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1988 Mazda 323 SE Hatch (323)

Last updated Jan 25, 2009  

Photo of a 1988 Mazda 323 SE Hatch (323)


Vital Information

  • Purchased new by an uncle from my dealership. My dad bought it from him in '91, and I bought it from my dad 2/22/07
  • My Purchase Price:$750
  • 83K miles
  • This was my first car(to drive)
  • T-boned by a Dakota 9/31/04
  • Repaired from Jan '05 and got the car back in Feb '06, $980 to fix it(I paid!)
  • Highest attained speed: 110mph(had more left in it :wow: )
  • Never been to track(Why!)

5 Speed Swap Info

  • Swap started/completed 9/16/07 at 78,105 miles
    All went well and the car is amazingly better. Quicker, more fun to drive, quieter, should get much better fuel economy, handles better, list goes on and on. If you are contemplating a 5 speed swap, DO IT, you won't regret it.
  • The BF 323 auto to 5 speed swap seems to be the easiest auto to manual swap ever. All that's needed is the transmission, the front trans mount bracket, shift linkage, pedal assembly, clutch cable, dust shield, clutch, and flywheel. ECU, mounts, axles, starter, harness, all are the same.

Factory Options

Features of the SE model over the base:
175/70 R13 tires
Chrome trim rings and half-hub caps
Cut-pile carpeting
Center console with forward tray
Full vinyl door trim
50/50 split fold down rear seat
Tweed cloth seats


Engine modifications

  • 5 speed swap - all OEM parts
  • K&N Cone

Interior Modifications

  • '92-'93 MX-3 "Recaro" style front seats
  • Tracer door panels & rear panels
  • Tracer tilt-adjustable rear seats
  • 323 LX gauge cluster w/tach
  • '79 RX-7 4 spoke steering wheel
  • '98+ Mazda CD/Radio
  • MX-3 leather shift boot
  • NA Miata shift knob
  • '98+ 626 leather parking brake boot/handle
  • 323 LX adjustable seat angle
  • 323 clock
  • 323 LX dome light w/map lights
  • 323 LX center console w/cubby
  • '86-'87 RX-7 Enkei alloy spare wheel/tire
  • 323 LX hatch remote fuel door and hatch release
  • '86-'87 323 rear speaker brackets with Polk speakers
  • '90-'94 Miata bi-fold visors

Exterior Modifications

  • GT-X grill/chrome emblem
  • Protege LX red door handles
  • Removed side moulding
  • Lock-less fuel door
  • Tracer dual horns
  • 2 brand new Mazda headlights w/SilverStars


  • 323 LX 13" alloy wheels
  • 175/70 Bridgestone Turanza LS-T


  • Sell it as soon as I get my Protege5 drivable. :(
  • Maybe keep it somewhere? My dad mentioned it...

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