My family bought the car in 1991 as a family car. We got the 4door version Since then the vehicle has proved itself as a spacious, capable, dependable mover. We have traveled from Greece to Italy to Turkey with no concerns over its reliability, despite already counting 15 years and 250000+km on its odometer. Today even though it is no longer the main family car it surprises me with its relative economy, lively engine (though there are major oil leaks that demand regular oil checks), and large passenger and baggage spaces that even today's cars often lack. I even though of getting it from my fathers and turning it int 4WD with new engine.
Spaces, spaces , spaces, economy, engines sound that sounds like a WRC racer after all those years of wear, reliability
This car couldn't be beat for the price. Reliability was unbelievable, a very fun to drive daily car. Trips to Florida were fast and very cheap. Motor and transmission were driven to 424,000 kms. All I replaced was timing belt myself (2X) and the 3 piece exhaust was done a few times over. Yes I would buy a Mazda again.
Roomy, fun to drive, handling wasn't too bad as long as you made sure the swaybar bushings didn't remove themselves. Cheap maintenance was a big plus.
Bought it, 14 years old but only 40,000 miles. Have driven it for two years now, adding over 20,000 miles, with no problems whatsoever. Note I owned a 1992 model before which I drove for 11 years without a single breakdown (sold it because of transatlantic move); based on that experience I didn't hesitate when I had the chance to take over this 14-year old little reliable workhorse.
Reliability & fuel economy. Still looking good after 16 years.
overall a reliable car for being its
age. the size is a little unsettling-
it is often referred to as "space
peanut" or "death trap". parts are
expensive since it isnt a common car
and all the parts you will find are
after-market. the muffler alone cost
one of the best parts about the 323 is
the large "hazard" button in the middle
of the dash which, at night, luminates.
it needs a lot more power and must be
built with safer metal...the car wash
puts a temporary 3" deep dent in the