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Mazda 323

Mazda 323 (1998-2002)

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4.4
36 reviews
  • Build Quality
    5.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (3)
  • Noise Level
    2.0 (3)
  • Braking
    5.0 (2)
  • Acceleration / Power
    5.0 (3)
  • Gear Shifting
    5.0 (3)
  • Suspension
    5.0 (3)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    5.0 (3)
  • Handling
    5.0 (3)
  • Interior Design
    3.7 (3)
  • Boot Size
    5.0 (3)
  • Comfort
    4.7 (3)
  • Features
    4.3 (3)
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Anthony
AnthonySouth East Queensland, QLD

So fun i may go to prison....

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I have a manal 323 sp20 mazda 2001 and its super reliable and has 270,000kms on it.... only expensive repair was brakes being re-machined as it is disc breaks all around being the sport model.... absaloute beast of a car, fun to drive and i have aquired many fines as it accelerates very fast and im probly going to prison shortly to be honest.... just about every interior feature is blown.... electric windows, speakers and light bulbs... but car starts and drives every day very well.... i jammed an empty beer carton under my power windows to keep them up and keep the weather out and its worked fine. All problems u would expect from a 20 year old car with poor service history and years of abuse.... extremely reliable though i must say.

Purchased at Family for $500.

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Mark Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

Perfect First Car

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Eric S.
Eric S.
  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

GREAT LITTLE CAR

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It is a great little car, it requires no maintenance other than normal stuff such as tyres, brake pads etc. I liked that it was zippy, responsive, with power when you need it. I bought the car in its early life about 88k and sold it at 220k due to an accident. Never replaced the timing belt, I wasn't going to do it at all. Never. Ever. Had. Any. Issues. Whatsoever. There are two things I disliked: the NVH levels were too high (Mazda, c'mon, you can do heaps better than that) and the high revs: 3k at 100km/h. Too much. It definitely needed a sixth gear back then. Low fuel consumption, reliable Japanese engineering, great little car overall.

Purchased in for $7,500.

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Great car

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Had it for 3 years put 75k on it bush bashed it raced it crashed it and fixed it
This car is unkillable it has to be one of the best little cars on the market for the price you pay
Wouldn't get anything else crap fifty words is hard to make up

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sarkis
sarkis
  • 2 reviews

perfect

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bought my car second hand has lasted me a long time. although, i did recently have a head gasket problem, however it was an easy fix due to a good family mechanic and well manufactured motor. this car runs so smooth and will last you years. has done well over 260 000 kms and i have never regretted it. good on fuel, and can be a pocket rocket if you want it to be

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skipy123
skipy123
  • 2 reviews

Great car!

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It is a great car, can't fault it with anything. I changed nothing on it, never let me down. Fuel economy is OK, but it could be done heaps better. Noisy, very noisy, and high revs. Mazda should improve on NVH and fuel economy. A sixth gear would have been a must back then. I strongly recommend Mazda to copy some top European cars past models.

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Miss Capricorn
Miss CapricornMelbourne
  • 18 reviews
  • 15 likes

Well worth the money.

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Bought my car in 2002, brand new and she’s still going strong. Little bit heavy on the juice, but still in really good Condition. Services don’t cost anything like the new models. Electrics still work fine, only had to replace the CD unit. Will consider only upgrading next year for safety reasons.

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Haydos
HaydosCanberra
  • 4 reviews

Good cheap run around

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This car is an excellent cheap run around. I've neever had any mechanical issues with it. The stereo was really hard to get out however when I replaced it. Its super cheap to run. I'm not sure if its a common issue but mu bonnet wouldn't close properly unfortunately. Get one.

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cavv
cavvAU
  • 25 reviews
  • 18 likes

Reliable Daily Driver

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Micemeat
MicemeatHobart, TAS
  • 28 reviews
  • 1 like

Zoom Zoom Zoom

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Great little car!
Amazing economy.
Performance- Build quality - quite luxurious for a 1.6 sedan. Ride comfort is really good. Appearance - solid, nice, great, eye-candy.

Great little commuter or for long travels, hasn't missed a beat the whole to me owning her.

Due for a service now, but still running strong!

Pros: Looks
Cons: Noise

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Dee
DeeAU
  • 3 reviews

Great family car

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The driving experience of this car is great it's not noisey and feels quiet smooth to drive, it's spacious and comfortable for long drives. It's cheap to run and fix it hasn't let me down so far and as mine is manual and I'm learning to drive manual I find it an easy car to learn to drive manual in

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Groggy froggy
Groggy froggySydney, NSW
  • 4 reviews
  • 2 likes

Great reliable car

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The car is reliable, I have a 2003 model, it's the 1.8 litre it's ok on fuel I get like 400kms to a tank, that's all city driving though, get much better mileage on the highway. It had 88,000kms when I bought it, now it's got 140,000kms. Nothing's gone wrong with it, costs me about $170 every 10,000kms to get it checked over and change filters flush engine etc. I would get Mazda again for sure

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Manu
ManuVictoria

GREAT CAR! WITH ENOUGH FEATURES AND SPACE

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I bought 2001 model for $2400 with 170000 kms on it nd now it is 208000 kms. After a year i spent $500 on rear shockers and timing belt and now it is running great. With 17 inch tyres and exhaust it is still Very fuel efficient and easy to maintain. i am going to sell it now but i dont want to sell it.

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Mazda astina 323 2002

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Only purchased this car in 2016 and had less then 86,000 very reliable good value for money I only spent $4,000 from privet seller only bad problem I had with it was the transmission would make a weird sound but got that fixed and still runs till this day and doesn't cost to much to service

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Mazzda
MazzdaSydney

Good reliable car

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Questions & Answers

Jenn H.
Jenn H.asked

I have a 2000 Mazda 323 automatic what should be a good revs when driving at 60km and also 100kms it seems to be using a lot of fuel so just trying to figure it out

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Sheerie G.
Sheerie G.asked

Hello my just started its missing when U ezarat and change gears

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Simo G.
Simo G.

My mazda323 b3 engine is consuming too much fuel 2002 model

Thando L.
Thando L.asked

Hi my 2001 323 familia is cranking but not starting after replacing cranking sensor and spark plugs

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CategoryHatchbacks and Sedans
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