Mazda 323 Reviews from Norway

1993 Mazda 323 LX 1.3 petrol

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 kilometres
Most recent distance137000 kilometres

Summary:

Simple, well-engineered car. Prone to rust

Faults:

Driven by a middle-aged woman through salt until acquired by an underwriter. Horizontal rear stabilizers rusted in half bilaterally. Couldn't notice stability reduced by much. 6x4 cm hole in the left channel beneath the rear edge of front door, also due to rust. The undercarriage looked a bit cancer-eaten. It was pitted from corrosion, seemingly with a greenish tint.

The right CV-boot was split, CV-joint making noises accordingly. Replaced the stabilizers, re-greased and patched the CV-boot, oil-sprayed the underside, oiled the insides of the channels. Running fine.

General Comments:

Car weighs close to a metric ton, somewhat reduced by rust-loss. It sits low, responds well. Makes an audible noise, telling you how it's doing. It seems to be made by smart people, with its many practical tweaks, however, with little supply of salt-resistant material to build from. Everything on the car is quite thin. I guess it would fold up nicely on impact.

The mileage is quite good. Apart from corrosive problems and poor crash-test results, the car seems trustworthy. It's a nice car. Easy fixing and cheap parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2011

1990 Mazda 323 F GLX 1.8 SOCH

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 SOCH Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

A very good car

Faults:

Nothing special really.

I changed the timing belt, it had been changed at 105 000 km, but made a squicky sound.

I also had to change the petrol tank, when I had it totally filled up, it was leaking somewhere from the top of it.

General Comments:

A great and reliable car. Its always working and its cheap to own. I don't buy original parts anymore, and I change the parts myself if I can do it on my own.

This car is one of the first produced, in 1989. It has not central-looking, which is rather disappointing. This came later. And the seats are grey and a little bit uncomfortable, 323F got better seats later.

I can sometimes hear some interior noise now and then, but it's a old car.

The 1.8 SOCH-engine goes from 0-100 in 10 seconds, and is strong enough. Especially from 3300RPM.

I'm very happy with this car. Cheap to own, looks good with my original GT-spoiler and 15" Alessio alloys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2007

1998 Mazda 323 LX 1.5

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance103000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Model-F

Summary:

Reliable family car

Faults:

The seats have started to wear down.

The seat heater on driver side is out off order

General Comments:

This car drives good, but it`s not very comfortable, and a bit too noisy.

The engine is strong, considered the size of it.

The car has never let me down once.

The cabin is very cheap, bad seats, but you got basically what you need.

Boring looks, both interior and exterior.

Surprisingly roomy inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2004

1995 Mazda 323 LX 1.5

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ka

Faults:

Rattling noise from interior.

Apart from that, nothing.

General Comments:

This car never brakes down.

The ride is very uncomfortable. The seats are OK, but the noise level is way too high. Very much noise from tires.

Handling is great!

The car is very slow with the 1,5l. With full car the engine is very weak.

Acceleration is okay when engine is could, but when it's warm it feels very slow, and it's boring to drive.

Rattling sounds from interior has become very annoying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th March, 2004

21st Nov 2007, 18:56

Back again, one more thing.

Read road test reviews on this vehicle, car handles & drives superb, a very comfortable ride.

The seats cuddle you & are very comfortable that give heaps of support even for long drives. Suspensions are good & car drives smooth.

All electrics work so well, no probs at all & at a low price.

Till today heaps of expensive cars don't have full electrics, so you tell me what fun is??? car with no electrics?? or Mazda 323 with this as standard on 323s & affordable? not to mention very reliable & with great style/performance

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews