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Mazda 323f BA 1.5 GLX (1994), slow pulling away, help?

Hi I’m based in UK, just bought this car from a garage, 1 lady owner from new with FSH, test drove and was happy, deal done. Its a 323f 1.5 Glx, 5 door fastback, 1994, manual gearbox, 75k miles.

I know its only a 1.5 so its not a performance car, but driving it recently it seems to get caned off the lights by just about everything, especially in first gear. I’m a little worried…once under steam it goes well enough, especially between 2500-4000 rpm.

I always let it warm up for at least 10 mins before taking it above 2500, but sometimes you wanna give it a bit of stick.

When I saw the car the exhaust was blowing, so for MOT the garage replaced the exhaust for me, but its a “generic” looking thing and I’m wondering if this could be strangling the performance a bit? I mean its not an official Mada product, could this be the issue? Or is it just a heavy car for the size of the engine? I’ve got Nissan Micras in front of me pulling away with no fuss, and I have to take it to 4000 rpm just to keep up! At which point the car is making a lot of engine noise, rather than exhaust noise.

The previous lady owner had FSh with the car, and receipts for clutch, fuel filter, spark plugs, clutch assembly, air filter, all within last 10-20k miles.

Also how reliable are these cars in general? If I maintain it, will driving it with a few revs damage it? The redline is 7000rpm on the gauge, I usually change at 5000 max cos I dont want to blow the gearbox/engine/my bank balance. I use it for deliveries on country roads every day, so I need to look after it as my workhorse as well as some fun.

Please help…and any forums where I can get into conversations in a bit more depth.

Looking at the car front on makes me tingle, what a beautiful looking thing with the bonnet contour lines! Cheers
The idle is roughly 750 revs

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - June 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm

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Mazda MX5 head gasket gone to heaven?

Its the MX5 1.8i Gleneagles. After a radiator hose split on the motorway one evening (which I didn’t spot and this model is devoid of instrument or dash lighting) the engine heat basically maxed out whilst I limped into the services. The AA repaired the radiator hose and all seemed fine at the time. Recently I get white smoke from the exhaust with some moisture. Also, the radiator fluid seems to be getting some serious pressure, overflowing into the expansion tank and not getting back into the radiator for some reason. Everytime I turn off the engine I can hear the water bubbling into the overflow tank. This morning hot steam was rushing from the overflow tube which comes up and out of the expansion tank. So since the hose repair I have had to fill the radiator twice. Is the advice I am getting correct – that the head gasket is damaged after the engine oevrheating has made it warp? If so, looking here http://shouldpay.co.uk/Repair-Guide-Prices.html gives me a price of £284.11. Is this correct? Also considering that it will have to be skimmed.

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - April 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

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