2000 Mazda 323 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2000 Mazda 323 Astina 1.8L

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance92500 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Everyone should get one

Faults:

The clutch played up a couple of months after I bought it, but besides that nothing else has happened.

General Comments:

It is a great little car, I bought it because fuel cost too much for my Commodore, and I do not regret it.

The manual gearbox makes it take off quick, and it is fuel efficient.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2008

2000 Mazda 323 Shades 1.6 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired250 kilometres
Most recent distance47500 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Summary:

A pile of quality junk

Faults:

Wheel base defect coupled with incorrect left side castor setting, both courtesy of Mazda Japan at the time of manufacture. The manufacturer has been unable and unwilling to accept that the fault even exists, yet alone do something about fixing it. The defect causes high speed instability, wandering and strong reaction to changes in road camber. This makes it exhausting to drive long distances on lower quality roads.

Something like 30 other faults:

Rear suspension link striking on sway bar - took dealers 20 months to fix.

Scratched dash board at time of delivery.

"Creaking" front door trims when heat soaked.

Loud air conditioner clutch engagement.

Gear train rattle when hot.

Dealer caused other faults while fixing problems e. g screw driver marks on dash, forgot to put door trim pieces back.

Door seals coming off.

Three out of round/buckled wheels at time of delivery - cause still unknown.

Headlights aimed too high.

Idle problems due to carbon build up in throttle body assembly. Not fixed due to dealers taking short cuts and not cleaning out assembly at service time as they are supposed to.

Exhaust banging loudly on tow bar assembly.

Chrome tip on exhaust has been replaced twice since new.

Paint spray on rear left quarter panel when delivered.

Polish damage to left door handles and mirror when delivered.

General Comments:

Full of faults.

Hopeless dealer and manufacturer support. People who complain are treated like lepers.

Owner needed to seek independent engineers report re wheel base and castor problems, however even when verified 100%, Mazda refused to accept report or existence of faults.

Comfortable, very economical, reasonably quiet, good value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th July, 2002

4th Aug 2003, 03:12

This car sounds bad, and I am surprised it came from Mazda in Japan, and was not locally built.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews