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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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1980 Mazda 323 5 door hatch

  • 123456 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

¤1980 Mazda 323 ¤5 dooar hatch ¤1.5 litre 3 speed auto ¤Factory air con ¤Running condition ¤Minimal surface rust-worse area is on rear hatch ¤Body has some dints and scratches-minor wear for it's age ¤Interior in good nick ¤FR-18-1 Simmons rims and tyres, both in new condition ¤Happy to take more photos on request (Can only upload 10) ¤Pick up only in Tongala, Victoria- 2.5hrs NORTH of Melbourne.

$10,000
Tongala, VIC

22 hours ago

1981 MAZDA 323 PANEL VAN

  • 87000 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1981 MAZDA 323 VAN/WAGON rare early FA4U6 model van (low roof) ,factory paint,no rust,no accidents, 3rd owner, new carpet,door trims,tyres,brakes,starter motor, healthy engine,4 speed manual. Drives great!...turns heads,awesome little cruiser,perfect for a easy rotary conversion or just leave it as is.. currently on historic rego so non transferable. NO TIME WASTERS! Msg for more information.

$13,900Negotiable
Blacktown, NSW

10/10/2021

Mazda 323 4 door hatch

  • 143696 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 5 speed hatch back as is run prefect just ve no use for it anymore rust as per photo on rear hatch door no reg $ 4500 ono

$4,500
Bacchus Marsh, VIC

28/09/2021

Mazda 323 3 door hatch

  • 233000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Ready for rotary project..mint original interior except front seats comes with original modgies an eagers

$11,000
Joondalup, WA

25/09/2021

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

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.