1990 Mazda 323 1.6L SOHC from North America

Summary:

Where do I build an altar to worship this car?

Faults:

CV joint, but who doesn't get that in a front wheel drive car?

Thermostat about every 5th year.

Foam in the horn degraded making the horn sound without being pushed. Fixed with some weather stripping.

General Comments:

This car was perfect. I don't know why Mazda didn't put power windows on it. It is definitely the best car I've ever owned as far as reliability. The name of the engine is the B6E. Mechanics like it because it's easy to work on and super reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2001

1990 Mazda 323 F GLX 1.6 16v from Croatia

Summary:

Excellent

General Comments:

The Mazda 323F is a car with a soul of its own. It looks beautiful even though it was produced 10 years ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2000

1990 Mazda 323 GLX 1.3 16V from Greece

Summary:

Reliable, handles extremely well

Faults:

None, only two rear lamps.

General Comments:

Rides well, after 10 years it still looks great, noise above 130km/h, dealers not able to service at all and with very high pricing policy, already bought another one - a 1.5 GLX brand new hoping for the same reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2000

1990 Mazda 323 Hatchback 1.6 from North America

Summary:

Ultimate reliability

Faults:

The radiator cracked, CV Joints, automatic seatbelt motor (recall item).

General Comments:

I was broadsided on the drivers side by a full size truck going 60mph... totaled the Mazda, I didn't even break a bone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2000

1990 Mazda 323 GLX F 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A cheap reliable car with style and respectable performance

Faults:

Electric windows, central locking, shocks & springs at the back, antiroll bar, brake pipes, wishbone bushes, exhaust.

QUITE A LOT REALLY.

General Comments:

The engines in these cars are faultless no matter how you abuse them - 131000 miles and never a bother and believe me it gets driven. A lot of the parts that have been replaced can probably be put down to the west of Ireland road conditions, but unfortunately before you buy a Mazda be aware of the extremely high cost of parts. eg. The section of the exhaust with the 1st bend at the manifold in EIRE costs £125 + VAT punts.

The handling of this car is excellent and it corners very well, however the brakes are quite a let down

Insurance is also very expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2000

1990 Mazda 323 LX Hatchback 1.6 litre from North America

Summary:

It has been and continues to be a GEM of a car

Faults:

2 mufflers, timing belt, all general maintenance. Very, very reliable, always starts in Canadian Winters.

General Comments:

I bought this car four years ago with the hope of it lasting two years. It has been by far the best car I have owned. It is small and the seats are not very comfortable after four or five hours. After all this there is economy and it delivers. It is fun to drive with the five speed and does 'scoot'. It delivers about 40 to 45 mpg (imperial gallon). I am an accountant and understand value for money. It would be hard to consider buying another car when this continues to be a gem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2000

1990 Mazda 323 F GT 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Faults:

CV boots split on a regular basis. At about 70,000 miles a plug lead went, causing a misfire.

General Comments:

A superbly reliable car, which I felt to be a little slower than I'd expected - it needs revving like mad to get the best from it BUT it likes revs ie very smooth engine. I sold my car at 100,000 miles and it felt perfect, having only ever had 1 exhaust, 1 new battery and a set of brake pads, BUT lots of CV boots. Parts prices are the only real drawback - an outer CV boot was £70, however I did manage to find some Ford ones to fit and these lasted longer than the originals! The car never let me down - even when the plug lead went I drove it home!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 1999

1990 Mazda 323 F Gti 1.8 DOHC petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Not much.

Exhaust needed replacing. (8 years old, not bad)

Dashboard can be a bit rattly at times.

Dodgy headlight switch. (Switch cleaner sorted that out).

General Comments:

In nearly 3 years of ownership it has only not started once, and that was due to me not checking my battery fluid and running it flat. An excellent car and highly recommended. Great fuel economy. Parts and servicing can be expensive but, touch wood, not much has gone wrong that needs replacing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1990 Mazda 323 Saloon 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Blown ignition chip.

Bearings on CV joint.

General Comments:

A comfortable and reliable economical car. It won't set the world on fire, but it has got enough oomph for overtaking and cruises easily at 85+.

Low maintenance. Easy to live with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998