2001 Mazda 323 GLX 1.6

Summary:

Rust

Faults:

Joints clicking.

Brakes hanging.

RUST! And a lot of it.

General Comments:

The car drives well and is well equipped for its price tag. On longer drives of 1 hour+, it becomes uncomfortable. Partly because of the seats, and partly because of the rough ride and road/wind noise.

The car I bought looked as good as new. Still shiny paint, and the interior looking and feeling as new!

The car had been well maintained with annual servicing.

However, this was still not enough, as the car had heaps of filler applied to it under the body. The car had rusted way beyond repairability many years ago and will never pass another MOT. It has severe rust damage on all 4 corners, and also alongside.

Despite all the servicing, the fact that it had only done 58000KM in 13 years tells me that this car is of poor quality. I am utterly disappointed by Mazda.

A mechanic, judged by the looks of the damage that the car was already rusted beyond repair when it was 10 years old. And, judging by the service book back then, only had done 40000KM.

Never another Mazda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th April, 2015

1993 Mazda 323 LX 1.3 petrol

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

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

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

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