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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 Protege 2002

Mazda 323 Protege 2002

$1,850
  • 170700 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

5 speed manual mazda 323. 171k kms. Bluetooth stereo. Good rubber. Has some hail damage. Still presents ok. Few bump and bruises front and rear. Interior really good condition and clean. I have every piece of paper work for all work done in its life. Massive manilla folder full of invoices. Couple of things need attention. Front brakes have a wobble. Power steering/air con belts slips when cold. All electrics work fine. Starts everytime. All fluids where they should be and doesn t leak a drop o

Marion AreaO'Halloran Hill

03/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5sp Manual Gold Sedan

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5sp Manual Gold Sedan

$3,700
  • 87900 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Upsized and no longer needed No issues regularly serviced Mechanically A plus and very low kilometres. Garaged Elderly owners Cosmetic issues: fair wear and tear on the bonnet and spoiler paint job. Gash on the rear bumper Brand new tyres x4 with only 1 70 kms drive on it $3700 non negotiable and drive away with RWC and QLD rego until December 2020.

Brisbane South WestMacgregor

03/08/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$2,200
  • 223500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

It has rego till August. No RwC (Some parts need to be fixed for RWC). Had an accident but all parts have changed and fixed 2 years ago (no issue in body). Easy to drive and easy to maintain. No time wasters please. Price is firm ,as it has droped. (cash only and just message me if you are interested)

Darebin AreaPreston

03/08/2020

2003 Mazda protege 323 Sedan

2003 Mazda protege 323 Sedan

$4,990 Negotiable
  • 132304 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda protege Sedan 4 cyl, 1.8 L Engine, auto Good condition and cheap on fuel Pump water, seal oil and timing belt replaced last year. Receipts for proof. Engine oil, oil filter and break fluid flush. Clean interior with aircon, heating, powered mirrors and windows all working. Small scratch on front bumper next to headlight. Comes with original head unit and seat covers. User manual and clean service history available. Spare tyre and full tool kit available.

Belmont AreaRivervale

03/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$2,300
  • 200000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Car for sale no longer needed. Old car good for a run around. Has a few faults but doesn’t need any repairs runs good enough. One month of rego left.

Parramatta AreaGranville

03/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$1,300
  • Contactless trade
  • 200000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 SP20 Year - 2001 No RWC and Rego Minor scratches Paint is slightly faded Vehicle is in good condition Major service done on the 22/07/2020 Features: 2-litre, four-cylinder Twin airbags Remote central locking Electric windows Read less

Boroondara AreaHawthorn

03/08/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Protege manual

2002 Mazda 323 Protege manual

$2,500
  • Contactless trade
  • 230000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Protege in good condition except the peeling clear coat. Located in Mulgrave. Manual transmission. Well looked after car with services done on time. 2 keys remote fob for keyless entry. Extra car for us that needs gone. Pick up before the lock down. Rego till mid September and can provide rwc for little bit extra. Read Less

Monash AreaMulgrave

02/08/2020

Mazda 323 seden  2000 model

Mazda 323 seden 2000 model

$1,500 Negotiable
  • 184000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Hi everyone Mazda 323 up for sale , 184/000 on kilometres, registration will be expired in 6 weeks time , Car is in good working condition. No rwc . If you see this post means still available. You welcome for drive test . Sorry I don’t wanna hear any offer less than 1400$ If you are interested text me on Car is located in Epping . Thansk to you all

Whittlesea AreaEpping

02/08/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina

2002 Mazda 323 Astina

$2,850
  • 159942 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

2002 Mazda 323 Hatchback 5 speed manual Rego until November 2020 New tyres, fuel filter, plugs and timing belt Cheap to run Located Burnie $3,000 ono May swap of interest

Burnie AreaBurnie

02/08/2020

Scrapping/Parting 323Astina, any offers accepted

Scrapping/Parting 323Astina, any offers accepted

Negotiable
  • 192156 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

323 Astina with cracked head gasket. Any offers welcome, offered $100 by U pull it to tow it away and car will be gone late August. Open to any offers

Alexandrina AreaNangkita

02/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic

$4,500
  • Contactless trade
  • 210000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic Automatic, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, Excellent condition, interior and outside body. Vehicle has been very well maintained, Mechanically A1. 210000Kms Will come with Roadworty Certificate (RWC) Price ( $ 4500 ) ONO. Call us on or for enquiries.

Greater DandenongKeysborough

02/08/2020

2001 sp20

2001 sp20

$1,500
  • 220000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Sp20 2001, great little project car, starts and runs, just out of rego, selling no road worthy no rego, pick up only.

TablelandsAtherton

02/08/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Sp20 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$2,150
  • 225000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

$2,150 ONO selling car don't need it anymore moving home. Or near offer no stupid offers please. More than welcome to come view. No RWC or REGO $2,150 ONO

Wyndham AreaWerribee

02/08/2020

2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

2001 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

$1,900
  • 240 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

With REGO Until 08-2020 and RWC 03-25-2020 For sale: mazda 323 year 2001 1.6, Hatchback, Fuel: Petro excellent condition, manual, gray, very clean, economic. AUD: 1900

Gold Coast CitySurfers Paradise

02/08/2020

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

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 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

Mazda 323

Mazda 323

$700
  • 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

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

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.