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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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2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 115000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 Astina shades Mechanically good Just had major service at 110,000 Alloy wheels and tinted windows Power windows Central locking 5 speed manual Cruise control Only 115,000km Few minor dents and scratches on body Interior is immaculate! Amazing little car only selling because we have excess cars now.

$2,500
Calwell, ACT

7 hours ago

1996 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 268000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Due to a change in circumstances i am selling my car. Must be seen to be appreciated, car is in excellent condition for a vehicle of this age both inside and out. Everything works as it should and even has cold air conditioning. Fully stock standard from factory bar the 15" BSA alloys with near new tyres and tinted windows. A fresh service has just been, completed along with a NSW blue slip and 12 registration. Vehicle has been maintained to a very high standard. She runs very smooth and is a

Contactless
$2,600
Broulee, NSW

27/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Speed Manual 5 Door 5 Seat Hatch

  • 236217 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Much loved & still going strong. Rego Dec 2020 and still very reliable.

Contactless
$1,500Negotiable
West Perth, WA

23/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 124640 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

A/C, P/S , CENTRAL LOCKING, 4CD STACKER, DRIVER'S SRS AIR BAG, SERVICE HISTORY, LOW KMS, LADY OWNER SINCE NEW TO 100000 KMS (UP TO 2018). I AM SECOND OWNER. AUTO TRANSMISSION SREVICED AND NEW TIMING BELT DONE ON 100000 Ks. NEW FAN BELTS DONE 2 MONTH A GO.NEW SPARK PLUGS. 3 MONTHS REGO, Price is negotiable with or without RWC

$4,499
Doveton, VIC

15/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina Shades 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 130000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Very reliable car, never had any issues. Driven mostly from home to Uni. It has records of previous services and owners manual. Receipts from the first owner. Selling due to upgrade. As you can see in the photo it has some minor dents and scratches but other then that it’s a clean and fuel efficient car. Just recently bought a new battery for it. Dual Front Airbag Package Air Conditioning Central Locking Remote Control Cloth Trim Engine Immobiliser Power Steering Radio CD with 4 Speakers 15 I

$3,600Negotiable
Novar Gardens, SA

08/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 manual

  • 215000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 manual in very good condition. Cosmetically not the best, but no technical issues at all! Very good on fuel. Would make an excellent extra car or first car. Some great things about this car: - Will add 3 months new rego. - Touchscreen with Bluetooth, hands free calling and reverse camera. - Near new tyres. - Brand new battery. Comes without RWC, but happy to do RWC for an extra $300. All in all a great car, drives great! Welcome for you to come test it in Wollert or Bundoora.

$2,400
Wollert, VIC

05/09/2020

Mazda 323 Astina Hatch 2003 Rego RWC

  • 240000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Taylors Hill located Mazda 323 Astina Shades/2003 Auto, Rego and Rwc . 1.8L 4-cyl petrol 240,000km Excellent paint conditon and recently sealed and protected, making washing very easy. Tinted windows valued $300 New brake pads, battery and wiper blades, you wont have to touch these for a while. Fuel efficent for its age 7.8l/100km. Cheap to maintain: oil and filter every 10k km. Agile and easy to park, good for shopping, drop off, get to office Features: Auto transmission Fully working Air co

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$3,600Negotiable
Taylors Hill, VIC

23/08/2020

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.