1987 Mazda 323 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1987 Mazda 323 DX 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired212500 kilometres
Most recent distance236000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Inexpensive and full of surprises

Faults:

Rear-ended by an old guy in an SUV, and wrote it off.

Steering tended to pull to the left a lot.

Front left constant velocity joint was clicking when I first bought the car, then it stopped, but before I got rid of the car it started to shimmy really bad at speeds over 100km/h. It was either that or a warped rotor, I suspect.

General Comments:

Started with little coaxing in -30C weather.

Hot air within 5 minutes of starting the car. Very nice in the winter.

Never left me stranded.

Fast acceleration from a standing start.

Threw a hitch on it and was able to pull a SeaDoo in and out of the water, as well as a small aluminum boat with motor, and a utility trailer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2002

1987 Mazda 323 LX 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A practical, economical bargain

Faults:

The head gasket and radiator were replaced one week after I purchase it (paid for by the seller).

Replaced the front brake pads at 129000 miles.

Replaced two tyres at same time.

Tends to leak a little oil from various engine gaskets, but only having to put in about one litre per 800 miles.

General Comments:

This car is an excellent workhorse.

It is a five door model and can easily accomodate five or even six people.

This is an economical car to run.

This model has most of the modern comforts you would find in newer cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2002

1987 Mazda 323 1.6i 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

A really good all-rounder

Faults:

Absolutely nothing!!

The ONLY maintenance I had to do to this car in the 9 months of ownership was to replace a broken window when it was broken into.

This is the second one of these I have owned, the other is still in my family and has covered 160,000 miles with no failures.

I managed to run this one completely out of oil and she still didn't give up on me.

General Comments:

A great little car. Plenty of power (no super car though) for overtaking, would happily cruise at @90+Mph with a full load. Some great features for such an old car, like dimming interior lights (superficial I know, but class!) auto boot lid/petrol cap release, tool kit in boot, electric pack, very comfortable half bucket seats, very comfortable rear seats (so I'm told), the list just goes on and on.

There's only one thing I would say against this car, firstly it's a tiny bit thirsty on petrol compared to other small cars, but its almost negligable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2002

1987 Mazda 323 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Brilliant, cheap motoring

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Well, I only owned this car for 8 months, but I have had one before so I feel I'm qualified in the running of a 323 1.6i. The performance dosen't exactly dazzle, but it is exciting off the mark and will easily cruise at speed with a full load.

Nice and comfy, some nice touches like interior lights that dim before going out (that's really cool), individual map lights for front passengers, tool kit in the boot, and loads more.

This car, and the one I had before, never ever let me down, ever. It was 100% reliable and I would have another tomorrow.

A great drivers car, comfortable and sturdy (for a small Japanese car).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2002

1987 Mazda 323 DX 1.6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired92364 miles
Most recent distance110397 miles

Summary:

A reliable car, but high on maintenance

Faults:

Nothing out of the ordinary. I had to replace the clutch and brakes when I got the car, but that's just common maintenance.

I found that many things were made cheaply on this car, and had to replace both the rear struts, the CV joints and boots, and other various things.

The bushings for the manual transmission are very low quality, and they rattle at high speeds, causing the shifter to rattle very loud.

General Comments:

The interior is VERY plain, and it's definitely not the type of car to turn heads. But it is an excellent first car, and has a very large trunk; which would also make it a good college car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2001

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews