1982 Mazda 323 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1982 Mazda 323 1.5

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres


A compact city car which is fun to drive


CV Joint replaced in front.

Some other Brake component needed to be machined and replaced.

Interior fading, but is to be expected.

Headlights turn off and on by themselves when in the 'on' position.

Hi-beam 'on' position doesn't work, while hi-beam flash works?!!???

Auto T-bar cable a little loose and will generally only start in 'N' or 'P' if you slam it in.

After longer drives, tends to smell a little (oil/petrol/rubber smell).?

General Comments:

This is a good car, 21 years old and with only 135,000 kms on the clock, running okay.

Operating fuel costs is about $30 per 400 km.

With foot to the floor, you can really feel its power when speeding up the on ramps to the highways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2003

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review