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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Feb 14, 2001 (1:26 pm)
I have a serious problem with trading cars....I tend to get bored with cars quickly. Here is what I have owned:
1997 Bought brand new Toyota tercel
1998 honda civic DX 3 door (brand new) gave old tercel to my dad..he took over payments.
1999 gave my dad honda civic and took tercel to dealer...traded in tercel and got 2000 HONDA civic EX 4dr.
2000 took honda to dealer and traded to Nissan Frontier XE king cab auto.
2001 took truck to dealer and traded to MAZDA Protege 2001 LX 2.0 auto.
My first mistake was giving up my 4 door civic...I should have just kept it. I went to the truck and later found that the room was too small. I only had the truck since AUG 2000 and had only 9000K on it. The only reason I got the truck was to save on insurance...I was paying a lot for my honda. This time I am keeping this car till it dies...I have wasted soo much money on cars that it is not funny.
#241 of 24043 Re: unmarkedcar
Feb 14, 2001 (1:31 pm)
So was the new loan 8.5% for 60 months? It'll still be up-side-down for the first 40 months.
#242 of 24043 Re: More
Feb 14, 2001 (1:36 pm)
"This time I am keeping this car till it dies.." I'll believe it when I see it.
How much did you save on insurance? Nissan truck vs Civic EX.
Feb 14, 2001 (2:10 pm)
HKchan: I saved about $200 over months, but lost all that money...it was VERY VERY VERY stupid of me. I just wanted a truck for some reason. And yes I did get around 8.5%....My payments are $429 a month VS $375 for my truck...It is worth it....I could not see paying another year on a truck that I would not be keeping. I need to stop wasting money on cars...I am very happy with the protege and will not switch for another 5 - 6 years. Just think of all the cash I have wasted on cars...It is crazy!!!
#244 of 24043 Re: More
Feb 14, 2001 (2:22 pm)
Just to rub it in, the $200 you saved on insurance over months probably was not enough to cover the extra fuel you bought to feed the truck.
BTW, even without the 0% financing, there's still a $750 rebate. So you paid $17,449 (includingTTL but before the rebate) for a car whose invoice is $15,092 and whose MSRP is $16,095. How much was the TTL?
Providing that the S Plan is available, you would've paid $14,873 + TTL - $750.
Feb 14, 2001 (2:56 pm)
You sure know how to spoil a good thing...My truck was not bad on gas...I got 22 mpg. It had a 4cyl 145hp engine. After dealing with 4 dealers, My credit union was the only one that could finance 4k worth of negative equity...the good part of all this is that I have had a chance to own a few cars and have learned a lot. I just need to stick with this protege.
#246 of 24043 Protege's a great deal
Feb 14, 2001 (4:12 pm)
Just my 2 cents. I bought a Protege LX 2.0 with the comfort package + auto tr. + Keyless Entry for invoice price 15,172 plus taxes etc. I got some great tips from this and the other discussion groups abt the Protege. Thanks eveybody! I'm the proud owner of a zoom zoom that really zooms!
#247 of 24043 Protege Fuel Economy
Feb 14, 2001 (5:10 pm)
Earlier post about why Corolla/Civic fuel economy much better than Protege. My only guess is transmission gearing. Automatic LX at 60 mph is rpming about 2600. 99 Corolla same is 2000 rpm or so. Don't know about the Civic.
#248 of 24043 Re: Protege's a great deal
Feb 14, 2001 (5:30 pm)
Hey, yours is the exact same car as unmarkedcar's plus keyless entry. It's a great deal but only if the price was before the rebate or you took the low-rate financing.
unmarkedcar, there lies your "potential problem". You buy a new car every six months to a year to make yourself feel good. It's a good thing as long as you thought the deal was good. BTW, don't just accept what the dealer tells you as facts without verifying them.
You said you save $200 on insurance over months. I assume that's the whole six months of your ownership of the Frontier. The EPA estimates on the Frontier 4-cyl with auto. is 20/24. It's 15/19 for the 6-cyl. It's 28/35 for the Civic. Assume yours was the 4-cyl. It would be 22 mpg vs at least 30 mpg for the Civic. You drove the Frontier 9,000 miles in 6 months. That's 410 gallons. The Civic would've used only 300 gallons. That's a saving of 110 gallons or $165 assuming $1.50 a gallon. So I was wrong. You saved more on insurance than wasted in gasoline. That's assuming the Frontier was a 4-cyl.
#249 of 24043 Re: Protege Fuel Economy
Feb 14, 2001 (5:33 pm)
I doubt very seriously the Corolla's turning at 2,000 rpm (too low) at 60 mph even with an automatic. I need to check on that.