I bought my Mazda 323F 1.5GXi(1998 P reg) six months ago and can honestly say it is the best car I have had so far(it's my 5th). The reason for me initially choosing this make/model was partly due to word of mouth(my dad has bought mazda's for last 25 years and a friend at work has exact same model) and due to it having quite a sporty look about it. The additional features of this model are quite comprehensive: Driver/passenger airbags Power assisted steering Air conditioning Electric sunroof Immobilizer system Central locking Electric mirrors Electric windows Front fog lights Head light adjuster switch A few of the nice but small attractions of this car is that it had a fairly large storage box behind the hand break to store rubish or other bits and pieces, attractive and tastefull upholstory and the drivers seat are fully adjustable; you can raise/lower the whole seat, tilt it downwards or upwards and lower the back rest to virtually any angle all with easy to control handles. Driving the car is a dream: it has light steering although firm enough to feel that you are in control, grips the road really well, acceleration is excellent, the engine is reasonably quiet. I get an average of about 300 miles to a full tank of petrol(unleaded) driving mainly in urban areas. Unsure of what this is price per gallon. Seating is comfortable and leg room is reasonable. The air conditioning/heating is all electronically adjusted and it has many different settings to choose from. Servicing cost me approx £130.00 from a Mazda garage and Mazda recommend that you service every 9000 miles. Road tax is only currently £105 per year due to it's 1.5 engine. I have managed 115mph top speed. Some of the drawbacks of this car is that the windows do not have any frame around them and this appears to contribute to rain water dripping into the car and onto the electric window mechanism even when the window is only opened
a fraction. This may contribute to the fact that this car has a tendancy to have electrical faults, although I have had no problems. At high speeds acceleration to overtake could be better. Some people may find that the viewable area out of the rear window is limited. The car does not come with an alarm as standard or infrared keyfob, which I though was a little poor for a reasonably new car. The indicator stick is on the right hand side which is opposite to most cars and requires getting used to and when driving other cars I have tended to forget, activating my wipers instead. All in all this car is great to drive, has a sporty look and tends to get compliments.
This is a car that scared the hell out of me a few times. Now I didn't own this devilish car. It was my dads. So every now and then (when am in luck) I would get the go-ahead to drive her. She was a G reg,16v,Turbo, injection, with 5 speed manual gear box, all black, base boost in the boot (boost was added by the previous owner), electric windows, electric sunroof , central heating, good sound system, velour trim, alloy wheels, ABS brakes,cruise control, power steering, Central locking, and a little place to put your tapes. All of this came at £2500. I am talking years ago as well. That a the buy of the year. The Drive Ahh am getting a buzz just writing about it. Ok you sit in you get comfy. You can adjust the seat for you legs (Very roomy and if you have long legs like me you can get comfy in there), adjust the seats firmness and adjust them wings at the side of your seat (don't know what they are called) so you feel set and ready to go. You put the key in and start her up (now you know your in for a ride trust me), Gear her up (the clutch is very easy), then EASY on the gas, you check the road and then your off. By now you will know that this car drives by other forces (the first gear is DEVILISH), 2nd gear even more deadlier, 3rd (well I have hit 80mph before in 3rd), you may not need 4th but its a good cruse gear, 5th is great on the motorway and if your a lazy driver just slap on the cruse control (you can also increase the speed on cruise control with a leaver near the steering wheel. You get a smooth ride, no shacking and vibrations at high speeds. Down sides Power steering is far to sensitive (trust me). when your hitting high speeds the steering become very very light making the car even more devilish (light steering can be an up or down for some people depending on what kind of driver you are. Light steering was a down for me) NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED, These cars are targeted by crimbos because they a
re high-powered and easy to get into. I guess today you could pick this car up for well under a grand and you would be shooting with or even past some of them new cars on the road today. If you are a driver and not a boy-racer (you will kill yourself)looking a cheep fast runner then the Mazda 323 16v Injection is the car for you.
Considering it's age, my Mazda 323 is extremely good considering that it's a D registration car. It's the luxury 1.6i model and it goes like the clappers when I push down hard on the accelerator. The brakes aren't great but I think that’s just age. It has no rust and starts first time. It still passes it's MOT with flying colours and looks quite rallyish to. I bought it from a relative at a reduced price, so I got it for a very good price, I might be able to sell it for a bit more if I wanted to, but I'm quite attached to it. The accelerator can be a bit temperamental, making the car a bit hasty at times, but that's all part of the fun. And thank goodness, it doesn't have a manual choke! It isn't very economical though, causing problems for the student on a budget, but it's worth it for the sheer speed. With it being an old model, you don't get any flash features like power steering or ABS, but you do get loads of draws and electric sunroof.
This may be the new version of Mazda 323 (since there is a label of 1998), but it certainly reminds me of the Mazda 323 long time ago. My parents bought one about 20 years ago. Therefore, my opinion on this car is based on my experience with the old 20 year-old Mazda 323. If the 20 year old car can be good, needless to say, the new and much-improved Mazda 323 is certainly unbeatable. I rate Mazda as one of the best car judging of its durability and performance. There is no doubt in its durability as the 20-year-old car is still running fine. In performance wise, it is one of the most stable car. What I mean by stable is, you hardly real insecure when you drive at high speed. In some car, you will feel as though the car is travelling through the air at high speed and you definitely feel insecure especially when you negotiate a bend. This could be due to Mazda's heavy weight and good suspension. I have no doubt whatsoever, that I will choose this new Mazda 323 if financial permits.