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Used Mazda 323 for Sale

The Used Mazda 323 For Sale in South Africa have all proven to be very popular thanks to their reliable build and fuel economy. They were a familiar sight on South African roads when the second generation 323 was released here in 1967 right up until the model was discontinued in 2003 and replaced with the Mazda3.

The History of the Mazda 323 in South Africa

Eighth Generation Mazda 323
1998–2003

The 8th and final iteration of the Mazda 323 was launched on the 9th of June 1998. It, like all other 323 generations before, was an instant hit with the driving public and has become synonymous with the 323 brand name ever since.

This version of the 323 underwent a major facelift in 2001, which not only saw the introduction of a new body style, but also the inclusion of a new suspension system, a new entertainment system, and a number of different engine options.

This version of the 323 is still being produced today, although be it under the FAW Haima Family Sedan name, in China which is a testament to the longevity of this amazing brand.

Did You Know? Until 2016/17 this version of the Mazda 323 was used as a Fast Response Car (FRC) by the Singapore Police Force. These were the main patrol cars used by this police force and have a reputation for proven reliability, safety, speed and fuel economy.

Eighth Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L diesel
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.0 L turbo petrol

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual

Assembled In

  • Hofu, Japan
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Tehran, Iran
  • Rayong, Thailand
  • Willowvale, Zimbabwe

Bodystyle

  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback

Layout

  • Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Also Known As

  • Mazda Protegé
  • Mazdaspeed Protegé
  • Mazda Isamu Genki
  • Mazda Allegro

Seventh Generation Mazda 323
1994–1998

Released for sale towards the end of 1994, and in continuous production until the middle of June 1998, the seventh generation of Mazda 323 to go on sale was known as the Mazda Mazda Étude in South Africa.

During this 323 generation, a five-door hatchback and four-door sedan were released with revised styling that included pillarless doors and a distinct sheet metal finish. It was called the Mazda 323 Astina and was the face of the Mazda 323 brand during the mid to late 1990’s.

Did You Know? The Mazda 323 Astina sold in South Africa, Australia and New Zeland was designed by former Porsche designers. This contributed to the sporty good looks that the car became known for, and although rare today, it is still a much sort after pre-owned vehicle.

Seventh Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.5 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 1.7 L Diesel

Transmission

  • 3-speed automatic
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual

Assembled In

  • Hofu, Japan
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • Parañaque, Philippines
  • Rayong, Thailand
  • Wiri, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Willowvale, Zimbabwe

Body Style

  • 3-door coupé hatchback
  • 3-door hatchback
  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback

Layout

  • Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Also Known As

  • Mazda Allegro
  • Mazda Artis
  • Mazda Lantis
  • Mazda Protegé
  • Mazda Étude

Sixth Generation Mazda 323
1989–1994

The sixth generation of Mazda 323 was sold as the Ford Lazor in South Africa. For more information about the Ford Lazor please keep an eye out for an article about this popular Ford Car on our used car blog.

Sixth Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Fifth Generation Mazda 323
1985–1989

Known as the “Midge”, the “Sting”, and as the “Ford Tonic” in South Africa, the Mazda 323 of this generation was only sold under the 323 brand name for a short period of its production run. Additionally, there was a South African produced bakkie based on the 323 called the Ford Rustler, which later became known as the Ford Bantam. Both of these bakkies became synonymous with the Ford brand and are not remembered in South Africa as a Mazda product.

Mazda 323’s were produced in South Africa at this time, with most of the 5th generation Mazda 323’s assembled in South Africa being exported to Australia between 1989 and 1991. Small styling and design changes were incorporated to make them more compliant to Australian vehicle regulations.

Did You Know? This version of the Mazda 323 remained in production in South Africa until 2003. It was sold as an entry-level car and proved to be extremely popular in the lower end of the South African car market.

Fifth Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.5 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.6 L turbo petrol
  • 1.7 L diesel

Transmission

  • 3-speed automatic
  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual

Assembled In

  • Hofu, Japan
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Silverton, South Africa
  • Hermosillo, Mexico
  • Rayong, Thailand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Willowvale, Zimbabwe

Body Style

  • 2-door cabriolet
  • 3-door hatchback
  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback
  • 5-door station wagon
  • 2-door coupe utility

Layout

  • Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Also Known As

  • Mazda Midge
  • Ford Tonic
  • Sao Penza

Fourth Generation Mazda 323
1980–1985

This version of the 323 was first seen on 2 June 1980 and went on sale shortly afterwards. This was a completely new car for Mazda and was unlike anything that they had manufactured and designed thus far. It was Mazda’s first front-engine, front-wheel drive subcompact car and at launch, it was made available in both a hatchback and a sedan model. This was the first Mazda model to be designed with input from the American Ford company, which from 1979 onwards had owned a major stake in the Mazda Motor Corporation. At its introduction, it was immediately nominated for and won the first Car of the Year Award in Japan.

Did You Know? This version of the Mazda 323 was the first to have a ”twin” badged under a different brand and vehicle name. This was the Ford Lazer and its four-door sedan cousin the Ford Meteor.

Fourth Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.1 L petrol
  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.5 L petrol

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual

Assembled In

  • Hiroshima, Japan
  • Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Willowvale, Zimbabwe

Body Style

  • 3-door hatchback
  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback

Layout

  • Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Also Known As

  • Mazda GLC
  • Ford Laser
  • Ford Meteor

Third Generation Mazda 323
1977–1980

The Mazda 323 GLC was launched across the globe in January 1977 to much fanfare. The five-door 323 proved an immediate success in South Africa, and with the growing demand, a number of vehicle variants were introduced. This included the introduction of a more powerful engine which became the standard for the third generation 323 in S.A. from 1978 onwards. Additional trim levels were also introduced, including a Special Edition and a CS model. A facelift in 1978 also saw the release of the 323 GLC DeLuxe Model, as well as the release of a 1600cc engine option.

Did You Know? The GLC in the name stood for “Great Little Car” and this certainly was the case in South Africa. In fact, the 323 proved to be so popular that a rotary-engined 323 was a regular feature in the South African national rally championships of the time.

Third Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 985 cc petrol
  • 1272 cc petrol
  • 1415 cc petrol
  • 1490 cc petrol (wagon only)
  • 1597 cc petrol (SA only)

Transmission

  • 4-speed
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual

Assembled In

  • Hiroshima, Japan
  • Otahuhu, New Zealand

Body Style

  • 3-door hatchback
  • 5-door hatchback
  • 3-door station wagon
  • 5-door station wagon
  • 3-door van
  • 5-door van

Layout

  • Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Also Known As

  • Mazda Baby Boomers
  • Mazda GLC
  • Mazda MR90
  • Mazda Vantrend

Second Generation Mazda 323
1967–1973

Almost identical from a mechanical perspective to the first generation 323, this was the version of the 323 that was first sold in South Africa. It was also sold as a small utility bakkie in South Africa called the Mazda F-1000 and the Mazda F-1300. This vehicle was built with very few changes continuously from its introduction in the early 1970’s until its discontinuation in 1991.

Did You Know? This 323 and the 323 generation before it are seen as two of the cars that helped to turn Hiroshima around after World War 2. Mazda’s factory and headquarters are to this day still situated in the city of Hiroshima, which as we all know was completely destroyed when the first atomic bomb ever used in anger was dropped on it on August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m.

Second Generation Mazda 323 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 782 cc petrol
  • 985 cc petrol
  • 987 cc petrol

Transmission

  • 2-speed automatic
  • 4-speed manual

Assembled In

  • Hiroshima, Japan

Body Style

  • 2-door sedan
  • 4-door sedan
  • 2-door coupé
  • 3-door station wagon
  • 2-door coupé utility

Layout

  • Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Also Known As

  • Mazda 800
  • Mazda 1000

Please Note! The first generation Mazda 323 was not sold in South Africa, and for this reason, has not been included in our South African History of the Mazda 323.

Mazda 323 FAQ’s

Q: What was the most popular 323 model?
A: The fifth and fourth generations were two of the most popular models ever sold in South Africa. These covered the year models between 1980 and 1989. All subsequent 323 models also helped achieve numerous sales records across the globe as well as here in South Africa.

Q: What was the last Mazda 323 model sold?
A: The 2003 Mazda 323 Facelift model was the final model sold in South Africa. In the Far East, production and sales of the 323 continued under the Ford brand name until 2008. In China, there is still an identical version of the last generation 323 in production to this day called the Haima Family.

Q: When was the Mazda 323 discontinued in South Africa?
A: The Mazda 323 was officially discontinued in 2003 and replaced by the Mazda3. It has proven to still be a popular pre-owned vehicle to this day.

Q: What Mazda 323 models are still available?
A: The vast majority of Used 323’s still for sale come from the eighth and final generation of vehicles. This includes all 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 year models. From time to time there are older models that are made available for sale, but they are rare.

Used Mazda 323 Prices

The Mazda 323 was discontinued in 2003, which means that there are currently no new or nearly new models to choose from. However, due to their reliability and rugged Mazda build quality there are still often final generation models available to purchase from time to time. The Prices of Used Mazda 323 Models are determined using the current 323 Book Value, which can be influenced by the following factors:

  • The Generation and Year Model
  • The Trim Level of the relevant 323 vehicle generation being sold
  • The Body and Mechanical Condition of the 323
  • The Mileage
  • The type of 323 being sold (4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback)

All of the Used Mazda 323 Prices for the vehicle in stock on our showroom floor are available on this website.

Used Mazda 323 for Sale in Cape Town

Kuils River and Stellenbosch are home to two of our showrooms that offer Used Mazda 323 for Sale in Cape Town, while our third showroom in the Western Cape is situated in Knysna.

Group 1 Pre-owned in Kuils River
Tel:
021 900 5200

Group 1 Pre-owned in Stellenbosch
Tel:
021 887 6900

Group 1 Pre-owned in Knysna
Tel:
044 302 2600

Used Mazda 323 in Johannesburg

You can find a quality Used Mazda 323 for Sale in Johannesburg at one of two Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms in Gauteng:

Group 1 at The Glen
Tel:
010 593 4393

Group 1 in Midrand
Tel:
011 312 2678

Used Mazda 323 for Sale in Port Elizabeth

For your convenience, we have a Group 1 Showroom offering Used Mazda 323 for Sale in Port Elizabeth as well as one in Uitenhage.

Group 1 in Port Elizabeth
Tel:
041 994 1800

Group 1 in Uitenhage
Tel:
041 994 1800

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