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Fifth Generation 323, Easy To Work On? What To Look For?

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Old 08-27-2017, 11:46 PM
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Hello,

I've never had a Mazda before but have done a bit of 'driveway mechanic' work on the two Subaru's I've owned. Right now I'm looking at a fifth generation 323 as a second vehicle (short distances once or twice a week) and wondering if they are easy to work on for the average non-professional? I'm not going to be doing anything major myself. I'm a sensors, seals, spark plugs, brake pads, various small parts, and that sort of things kind of guy. Any thoughts?

As I have no experience with a Mazda, if I take a look at the car is there anything in particular to look for? Any good/warning signs?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Fifth generation (BF; 1985–1989) Some carburettor, some EFI, a few Turbo models too.

As with any car notching 30yrs of age, if rust hasn't taken its toll by now then constant & regular maintenance is a must & also a necessary.
 
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Originally Posted by grim_reaper View Post
Fifth generation (BF; 1985–1989) Some carburettor, some EFI, a few Turbo models too.
I don't know too much on the details beyond it being a 323 but as far as I know it doesn't have a turbo.


Originally Posted by grim_reaper View Post
As with any car notching 30yrs of age, if rust hasn't taken its toll by now then constant & regular maintenance is a must & also a necessary.
Very little rust so that's a plus. I don't expect it to last forever but if I can get a few years out of it I'd be happy. Who knows, with good maintenance maybe longer.

Something of this age and in decent shape. Would it be more trouble than it's worth or not too bad if taken care of?
 

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