Mazda 323 Reviews from South Africa

1999 Mazda 323 Sting 1.3 carb

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 carb Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 500

Summary:

Utterly reliable!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing, apart from a dead battery once.

General Comments:

A simple and extremely reliable car overall.

The seats could have been more comfortable.

Handling was very poor, especially around corners, but what can you expect on 13 inch wheels?

The car was eventually written off when a truck drove into the back of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2013

1982 Mazda 323 SL 1.5 petrol

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance266000 kilometres

Summary:

Old, but very reliable

Faults:

Wheel bearings needed replacement at approx. 200 000km.

Rust under the wind screen developed into a hole, as well as minor rust in other areas, resulting in rain water leaking into the car.

Light switch broke.

General Comments:

Mechanically, this car has never let me down. The Japanese sure know what they are doing.

It is quite old now and the performance is suffering quite a lot, but it just keeps on going like it doesn't want to give up.

The performance rating I've given it is the current performance rating. Brand new it was much better though.

This car has been through the Kalahari desert (and various other nature reserves) as well as through a snow storm in Ermelo (South Africa) and never once broke down. Reliability really is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2008

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews