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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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1985 Mazda 323 Manual

  • 82500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

A RARE OPPORTUNITY 1985 Mazda 323 Hatch Manual Firstly, the interior of this car is almost immaculate. It has had seat covers and dashmat on since day 1. This car has only 82500km. There are no books but the condition leads me to believe this is true. This was a Broken Hill barn find and according to previous seller, never left that region. Tow bar fitted It has been sitting idle for a long time before I purchased it with the intent to restore but not going to have the time. Owner’s manua

$1,600Negotiable
Broadview, SA

10/09/2020

Original 1984 Mazda 323 Sedan

  • 153612 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Reluctantly selling our reliable runaround and kid's learner car. All orginal parts and in great condition mechanically, this will suit someone looking for a cheap way to get around town or a club car project. Has minor superficial damage to external panels and cracking on some upholstery. 153,000 kms on the clock and registered until end July '20. Selling without RWC for $1900, happy to negotiate on price.

$1,900
Stratford, VIC

06/09/2020

sell/swap for a bike 1986 Mazda 323 Automatic Sedan

  • 175000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Looking to swap my 1986 mazda 323 for a registered road bike car in good condition Rego til Sep.2020 Automatic Very reliable - some minor issues Inspection: Carrum Downs

Contactless
$1,999
Carrum Downs, VIC

01/09/2020

For sale 1983 Mazda 323

  • 252589 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

1983 Mazda 323 5 speed manual Unleaded petrol Out of rego Only good for parts or possible rebuild Selling vehicle as whole PICK UP ONLY $2,200 negotiable

$2,200Negotiable
Colebrook, TAS

23/08/2020

1989 Mazda 323 DELUXE Manual Sedan

  • 232000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi all, Just need to sell my father's old Mazda 323 ASAP. It's been going strong since 1989 and has never missed a beat which is why he has kept it over the years. There is a bit of damage to the paint and inside, but mechanically it's very reliable. It needs to be sold asap since it's no longer used and the rego has just expired. Any questions, let me know. All reasonable offers accepted. It's located in Tully and you're welcome the check it out. Thanks

$800Negotiable
Tully, QLD

08/08/2020

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.