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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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1979, Mazda 323, Automatic

1979, Mazda 323, Automatic

$800 Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1979 Mazda 323, Auto, 1.6 L, in running condition, drives well, unregistered due to small amount of rust in fire wall. Great project or part car.

Clarence AreaHowrah

Yesterday

1985 mazda 323 panel van

1985 mazda 323 panel van

$2,200 Negotiable
  • 306302 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Very straight car for its age and not many of these left,ideal for a rotary conversion,has 2 rust holes around the seat mounts but very easy fix, I haven’t got the key for it but it wouldn’t be far off starting.

Bendigo CityBendigo

30/07/2020

Wanted: MAZDA 323 BUG

Wanted: MAZDA 323 BUG

$10,000
  • 323 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WTB MAZDA 323 ANY CONDITION

Penrith AreaSt Clair

29/07/2020

Wanted: Mazda 323 bug eye

Wanted: Mazda 323 bug eye

Swap/Trade
  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I am looking to buy a 2 door bug eye Mazda 323 coupe Running or not Any Condition Any location will travel interstate Call or text Will pay good cash $$$ call or msg txt

Liverpool AreaLiverpool

26/07/2020

Original 1984 Mazda 323 Sedan

Original 1984 Mazda 323 Sedan

$1,900
  • 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.

Wellington AreaStratford

26/07/2020

1985 mazda 323 deluxe hatch automatic rare

1985 mazda 323 deluxe hatch automatic rare

$1,200
  • 130 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Car has recently had services to motored gear box decent bob Jane tires has just had a matt black base coat ready for paint (could do with some body work) Car needs a new windscreen (220) A few little touch ups inside but the interia is almost perfect. Runs good but will not drive as it has a blown torque converter (250 to reco the one that's in it. Can be used on club rego is very original other than the paint car us by all means not perfect but q good project as these cars are very hard to fi

Blacktown AreaDoonside

24/07/2020

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

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

$500 Negotiable
  • 68000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

TOP 2 PICTURES ARE ITS CURRENT STATE. 10/06/2020. LOTS OF PARTS ALREADY SOLD MAZDA 323 STATION WAGON WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET.  Rolling shell with lots of goodies still attached. HAS LOTS OF RUST. LOCATED PORT FAIRY VICTORIA. PHONE CALLS ONLY . Gumtree / email messages will not be answered. LOTS OF PARTS MISSING ALREADY.

Moyne AreaPort Fairy

12/07/2020

Mazda 323 rotary

Mazda 323 rotary

$18,000
  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 1977 RWD 2 door Round lights Wrap around chrome bumpers Tinted windows Freshly Panel&paint Gloss black Complete Jail bar grill Polished hotwires and eagers Deeloomed engine bay Rolling body Standard interior Veiwing only no time wasters 18k firm ! car has never been seen before! Don’t message me . Calls only and don’t call if your full it!!! Can help with interstate. Free delivery any where in Brisbane/ Goldcoast Thank you

Brisbane North EastAlbany Creek

10/07/2020

Wanted: WTB PARTS Mazda 323 bug eye 1977 FA Rotary

Wanted: WTB PARTS Mazda 323 bug eye 1977 FA Rotary

Negotiable
  • 1212 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Chasing Parts for the mazda bug eye Nose cone front bumper Windscreen wipers Front gaurds Bonnet Boot Door cards Front and rear lights And rotary engine

Whyalla AreaWhyalla

02/07/2020

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.