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Used Mazda 323 Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review

(1998 - 2004)
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One advantage of the 72bhp, 1.3-litre petrol engine is that it comes with the lowest insurance rating - group 6. Don't worry about stepping up to the more powerful 87bhp 1.5-litre or the 98bhp 1.6-litre, however. They are only rated one group higher. Fuel economy isn't a big deciding factor between these engines, either. All three get close to 38mpg.

The larger 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrols offer reasonable 33mpg fuel economy, but insurance is pricier, with a group 10 rating. The best fuel economy comes from the two 2.0-litre turbodiesels, with figures varying between 48 and 55mpg. Insurance costs are reasonable, at group 7.

High-mileage drivers will find the 323's 9000-mile service interval comes around all too frequently, but dealer labour rates are very competitive. Warranty Direct and other bodies have always rated the 323 as reliable and relatively cheap to repair when it does go wrong.