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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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Wanted: Wanted unlicensed ford laser or Mazda 323

Wanted: Wanted unlicensed ford laser or Mazda 323

Negotiable
  • 20000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Want car for run around or bush bomb for large property

Kalamunda AreaPickering Brook

20/07/2020

1997 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan
Dealer used

1997 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

$2,500
  • 233045 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1997 Mazda 323 Protegé Sedan 1.6 Petrol 4cyl 5spd Manual Service History & Books Great Driving Car And Good On Fuel Very Well Cared For By Elderly Previous Owner Prefect Learners Car/First Car Or Just A Cheap Town Runnabout This one is the car that was truly perviously owned by a little old lady who garaged and loved it all its life In very lovely clean condition considering its age Please Contact Ray on for more details $2500 Drive Away inc RWC

Latrobe ValleyMorwell

20/07/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

$4,750
  • 124000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Very good condition. 2nd lady owner.

Sutherland AreaSylvania

20/07/2020

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Automatic Hatchback

2000 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Automatic Hatchback

$3,200
  • 190000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale 🚗 Model: MAZDA 323 BJ AUTOMATIC 2000 SHADES 1.6 HATCHBACK Year: 2000 Mileage: 190000km (slowly rising) Air conditioning: heating and cooling, normal use. Fuel: 91 gasoline Shift: self-ranking Key: 2 keys Right of way: August 27, 2020 Price: 3200 Maintenance has been done in early January, 4 tires are brand new and can provide repair factory contact information, provide follow-up maintenance and repair! The car has 5 doors and a large space, usually used for

Stirling AreaJoondanna

20/07/2020

Mazda 323 Astina White. Great reliable vehicle

Mazda 323 Astina White. Great reliable vehicle

$1,999 Negotiable
  • 311052 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Great car in very good general condition, drives well, service history available. October registration. Selling without road worthy. Has some minor panel scratches on passager rear side door.

Boroondara AreaBalwyn North

19/07/2020

Mazda 323 manual 5 speed for sale

Mazda 323 manual 5 speed for sale

$1,800 Negotiable
  • 194326 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 for sale, runs well, needs a little TLC, Slight damage to front left quarter panel and headlight and indicator assembly, no rust, Selling without RWC And without rego, Has power steer, aircon (works well) electric windows , keyless entry, does need tyres and a few other minor issues, overall it’s a good little car, if you like to tinker it’s the perfect little project and money maker. Price is very neg. keen for quick sale.

Brisbane North WestMount Glorious

19/07/2020

Mazda 323 2002 model

Mazda 323 2002 model

$1,800
  • 197000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Auto Been a great car, Rego up on 27th Oct Upgrading to a new car Currently has a sometime slipping gear which I haven’t checked as selling, but has been well looked after and in good condition. A couple of new tyres recently and disc pads changed. Timing belt changed recently (receipt provide) Call price Negotiable

Parramatta AreaWestmead

18/07/2020

1998 MAZDA 323 PROTOGE SEDAN AUTO

1998 MAZDA 323 PROTOGE SEDAN AUTO

$2,750 Negotiable
  • 229203 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Mazda 323 Protoge Sedan Auto Looking for a first car or a reliable daily car? It’s a very economical 1.8L car, spend $30 on fuel and you get nearly 500kms! Perfect for daily driving and saving $$ on fuel. Comes with brand new Pioneer head unit, a 12” Option Audio sub all hooked up and ready for blasting! Good sound systems makes drives just that more fun! $2,750 nego Selling due to needing a Ute for work Automatic Rego until 13/10/2020! Byo rwc or can sort rwc for extra $$ Ready fo

Brisbane South WestRuncorn

18/07/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

$3,200 Negotiable
  • 257000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I have my Mazda 323 Astina YR 2000 car for sale I’m asking $3,200 or nearest offer, need to buy a bigger car for the family, this car has only had two owners since brand new. Exterior is cherry red in pretty good condition with of course a little bit of sun damage and paint peel on the roof as all cherry red cars do and possibly minor scratches nothing that a buff can’t fix :) Interior is near perfect only a couple scratches on the glove box on the front dash, no noticeable or major stains i

Coffs Harbour AreaBucca

17/07/2020

Mazda 323 Protege 2000

Mazda 323 Protege 2000

$3,000 Negotiable
  • 254000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Good condition Mazda 323 Protege Automatic transmission 250k KMs done New tyres New shock absorber Bluetooth stereo with remote and mic Clean car Minor wear and tear No oil leaks Recently serviced Transmission service done at 240k Alloy wheels Rego until 23/10/20 Roadworthy not included

Whitehorse AreaNunawading

17/07/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Auto
Dealer used

2002 Mazda 323 Auto

$3,990 Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 237123 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mechanicals all spot on New tyres New brakes Fully serviced to perfection All services are up to date Parked near 1 Wills st North Lakes Comes with RWC Rego is about $500 Roadtest with our workshop plate

Pine Rivers AreaNorth Lakes

17/07/2020

1999 Mazda 323 protege 9 months reg

$2,500
  • 199000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

9 months reg very reliable car never needed to top up with oil or water does not miss a beat. 5 speed manual alloy wheels near new tyres, electric windows and mirrors air con, selling due to a baby on the way. Small dent in passenger door and a small dent on bonnet, otherwise the interior is great Sony CD player. Great first car. Will consider a trade for a twin cab 4 wheel drive

Murray AreaMoama

17/07/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Protege

2000 Mazda 323 Protege

$3,750 Negotiable
  • 179000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2000 Mazda 323 Protege Manual Petrol 179xxx kms $3750 ono msg for more info

Bunbury AreaBunbury

16/07/2020

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE BJ 2003

MAZDA 323 PROTEGE BJ 2003

$5,000
  • 217000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Protege BJ II-J48 Auto AUTOMATIC REGO UNTIL AUGUST 7" DISPLAY 17" ROH RIMS TINTED WINDOWS FULL LOG BOG INCLUDING RECENT SAFETY INSPECTION PROVIDED RELIABLE CAR IN GREAT CONDITION. SELLING DUE TO EXPANDING FAMILY SO BIGGER CAR NEEDED ASAP. INSPECTIONS ARE WELCOME. SERIOUS OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

Inner SydneySydney City

16/07/2020

Wanted: need a BA MAZDA 323 PROTEGE RADIATOR 1997

Free
  • 123 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

broke AF and after some prick stole my car, i borrowed a mates only to have the radiator blow on me. If anyone has an old one thats looking for a new home, you would be helping me out more than i can say....currently housebound and its not working 😞😂

Ipswich CityGoodna

16/07/2020

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

$2,600 Negotiable
  • 216000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

In great condition Only Issue is the drivers side won’t open with a key as it’s been damage have to open from the passenger side Also the left side mirror is been knocked Other then that the car works perfectly fine Doesn’t come with rwc as I have no time to go get it done but the car will pass one easily

Whittlesea AreaLalor

16/07/2020

Mazda astina 2001 motor

Mazda astina 2001 motor

$500
  • 280000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

I am selling my mazda astina motor, open to offers

Albury AreaAlbury

16/07/2020

1995 Mazda 323 PROTEGE Manual Sedan

1995 Mazda 323 PROTEGE Manual Sedan

$1,200
  • 291373 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling as is no rego or roadworthy. Dont have time or money to fix Drivers side mirror has been smashed off. Other than that its a very tidy little car for its age, has been well looked after, no rust, good tyres. Price is negotiable. Will put more photos up soon email - my phone is currently being fixed.

Cairns CityCairns

15/07/2020

NO RWC NO REGO Drives good runs well

NO RWC NO REGO Drives good runs well

$695 Negotiable
  • 100500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

No RWC No Rego

Whittlesea AreaEpping

15/07/2020

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Manual Hatchback

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA SHADES Manual Hatchback

$2,000
  • Contactless trade
  • 234000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling mazda 323. Great first car cheap on fuel. No problems and regularly serviced. New battery in February and near new tyres. Paint fade on the roof and a few marks around the car. No rwc. Rego till august Price neg.

Tweed Heads AreaBilambil Heights

15/07/2020

Car for sale very good reliable first car

$1,900
  • 318273 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Astina,p/s,a/C,cd player 4spk stereo with reg /no rwc sup cheap to run very clean car

Yarra RangesLilydale

15/07/2020

MAZDA 323 BJ 1998 1.8 AUTOMATIC SEDAN RWC $2999

MAZDA 323 BJ 1998 1.8 AUTOMATIC SEDAN RWC $2999

$3,500 Negotiable
  • 192000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

MAZDA 323 BJ 1998 1.8 AUTOMATIC SEDAN 192000 KMS RWC ON SALE RECENTLY SERVICED NEW ENGINE MOUNTS NEW SHOCKS NEW TYRES COLD AIR CONDITIONING POWER STEERING POWER WINDOWS CENTRAL LOCKING TILT ADJUSTABLE STEERING WHEEL TINTED WINDOWS CLOTH TRIM COLOUR CODED BUMPER BARS MIRRORS DRIVERS EXCEPTIONALLY WELL VERY ECONOMICAL 6 MONTHS REGO ON SALE FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES PLEASE PHONE

Gold Coast NorthYatala

15/07/2020

Mazda 323 sedan

Mazda 323 sedan

$1,300
  • 265000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi I am selling my mazda astina 323 automatic for the amount of $1,300 and you can make a reasonable offer.. It is not registered and not running at the moment due to I am not using it anymore as I have got 3 cars already. It can still be registered. I've spent $300 already for the gasket and water pump and coolant. There will be no radio included. Tyres are still 99%. which I paid $400. Otherwise I would sell my car for parts only for whole car. Just make me reasonable offer and you can have

Salisbury AreaSalisbury North

15/07/2020

2001 Mazda 323

2001 Mazda 323

$3,400
  • Contactless trade
  • 196186 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Would love to keep this easy to drive, reliable car but but I am moving overseas! She runs great, never had any issues with reliability or needing repairs which is what you want! Regularly maintained. I am her third owner and bought her from my good friend who looked after his cars well. Clean inside and out, good tyres and everything works well eg. radio, central locking, power windows, CD player (vintage!) air con, latches and switches. Has superficial small scratches, the only two of note

Hobsons Bay AreaSouth Kingsville

15/07/2020

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.