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Autotrader Find: 1993 Mazda 323


Today’s Autotrader Find is a 1993 Mazda 323 3-door; an oddball Mazda hatchback that you may have forgotten about.

Mazda has sold its compact sedan under four different names in the US.  Early on, it was known as the GLC, which supposedly stood for ‘Great Little Car’.  The 323 name was used exclusively through the late 1980s.  When a redesigned Mazda 323 was introduced in the late 1990s, the sedan version was given the Protege name, while the three-door hatchback model remained the 323.  When a new generation debuted in 1994, the three-door model was dropped in the United States, and the Protege name was then used exclusively.  Finally, when Mazda redesigned its compact sedan for the 2004 model year, it took on the ‘Mazda3’ name, which has now been used over four generations.

The 323 we’re looking at here hails from the 1993 model year; the awkward generation when its sedan counterpart was marketed as the Protege.  During this time, the diminutive 323 came with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 103 horsepower and 108 lb-ft of torque.  This would’ve been sent to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.  A performance model dubbed the GTX was offered during this era, and came with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, and all-wheel drive.

The Mazda 323 offered for sale in this listing is of a more placid variety.  What is noteworthy though is that it appears to be a well-kept California car, and according to the listing only has 94,428 miles on the odometer.  The listing also states that it’s a three owner car with new brakes and a good interior; unfortunately, though the listing photos only show the vehicle’s exterior.  Another item included in the listing – “Paint outside is not good”.  Still, this pint-sized hatchback is a fun bit of Mazda history and can be yours for just $1,880.  It’s located at an independent dealership in Santa Clarita, CA.  Find a Mazda 323 for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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