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Mazda 323, Hatchback
#1 of 448 Cheap but Good
Nov 23, 2000 (2:09 am)
I got a used '93 Mazda two years ago, stick shift
w/ air condition. It has been the most economical
yet reliable little commuter car I have ever own.
Compare to my wife's Sienna minivan it cost almost
nothing to buy and operate. It's got 100000 miles
on it now, leaks a little of oil from the value
cover gasket and the camshaft oil seal, but still
it starts everytime at the first crank, no matter
how hot or cold the climate it is.
It just keep running and running ! And it's seat
is more comfortable than any vehicle I have ever
I wonder if there is any 323 owner in this town
hall who also loves their car ?
Dec 15, 2000 (8:36 pm)
Yes, I also loved my 323, a 1986 model. It ran like a top, got terrific gas mileage and had incredible pep. Sadly a tree fell on my car this summer, otherwise I am sure I would have driven it for 100k more miles.
Jan 04, 2001 (3:52 pm)
I have a 1990 323 that I bought 5 yrs ago. It has been the most reliable small car I've had. 263000 kms on it now and the only thing i've replaced is the alternator and exhaust. Bad on brakes, though and a few minor complaints. But the car just drives and drives and drives....
#4 of 448 Not a bad car
Jan 22, 2001 (9:52 am)
Positive experiences with the car (91 323 dx)
--enough power for highway
--good stability for a small car
--Good standard features (60/40 rear seats etc.)
-on its 3rd head gasket
-on its 4th driveshaft (have replaced both twice..only last 2 yrs each)
#5 of 448 price on this 323
Jan 26, 2001 (10:28 am)
hello, I seen this used 1990 Mazada 323 automatic not sure if it has A/C with 110,000 miles on it. asking price 4 grand! I think this is step. I think it's only worth $1200-1500. Perhaps start with an offer of $1,000. What's a fair price for a car of this age and mileage?
#6 of 448 For 4 grand
Jan 26, 2001 (3:57 pm)
You can get a 1995 ! These cars cost nothing on the used car market, and they represent a very good value if you are looking for cheap but good transportation.
You are right, don't pay more than $1500 for a 1990. And get youself a 5 speed one if you could drive one, it is much more nimble than the automatic version.
Jan 29, 2001 (8:09 am)
The car is going to be used to teach my wife to drive. So we need something reliable. She'll probably only put 4-5,000 miles a year on the car. She wants an automatic. Thanks for the help. I'll see if I can get him down in price.
Jan 29, 2001 (3:41 pm)
hey dudes, i got this mazda 323 and its been
great except for one thing when its cold and wet
it doesn't start, it just cranks and cranks, but doesn't start, its a 1992 323 with 104K and a five speed, can anyone help me out? my spanish
teacher, who's a car enthusiast, and has owned around twenty mazda's, says its probably the distributor cap getting moisture in it, can anyone corroborate this? i'm also looking into mazda RX-7's, anyone know about em?
Jan 30, 2001 (7:06 am)
Sounds like that is exactly the problem. If the distributor cap cracks, it can allow either moisture to get in or sparks to come out. Both cause problems. If moisture gets in, it will cause the car to be difficult to start until the cap dries. If spark gets out, it will cause the engine to sputter. The cap only costs maybe $20 at your local part store and is very easy to replace. You should also replace the rotor at the same time as the cap. It is the small triangular shaped object that rotates around inside the cap. Anyway, replace the cap and your car should run as good as new again. As far as the RX-7, what years were you looking at? Each generation has their own unique problems, but overall they are fun cars to drive. I own an 84 RX-7, so I can try to answer some general questions about them.
Jan 30, 2001 (2:45 pm)
i'm looking at an 86 RX 7, its a second gen, got a new tranny and motor, looks great, runs good, been kept up really well, its got a high performance exhaust system, it makes it really loud,