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Mazda 323 for Sale in Sri Lanka

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Mazda 323 Review

The Mazda 323, while it was in production, was one of the most popular family car models from the Mazda Motor Corporation. The seventh generation model of the Mazda 323 employed curved design cues that were popular in the 1990s. The car's relatively low ground clearance resulted in better stability at high speeds. The eight-generation models design took on a more evolutionary approach. The design cues were altered to accommodate the boxy style that were popular in the early 2000s.

The popular seventh generation Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka also called by some as the "butterfly model" is commonly fitted with a 1.3 L B3 I4 engine, which is paired with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. Nevertheless, the Mazda 323 also comes with a range of options, the seventh generation models came complete with air conditioning, power steering, power shutters, power mirrors and dual airbags. The eight-generation models came with additional features such as ABS, Traction Control and Dynamic stability control.

Top 10 Reasons to Consider When Buying a Mazda 323

1. History and Facts about Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka

The Mazda 323, also sold under the names Mazda Familia and Mazda Protegé, is a family sedan, which has been rolling off production lines from 1963 - 2003. The highly acclaimed Mazda 3 or the Mazda Axela later replaced the Mazda 323 in the global market in 2004. The Mazda 323 went through eight generations and enjoys a considerable amount of popularity due to its comfort, satisfactory fuel economy figures and value for money. Mazda 323 models exist in Sri Lanka from its third generation onwards, however the most common models in the marketplace belong to the seventh and eighth generations.

The Mazda 323 car despite its discontinuation remains a highly popular sedan amongst families and young executives in Sri Lanka. It is a well-rounded car, which can give you practicality and thrills when you put your foot down for a ride.

2. Mazda 323 Specifications and Performance

The Mazda 323 comes with engine specifications that can range from midrange to high-end, giving it all the power it needs to tackle even tough roads.

Mazda 323 Engine Specs

  • Type: 4, inline DOHC Multi-point injection
  • Size: 1.3 L/ 1.5 L/ 1.6 L/ 1.8 L/ 2.0 L
  • Cylinders: 4-Cylinder
  • Compression Ratio: 9.7:1
  • Maximum Output: 95 kW @ 6000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 170 Nm @ 4500 rpm
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual/ 4-Speed Automatic
  • Top Speed: 194 km/h
  • Acceleration: 10.8 seconds (0-100 km/h)
  • Steering Specs: Power Assisted Rack and Pinion
  • Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive
  • Suspension (Front / Rear): Independent, McPherson, Coil Springs/ Multi-Link, Coil Springs
  • Brakes (Front / Rear): Ventilated Disc/ Disc
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4,365 mm x 1,705 mm x 1,410 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1100 kg
  • Seating Capacity: 5-Seats

3. Mazda 323 Fuel Consumption

The eight generation Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka can be found with 1.3 L B3-ME SOHC I4 or 1.5 L ZL-DE DOHC I4 drivetrain options, which are paired with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission.

Fuel economy wise, the seventh generation Mazda 323 has recorded between 8-10 km/l in the city and up to 14 km/l on long distance trips. Nevertheless, around 8-9 km/l in the city and up to 12 km/l for a long distance trip was recorded in the Mazda 323 in its 8th generation.

Fuel Category: Petrol/ Diesel

Recommended Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded (Petrol)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 L

CO2 Emissions: 202 g/km

4. The Design and Features of the Mazda 323

The design of the Mazda 323 represents the design theme that was used by Mazda on its car models at the time this vehicle was in production. The front side of the Mazda 323 is plain and narrow, and comes with a short front grill with two headlights located to the left and right side of it. The front bumper however, is a bit larger and covers the bottom half of the front side. The center cabin area is one of the most important aspects of this vehicle and provides plenty of seating space for five adult passengers. The rear side of the Mazda 323 depends on whether it is a sedan or a hatchback, though since the majority of the cars were sedans, the 323’s rear came with a cargo area that has external stoplights to improve its safety while on the road.

Mazda 323 Interior: Front Air Conditioning, AM/ FM Stereo, Auxiliary Input, CD Audio System, Cassette Radio, Cup Holders, DVD Player, Central Door Locking, Power Steering, Seat Height Adjustment, Leather Steering Wheel, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Rear Headrests, Folding Rear Seat, Reading Light, Adjustable Dashboard Illumination, Tachometer, Day Counter, Coolant ECT Sensor, Outside Temperature Meter, Audio System, Steering Wheel Controls For Audio.

Mazda 323 Exterior: Alloy Wheels, Tinted Windows, Interval Wiper, Keyed Bumpers, Fog Lamps, Headlights, Taillights, Stoplights, Turn Signal Lights, Rear Spoiler, Outside Rearview Mirrors, Outside Door Handles, Mudguards, Front Grill, Front Hood, and Antenna.

5. Available Color Options of Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka

For Interior: Black, Gray

For Exterior: Blaze Red, Clear White, Tropic Emerald Metallic

6. Safety Rating and Associated Features of the Mazda 323

The safety is an important aspect that was taken into account when designing the Mazda 323. Therefore, the car comes with a number of options to keep its passengers safe for a long distance journey.

  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Side Airbag
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Traction Control
  • Dynamic Stability Control

7. Standout Elements of the Mazda 323

The drive train that comes with the Mazda 323 is highly portent and provides a sporty performance. The engineers involved in the project of designing the 323 have perfected the concept of driving dynamics and as a result, it handles like a dream even on high speeds.

The range of options included for the price also help the Mazda 323 increase its appeal in the sedan market in Sri Lanka, which is mostly crowded by Toyotas, Nissans and Hondas.

8. Mazda 323, Compared to Other High-Featured Cars in Sri Lanka

The Mazda 323 can be compared with a number of other car models that includes the Toyota Belta, the Nissan Sunny and the Honda Grace, which are found throughout Sri Lanka.

Mazda 323 vs. Toyota Belta - The 323 has a more powerful engine compared to the Belta

Mazda 323 vs. Nissan Sunny - The 323 has a higher top speed compared to the Sunny

Mazda 323 vs. Honda Grace - The 323 has a faster acceleration compared to the Grace

9. Key Reasons to Buy a Mazda 323

Before considering buying a Mazda 323 from the local market, remember to consider the following aspects as well, which will help you to arrive at a more informed buying decision.


  • Reasonable price margins in Sri Lanka
  • Wide range of comfort and convenience features
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • High level of safety features
  • Availability of spare parts throughout the country


One of the main disadvantages of the Mazda 323 is none other than the fact that this car is no longer in production. However, spare parts are still available for the Mazda 323 models that are in use within the Sri Lankan market.

Apart from that, the level of infotainment features present in the Mazda 323 may not be up to the tastes of some buyers. Nevertheless, the car does provide a wide array of facilities to satisfy most consumers.

10. Where to Find a Mazda 323 for Sale in Sri Lanka?

As of 2016, a buyer who is thinking about buying a Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka can do so by getting in contact with a third party distributor who offers this car. Such local distributors can be found in some of the cities mentioned below.

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Mazda 323 Price in Sri Lanka

If you wish to buy a sixth generation used Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka you will come across many options in Colombo and the suburbs. Prices will range from one - 1.4 Million Rupees based on the year of manufacture and overall condition. If you plan to buy an eighth generation used Mazda 323 in Sri Lanka you will find that these models fall in the price bracket of 1.4 - 2 Million rupees, though again depends on the year of manufacture and condition.

Mazda 323 Price List on Carmudi.lk

Price for Reconditioned or Used Mazda 323 (As Of 2016)

  • Mazda 323 1983: Rs. 280,000
  • Mazda 323 White 1985: Rs. 360,000
  • Mazda 323 1988: Rs. 440,000
  • Mazda Familia 323 1989: Rs 500,000
  • Mazda 323 Wagon 1990: Rs. 535,000
  • Mazda 323 LX Brand new 1991: Rs. 600,000
  • Mazda Familia 323 1992: Rs. 750,000
  • Mazda Familia 323 1993: Rs 850,000
  • Mazda Familia 323 1996: Rs. 1,325,000
  • Mazda 323 Familia 1998: Rs. 1,375,000
  • Mazda 323 1999: Rs. 1,625,000
  • Mazda 323 2000: Rs. 1,725,000
  • Mazda 323 2003: Rs. 1,890,000
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