, CD player Radio etc, Body paint is good except some fade only on roof. inspections welcome.

$3,950
Arundel, QLD

Yesterday

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 170000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Fantastic car it has had only 1 owner Serviced regularly Automatic transmission Just got a $4000 paint job on it 1 month ago. Brand new radiator installed recently Air conditioning works Runs perfect. Text for further info and for inside pics. Open for swaps reason selling is because want a 4x4 Thanks

$6,000Negotiable
Gosford, NSW

Yesterday

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 400000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This great little drive away car comes with rego she runs well perfect car for nipping out and about in. Just had a new tyre replaced at the front the other side wheels will need replacing in time. The car has just had it’s rare break pads replaced. Few minor dints to the exterior but the car has no issues and is very reliable.

$2,000
Kew, VIC

Yesterday

Stylish 1997 Mazda 323 Astina For Sale

  • 258000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Slick looking car, drives really well, timing belt and waterpump changed last year, sunroof works and no mechanical issues, rego till december

$2,500
Randwick, NSW

Yesterday

2002 Mazda 323 Hatchback Automatic Astina

  • 211450 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Perfect as a first car -2002 Holden Astina 323 P01A -Automatic - New Tyres. - Perfect working condition. - Bumper needs fixing as shown in photos. - NSW registration. - Regularly serviced and looked after very well. - No smoking car. - Can provide with RWC, please ask. Bumper fix won't cost more than 500. I can adjust the price in the sale. Only selling because moving away to US.

$2,499
Cranbourne East, VIC

20/09/2020

Need sold asap no rego

  • 280000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 No rego 280ks Split in the exhaust, running a bit rough but easy fix Need sold asap St albans area

$500
St Albans, VIC

20/09/2020

Mazda 323 Astina

  • 170878 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

$5000 negotiable. Mazda 323 Astina . Great mechanical condition, excellent interior, great first car. Paint fading on roof and a little on some panels. Only selling as I needed an automatic car for my daughter. RWC included/ 9 months rego left.

$5,000Negotiable
Rothwell, QLD

20/09/2020

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.