1998 Mazda 323 GXi 1.5 16v from UK and Ireland




Only thing I've ever replaced is the front pads and disc's @112,00.

Other than that, it's quite sluggish at pulling away sometimes.

General Comments:

Have not lowered the car. Sticks to the corners, as the suspension is quite stiff as standard.

Great seats.

My dream car, love it to bits.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2006

1998 Mazda 323 Intrigue 1.5i from UK and Ireland


Wonderful model, but needs lowered suspension to improve the already sleek looks!


3x anti-roll bar drop links.

Noisy water pump.

General Comments:

I have to say that this is probably the best looking shape of 323F they ever made. The 1994-1998 5-door looks better than most other hatchbacks on the road. One thing that Mazda did wrong here is giving the car such a high ride height and over sized wheel arches. I have just got my Intrigue lowered by 40mm and it now looks great in my opinion! Although the ride is not as good now it handles better and looks even sleeker. I wonder why Mazda set the suspension so high on these cars?

The Intrigue is a very good quality car. Mine has covered almost 100,000 miles and the seats, steering wheel and dash show no signs of wear!

Emerald green paint is rust free and is well suited to the car. If only I could find some leather seats!

1.5i is very good on fuel, on the motorway between 70-80mph 46mpgis always returned. It could be more responsive, but it's only a 1.5 with 90bhp, so it copes well for a heavy car. 114mph top speed is fine:.)

Unfortunately Mazda seem to have lowered the specification of the 1998 323F's compared to a friends 1995 1.5GLX model for example. Little things like the leather gear lever gaiter, door courtesy lights and lidded storage pockets, seat back map pocket, drivers side vanity mirror, illuminated cigarette lighter socket have all been dropped. Obviously towards the end of this model Mazda were trying to cost cut!

The special editions are the best looking as all, but the Figaro and Atlantis models have 15" alloys and a bodykit. Front fogs and lowered suspenion are a must if your bothered about looks! Watch out for the standard Air-con button- all cars have it however only cars from late 1997 actually have it as standard!

The only negative points I find about the car is as mentioned above:the high standard ride height, small arches, standard A/C button even if not fitted, limited colour choice, road noise on some services, firm ride, that they are no longer being made!

We also have a new Mazda 3 sport- the only other small family sized car that I think has been styled with some effort and flair that the company has ever produced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2006

17th Jan 2017, 22:13

I have just read this and can agree the Mazda 323 Intrigue was the best car I have ever owned for looks and reliability. I also lowered the car 40mm and agree it made the car look a lot better. The best addition I added was an Irish number plate that read MAZ I 323, it gave it the wow factor. Only sorry I sold it when we moved to Spain, as I'm sure in time it will be a classic collectors car.

1998 Mazda 323 LXI 1.5 from UK and Ireland


The best car ever made - the full package


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car despite 173000 miles on the clock.

General Comments:

The car is absolutely gorgeous. It was a real head turner when it was new, but I still think it's stunning. Reliability is fantastic & the car isn't expensive to run. I understand Madza parts are expensive, but nothing has gone wrong with the car. It is extremely comfortable and fast when pushed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2006

1998 Mazda 323 Familia 1.5 petrol from Turkey


There was some small problems with the front doors. Some noises comes up, but it can be fixed by applying some isolation materials between the door itself and plastic material.

There is a small plastic part in the engine compartment which regulates the air flow. When it is broken engine rpm irregularly changes. But it can be fixed by a glue.

Mazda parts are a little expensive in Turkey.

Engine a little noisy especially on higher rpms. Also road noise easily comes in.

General Comments:

If you're looking for a reliable and "never let you down" this one is really good. I never had a problem that stops me on the road.

Also driving costs are really cheap, my car needs nearly 8 liters for a mixed drive (city jam/highway).

The cabin is surprisingly big. I'm a 1.94 tall -big- man, but I like the driving position. Also passengers at the back seat have enough space even if I put my set to the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2004