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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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2003 Mazda 323 Protege White 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 147549 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Complete service history since new with reciepts. New clutch. Rego until JULY 2021. Excellent condition throughout. Jeff Bell and Co is a family owned and operated dealership Operating in Sylvania in Sydneys Sutherland Shire for over 30 years Well known for easy going service quality cars and very competitive pricing.Trade-ins welcome and interstate transport easily arranged. see our current stock at jeffbellandco.com.au or contact office ******7566 Located at 37 PORT HACKING ROAD, SYLVANI

$3,995
Sylvania, NSW

Dealer used
10 hours ago

Mazda 323 automatic low kms ,12 months new rego 3600$

  • 131000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 automatic,low KMS only 131000 s..12 months new rego toll 29/09/2021..car absolutely on good condition,really clean car ,internal and external.its really healthy engine ,no any leak oil ,no any mechanical issue ,good tyre ,cold aircon .good tyre .anyone interest text me ,no Low offer people ,no swap .thanks

$3,600
Parramatta, NSW

11 hours ago

1996 Mazda 323 Protege White 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 124510 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Automatic Air Con Power Windows Alloy Wheels Good Tyres Low Kms Only 124510 In Very Good Condition

$3,499
Fremantle, WA

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2002 MAZDA 323 SEDAN, rego,rwc,automatic, clean car!!

  • 250000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 MAZDA 323 SEDAN Automatic Cold air Power steer Power windows Central locking CD player 6 months Qld rego and Rwc supplied Drives like new Grab a bargain today!! Trade ins welcome We offer easily approved Finance T.A.P and warranty on all our cars We are Located at 38 Lawrence drive, Nerang Gold Coast Call or sms me on to arrange a viewing today.

$2,999
Nerang, QLD

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 250000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my beloved Mazda 323 Protege 5sp Manual Sedan 2003 Regretful sale, reliable and never missed a beat; comfortable and economical. (~$40 full tank) Second owner in with books. Good condition, New front tyres with spare at boot, Clean inside out, non-smoking driver, Cool in summer, warm in winter, Well maintained and technical sound. Great daily beater and great for manual learners. Rego till 30 Nov 2020 Message me for inspection in Parafield area, hope it’ll go to a good home!

$3,800Negotiable
Parafield Gardens, SA

16 hours ago

Selling my Mazda due to upgrade

  • 94727 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Good running condition, RWC. rego end of September. Clean inside Very good economically. Selling due to upgrade . Available for inspection

$3,600Negotiable
Endeavour Hills, VIC

22 hours ago

Mazda 323 Protege 2002 1.8L

  • 232274 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

—4 almost new tires —good interior It does not have rego. Plates have been removed. Selling for $400 quick price. *car currently missing all fan belts- does not run and out of rego: radiator boiled great for parts

$400Negotiable
East Lismore, NSW

23 hours ago

Mazda 323 auto air and steer $1450

  • 300000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 automatic air condition and power steering 4 cylinders 1.8l engine Cheap to run

$1,450
Pooraka, SA

Dealer used
Yesterday

2000 Mazda 323 Protege White 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 282127 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Airbag Driver, Central Locking, Radio Cassette with 4 Speakers, Cloth Trim, Engine Immobiliser

$2,699
Woodville Park, SA

Dealer used
28/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Silver 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 207146 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located in close proximity to Brisbane city, we are Brisbane's premier used vehicle specialists. Stocking only high quality pre-loved vehicles which have all been comprehensively checked by our trained technicians to offer you hassle free buying and worry free motoring. We offer no deposit finance and leasing options to suit your needs. You also have the option to protect your investment by selecting a Vehicle Safeguard plan with options ranging from 12 months to 36 months. All safeguard plans

$4,490Drive Away^
Nundah, QLD

Dealer used
28/09/2020

1996 Mazda 323 protege

  • 200036 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Unregistered, motor runs well, brand new clutch, burglar alarm, good interior, all paper work, a/c, good spare tyre, Needs battery, wiper blades. Minor rust repair to roof otherwise body in straight condition, minor scratch marks in places. Near offer considered.

$1,100
Menai, NSW

28/09/2020

WANT TO SWAP

  • 210000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I have my 2003 Mazda 323 prostege, immaculate inside and out, doesn’t miss a beat, has a straight through on it and has a nice note, rego, 210,000 ks Want to swap for a 4wd

$3,500
Burnie, TAS

28/09/2020

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
27/09/2020

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
27/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 111776 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excellent condition, only 111,776kms!!! Headlight protectors, alloy wheels, factory mats. Power windows, air conditioning, radio and CD player, everything working.

$3,990
Mount Stuart, TAS

27/09/2020

Need to sell my car

  • 36300 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi im looking to sell my mazda 323 protege its a 5 speed manaul .its currently not driving i belive the battery has gone in it but in the right hand of someone els it can be fix had a new window put in and new tyers and a new thermorstat put is pm me

$800Negotiable
Mount Morgan, QLD

27/09/2020

1998 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 257000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

1998 Mazda 323 Protege 3months rego - expires 12th of Dec 2020 257000 kms Negotiable Power windows (Working) Looked after well Just been serviced yesterday No oil leaks New tyres New battery Brakes pads changed recently The A/C needs to be re-gassed.

$2,300
Pendle Hill, NSW

26/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege Silver & Chrome 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 203368 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Good Books Manual Transmission Power Steering Electric Windows Air Conditioning Mag Wheels Good Tyres Need Finance Ring Pat . Please make appointment Thanks

$2,990
Maroochydore, QLD

Dealer used
26/09/2020

Mazda 323 manual car for Sale $1250

  • 330000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Mazda 323 manual car for sale. Comes with 4 new tyres. No RWC, car is in good condition and should not need much for RWC. Car has clocked 330K on odometer.

$1,250
Belmont, WA

25/09/2020

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

24/09/2020

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

24/09/2020

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

24/09/2020

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
21/09/2020

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

21/09/2020

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.