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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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2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

2000 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$2,800
  • 130000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE 🔴137,000km 🔴all log books ✔️ 🔴rego till September 2020 🔴full history report check 🔴3 years warranty 🔴immaculate inside and out 🔴no silly offers, must go this week as am moving states.

Kogarah AreaSouth Hurstville

02/08/2020

Turbo Mazda 323 Astina

Turbo Mazda 323 Astina

$2,000
  • Contactless trade
  • 400000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Selling my 94 BG Astina BPT Turbo swapped and mod plated in Queensland. BC Coilovers All Original minus Turbosmart BOV Mazdaspeed exhaust from cat back Mazdaspeed Rare Import TRI spoke rims Near new Potenza R888R front tyres Pioneer Head unit Kicker speakers front and back and sub Only runs stock boost I think 10psi 🤔 Ran mint before clutch problems Starts and runs but can not drive because of the bad clutch Has rego till Dec but will be handing in plates next week $2000 If it doesn't go by

Gold Coast NorthCoomera

01/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Silver 3 Speed Automatic Hatchback
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Silver 3 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$4,990
  • 257671 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

2003 year model, 5 seats, small auto, 257xxx klms. Don’t settle for less, COME AND SEE THE BEST! We have over 25 Years’ experience in importing vehicles from Japan and Australian release vehicles. We offer fixed price servicing for all your aftermarket care. Not enough? We also have a MASSIVE range of extended warranties that include road side assist and NATION WIDE COVERAGE! Come in and see why we've been in the business for over 20 years, we are a local business giving back to the locals. Com

Logan AreaKingston

01/08/2020

Mazda astina 323 bj no rego swap or $600

Mazda astina 323 bj no rego swap or $600

Swap/Trade
  • 291580 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda astina bj 323 manual 1.6l 291xxxks No rego has been out of rego for about 4 months will need blue slip Has had clutch recently replaced front brakes done but a bit squeaky since sitting Has aftermarket head unit with remote Great little car very reliable very good on fuel Only bad part is exterior had a few hail dents on roof and bonnet as can see in photos and has a few scratches and some paint fade Marayong 2148 nsw pickup location $600 or swap for something of interest E.g another car

Blacktown AreaMarayong

01/08/2020

Mazda Astina 323

Mazda Astina 323

$3,899
  • 179000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

This car is perfect for a first vehicle or daily commutator. - very reliable; and - fuel economical. We are the second owner of this vehicle and it has been well looked after and always serviced on time. I have had a mechanic look over it prior to purchase and it's in great condition and ready for the new owner.

Brisbane South WestMacgregor

01/08/2020

Mazda 323 automatic 2003

Mazda 323 automatic 2003

$3,000 Negotiable
  • 189000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

May car for sale mazda 323 auto 2003 come with R W C and 3 months rego good drive good engine in side lik new out side good 1.8 petrol remote key mp3 Fm radio because of coronvirus full detail wash any dear lik please tx or call tank you all

Greater DandenongDandenong

01/08/2020

Mazda 323/ Ford laser auto gear box

Mazda 323/ Ford laser auto gear box

$300 Negotiable
  • 130000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Auto gearbox Motor cooked Done 130000

Cockburn AreaSpearwood

01/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$3,000
  • 200400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego till august, can come with rwc for right price Brand new tyres and brakes all round 200000k’s Auto Has hail damage on front panels and roof Good runabout runs fine Swap only for something manual and rwd. $4000 negotiable with rwc or not

Whitehorse AreaBox Hill

01/08/2020

FOR SALE OR SWAPS MAZDA SP20

FOR SALE OR SWAPS MAZDA SP20

Swap/Trade
  • Contactless trade
  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

FOR SALE $5000 OR SWAPS BLACK MAZDA SP20 5 SPEED MANUAL 6 MONTHS REGO ALL POWER OPTIONS WRX FRONT SEAT SP23 MAGS WHEELS AIR CONDITIONING K&N POD FILTER FOG LIGHTS HID HEADLIGHTS HID FOGLIGHTS 5% TINTS SUN VISORS ALPINE SOUND SYSTEM EXHAUST SYSTEM TWIN AIRBAGS ABS BREAKS BONNET PROTECTOR KEYLESS ENTRY WITH REMOTE EXEDY HEAVY-DUTY CLUTCH RECENTLY SERVICED ENGINE OIL GEARBOX FUILDS TYRES SPARK PLUGS LEADS & COILPACKS DRIVES SMOOTH WITH NO PROBLEMS NO OIL LEAKS ETC... CALL OR SMS ON

Campbelltown AreaCampbelltown

31/07/2020

Mazda 323

Mazda 323

$1,000
  • 30000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

Mazda 323 86 model Manual 1 day rego New tyres New Raidator Cd player $1000 Pick up dapto

Wollongong AreaBerkeley

31/07/2020

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM  RWC AND REG
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback LOW KLM RWC AND REG

$3,950
  • 137676 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323 HATCH BACK LOW KLM 137676 AUTOMATIC PWR STEERING AIR COND PWR WINDOWS VERY CLEAN BLACK DUCO GREY CLOTH INTERIOR CAR RUNS WELL AND WE WILL SUPPLY RWC AND 3 MONTHS REGO CAR CAN BE VIEWED AT 22 SECOND AV SUNSHINE CALL******1299 FOR ALL DETAILS******1299 $3950.00 ONO FINANCE AVAILABLE TRADE INS WELCOME *****1299 LMCT 11308 ACL 444317 *****1299

Brimbank AreaSunshine

31/07/2020

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback
Dealer used

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

$995 Drive Away^
  • 233547 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Astina Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

Parramatta AreaWentworthville

31/07/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$4,250 Negotiable
  • 89090 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda Astina Shades 323 Automatic - ONLY 89,000km !!! - RWC - Rego till June 2020 - Alloys - Power Windows - CD player - Great Condition - Lowest Kilometres for its age This is a genuine low kms Mazda Astina in fantastic condition, timing belt just replaced, new rear tyres and drives beautiful. Previous older male owner with limited driving. Available now RW and Rego for under $5,000 Contact Luke on Your Auto Advocate - Connecting Good Buyers with Good Sellers 👍

Whittlesea AreaWhittlesea

31/07/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

$2,000 Negotiable
  • 260000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda Protege 323 Selling the car as is, $2,000 negotiable. Good car, which has been very reliable to me the past few years I have owned it. There are a few cosmetic bumps and bruises but the car is mechanically sound and has had a major service and new tyres put on at 260,000k. The car has one month until it’s rego runs out. It is a 5 speed manual which is light on fuel. Really good daily driver and only selling the car due to upgrading.

Belconnen AreaEvatt

31/07/2020

500 ono .. still drives

500 ono .. still drives

$500 Negotiable
  • 200000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Fluid leaked after the crash, it looks like only the power steering fluid has been affected, still drives and has at least 2mths rego on it

Cairns CityWhite Rock

31/07/2020

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA Automatic Hatchback

$4,500 Negotiable
  • 167578 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Negotiable Up for sale is my 323 Mazda Astina Everything is stock in this vehicle haven't touched a thing. The car has 6 months rego Well looked after body is straight paint is 8/10 for its age Low kilometres Four good tyres Hit me up with your offer, worst I can say is no. Please no silly offers and I'm open for reasonable ones

Liverpool AreaLiverpool

30/07/2020

2002 Mazda 323

2002 Mazda 323

$4,500 Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 157500 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my Mazda 323 as I'm looking to buy an automatic. Has never broke down on me before, I drive from esperance to kalgoorlie to bunbury all the time. Good little zip zip/ learners car. 157500 kilometers Spare tyre Boom box included (if wanted) Plenty of tread on tyres 5 speed manual Got services 2 months ago Break pads and disc replaced 2 months ago just gone abit rusty as I left it near our sprinklers Has a second hand engine that's done less kilometers New starter motor put i

Harvey AreaAustralind

30/07/2020

My little beloved uni car

My little beloved uni car

$1,800
  • 2466 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

I bought my little Mazda in Tasmania of a older man who wasn't able to drive it anymore, iv had it for a couple of years and iv been the second owner , it's been great and cheap to run , old and a little noisy but a fantastic great car. Does have a small crack at the front bar as I bumped into my letterbox. And does need a service and some new brake pads. Still has rego for 2 more months.

Melbourne CityMelbourne CBD

30/07/2020

Motor vehicle

Motor vehicle

$1,750
  • 203000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Astina 323 in Cobalt blue 1.8L engine Automatic 203,000 On the clock Car has some hail damage but inside Of the vehicle is in good condition No RWC , 3 month Rego Need to Sell now PRICE REDUCTION.....

Boroondara AreaGlen Iris

30/07/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

2002 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$4,500
  • 235000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

* Automatic transmission * 2 keys and 2 remote controls * Brand new air con compressor * Brand new brakes system * Brand new step Wheel * Air Conditioning * Central Locking * Power Steering * Radio CD * Adjustable Steering Wheel * Power Windows * Fuel type: Regular Unleaded Petrol Fuel tank capacity: 55L Fuel consumption: 7.8L/100km * 235,000 km * Large boot * Colour: Silver * 877 ZAY * Rego expiry: 05/08/2020 * Located at: Marrochydore - Sunshine Coast Everything works very well. No problem

Redcliffe AreaWoody Point

30/07/2020

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

2003 Mazda 323 protege Auto

2003 Mazda 323 protege Auto

$2,800
  • 300000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Excellent condition and regularly serviced. The car has central locking - Drives perfectly and great for beginner to own first car or second car for someone looking for a reliable car and cheap to own car. There is small crash at right back, but doesn't effect driving experience. Please contact for inspection time.

Blacktown AreaRooty Hill

29/07/2020

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

2003 mazda 323 manual

2003 mazda 323 manual

$2,200
  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

2003 Mazda 323 Manual 250,000kms Drives well have been using to drive to work everyday without any issues. Recently bought a different car hence sale. 3 months rego just paid. Cons: Damage to fender on drivers side (see last photo) Clutch will need to be replaced in the near future (still drivable) $2900ono No calls please, MSG ONLY

Fremantle AreaEast Fremantle

29/07/2020

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.