1995 Mazda 323 F 1.8i from UK and Ireland


Cheap, fast, trendy


Sunroof leaked.

Brake lights blew.

Fluids need checking once a week.

Tyres seem expensive.

Windscreen is not bug resistant.

General Comments:

I keep curbing my wheels. This is due to the stupid way the steering wheel turns left and right and body roll due to the lateral harnessing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2005

21st Nov 2007, 19:03

You can put any tyres on that are the correct size, so it depends on what brands you chose. Maybe you need a wheel alignment; that's why your steering is funny due to driving into curbs.

Insects can be attracted to any vehicle, maybe lots of insects from where you are.

If leakage in sunroof, it's a minor problem to fix. Go to Mr windscreens, a bit of glue will do.

Leakage usually due to rubber being fiddled with.

1995 Mazda 323 Astina 1.8 Hatch 1.8L DOHC EFI from Australia and New Zealand


Flawless, worth more than I paid for it


Replaced both front CV shafts and boots.

Clips holding trim on door sill.

Front right wheel bearing.

Tappet/Rocker cover gasket.

Distributor O-ring.

Fuel Sender Unit.

Blew 3/5 factory speakers.

Replaced resonator and needed to get it re-welded because of dodgy workmanship.

Only other work is maintenence.

General Comments:

This car is excellent. All of the problems above have been due to negligence by the previous owner. However the parts were cheap and easy to get and fit.

Performance is acceptable for a 1.8L (92 kW and 160Nm). However I would not mind more. Again, cheap and easy to get.

I have replaced to stock stereo system with Clarion gear, and it now sounds excellent. Only done because I blew some speakers.

Switches and buttons are very easy to find and the layout must be inspired by the Toyota Supra, because it is angled towards the driver and is a different colour than rest of trim.

Visibility at night is poor due to H3 globes. Have tried to rectify by adjusting angles, but doesn't have an effect.

I have also fitted a TWM Short shifter kit (nothing wrong with original shifter) for quicker changes and aftermarket pedal pads.

Hardly anything has gone wrong with this car. Only two issues known of by a Mazda mechanic I know is the tappet gasket and Distributor O-ring.

Would recommend Mazda to anyone, especially the 323.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2005

1995 Mazda 323 Astina Hatchback 1.8L EFI from Australia and New Zealand


Absolutely brilliant


The previous owner had removed the fuel sensor unit and hadn't bothered to replace it.

There is a knocking noise from the front right, most likely a CV joint.

A couple of marks on roof lining, nothing some TLC won't fix.

Some paint chips out of the clear coat, nothing too drastic.

CD player didn't work. Perfect excuse to install new Clarion unit.

Driver's door lock a bit shaky due to someone trying to break in.

General Comments:

I love this car.

Performance is pretty much unbeatable (for a 1.8L), especially with a K&N Air Filter (although only makes different at about 5500 rpm).

It has a rounded shape and is very stylish. The colour is also very suited for the shape.

Inside, there is plenty of room (I am 6"4' and can sit in the back with the front seats right back) and the seats are very comfortable. The controls are very easy to reach and it is very easy to memorise the locations of different switches.

Boot space is adequate.

Could use new speakers and bigger wheels, but not urgent, more for personal taste.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2005

1995 Mazda 323 GLXi 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Fantastic value


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Just like another review I read.

I just can't stop looking out the wind.

It is a head turner it is immaculate.

For it's age only slight about town dents.

Nothing to worry about and best of all.

It's a Black one, I am very tempted to search for another one.

And wrap it in cling film until this one dies.

Because they don't make this sleek design anymore.

That is a real shame I love it my wife loves me loving it too.

I can't stop her driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004