2001 Mazda 323 Reviews

2001 Mazda 323 GXi 1.3 fuel injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.3 fuel injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance72500 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

The perfect family cruiser

Faults:

Nothing much, had the anti roll bars replaced for the M.O.T.

But that was it, apart from a rear brake light bulb blowing.

Passed with no advisories; not bad for a 10 year old car.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable, and as with most Japanese cars, very well equipped. Mine is the basic model, but still has power steering, electric mirrors and windows, plus an excellent CD radio. Do miss not having a sunroof though.

Bought this, as we needed a bigger car, and the space is excellent, with a nice big tailgate boot and folding 60/40 seats.

Considering it weighs just over a ton empty, the 1324CC 72BHP engine is powerful enough and performs remarkably well, though obviously it is not really fast, but 90MPH is easily sustainable, and I bought it to be a roomy family car, not a sports motorway guzzler.

Coupled with the legendary reliability these have, and at least 38MPG on a run, this is a very nice looking, perfect family cruiser.

I feel really comfortable and happy driving it around, and it is a very easy car to get used to. Certainly would recommend it to anyone!

Cannot believe how cheap these cars can be obtained for now second hand

Grab yourself a bargain, and go and get one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2012

17th Aug 2013, 11:20

I must say, that since I wrote this review, I have found out the hard way that these cars have an Achilles heel - RUST.

The rear wheel arches on these are badly prone to it, and mine are starting to rot quite badly! May be worth noting if you live in the UK climate zone.

12th Feb 2014, 15:51

Ah yes, I've got the 2.0 Gxi turbo diesel, and had to have the rear wheel arches replaced because of rusting. That aside though, it's an excellent car - 177,000 on the clock and still very comfortable, and still doing 50+ MPG on long journeys.

2001 Mazda 323 Protege Shades 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 kilometres
Most recent distance151000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Comfortable and reliable

Faults:

Only owned the car for 8 months, purchased from a dealer. When I went to get a roadworthy to sell it, the front brakes required machining and new pads. Either the dealer covered that up or they happened to wear particularly fast.

The boot release also stopped working for a while, my mechanic discovered that the safety lock (on the actual boot latch) had somehow triggered, and once taken off, the release worked normally.

Only owned for a short time, but otherwise faultless.

General Comments:

I found the car quite big and roomy for a small car, but it handled well and was gutsy enough for a 1.6L.

Having also driven a 1.8L the difference is noticeable, but not earth-shatteringly so. The 1.6 obviously gives better fuel economy (I averaged 7.2-7.5L/100km highway driving with A/C on). Curiously I found that a relaxed driving style didn't significantly help economy (compared to aggressive driving).

The interior is plain, but functional. The Shades model is second from the top (SP20 is highest) and has electric windows and velour trim. I replaced the stock CD player (wouldn't read all CDs) with a Pioneer head unit.

I found the car quite comfortable to drive in. Four adults can travel comfortably. It also makes a great car for a small family, there are three anchor points for child seats in the back row. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split and armrest folds down where the middle seat is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2009

2001 Mazda 323 LXi 1.3 Injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Injection Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance11245 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A cheap, reliable, comfortable car that is roomy enough for 4 adults

Faults:

Nothing, well it got dirty once I think.

General Comments:

This car is remarkably quicker than my old 1.4 Fiesta. Although not a Porsche or a Ferrari, its quick enough to get about town, and it pulls well on motorways up to about 90mph.

It is comfortable on long journeys, mainly because of the adjustable steering wheel, and comfortable seat.

This car has loads of room. I can adjust the drivers seat so that I am in a comfortable driving position, and an adult can sit behind me with adequate leg room. (I am 6 feet tall)

The cabin layout is OK, but some of the switches are fiddly to use, e. g the rear wiper switch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

2001 Mazda 323 F SE Sport 1.8 16v Injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Total class and enjoyment

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I am so impressed with this car and love it more and more each time I drive it!.. I just wish there were more decent drivers on the road to allow me the time to get it's fullest potential out of it.

Extremely comfortable, some good toys to play with and a very enjoyable round! An all round 10/10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2002

2001 Mazda 323 F GT 2.0 gasoline from Romania

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance2500 kilometres
Previous carDacia Nova

Summary:

A car to fall in love with

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Two cars in one. A quiet, roomy and safe car for a family. Quick-as-silver and safe (again) when you hit the gas pedal.

Excellent ergonomic design.

Well equipped (ABS, EBD, DSC, TCS, side airbags, Climatronic, audio-center, etc) for it's class and price.

Interior well designed with "pleasant" materials for a compact car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2001

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews