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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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Mazda 323 hatch

  • 1234 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Parting out. Bug front still good. Rear chrome bars in good con Hit me up what you chasing

$2,000
Canberra City, ACT

3 hours ago

1980 323 wagon factory manual suit burnouts, project or rust cuts

  • 100000 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Cash sale or swap for early model nissan/datsun 1980 323 manual shell Missing a few parts including diff and tailgate Has rust Would be good for rust cuts for a project or a burnout car

Negotiable
Bridgewater, TAS

12/09/2021

Mazda 323 1985 Station Wagon

  • 280000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1985 station wagon, fair condition for age, not registered and not road worthy or drivable will need to be towed. Perfect project car for enthusiasts. Most original parts are all there only selling entire car not for parts. Interior pretty good..

Contactless
$4,000
Hoxton Park, NSW

10/09/2021

Mazda 323 12a full bridge carbon seals may swap

  • 175000 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Reluctantly putting my little wagon up as I am seeking a daily driver. I have the majority of parts to get it going and will continue to work on it untill going or sold. Genuine enquiries only please I refreshed the engine with respect to seals and springs oil O-ring's and water seals. I have fabricated the engine and gearbox mounts and I'm happy with how it turned out at this stage. I have an ignition to wire up . exhaust system to weld up and fuel pump regulator to install ad the big items

$12,500Negotiable
Colac, VIC

09/09/2021

Mazda 323 familiar super deluxe

  • 160000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

If you love old school hatches then this is one not to miss. Great retro 4 speed auto 1.5l. Rego til 10 July 2022 on normal rego. Had a top quality closed door respray in the last two years. This beauty turns heads, surprising everyone at the lights and inclines. Being a 5 door hatch there is plenty of interior room for a hatch. No rust at all in body of car, doors has some rust quoted just under $500 to repair rust and rear dimple. Original rims with mazda caps, Original seats and carpet with

$3,600Negotiable
Shelly Beach, NSW

05/09/2021

1978 Mazda 323 DELUXE Manual Hatchback

  • 89000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 bug eye for sale, chassis is mint door sills are mint doors have slight rust at bottom through weather strips very fixable Great project for the price. Text me for more info $4200 Obo Regretfully sale Text me or call for more pics

$4,200
Middleton, SA

26/08/2021

1978 Mazda 323 DELUXE Manual Hatchback

  • 89000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 bug eye for sale, chassis is mint door sills are mint doors have slight rust at bottom through weather strips very fixable Great project for the price. Text me for more info $4200 Obo Regretfully sale Text me or call for more pics

$4,200
Middleton, SA

26/08/2021

78' 323 Familia Jail bar Bug Eye 13B turbo

  • 1234 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Extensive modifications have been completed to this one of kind 78' 323 Familia Jail bar Bug Eye 13B turbo. All mods are engineered and blue plated for Queensland roads. Over $50k in parts don’t waste your time low balling or ill just part it out. **ALL PARTS LISTED BELOW are BRAND NEW, still In boxes and all with receipts from PAC RACING** **Built C4 Transmission by Bob Grant Automatics approx. Engine parts **Turbo G42 stainless exhaust housing **Turbo GTX4508R, compact”, billet wheel, **s

$60,000
Mount Gravatt, QLD

22/08/2021

1985 Mazda 323

  • 99000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

A running project, this is the last of the rwd mazda's, 4 speed manual, 1.4L inline 4 Has surface rust and minor panel damage, all parts are there, it runs and drives pretty well once warm, the exhaust has been cut for excitement. Any questions feel free to ask! Currently unregistered but can be registered.

$2,500Negotiable
Tanunda, SA

22/08/2021

Mazda 323 1982

  • 98000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

For Sale or Swap: 1982 BD Mazda 323 1.5L carburettor engine 3sp Auto Near-new Weber 32/36 carby from redline Holley fuel pressure regulator New fuel pump New ignition coil and leads New poly bushings New CV's New Steering rack boot New thermostat fresh coolant Regularly seviced every 5k since ownership. 1 owner before me, so it's immaculate on the interior. The paint could use a polish but it still comes up very nicely. Struggles on some cold mornings but will always start, has never left me s

Contactless
$6,500Negotiable
Carlton, VIC

20/08/2021

1984 Mazda 323 4door hatchback

  • 205000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Bought it a while ago as a lil fun daily and the spider gear and shaft blew in the diff so gear box is currently out and has been sitting at a transmission shop for a month now but I will be putting it back in soon since I can’t find a replacement anywhere, so just accepting my loss and moving it on, description in photos. Send a message if interested. Rego is dew soon so if I get asking price I’ll put another 3 months on it

$2,000Negotiable
Rockingham, WA

19/08/2021

1978 bugeye 323 hatchy, sr20det

  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Heavily modded Has been in garage sitting for a couple of years undriven due to working away, so does need work, Not a rotary but could be swapped easily enough if ya a rotar freak May swap/part swap for a bike of interest Cruizer, motard, highball A tidy example of a 43 year old bugeye, Getting hard to find. If ya know what they are ya know 🤪

$15,000
Worongary, QLD

07/08/2021

1983 Mazda 323 DELUXE Automatic Sedan

  • 81200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Your opportunity to purchase one of the best examples of these vehicles available today.1 owner,genuine little old lady,always garaged regularly serviced by local workshop.Eligible for historic rego and will have that Monday(not transferable)mileage is 81200,and unusual auto trans,The photos do not do this car justice.Please take note I will NOT acknowledge any offers or suggestions Of price reductions .If the ad is visible the car is still available so please don,t ask.ring for details 041927

$5,500
Colo Vale, NSW

26/06/2021

MAZDA 323 fa STATION WAGON 1978 GLC BUG EYE REAR WHEEL DRIVE SUIT PART

  • 68000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

ROLLING SHELL WILL SELL PARTS OR REST OF CAR LOTS OF PARTS ALREADY SOLD MAZDA 323 STATION WAGON VERY RUSTY PARTS CAR ONLY. ALL FRONT PANELS , LIGHTS, BONNET ,DOOR TRIMS, PEDAL BOX ,MOTOR ,GEAR BOX , HOODLINING , STEERING COLUMN SURROUNDS , INNER PILLAR TRIMS, ROOF RACK , SEATS, DOOR TRIMS, ALREADY SOLD. LOCATED PORT FAIRY VICTORIA. PHONE CALLS ONLY . Gumtree / email messages will not be answered.

$400Negotiable
Port Fairy, VIC

15/11/2020

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.