Picking up on this week’s near-extinct normal cars theme, when was the last time you saw a Mazda 323 in the wild? These were practical but loveable cars in their day, equivalent to a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. And yet, while Corollas of the era are still plentiful, the 323s are all but gone. Let’s take some time to appreciate small wagons, unloved compacts, and Mazdas today. Happy 323 Day from JNC!
These were sold as the GLC or Great Little Car. My sister bought one and was very satisfied with it. It came base with no radio or stereo but was prewired and equipped with speakers and harness.
i really love that mazda’s have the option to just plug options in.. all the wires are there already and it totally makes sense
Wish there were still more 323’s around.
Oh that wagon!…
I miss the 323. I remember when my grandma still lived in Barbados she had a friend who had a 323 hatchback.(I don’t remember the year but I’m certain Mazda didn’t bring that body style to the states). She would take 6-year old me for rides everywhere and she really put it through it’s pace on the island’s narrow and twisty roads.
I bought a new 1988 323 and while it was a cute car it was also very light and not very solid, so thank god I was never in a car accident in that little death trap. Would I ever consider buying a new Mazda product the answer would be “No”!
Really like to drive and also to work on my 1993 Mazda 323 GLX automatic. Rust is an issue, but the mechanic is very solid.
My wife and I bought a 1987 323 station wagon brand new and we still use it as a daily driver. It has 175,000 miles with the original engine and five speed manual transmission. It has been extremely reliable and easy to work on when maintenance items are required. Will I buy another Mazda? Absolutely, it I ever need another car.