1988 Mazda 323 Reviews

1988 Mazda 323 1.6 from Sweden

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance91000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Wonderful!

Faults:

Had to replace a cover (?) in the engine when I bought the car, because the previous owner had not driven the car very much. Very cheap, around 50 euro with the work.

Had to replace the tires, but this isn't the car's fault.

General Comments:

Perfect car if you need a car to go shopping or go to work.

Reasonably quick and handles well.

Bought this car from the first owner who hadn't driven it very much. I don't even think this car had seen rain before I bought it.

No rust, everything works perfectly.

If you are searching for a cheap, reliable car, see that you get your hands on a Mazda 323 from the good old days when cars were made to last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2012

1988 Mazda 323 LX 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance31500 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

Well built car that will last forever

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

It is over 20 years old, and has only done 31,500 miles. There is slight rust on the wheel arches, but mechanically sound.

General Comments:

A solid car, reliable, fun to drive, quite nippy.

The interior is basic but comfortable, plenty of cabin storage space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2010

1988 Mazda 323 Hatchback 1.6L non-turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6L non-turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

The best car ever made

Faults:

Within a few days of owning the car, I noticed that the car lurched whenever I turned on the air conditioner. I had made the horrible mistake of having an after-market air conditioner put into the car in order to save a few bucks. After several interactions with the vendor, they finally fixed it. Always get factory-installed equipment.

Another problem manifested itself within ~15k miles. The clutch seemed to be slipping. It turned out there was a defective seal that allowed transmission fluid to get on the clutch. It was covered under the warranty and didn't cost me a dime. By the way, I replaced my clutch after 250k miles.

General Comments:

This car is the ultimate nightmare for auto manufacturers; a well-made car that will last forever with only basic care. The biggest problem I have had is the interior falling apart due to the ravages of time. The driver's seat has already gone through one set of after-market seat covers. All exposed plastic parts have been affected to some level by ozone.

I have owned this car for 21 years and still use it as my primary commuting car. It gets ~32 mpg and still has a lot of pep, even though the engine has 250k miles on it. It's fun to drive. I can't say enough about this car. I just wish I had purchased two, (one hermetically sealed) so that I'd have a replacement for this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2008

1988 Mazda 323 SE 1.6 ohc from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 ohc Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 miles
Most recent distance215000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

The Amazing Hundred And Twenty Five Dollar Car

Faults:

Axles failed almost at once. Easy to fix, but cost as much as I paid for the car.

A couple weeks later a rear wheel bearing failed.

Last summer the ignition module failed, which was $300.

Just the other day the speedometer/odometer quit working. Don't know how much to fix this yet.

The gas gauge has been funky the whole time I've had it. It is accurate for about the first 1/3 of the tank, then it drops right to empty. I have no plans to fix this unless I cannot fix the odometer.

The struts are shot, the car dances all over the road when you hit a pothole. It is something you can live with, but it sure catches you off guard the first few times. I have no plans to fix this unless someone donates the parts.

General Comments:

All in all, I cannot fault this little car. I paid $125 for it from a tow yard, and have put 17,000 miles on it in 10 months. It gets 37-40 mpg consistently, and everything including the A/C works fine. The body is in good shape and the interior is like new. I wish it had a radio and this may be remedied soon. Since the last time it broke, it has been running well, with no disabling problems. It starts every day, and the wrecking yards are full of parts cars. It has become affectionately known as The Amazing Hundred And Twenty Five Dollar Car. I am really amazed at how well it runs with 215,000 miles on it. I fully intend to drive this car until it craps all over the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2006

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 23 reviews