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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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1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
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1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!

$3,999
  • 150000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 in very good condition for its age with all the usual power options, rego till 15 July 2021, Ice cold aircon, centre locking and much more! Inspections by appointment only No appointment no inspection Strictly no offers and not negotiable please don’t contact if you are not Looking to spend the asking amount All our cars are tested for quality and safety by our experienced technicians. All our cars come with a roadworthy certificate and history check with clear title. Warranty a

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2003 Mazda 323 BJ II-J48 Protege Shades Metallic Black 5 Speed Manual Sedan

$3,995
  • 291936 km
  • Sedan
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MAZDA 323 SEDAN MANUAL EXCELLENT CONDITION ALL ROUND DRIVES GREAT WONT LAST WELCOME TO AWSUM AUTOS I HAVE BEEN A MOTOR DEALER SINCE 2001 AND IN THE MOTOR INDUSTRY SINCE 1988 I HAVE BEEN IN THE CAR CITY COMPLEX SINCE 2001 AND HAVE ENJOYED SERVING CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK TO THE PUBLIC FOR YOU TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN PURCHASING A VEHICLE FROM ME..I ALSO OFFER EXTENDED WARRANTYS AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU IN PERSON PH NOW TO ENQUIRE ABOUT MY VEHICLES IN STOCK

Blacktown AreaMinchinbury

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1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
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1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$3,990
  • 152278 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND DRIVES WELL, THIS MAZDA 323 ASTINA IS IN VERY TIDY CONDITION. THIS 5 DOOR HATCHBACK IS SURPRISINGLY ROOMY FOR A VERY ECONOMICAL 1.6 LITRE 4 CYLINDER. COMING WITH POWER STEERING, TRIP COMUTER, AIR CONDITIONING, AIR BAG SAFETY, CENTRAL LOCKING, COMFORTABLE CLOTH TRIM AND WINDOW TINT. 1 YEAR AWN WARRANTY IS INCLUDED AND TRADE-INS ARE WELCOME. View the rest of our stock at www.parkviewautos.com.au

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1997 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

1997 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

$1,000
  • Contactless trade
  • 286793 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

5 speed Manual Good Tyres New Battery 1 month registration

Latrobe AreaSassafras

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2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback Log Books
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2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback Log Books

$2,990 Negotiable
  • 204000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Speed Manual Hatchback Log Books 3months rego Power steering, power mirrors, power windows, central locking , SRS airbags , CD player , aircon, good tyres, alloy wheels , car drives good both in and out in good condition, great on fuel, log books , all inspections welcome please no time wasters

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2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan
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2003 Mazda 323 PROTEGE SP20 Automatic Sedan

$5,490 Negotiable
  • 162260 km
  • Sedan
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ONE YEAR AUSTRALIA WIDE EXTENDED WARRANTY INCLUDING PARTS AND LABOUR WITH UNLIMITED CLAIMS OPTIONS Well Maintained and Vehicle in a Great Condition. In Very Good Condition IN & OUT 2003 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE SP20 4D SEDAN 2.0L INLINE 4 4 SP AUTOMATIC Power mirror, power window Ac,radio, alloy wheels, body kits tidy interior, no accidents, 2 keys Mechanically A1......PPSR available price $ 5490 162,260 km, WESTLAK AUTO CENTRE EXTENDED WARRANTY OPTIONS & 24 HOURS ROAD SIDE

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MAZDA 323-2002-LONG REGO-RWC-AIRCON-CHEAP

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$2,450
  • 243000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 323-2002-LONG REGO-RWC-AIRCON-CHEAP Comes With Registration 23/12/2020, New RWC Safety Certificate, 243,000 kms, Timing belt/ Cambelt replaced at 200,000 kms, Cold Air Conditioning, Good Tyres, Well Serviced, Please call or txt , Perfect for Backpackers, Work or family, $2450 Price Firm, Upper Coomera 4209

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Mazda 323 Astina

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$1,500 Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 308300 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

*Please read description* $1500 ono 2003 Mazda 323 Astina for sale Will come as is Needs work/tune up as it hops in first gear, and idles low, still drives! Was our daily run around car but is not needed anymore. 308,xxx ks No RWC, No Rego 5 speed manual, petrol, cheap on fuel. Tidy little car. Can leave remaining Rego on for the right price (2months)? Located Slacks Creek

Logan AreaSlacks Creek

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2003 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

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$3,800
  • Contactless trade
  • 160000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great car, runs beautifully great engine. I’ve had absolutely no issues with this car and am sad to be selling. 8 MONTHS REGO. Selling due to upgrade to a van for camping.

Shoalhaven AreaCulburra Beach

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2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 5Months Rego

$3,200 Negotiable
  • 165000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan Auto Low Kms 5Months Rego • Dual Front Airbags • Air Conditioning • 15 Inch Alloy Wheels • Central Locking • Cloth Trim • Power Steering • CD Player • Low kms.

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2002 Mazda 323 SP20 Protege Sedan Auto 7Months Rego
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$3,900 Negotiable
  • 202000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

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$750
  • Contactless trade
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2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

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$2,800
  • Contactless trade
  • 211000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 2002 Mazda Astina that I purchased from the dealer last year. Recently serviced, new tyres, new gasket. No mechanical issues, very reliable car. I bought it to travel Australia and never had any issues during this time. Only selling because I’m leaving the country. Rego till mid August, w/o RWC, however it did come with it at the time I purchased the car. Needs a bumper replacement due to animal impact, and also there is a small crack on the windshield from the rock. Very inexpensive

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$1,000
  • Contactless trade
  • 347000 km
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MAZDA AUTOMATIC 323 SEDAN 1995 REG 14 NOV 2020 RWC

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$1,780
  • Contactless trade
  • 177200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH WARRANTY ON ENGINE FOR 2 MONTHs CHEAP TO RUN 1.6 litre MAZDA 323 AUTOMATIC 1995 REG RWC POWER STEERING AIR COND ELEC WINDOWS WITH REG 14/11/2020 WITH RWC MECHANICALLY VERY GOOD HEATER AND AIR COND IS WORKING WELL DRIVES WELL VERY RELAIABLE CAR CHEAP ON FUEL 1.6 LITRE ENGINE POWER STEERING AIC COND ELEC WINDOWS CENTRAL LOCKING left rear door has a scratch IF interested email me your number and i will call you

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1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!
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Dealer used

1998 MAZDA 323 PROTEGE in immaculate condition!

$3,999
  • 150000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 in very good condition for its age with all the usual power options, rego till 15 July 2021, Ice cold aircon, centre locking and much more! Inspections by appointment only No appointment no inspection Strictly no offers and not negotiable please don’t contact if you are not Looking to spend the asking amount All our cars are tested for quality and safety by our experienced technicians. All our cars come with a roadworthy certificate and history check with clear title. Warranty a

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2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

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$2,000
  • 228000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Bought for my son a week ago but his not as keen as he Thought about driving manual.So its up for sale at a cheap price. *1.8 engine fuel efficient *3 months reg *no rwc you get it yourself *didnt come with spare key nor books. *drives great no problems detected *everything works a/c power windows heater etc. *newish tyres all round *cars not perfect it has few scratches here and there besides that l believe it will be a good daily runner. **********$2,000*****

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1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback
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1998 Mazda 323 Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$3,990
  • 152278 km
  • Hatchback
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  • 4 cyl

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2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

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$3,995
  • 291936 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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$3,200
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Selling my 2003 mazda 323 astina with low kms 138xxx kms Logbook Service history 2 Keys 2 Remote control Central locking Rego mid of November Power steering Power windows Electric mirror Aircon CD player

Blacktown AreaMarayong

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MAZDA 323
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MAZDA 323

$4,995
  • 201136 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

02 MAZDA 323 ASTINA AUTO EXCELLENT CONDITION IDEAL FIRST CAR FOR LAND P PLATE DRIVERS GOOD REGO AND TYRES TIMING BELT HAS BEEN CHANGED CALL IN FOR A TEST DRIVE WONT LAST LONG CALL GARRY ON*****1270 STOCK NO 1772 DLN 13711 Website: clunesautocentre.com.au Phone: ******1270 Monday to Friday 8.00 to 4.30 Saturday 8.00 to 4.00 Mobile:

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  • Manual
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$8,500
  • 250000 km
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  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1988 Mazda 323 SS Turbo. This car will not disappoint, with electric sunroof, electric windows, upgraded turbo and computer, you'll be sure to turn heads. Owned by a mechanic, serviced every 7,500km. The car was used at powercruise 2019 and performed beautifully, chopping Golf GTIs and SS commodores. Great little sleeper to scare some commos. Goods -Chipped ecu to safely run 16psi -GTX2860R GEN 2 turbo. Externally gated -3" dump to 2.5" high flow exhaust system with HKS 4" cannon -Custom intak

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2003 Mazda 323 Sp20 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

2003 Mazda 323 Sp20 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

$3,500 Negotiable
  • 171000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 SP20 Sports, new tyres, 7 months Reg, Some Slight damage to clear coat, See photo. Generally a good reliable car.

Sorell AreaOrielton

10/08/2020

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.