1999 Mazda 323 F BJ 1.5L DOHC 16v


Most economical car of its class


1 ball joint and 1 ABS sensor at 200,000 kms.

A few rattling panels in the cabin.

Paint starting to fade, and some rust bubbles already appearing on the wheel arches.

General Comments:

The Mazda 323 is a good, reliable and cheap to maintain car. It's done 236k kms, and still runs like new. I plan to keep it until she dies (or I die).

The engine is virtually sound-less and smooth like a Swiss watch. Repairs and service are easy to do at home.

It does 100km in less than 6 liters. Takes less than three liters of engine oil, so I can change the oil twice with a 6L pack (hence cheaper).

Parts are also cheap for this car. In my personal opinion, this is definitely one of the cheapest cars to buy, run and maintain. Much more economical than other cars of this category I have owned, such as Corolla, Civic, Almera. Here in Finland, a Corolla/Civic will cost more than twice as much as a 323 of similar age/condition.

But there are some manufacturing flaws, which I would like to mention.

- Car seats are stiff and small, and also the suspension is slightly stiffer than my previous car (a Nissan Almera).

- Rear view mirrors are too small (vertically).

- Steering is too sensitive for my taste.

- Like any other Mazda, the car has started to rust, and I am sure it will be eaten away in a few years. Paint also fades on Mazdas easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2012

1999 Mazda 323 GLX 1.8 petrol


Everything has worked just fine, no problems.

General Comments:

Pretty good performance.

Good accessories compared to VW.

I really enjoy driving this car and there's no intention to change the car in the near future.

Nothing to say about the dealer, I bought this as used car and no service needed as far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002