1993 Mazda 323 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1993 Mazda 323 base 1.6SOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6SOHC Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Fantastic little car, definitely recommend to everyone!!!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car. It had a small oil leak from the valve cover, that's about it. It ran great, started every time and got 30MPG+. Great little car.

General Comments:

Very nice for a person who doesn't mind looks, but needs reliable and cheap transportation. The car was good to me, I was good to it. Never abused it and it always ran good and always started. I would recomend the car to anyone as a first car, or a car to learn to drive a standart transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2007

1993 Mazda 323 Base 1.6L from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired157000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres

Summary:

I want my Mazda back

Faults:

Both outer CV Boots very ripped.

Replaced a ball joint.

General Comments:

I didn't have my 323 for too long, but for the few months I had it for, I loved it. Once I got it on the road it gave me no problems. This little thing had guts. They do good burn outs at 81 horsepower and 92 lbs/ft of torque. The car pulls good and for the price I can't say anything bad about it. Mine was green and looked like a turtle. I really loved that car, it being my first one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2006

1993 Mazda 323 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 kilometres
Most recent distance228000 kilometres
Previous carPlymouth Grand Voyager

Faults:

In the cold weather the speedomometer makes a grinding noise until the interior warms up, Radiator hoses leak, has an leak somewhere and now have lost dash lights as well as brake and tail lights no fuses blown. All in all not a bad little car. Rear end tails or almost floats on icy roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2006

1993 Mazda 323 GT 1.8 DOHC turbo from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

The best car I have ever seen!

Faults:

Passengers drive shaft recently ctarted clicking, but at 200k it's not too bat for the original one.

The open differential trans was a poor choice for a 240hp 180ft/lb front wheel drive.

General Comments:

Mind blowing acceleration can beat Camaro's and other such "fast cars"

Good mileage (approx 40mi/gal) if you are easy on the gas.

The front and rear sway bars with the stiff struts make it handle any high performance car.

Kinda plain looks, but then they never see you coming.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

1993 Mazda 323 1.3LXi 3dr 1.3LXi 3dr from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3LXi 3dr Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired83300 miles
Most recent distance94100 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Better than a lot of new cars for quality

Faults:

The screen wash 'low' light got stuck on.

The head light connector plugs have slightly melted causing the headlights to sometimes not come on.

General Comments:

This car is typical of Mazda- a real gem.

It had no service history, but after me changing the oil, filter, plugs etc etc. it drives really well.

The car is excellent on fuel and its tank must be about 50 litres- meaning a typical fill up does not cost much. A new cambelt is also reasonable.

It looks neat if old fashioned- the blue paint work is still really shiny and not faded.

Build is second to none, nicer finish than Toyotas or Hondas (and definitely Nissans) of the same age.

Not the quickest car at low speeds- better on the motorway. Top speed 106mph good enough.

Much better build than some of the newer stuff on the market today i.e. Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. The interior is so solid, rattle and squeak free. Amazing for an 11 year old car.

Would not have any hesitation in driving this car round France/Germany.

Only gripes are that the driver seat does not go upright enough and exhaust back box is very noisy despite me buying a new one. Also the reverse gearbox mechanism crunches sometimes.

Lovely to drive- so light and easy with a slick gearbox, but later models are much more involving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2005

1993 Mazda 323 Base 1.6L SOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired195030 kilometres
Most recent distance195275 kilometres

Summary:

Easy to work on, Easy to drive, the perfect First Car

Faults:

Due to the car being sitting for 3 months prior to purchase, many things were replaced, but could have been left alone. Everything that has been replaced on the car:

-Oil and Oil Filter.

-Wipers.

-Air Filter.

-Thermostat and Thermostat Gasket.

-Spark Plugs.

-Interior Light Bulb.

-Miscellaneous Clamps.

-Radiator Cap.

-Distributor Cap and Rotor.

-Upper and Lower Rad Hoses.

-Rear Window Washer Pump.

-Anti-freeze and other fluids.

-Rear Brake Drums and Shoes.

-Front Disc's and Pads.

-Fan-belt.

-Ball Joints.

-Tie Rod Ends.

-Outer CV Boots.

-Heater Core Hoses.

-Fuel Lines.

-Valve Cover Gasket.

-Distributor O-Ring.

It's a lot of stuff, but that has been over the course of 2 weeks. Many of those things were about 75% and did not need to be changed, but they were inexpensive parts so we replaced them anyway. I just hope that the head gasket does not need to be replaced. It seems that there is sometimes a small amount of oil near the head. Yet niether the oil or anti-freeze have mixed.

I plan on taking good care of this car now, after all the hard work we put into it.

General Comments:

I know I haven't owned this car for long, but I had to contribute to such an awesome website.

For sitting for 3 months, and things being pretty stuck (e.g. nuts/bolts, and the rear drums) this car was very easy to work on. Without the power steering option, the engine compartment really opens up. My dad and I did all the repairs ourselves.

This car was mainly something for me to learn how to drive standard and is never intended to be a long-time runner, but I can just sense it might just last a very long time.

The engine is very nice and quiet at idle, and even at the higher rpms. However, the road noise is very high driving at 80km/h. I hate to see what it sounds like at even 100km/h.

For a small four-banger, the car is quite peppy. In first gear squealing the tires is not a problem. However, I wouldn't want to put a lot of weight in this car. I don't trust it as of yet.

The transmission shifts smoothly, and is an excellent car to learn the basis of a standard transmission on.

The seats are comfy, but the back seat is cramped. The hatch is very roomy, considering I can put a hockey bag in there without having to fold the seat down.

Overall this is a nice first car. On the inside it has nothing you would want to give a teenager, and on the outside it has a high workability rating and is one easy car to drive.

For $875 CDN purchase price, and $815 in parts, I am very happy with how the car is. Not to mention its oddly low insurance rating. 17 year old male, $1900/year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2005

16th Dec 2006, 12:39

Just a follow up to the review. Since I wrote the review I have driven the car up to around 215,000km, and now we give it about 6 months to live. We project a death in the family around August of 2007. However, I cannot complain. 20,000km later, we have only had to replace the front right wheel bearing as it started to growl really badly. In case you were wondering, the head gasket is pretty much gone. After driving the car for about a week, you can actually notice a difference in the oil on the dipstick. It's not much, maybe 100mL or so, but it's not good at all. After owning this car for almost 2 years, I would really like to purchase another 323. In fact I'm most noticeably looking for an '88 323 GTX. If you have one in the Ontario area, post a comment hear if you would like.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 21 reviews