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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 Auto Reg And Rwc

  • 240000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Reg And Rwc Automatic 240,000kms Very cheap to run November Registration Current RWC $2000 Firm

$2,000
Boronia, VIC

7 hours ago

2002 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 123456 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale my MANUAL MAZDA 323 173.....kms Just got the rwc, it won’t need anything for rwc. Rego until October 1st will able to renew for asking price. Everything else works great. CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILS. Looking for quick sale.

Contactless
$2,599Negotiable
West Melbourne, VIC

8 hours ago

2002 MAZDA 323 SEDAN, rego,rwc,automatic, clean car!!

  • 250000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 MAZDA 323 SEDAN Automatic Cold air Power steer Power windows Central locking CD player 6 months Qld rego and Rwc supplied Drives like new Grab a bargain today!! Trade ins welcome We offer easily approved Finance T.A.P and warranty on all our cars We are Located at 38 Lawrence drive, Nerang Gold Coast Call or sms me on to arrange a viewing today.

$2,999
Nerang, QLD

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2003 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 271000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 $1650...Car is in good condition. Everything is working..selling due to upgrade Quick sales

Negotiable
Northfield, SA

Yesterday

2001 Mazda 323, Auto, Logbook, Rego & Rwc, Drive Away

  • 164000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

2001 Mazda 323 - Registration 12-03-2021 - Road Worthy - 164000 Kilometers - Auto Transmission - 4 cylinder - Clean interior - Cold Air Con - Ppsr Clear, No written off history or finance - Over all condition the car is mechanically good and drives well, Some cosmetic scratches around the car, and sun burnt on the roof for its age - Inspection of the vehicle is by Appointment Only. - Trade in are welcome - Location Salisbury - Stored Undercover away from the weather for viewing. - These

$3,500
Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD

Dealer used
18/09/2020

1998 Mazda 323 BA1163 Protege 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 280496 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1998 Mazda 323 BA1163 Protege 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

$3,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
18/09/2020

Mazda 323 Protege 1998

  • 195000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Good reliable car Very well looked after and great on fuel There is no wear in the interior and has low kilometres. It is a 5 speed manual and has the car has never missed a beat Selling for grandfather

Contactless
$2,500
Abbey, WA

18/09/2020

1997 Mazda 323 auto rego rwc

  • 249000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego and rwc 249,000kms Air con Electric windows 4 cylinder Call or text Located rowville

$1,999
Rowville, VIC

18/09/2020

Mazda 323 Sedan “FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY”

  • 158000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

FREE 1 YEAR WARRANTY / UNLIMITED KM'S 1995 Mazda 323 Sedan with Manual transmission. This lovely little Mazda has only travelled 158,000 kilometres from new and presents and drives very well. 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 category, competing against the likes of the Toyota Yaris and Toyota

$2,490Negotiable
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
18/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 240000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

cold air con economical reliable little car its done me very well

$1,800
Clontarf, QLD

18/09/2020

Mazda 323 2001 auto $700

  • 200000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The sylander head needs to be fixed and the cost is about $700 to get it fixed. I'm selling the car as is. Call me on

$700
Tarragindi, QLD

16/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 134000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Very neat & tidy example of this model. Has always been maintained & serviced on time. RWC available on transfer. Long rego & long list of standard features. Has ice cold Air Conditioning with electric windows & mirrors. Rear seat 60/40 split fold down access to boot to carry large items. First to Test drive will want to make an offer. Can drive at Petrie or I can bring the car to you. No obligation Test Drive. Call Mark

$4,800
Petrie, QLD

16/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 204000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

this car has been in the family since new, my daughter has owned it for the last 4 years. and has recently updated. it has a few bumps and bruises as shown in photos. other than that the car runs great, tyres are new, a/c excellent. selling unregisterd, but can hold off to deliver, only if close to palmwoods. please call or text for any questions.

Contactless
$1,500
Palmwoods, QLD

13/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 protege sedan

  • 244000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 protege 5 speed Towbar 2 new front tires 244,000 kms 10 months rego $2300 Located Ulladulla

$2,300
Ulladulla, NSW

13/09/2020

2002 mazda 323 Automatic

  • 249000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Rego:14/10/2020 Two keys Good condition.

$2,000
Devonport, TAS

12/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323!

  • 210 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda 323 protege 5 speed manual 210,000ks full service history. Drives great! After market audio player with upgrade speakers Power windows Leather inserts Great aircon and heating! $2500

$2,500Negotiable
Adelaide CBD, SA

11/09/2020

Mazda 1997 Protege Manual 9 months rego

  • 201000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Mazda 1997 Protege manual transmission, 9 months rego 201,000 kms. Perfectly clean inside & out no scratches. Everything works like new never had an issue. Regrettable sell due to no longer needing a second car

$2,200
Belfield, NSW

11/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 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.

$2,000Negotiable
Evatt, ACT

11/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323

  • 80000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Fantastic condition Low km Selling to buy a ute I'm the second owner Used once or twice a week to get around town. 6 months rego.

Contactless
$5,500
Cowra, NSW

10/09/2020

2000 Mazda 323 Protege Gold 4 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 202827 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

BARGAIN AUTOMATIC TRANSPORT THIS WON’T LAST!!! - ***TEST DRIVE TODAY!*** Our vehicles are available to view at 707-709 Albany Highway in East Victoria Park. Trading hours are from 8-5 weekdays or 8-1 Saturday. Trade-in your vehicle! ***FINANCE*** We can arrange finance packages for your new vehicle. Minimal documents required. Fast turn around getting you into your new vehicle ASAP! ***EXTENDED WARRANT

$2,200
East Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
07/09/2020

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 260000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my mazda 323 protege 1999 Automatic 264000km Good for uber eats as it has very good milege Tyres are good has new stereo system paint is not good on bonnet as can be seen in pictures it has rego but selling as is no rwc price is negotiable

$1,600Negotiable
Chermside, QLD

06/09/2020

Mazda 323 protege manuel

  • 0 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Runs and drives great small minor scratches can barley notice new tyres and battery comes with service book reg till the 29th june Rather email or message for enquiries thanks

$1,750Negotiable
Marion, SA

06/09/2020

1997 Mazda 323 Protege 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 294000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

I had the car for more than 3 years and well taken care of. for more than 1.5 years car wasn't used much as I had another car. This car is perfect as a 'first car' for someone. Price is negotiable for the right person. No Rego or RWC provided. Inspections welcome, please message me

$2,200Negotiable
St Albans, VIC

05/09/2020

Mazda 323 protege

  • 170344 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Wanting to sell 1997 mazda 323 protege sedan automatic. Selling for a family member! No longer needs/drives the car. The vehicle has very low mileage for its age 170000km !! Always been stored in a garage the factory paint is immaculate!!!you need to see it in person to believe it !

Contactless
$3,200
Tingalpa, QLD

05/09/2020

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.