2001 Mazda 323 GXi 1.3 fuel injection from UK and Ireland
The perfect family cruiser
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.
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.