1990 Mazda 323 Super Deluxe Sedan 1.8i petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A reliable, classy, fun little car. Go for it!!!
Radiator burst and clutch replaced at 20 years. Very, VERY reliable.
The car was bought new by another family member in 1990. Very expensive in their day, but was one of the best in its class.
Very tall gearing (manual) and maximum torque not developed until 4,000 RPM means using low gears and plenty of revs to get moving quickly (i.e You need to be doing 120km/h in 4th gear to reach maximum torque). Need to have the engine > 2,500 RPM for any pulling power. 4th gear for highway overtaking is a leisurely business. The benefit is the 323 is a great highway cruiser. In 5th gear at 110 km/h, revving at < 3,000 RPM and doing it easy. The engine is the same as the first Astina in standard form.
Uses 7 - 8 L/100 km on highway and 8.5 - 9.5L/100km in the city, and on cheap 91 octane.
Very comfortable with loads of rear legroom, very supportive front pews with excellent lumbar support, lovely velour seat fabric and plush head lining. Huge boot. Fantastic visibility in all directions. Perfectly weighted power steering.
The car is old but still looks classy.
High standard equipment, with niceties such as map reading lights and an illuminated ignition switch with time delay, which newer cars don't have. Fuel gauge indicates fuel use whether the ignition is on or off. Brilliant!
The best thing about Mazdas is they have no weird quirks, and they are easy to service and live with day to day.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th August, 2015