1999 Mazda 323 Astina 1.6 fuel injected


Comfortable, sporty, economical


Reversing lights stuck on. Removed globes, and when later replaced, problem had corrected itself. (May have been water from over enthusiastic washing!)

Coil malfunction, causing engine to occasionally run rough and threaten to stall. Fixed under warranty.

Right hand front speaker died!

General Comments:

Very pleased with this car. Despite engine size it is sprightly enough and is great fun to drive in the city.

Country driving is an eye opener.. Having previously driven a Falcon I'm surprised with the comfort on long (500 to 700Km) trips. It copes well with passengers and luggage, and just returned 40mpg with 3 passengers at 120kph.

Very comfy drivers seat and position, though I'm 168cm!

Terrific sound.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2004

1999 Mazda 323 Protege 1.6 Litre Naturally aspirated


This is a fantastic freeway car, low on costs and initial price


Only 2 small things have gone wrong.

Had the windows tinted, which resulted in the door trims being incorrectly refitted. This was refitted by myself after the dealers refusal!

The car has a small chip in the windscreen when I purchased it, which was fixed by the dealer under statutory warranty (by state law) - big hassle with dealer to fix.

General Comments:

This car has got to be the best car I've yet to own, in comparison to my '94 Mitsubishi lancer and an '85 Honda civic.

The thing that stood out first about this car to me was the fact that the thing drives like it is on rails! I drive regularly through Sydney and have found my Protege can go round corners at ridiculous speeds, (40KM/h for a () degree corner)

The second thing that did stand out was the lack of acceleration. It does move very well and has a lot of power. I drove with a full passenger load totaling just under 500kg (1/2 US ton) and noticed no change in hill climbs, but handling did of course drop off.

Luggage room is plenty enough, with enough room for 4-6 good sized sports bags, plus a sub-woofer.

Sub-woofer not needed due to a fantastic standard stereo, not tinny, but crystal clear sound.

I drive my car on the motor way every day to work, driving 120km/h average, over a distance of 120km. Comfort is a high priority for me, and this has been satisfied.

Drove to Brisbane with 2 passengers and the only problem I had was the seat feels very hard after 400km, but what car doesn't? - The 1.8L does have more plush seating.

Only 2 downsides to this car.

1) The window winders are in a very awkward position, but they don't bump against your knees when driving either.

2) The gearing has a very short 1st gear, meaning fast up to 20km/h and then 2nd gear has no juice in it.

I bought this car after high recommendation from my father, who owns the 1.8L and he was very right, no rattles at all, no niggles, just driving pleasure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002