Friday, April 28, 2017

Zoom Zoom Dirt Dirt: 1988 Mazda 323GTX

The Mazda 323 was a pretty forgettable econobox sold in America based on the Japanese Mazda Familia, but there was an exception -- the all-wheel-drive GTX version that put some extra zoomf in the Zoom Zoom, and today we've got a rally prepped example ready for dirt road hoonage for a dirt cheap price. Find this 1988 Mazda 323GTX offered for $1,900 in Gardena, CA via craigslist. Tip from JayKav.

The first think you'll notice on this 323 is the gigantic set of rally lights that will help you navigate treacherous mountain roads in the dead of night, and be equally at home in the wilds of suburban SoCal. Need to make an unprotected left -- just flip on those lights and watch oncoming traffic grind to a halt as other drivers try to figure out where their retinas went.

Under the hood is a 1.6 liter B6T with a VJ-14 turbo that is boosted up to 15psi with an aftermarket engine management system -- but you'll need to sort the transmission before tearing around the neighborhood because something is borked.  Plenty of upgrades and a full rally legal cage makes this car a no-brainer for the guy who wants to get into rally on the cheap.

See a better car for rainy commute?


  1. Blinded by the Light........GoCartMozart......Thanks Boss for the words...

    1. Re the transmission: With this very unpleasing, sneezing and wheezing
      The calliope crashed to the ground...

  2. The transmissions on these are a known weak spot and trans parts are pretty scarce since there were only around 1,500 of these imported.

  3. Owned two of these. Great cars. Second gear is a weak spot and some parts are now a challange to find.

    Back when these were new there were alternate parts for the tranny.

    The GTR version, which didnt make it to the US roads are also fun. I think our neighbors to the north got them though.


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