1986 Mazda 323 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1986 Mazda 323 BF10 4WD Turbo 1.6i DOHC turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6i DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carFord Meteor

Summary:

Very reliable (besides gearbox), easy to drive, quick, and is nice to drive

Faults:

It's a rally car, so it had it's engine rebuilt around 90,000 KMS.

Sheared teeth from second gear and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Easy too handle and drive quickly on tarmac.

Central diff locking ability useful for dirt/mud/gravel.

Electrics are a pain in the arse.

It is quick, and handles well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

1986 Mazda 323 DX 1.6 Fuel Injected from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Fuel Injected Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

An economy car with unexpected zip

Faults:

I had new brakes put on (drums, wheel cylinders, master cylinder, hoses and calipers) and a new clutch. Other replacements include distributor, front ball joints and axles, CV joints/boots, rear wheel bearings and that's about it. Radiator, water pump, fuel pump, starter and alternator are original equipment.

General Comments:

This 1.6 liter has a lot of get up and go. No hesitation. No spark knock after all these miles.

It still feels like a solid car and I would not be hesitant to take it out of state (Michigan).

Awesome car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2002

1986 Mazda 323 BF 4dr Hatch 1.5L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 460

Summary:

Great people mover, but not much else

Faults:

Blown Head Casket, cracked manifold, internal head damage, blown radiator and burst radiator hoses when the engine cooked itself.

The gearbox blew during a skid, the replacement lasted about 3 weeks.

Filthy gas tank had to be emptied and fuel lines, filter replaced because of loose gas cap.

General Comments:

I bought this car when I was 15 and did the usual young boy racer mods like tints, hub-mags, exhaust and stereo. I realised the humble Mazda 323's are one of the most common sites on the road and rather lacked in the engine department, but I didn't let that stop me having a lot of fun in my car.

Being the young silly driver I was in my earlier years I would drive the little Mazda to its limits, which when translated to the open road meant a meagre speed of about 165km/h... apart from a few times on the motorway when it hit a good 200km/h.

It has also done a few good skids, though requiring either Diesel, a wet road or some gravel to start smoking the front wheels.

To be honest the car has served me well for the abuse it has had put upon it. Although generally something major has gone wrong with it about every 6 months.

The major purpose of this car is people moving with a great stereo. It does well, it fits 5 people comfortably and fits 4 12" subwoofers with ease.

When fitted with 17" mags, has lowered suspension, 2.5" exhaust, rear spoilers, sideskirts and front spoiler, 5% tints all round, K&N air filter, Mazda banner on front windscreen, 150dB Sounds this car looks quite phat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2002

1986 Mazda 323 1.6i 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

This car cost me 800 pounds in 1993 and it's still in good condition - excellent build standard

Faults:

Nothing in 9 years!

General Comments:

The most reliable car I or anyone I know has ever owned. Good solid suspension - handles well even with standard 175 70 13's fitted. Not a guzzler either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2002

4th Jun 2004, 00:21

I agree. I have had 2x mazdas, and it's the best cars I have ever had. Never any problems. Not fast and sporty, but always reliable. Best car.

23rd Jul 2005, 17:55

I bought one of these for £900 in early 1993. It's still on the road today, by far the most reliable car I've ever owned. Up to now it's had a new radiator, coil, spark plugs/leads and that's about it!

1986 Mazda 323 GT hatchback 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired250345 kilometres
Most recent distance320345 kilometres
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Very quick for that amount of Kms, doesn't lack in any other aspect

Faults:

Right now it's winter here, around minus 30 degrees outside. Now the oil sensor is stuck where it would normaly sit when the oil is at the bottom of the crank case.

Well that results in the engine sensing that there is no oil in it at all, which in turn will tell the motherboard that there is no oil and then it shuts off the motor right away.. this is the only major problem. Besides the regular maintenance.

General Comments:

Shocks and struts will go on the GT edition with the electric sport suspension, usually around the 260,000 mark or above, cost is around three to five hundred (Canadian funds) each. Even more if you go with the dealer stock, better to go with the after market, rides even better.

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

24th Feb 2003, 14:25

Hey I'm having a problem that needs a fix, I have a 1986 323 gt (rare) has fully adjustable suspension, but cannot find out what part numbers to acquire the parts help me out please. Don Free_agent_4_20@hotmail.com.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 16 reviews