1991 Mazda 323 Reviews

1991 Mazda 323 L 1.6 SOHC Carb from Uruguay

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Carb Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

Reliable and nice to drive

Faults:

Clutch changed at 210000 km, and clutch master cylinder at 300000, brake disks at 280000.

Distributor cap and spark plug wires at 340000 km.

Now at 360000 km it's consuming oil, but besides that it keeps the power, and the mpg is OK.

General Comments:

If you make the maintenance with good spare parts and regular engine oil changes, this car will never die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2009

1991 Mazda 323 1.6L from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance121000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

A reliable, economical, sensible mode of travel

Faults:

Nothing after I took care of what was wrong with it very soon after purchasing. Did and put in new drive shafts, battery, front and back brakes, timing belt and water pump, changed all fluids and filters and purchased new tires, (winter and summer), replaced a few seals, tinted the windows and rustproofed it.

General Comments:

I was looking for a reliable winter car and happened upon a white 1991 model with A.C. The car had never seen a Canadian winter as the couple who owned it only used it in Florida. It was garage stored during Florida summers.

The owner had it for sale on the Net for 700 dollars, and told me I was the second person who called. I offered him 850 over the phone and headed to his place.

Save for a small dent on the passenger door, the car was in immaculate condition. When the owner took me to the car (garage parked), and disarmed the disarmingly loud alarm, I knew that this car was well cared for and looked after by a fanatic. He wouldn't let me test drive, I had to convince to let me try it in a parking lot!

Now 6 months. 10,000 kms and 2300 dollars later (that's what I spent to bring it completely up to speed).I only spent the money after doing research and discovering the longevity of these vehicles. I know it well last me at least another 5 years at minimal expense.

My mechanic whistled at the condition of the car as every nut and bolt was smooth and clear.

It is surprisingly nimble and quick. It doesn't have any passing power on the highway and takes a while to get up to speed on climbs. For a 91 1.6l 4 I guess it's expected.

This car is an absolute mini workhorse that sips fuel while being very responsive.

The car does have a few random and intermittent vibrations and squeaks that seem to emanate from different places i.e. the glove compartment, the back windows or the glass on the hatch.

I couldn't be happier with its reliability as the engine started after sitting for 4 days of consecutive 30 below nights.

I will keep it until repairs (not maintenance) start to add up. From what I've read, I got a lots of road to look forward to.

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

Review Date: 17th April, 2009

18th May 2010, 10:29

Original poster here.

Evidently these cars in immaculate condition such as mine are in very high demand! Mine was stolen about a month ago! Beware as they are easy targets because they are easy to break into and start up. I didn't insure it for theft lost over 2 thousand $!! To add salt to the wound, I had changed the oil, and put on brand new summer tires and new bolts for the mags the same day it was stolen.

Word of warning:If you have a mint condition Mazda 323, take measures to prevent it from being stolen!

1991 Mazda 323 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired119500 kilometres
Most recent distance210650 kilometres

Summary:

Great little car to own

Faults:

02 Sensor went at 165000kms.

Block heater replaced at 174800kms.

Struts replaced at 199000kms.

Brakes replaced at 199000kms.

Water pump replace at 209000kms.

Head gasket blow at 210650kms.

General Comments:

This car was a great little car. Regret having to sell it (For $100) just to get enough money to get to where I was going. Was on a long road trip.

The car handled well in any kind of weather conditions. Whether there was a foot of snow or a heavy down pour there was never any problems with getting stuck in the winter, and it ALWAYS started. (Except the time the battery blew up)

Only problem with over heating was when the block heater went. Second time overheating was a problem was because of the mechanic putiing in the new water pump got silicon gasket in the rad and plug. Head gasket blew as a result.

It was an awesome car with GREAT gas mileage. I could put on approximatel 450 kms in city and approximately 550 to 575 kms per tank (48 liter tank)

Easy to maintain and lots of room under the hood to work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2008

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 16 reviews