323 GTX Buyers Guide

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323 GTX Buyers Guide

What we do without rally cars? To be a production car for Group A rallying the FIA that 5,000 road-going of that car had to be built. The 323 GTX, most of the world’s coolest was built for production to homologate the drive turbocharged 323 as a legal, Group A rally car.

The 323 GTX appeared in Europe and Japan in but didn’t make it to our shores 1988,when Mazda was trying to the image of their rather 323. Over its two year run in the States, only 1,243 sold, making It difficult to one now but not impossible. If you can locate a GTX, its anonymity translates into a low resale value.

The GTX was powered by Mazda’s B6 engine, the power plant that found its way into the Miata. In the though, it had the added benefit of a and intercooler, boosting output to 132 hp. was put to the ground through all four by a compact planetary differential an on-dash switch that lock the differential for loose

According to Mike Welch at Engineering #91;(714) 899-1220#93; about $1,000 worth of (exhaust, filter, chip, and a bump to 15 psi) are needed to output to 180 hp. which Welch makes a very comfortable level for the street. That’s benefit of homologation cars, tend to be artificially de-tuned in. street form, allowing of room for tweakers. If you keep money, there is plenty of left for even more

If you do manage to find a GTX, are a few things to check: Transfer commonly wear out due to lack of Since their oil supply is from the transmission, many to check the fluid level or the fluid. The rear output bearing is usually the first to go, so get the car and try to move the very front of the shaft yoke up and down.

If it’s loose, you’re to have problems. The mechanical weights in the distributor (yes, it has advance!) can get sticky or the springs can This can cause ignition to get erratic, or in the worst case, can the advance weights to hit the inside of the housing, cutting through it.

If the is not damaged, the weights and springs are $7.

If the car has warped rotors, don’t it to be an easy fix. The rotor is the hub, requiring full disassembly, and probably a wheel replacement.

Believe it or not, a front brake job needs to be by a Mazda specialist. Finally, a assembly flaw (or mistake timing belt replacement can cause the front of the crank to off! According to Welch, of the cars for which this is a have already had it happen, and if any consolation, the crank is shared the millions of Miatas out there, so parts are easy to find.

Still, if the front pulley at idle, walk away.

this extensive list of problems may sound daunting, of the problems are rare, and those aren’t (like the distributor) are to fix. If you want a totally hot rod, you can’t get much invisible than a 323

Mazda 323

Classifieds only, from classifieds, see

MAZDA 323 GTX Black CD changer, drive turbo, 120,000 SUPER fun, rare car Dayton, OH

1989 Mazda 323 GTX, full-time 4-wheel drive miles, HKS performance upgrades, replaced brakes Tires, CD player subwoofer. Runs $4,500.00 Ferndale, MI

1988 323 GTX AWD Turbo, 5spd, KN filter, cat back exhaust, strong excellent body. Ready for autocross or rally mods. of rims/tires. color: Red/gray, Waukesha, WI

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