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FastM3
02-24-2005, 12:36 PM
Well guys, it's time for my family to get rid of this wicked toy we've had for years and years now. Were looking to sell a few of our cars and buy something new.

It's a 1988 2 door AWD Mazda 323 GTX Turbo, which only 1,243 were sold in 1988/1989. It's black on Grey cloth with sport seats. Rear has fold downs. This is the rally car they used when they won the rally championships in those years back to back. This is like the modern day STi. You most likely won't find one of these for sale in better condition.

We've replaced parts here and there as needed, and basically rebuilt the engine. My dad is a tech and did all the work in our shop. It's probably done better then a Mazda tech would be able to do. This car is delicate though, it's not for daily driving what-so-ever. It should be kept and maintened like a toy.

If anyone is interested and wants more details, please send me your offer. No low balls please. Pics are below.

Quack
02-24-2005, 12:43 PM
can you PM the wanted price, mileage & rust



Thanks
Clarence

felixthecat
02-24-2005, 12:53 PM
These cars are little rockets!! and a rare find!!! good luck on the sale,wish i could get my hands on it!!

felixthecat
02-24-2005, 12:55 PM
This is the rally car they used when they won the rally championships in those years back to back. This is like the modern day STi. You most likely won't find one of these for sale in better condition.


i remember watching these on tv rally races...The drivers said they had so much power on the track that they were just point and shoot!!

Quack
02-24-2005, 12:57 PM
my buddy has one, but it isn't as good condition as the one in the pics, my friends used his as a rally car, strapped on a few high wattage rally lights & off he went

1BADRIDE
02-24-2005, 01:00 PM
Oh damn, I've been looking for one of these for YEARS!

My wife is gonna kill me.

Please PM me your asking price and if you're willing to accept trades. I am currently in the process of selling my 1988 E30 325i 5-Speed Cabrio and I'd be more than happy to incorporate that into the deal if possible.

felixthecat
02-24-2005, 01:00 PM
How much are you asking for this anyways???ballpark it..
i still have a good kidney i can sell..

FastM3
02-24-2005, 01:26 PM
:D I don't want to ballpark it because some people will think I'm ****ed out of my mind, in which I probably am :D, but this car is truely a rare work of art. Let me know what you think it's worth!

There is very little rust, and I dont think any part of the engine has any. There is one little spot on the driver side quarter panel beside the wheel area. Nothing that can't be fixed!
As for mileage, there is 217,000 km on the body, and maybe 500 km (yes, 500!) on the engine since rebuild.

My dad received the control arm which he will be replacing as soon as possible.

The only problem we haven't fixed is the speedometer. This is really the only problem I think with the car. It doesn't read the actual speed, so while driving it just increases slowly and goes around until the end of it.

Honest to god, if I kept this car, I would do the following.
- Paint job
- Refinished rims
- Lowered
DONE! Any other mods are up to you, but those are the basics I would do and it would be one sweet Sunday driver.

paul christians
02-25-2005, 06:33 PM
dam that is clean and if I did not have the bout the 2 car I would buy this one...........

FastM3
02-25-2005, 07:14 PM
Were not desperate to sell the car.

$5000 o.b.o.

There's your ballpark! :D

SickFinga
02-26-2005, 07:28 AM
Can anyone explain whats all the hype about that car?
No offense to Pasta, but design wise car looks really bad IMO inside or out.

1BADRIDE
02-26-2005, 08:01 AM
The hype is the engine potential (my friend has a 400+hp version of the same car and it didn't cost much to bring it up there). It's AWD. It's SMALL and LIGHT. It's STICK. It looks like a granny-mobile and the cops won't look twice at it. It also handles amazingly (quite neutral in my friend's setup). I've been wanted one since I drove my friend's GTX just over 5 years ago. It's also VERY rare.

WICKED little car.

suicide
02-26-2005, 02:19 PM
its not whats on the outside that counts its the engine.... i would live to have that car its a really fun car to drive

WhadUpp
02-26-2005, 02:28 PM
whats the stock rated HP on it?

felixthecat
02-26-2005, 03:50 PM
whats the stock rated HP on it?
stock is 160....and that was in 88!!! 1.6 dohc
The engine is the exact same as a first gen 1.6 mazda miata....alot of miata guys like to get there hands on these for parts...a cheap way to bolt a turbo on a miata..

etam
02-26-2005, 03:54 PM
The hype is the engine potential (my friend has a 400+hp version of the same car and it didn't cost much to bring it up there). It's AWD. It's SMALL and LIGHT. It's STICK. It looks like a granny-mobile and the cops won't look twice at it. It also handles amazingly (quite neutral in my friend's setup). I've been wanted one since I drove my friend's GTX just over 5 years ago. It's also VERY rare.

WICKED little car.

how much hp can the stock transmission hold?

grn1.8t
02-26-2005, 03:58 PM
I got one before

is a great car

FastM3
02-26-2005, 06:11 PM
grn1.8t: That looks wicked!

Sickfinga: No offence taken. This car isn't for everyday. Sitting in it is a totally different story though, from the seats alone to the performance of it, is just a thrill!

grn1.8t
02-26-2005, 06:21 PM
This car is awsome

I got a japanese motor on it
it goes up to 180hp

much faster than those civic haha

1BADRIDE
02-26-2005, 06:54 PM
That's correct! The 1.6 is the SAME as the 1st gen early Miatas before the miata got the 1.8L engine in the later 1st gen MX5's. There is a slight difference with the oiling system, but for the most part, yes - it's the same engine!

FastM3
02-26-2005, 08:56 PM
No offer will be ignored...but please no low balls!

etam
02-28-2005, 01:40 PM
Were not desperate to sell the car.

$5000 o.b.o.

There's your ballpark! :D

cheaper than a good condition Subaru 1st gen Legacy turbo sedan.

FastM3
02-28-2005, 07:16 PM
cheaper than a good condition Subaru 1st gen Legacy turbo sedan.

I believe that's my brothers car, unless his is 2nd gen, I'm not sure.