( apologies if you know again..etc..)but also worth washing road salt off from underneath and inner arches etc..once snow has gone
Mazda 323 GTI Anyone remember them from the 1980s ?
unfitgeezer - Member
Neil F - what type is the one I have ?
Any tips for it ?
Its a BG Hatch, 1840cc GTi 129bhp, or it could be a 140bhp if its a pre February '92 G, H or J plate model without a cat convertor.
0-60 in about 8.2secs.
If its a good' un then I'd probably lower the suspension by about 30mm with good springs, renew the shocks if needed and fit a front strut bar. I'd also go with a 15 or 16" wheel and a 205 wide tyre.
Great cars these, the biggest problem your likely to have is rust, particularly around the rear axle fixing points and rear wheelarches. The rear strut tops can rust right round as well. They can be deceiving because the outer body panels tend to resist rust rather well. Rear brake calipers are prone to seizure and the steel sunroofs rust, which is a pest because they're very hard to get a hold of now.
You can get a Haynes manual for them, if your lucky enough to find one! I think its number 3455 off the top of my head.
Sorry mate, just noticed you stated its a G reg.......
Defo a future classic, the pre-cat model is much more desirable.
These engines are fantastic, the turbo model (import only) uses the same engine, except with a different compression ratio. It'll rev to 7800rpm if you have the bottle, even though it redlines at 7k on the rev counter. Your als osafe in the knowledge that its a non-interference engine. If the camshaft belt breaks the engine will sustain no damage whatsoever. Just fit a new belt and tensioner and away you go.
I'm sure a guy used to rally a 323 turbo at events such as the Jim Clark and others. Think his name was Peter Walker but I may be wrong. The car was rapid anyway !
iamroughrider - Member
not sure if this is any good or too general
^ Thats the one, covers almost everything you need to know.
worth getting the haynes manual even if you do not intend doing too much work on it yourself. They are just useful sometimes to have around.
Looks good. Very tidy. Enjoy
There's a hell of a lot of stuff available for download from the USA too, not to mention a huge import market for parts that you'll probably find hard to get hold of over here.
Good luck with it, you'll enjoy it.
Just for anyone with an F, or even just a passion iinterest for one, I'm the president of the owners club
Thought I recognised your username (& 323f) from the other site Great site it is too. I've the same bj 323 as you & if there's one thing I've learnt about 323 ownership, its to keep an eye on the rear arches
I had to weld my rear sills last year for the MOT, the sideskirts hide a multitude of sins.
Doesn't affect the earlier models quite so badly though......
Vincent Bristow, garage owner/mechanic round the corner from me used to rally a 323 Turbo for years, back in historics these days, won the national 1600 class etc in his Escort. Still has the 323's I believe but recall him saying both needed gearboxes which were the weak points in competition
Another club323f member here
Ours died last year due to corrosion in the rear subframe. She had 180k on the clock when this last pic was taken in Glencoe.
Now I know this isnt a Mazda forum but it looks like I can get a few answers here
1. Is it a hard job changing the Timing belt ? Rough estimate ? my mechanic is pretty good with prices but I know this needs to be done.
2. Last oil change was in 2008 its done 700 miles since then ? Should it be changed again ?
3. thermostat seems erratic £7 from gsf ! Hard job ? Could I do this myself ?
Many thanks for all your replies
Thermostat - fairly easy, sits on top of the engine near the distributor. Just make sure you don't snap the bolts.
Timing belt - fairly easy to do, access is the biggest problem. Changing the waterpump is usually recommended at the same time as its in the area and is fairly cheap(£25-ish)and if it went the belt would need to be removed again.
Oil - I'd change it, and the filter, might have some moisture in it.
Just on a side note, I thought I recognised your Reg. plate........ I took this at a Mazda meet in 2005!
Neil F - G672 ALF must have come from the same supplying garage !
MOT is due in July so going to wait till then to have MOT, service and Timing belt done, spoken to my mechanic and some other car forums and this been the recommended advice just incase the MOT is a disaster ! Sounds feasible.
My mechanic said cost to replace timing belt about £200 all in which seems fair.
I am totally reliving my youth its a real pocket rocket !
Cost for the belt change seems fair, ask him how much to throw a new water pump in there as well.
Drove my Kiwi 323 to middle earth & back. Great car.
^^^^^^ I'd seen that eBay advert and was quite tempted! ^^^^^
I had one of these -
Still a wolf in sheeps clothing despite the big bumper to house the Intercooler.
It was a really nice handling car, especially in the wet
Only downside was the MPG and having to feed it super unleaded.
I miss it, but self preservation instincts made sell it.
a wolf in sheeps clothing
You've obviously seen some very unusual sheep.
@tucker, living where I do.. yes, the sheep are unusual!
OK, perhaps not overly sheepish, but rare enough to be generally overlooked on the road..
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