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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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1999 Mazda 323 Protege shades manual sedan

  • 239446 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This little cheap to run 4cyl manual drives great and presents exceptionally well inside and out with a great service history cheap on fuel low maintenance don’t delay this one won’t last long would make a great first car or daily run around Rwc supplied Rego included Cold aircon Immobiliser fitted 5 speed manual 4 cyl Cheap on fuel Low on maintenance We are by appointment only so any questions or to arrange an inspection just call text or message

Contactless
$2,990
Rosemount, QLD

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 176863 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

what do you want from car? PEACE OF MIND. engine is reliable, economical, air conditioning, central locking and airbags.

$4,800
Carlingford, NSW

20 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 BJ Protege Shades Silver 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 148782 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WE'RE STILL OPEN REMOTELY! Also offering virtual tours via FACETIME to maintain buying confidence. Contactless delivery options available. ENQUIRE TODAY ON . USED CAR CLEARACE CENTER. We are located in Melbourne’s West, only 25 Minutes from Melbourne CBD. Open 7 days a week, MONDAY TO SATURDAY 9AM to 5PM and SUNDAY 10AM to 2PM TO SPEED UP YOUR FINACE APPLICATION, PLEASE BRING WITH YOU *Your 3 most recent payslips *Most re

$2,999
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
16/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 262130 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2 new tyres. Good condition.

Contactless
$1,800
Dodges Ferry, TAS

12/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Sedan “FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY”

  • 193000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY / UNLIMITED KM'S 2003 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan with Manual transmission. This lovely little Mazda presents and drives very well and has only travelled 193,000 kilometres from new. The registration is paid up till the 9th of November. Please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a hassle free inspection and test drive. Ventura Autos 130 Radium Street, Welshpool Phone: D/L: MD25845 The Swift is Suzuki’s competitor in the small car categ

$3,490Negotiable
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
09/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 214785 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Very reliable car in good condition.

$2,500
Fraser, ACT

07/09/2020

Mazda 323 prostege 2003

  • 260000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Looking to see what I can swap SWAPS ONLY PLEASE looking for more a bigger car for a growing family Can't afford a new car out right Still have rego til 18th Sept recently got pink slipped or u need is green slip than rego can be renewed Can is very clean and tidy some dings and scratches nothing major Engine is still very strong I only put the good 98 fuel in my cars straight out this is a perfect car for and elderly lady that don't like big cars Very easy and calm to drive

$2,500
Tregear, NSW

04/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 protege shades 5sp man

  • 255000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up forsale or swaps radiator has been flushed car runs and drives great and is good on fuel 2.5" redback exhaust with hotdog so fairly loud good matching tyres all round, rego til the 31/10/20 Quick sale $1500 ONO

$1,500
Sussex Inlet, NSW

20/08/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 159656 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

NEED GONE ASAP // it’s a great first car I’ve never had any real problems always got me to and from places, fuels cheap! These are the things I’ve put onto the car. The steering wheel does make a weird sound while turning but I bought the car like that. Selling as is! Price negotiable, selling with rego and rwc No time wasters please ! Pressure sensor New cv boot kit New timing belt Radiator New coolant New hose for power steering New windscreen wipers New Shock absorbers

$3,500Negotiable
Caboolture South, QLD

19/08/2020

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.