Mazda 323 GTI Anyone remember them from the 1980s ?
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 😉Posted 5 years agodlrMember
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 competitionPosted 5 years agounfitgeezerMember
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 repliesPosted 5 years ago
😀 Hi Rob….. 😆
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! 😆Posted 5 years ago
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 !Posted 5 years agoRooleyMoorMember
^^^^^^ 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.Posted 5 years ago
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