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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

  • 179948 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Hi All, I have for sale my 1999 Mazda 323 for $2,500 ono. It's been a great daily car for the last couple years, only selling due to buying a 4WD. Super reliable and cheap to run on fuel, it's never had any issues since I've owned it. Has cold air con. The passenger and right rear window need new switches, they sell for $35 each. I just haven't bothered replacing as I use aircon and don't smoke. Windscreen also has a crack in it (tried to picture it) was quoted to $250 to replace i

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$2,500Negotiable
Lutwyche, QLD

8 hours ago

2001 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 208000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my super reliable comfy daily as I have upgraded It’s a Mazda 323 2001 with 208,000kms Manual Absolutely no problems, drive mint Good tyres all round Tow ball with trailer wiring plug New battery Has hail damage on roof as pictured Any other questions just message me Registered until 9/11/2020

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$2,500
Beldon, WA

27/09/2020

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
27/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 BJ II Astina Silver 4 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 202655 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*****2001 MAZDA 323 BJ II Astina Hatchback 5dr Auto 4sp 1.6i ***** ** GREAT 1ST CAR ** ** AUTOMATIC ** ** BLUETOOTH AND USB CONNECTIVITY ** ** SERVICE HISTORY ** ** FULL ROADWORTHY ** ** DEALER WARRANTY ** Easy to Buy with confidence and safety, we are a “CLICK and COLLECT’ Licenced Company that offers FREE Transport delivery to your door anywhere in Victoria under the COVID 19 compliance. We offer easy contactless methods for vehicle purchases, trade-ins and Finance. Great prices

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$6,490Drive Away^
Ravenhall, VIC

Dealer used
27/09/2020

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

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$2,600
Broulee, NSW

27/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 224000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This has been a great car. Very reliable and has been taken care of. I'm the second owner and has been serviced by the same mechanic. Rego until 02 Jan 2021 Price negotiable. Selling due to buying a new car.

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$3,000
Willoughby, NSW

26/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 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.

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$3,400
Culburra Beach, NSW

24/09/2020

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.

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$1,500Negotiable
West Perth, WA

23/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 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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$2,800
Cranbourne East, VIC

23/09/2020

1999 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 170000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Three owner car. Well looked after. Has the usual little dings and scratches you'd expect from a car this older. Runs well and has has after market cd and cd stacker.

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$2,951.05
Croydon, VIC

22/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Economical, Perfect First Car or Daily Runabout

  • 302018 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

PRICE DROP FROM $2990 to $1990 ! Now FIRM price (cannot go lower) The ever-popular Mazda 323 hatch, in classic silver! I'm selling this car for my son. Need to sell this weekend. Includes 10 months rego (worth $470!) Strong 1.8L motor, yet very fuel-efficient and economical to run. Basically straight body, a few minor blemishes. Runs really well, ideal first car for manual drivers, or a reliable daily. Practical car - small yet roomy, nice big loading space in the back. Comfortable 5 seat

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$1,990Negotiable
Woodsdale, TAS

21/09/2020

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.

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$2,599Negotiable
West Melbourne, VIC

20/09/2020

1994 Mazda 323 Astina 4 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 155000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Low ks mazda 323 Cylinders filled with water, needs head machined Very clean car except 1 headlight amd minor bonnet damage from roo, brand new tyres, Would pass rego easily once running amd new light Locsteded tumbarumba nsw, make an offer

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$500
Tumbarumba, NSW

20/09/2020

Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 230000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda 323 Astina 1991 Petrol Manual Brilliant fuel economy Electric windows Blue green tourqoisy paint colour Good tyres Genuine Mazda rims Stereo 23000* KMs Old lady owner Clutch isnt that good Economical AF all arounder 2kONO

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$2,000Negotiable
Munno Para West, SA

20/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Protege 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 174700 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling this amazing little sporty runner that has been with me for over 2 years, due to upgrading cars. - 2nd Owner- Runs great, always been cared for, and serviced regularly. All owners have been none smokers. Car looks brilliant inside and out for its age. Also have to sell as it was involved in a small accident and boot and side panel has some damage. It is fixable but I do not have the time nor the resources to fix it. Recently serviced; - New spark plugs - Replaced Wheels - Oil change

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$2,000Negotiable
Wyndham Vale, VIC

18/09/2020

Mazda 323 1999 5 speed

  • 270000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

No reg no rwc good for parts 5 speed manual alloy wheels, air condition,drives

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$900
Kings Park, VIC

15/09/2020

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic

  • 210000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda 323 Astina BJ Automatic Automatic, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, Excellent condition, interior and outside body. Vehicle has been very well maintained, Mechanically A1. 210000Kms Will come with Roadworty Certificate (RWC) Price ( $ 4500 ) ONO. Call us on or for enquiries.

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$3,500Negotiable
Keysborough, VIC

14/09/2020

Mazda Astina

  • 218000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

RE advertised : Astina 5 speed manual clean, economical plenty power from 1.8 L engine with all service and repairs done in time . Perfect vehicle for Lerner or city commuting, sale due to upgrade to 4x4 due to country travel.This vehicle was driven weekly from Beverley to Forrestfield so mechanical 100%good Vehicle located in Forrestfield for inspectons .

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$2,500
East Beverley, WA

13/09/2020

2002 Mazda 323 Astina 5 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 244144 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda 323 Astina Shades Hatchback 1.6L engine 4 cylinder 244,143 kilometres on odometer Reliable car, we have owned it for 4 years and it hasnt caused me any drama. However at this time we have no need for an extra car so we are hoping to sell ASAP. It is registered until the 13th of October. Just had 4 new tires installed along with a wheel alignment. These also come with a Tyre Care Plan from Mycar. Price is 3000 ono.

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$3,000Negotiable
Sunnybank Hills, QLD

12/09/2020

Car Mazda 323

  • 286000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling for a mate car is at charters tower's

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$1,000
Lissner, QLD

10/09/2020

MAZDA ASTINA 323 BA 1996 5 SPEED MANUAL

  • 285000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excelent condition. Mechanically it has all the work done. You will not find another 323 like this one full service just done. $295.00 Led Lights $300.00 Timing chain just done. $1,195.00 Sport excaust and extraxtors. $1.259.00 Sports lowerd suspensions and shockers.$795,00 Respray. $3,600.00 Total spent close to $6,000.00 dollars This is a must buy car for any person that likes nice sports car. No other 323 in this condition. As I am not in a hurry to sell (ONLY) resonable offers

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$2,700
Epping, VIC

07/09/2020

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 !

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$3,200
Tingalpa, QLD

05/09/2020

Wanted: Mazda Protege 323 Sedan 2001

  • 198000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling this car due to an update Service done begin of the year Has new radiator Still driving fine

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$2,300Negotiable
Alderley, QLD

03/09/2020

2003 Mazda 323 ASTINA Manual Hatchback

  • 175000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

This car is: Fully Serviced Registered until January 2021 Very Good Condition Log Books Roadworthy Certificate Roadside Assistance

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$4,450
Wishart, QLD

01/09/2020

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.