1992 Mazda 323 Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1992 Mazda 323 GLX 1.6 16v from Poland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres

Summary:

Very reliable, it's a lot of fun to drive this car!

Faults:

Generally, most of the issues came from normal wear of a car, which is 16 years old:

Leaking water hose when bought.

Suspension requires regular maintenance.

Exhaust system replaced.

"Hold" (signaling A/T problems) flashed once.

General Comments:

Inefficient heating and ventilating (no AC).

Pretty loud over 100km/h.

Automatic transmission with 1.6 16v makes it quite expensive: 12-13l/100km is way too much.

Not extraordinary when it comes to handling, especially on wet surfaces.

VERY reliable, a bit of a sporty position behind the wheel.

Good looking for a 16-year old car.

This is a perfect choice for a first car for a young driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2009

1992 Mazda 323 base 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Horizon

Summary:

If you can find one without a cracked engine block, it will probably treat you well

Faults:

Soon after I bought it, it developed a minor oil leak, which various mechanics seemed unable to find the source of. The leak grew until the crack in the engine block became noticeable, and then the crack killed the engine at 93,000 miles.

No other problems.

General Comments:

I bought this car because my previous Mazda 323 (a 1989) was still going strong when I sold it at 150,000+ miles.

This one was funny, in that it seemed like it would be just as great, and started out with no problems.

Even after the crack in the engine block killed it, I can't remember it ever having any other mechanical problems.

It had great pick-up, and with the small size, it just zipped around everywhere and was easy to park and maneuver (despite manual steering, which made parallel parking a bit of an upper-body workout sometimes.)

My biggest complaint while I drove it was that the seats were incredibly uncomfortable and the vinyl got awfully hot in the summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2007

1992 Mazda 323 16v from Malta

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres

Summary:

One of the best affordable cars of its time

Faults:

Nothing its (unbelievable

General Comments:

The car has a lot of power I t wants to run

Suspension is stiff so sometimes it's a bumpy ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005

1992 Mazda 323 1.6 liter from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres

Summary:

A great first vehicle for a young driver!

Faults:

Had to replace gas tank at 210000km due to a leak.

Had to replace thermostat because in winter time the heaters didn't work good.

Replased alternator at about 180000km.

Low Compression in the engine cylinders strated around 220000 km

The car never had a right side mirror so I had to buy one.

Back windshield whipper didn't work properly.

General Comments:

The car was great and never leaved me on the road. Althoght it was old and it didn't had any extras it's been a pleasure and fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2005

1992 Mazda 323 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired169000 kilometres
Most recent distance184450 kilometres

Summary:

Very fun to drive

Faults:

Hatch window washer pump broken.

Torque converter stuck, required tow to fix.

Torque converter stuck again, magically started working again when towed.

Torque converter stuck again, required tow.

Solenoids in transmission stuck, required tow.

Transmission replaced at 180 000km.

Plastic around rear seat button on top of seat cracked and broke off.

Rust under rear window.

Rust around back tire wheel well.

Hatch window wiper loose, only wipes half of window.

Paint (red) faded on one side of front of car.

Cracked plastic lining on the inside of the car around the hatch door.

Rust always falls out of the hatch door, am not sure where it is coming from.

General Comments:

Comfortable seats for the average sized occupant.

Interior very easy to keep clean.

Rear fold-down seat easy to maneuver and very handy.

Not too great on gas at 13 years old, 10km to the liter.

Had problems with the torque converter and transmission where the car would not shift into drive, had to tow the car four times before being diagnosed. Replaced with a used transmission.

Did not come with a passenger side mirror.

Locking gas tank is a pain, especially at full-serve gas stations.

Stereo has good sound. Tape deck not very stylish.

It is sometimes difficult to maneuver larger cargo out of the hatch door.

Small size makes it extremely easy to park anywhere.

Great windows allow adequate view for all passengers.

Great for four people to ride in, alright for five, but not the best.

Did not find it reliable until I had the transmission replaced.

Hard to maintain speed going up hills.

I love driving this car, although it did not come with cruise control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 21 reviews