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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.
Mazda323ASTINA SHADESFront Wheel DriveClear all

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

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Mazda 323

  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Hi all I am selling my mazda 323 it's a 2000 model cheap 4cyl the car is very cheap to run and very reliable it just needs a new radiator as last owner brought a crud one and I just dont have the money to waste as have another car to maintain. Has a brand new pair on 17 inch rims and brand new tyres been driven on like 5 times max got rego till the 5/11/20 the clutch is very good the way it should be few dings here and there few scratches and some paint fade. I wont be replying to low ballers s

$2,200Negotiable
Alberton, SA

18/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 124640 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

A/C, P/S , CENTRAL LOCKING, 4CD STACKER, DRIVER'S SRS AIR BAG, SERVICE HISTORY, LOW KMS, LADY OWNER SINCE NEW TO 100000 KMS (UP TO 2018). I AM SECOND OWNER. AUTO TRANSMISSION SREVICED AND NEW TIMING BELT DONE ON 100000 Ks. NEW FAN BELTS DONE 2 MONTH A GO.NEW SPARK PLUGS. 3 MONTHS REGO, Price is negotiable with or without RWC

$4,499
Doveton, VIC

15/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic

  • 210000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic Automatic, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, Excellent condition, interior and outside body. Vehicle has been very well maintained, Mechanically A1. 210000Kms Will come with Roadworty Certificate (RWC) Price ( $ 4500 ) ONO. Call us on or for enquiries.

Contactless
$4,500
Keysborough, VIC

14/09/2020

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
10/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 130000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Very reliable car, never had any issues. Driven mostly from home to Uni. It has records of previous services and owners manual. Receipts from the first owner. Selling due to upgrade. As you can see in the photo it has some minor dents and scratches but other then that it’s a clean and fuel efficient car. Just recently bought a new battery for it.

$3,500Negotiable
Novar Gardens, SA

08/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 manual

  • 215000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 manual in very good condition. Cosmetically not the best, but no technical issues at all! Very good on fuel. Would make an excellent extra car or first car. Some great things about this car: - Will add 3 months new rego. - Touchscreen with Bluetooth, hands free calling and reverse camera. - Near new tyres. - Brand new battery. Comes without RWC, but happy to do RWC for an extra $300. All in all a great car, drives great! Welcome for you to come test it in Wollert or Bundoora.

$2,400
Wollert, VIC

05/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Automatic Hatchback

  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale 🚗 Model: MAZDA 323 BJ AUTOMATIC 2000 SHADES 1.6 HATCHBACK Year: 2000 Mileage: 190000km (slowly rising) Air conditioning: heating and cooling, normal use. Fuel: 91 gasoline Shift: self-ranking Key: 2 keys Right of way: August 27, 2020 Price: 3200 Maintenance has been done in early January, 4 tires are brand new and can provide repair factory contact information, provide follow-up maintenance and repair! The car has 5 doors and a large space, usually used for

$3,200
Joondanna, WA

31/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Manual Hatchback

  • 226579 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my Mazda Astina Shades Grey, 323, 2003 year model . It has been great car for me , Great little get around car from A to B .Saved a lot of money of fuel , Very fuel efficient , For the time I have owned this car haven’t been in any accidents . Interior and out exterior of the car still in very “Great Condition”. Reason why selling this car because I have upgraded after having it for many years , I have always been on time with services . Maintained it well for the year model. Message me

$2,990
Fairfield, NSW

26/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323

  • 196186 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Would love to keep this easy to drive, reliable car but but I am moving overseas! She runs great, never had any issues with reliability or needing repairs which is what you want! Regularly maintained. I am her third owner and bought her from my good friend who looked after his cars well. Clean inside and out, good tyres and everything works well eg. radio, central locking, power windows, CD player (vintage!) air con, latches and switches. Has superficial small scratches, the only two of note

Contactless
$3,400
South Kingsville, VIC

26/08/2020

Mazda 323 Astina Hatch 2003 Rego RWC

  • 240000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Taylors Hill located Mazda 323 Astina Shades/2003 Auto, Rego and Rwc . 1.8L 4-cyl petrol 240,000km Excellent paint conditon and recently sealed and protected, making washing very easy. Tinted windows valued $300 New brake pads, battery and wiper blades, you wont have to touch these for a while. Fuel efficent for its age 7.8l/100km. Cheap to maintain: oil and filter every 10k km. Agile and easy to park, good for shopping, drop off, get to office Features: Auto transmission Fully working Air co

Contactless
$3,600Negotiable
Taylors Hill, VIC

23/08/2020

1996 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 297695 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Registered May 2021

$4,500Negotiable
St Marys, NSW

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.