Last post on Nov 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM
You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3194 of 3633 Re: Looking for a comparable - new or used [qbrozen]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 29, 2013 (6:38 pm)
That's what I was thinking..
Just get a newer 3-Series.. The prettier front-end started in '09, I think, so I'd start there..
#3195 of 3633 about to buy new 2013 impreza hatch-questions
Mar 30, 2013 (9:01 pm)
I'm about to buy my first new car (had an used one for years til it died.) A few questions:
1) is it worth it to get rubberized floor mats?
2) I'm getting the base model 2.0i with fog lights. What's the difference between black bezels and beige bezels on the fog lights--anyone have links to photos so I can see the difference?
3) I have a few dealers. One gave me a guarantee of the out-the-door price (my neighbor has bought from them and was satisfied.) Another gave me a lower price ($25 less but he's throwing in floor mats & a cargo tray.) Haven't spoke with him yet about a guaranteed out-the-door price (I did a search on car woo, he gave me a price, I called a few weeks later--he's also a zag dealer and contacted him through that--he initially gave me a higher price, when I told him he had submitted to through car woo for a bit cheaper, he said he'd honor the price--a $250 savings.) I've heard horror stories about dealers lying. I don't want to travel a long distance to have the rug pulled out from under me with the price. Any advice? Suggestions?
#3196 of 3633 Re: about to buy new 2013 impreza hatch-questions [newcargirl5000]
Mar 31, 2013 (4:42 am)
#3 It sounds like they're all relatively close on price...but I never buy JUST on that. Find which dealer has the better service dept. Ask questions about loaner cars, timing of service, etc. Ask your friends about their experiences. I'll gladly pay more (sometimes a lot more) to get better service. Yes you can take your car anywhere for service/warranty work but I guarantee you'll get treated better if that service also comes from where you bought the vehicle. Good dealers will go to bat for you to get non-warranty work covered as well, and many require you to have bought your vehicle there to get free loaners, etc. So don't get too hung up over $250-$500 and some floor mats. That can easily pay for itself with better service.
#3197 of 3633 Re: about to buy new 2013 impreza hatch-questions [newcargirl5000]
Mar 31, 2013 (6:41 am)
I agree with everything in the first reply. Yes, rubber mats are worth it unless you live in a dry climate! I'll bet the first dealer would throw them in if you asked. I've never had a dealer refuse. Ask about splash guards too.
#3198 of 3633 Re: Looking for a comparable - new or used [kyfdx]
Apr 02, 2013 (6:28 am)
Thanks for the input folks - I looked up local prices and there are 3 series a plenty available in my area under 25K. Heck even carmax had a couple that fit my criteria .
#3199 of 3633 Re: Honda Civic used vs Ford Focus new [backy]
Apr 03, 2013 (10:37 am)
Our courier for my company drives a CNG Civic (2012). Just throwing that out there and "participating."
I think CNG has a fighting chance with municipalities and companies large enough to fuel them up themselves.
#3200 of 3633 Re: Keep Civic w/165,000 or buy Echo w/100,000? [prrprr]
Apr 03, 2013 (11:00 am)
I'd keep the Civic. Buying a used Echo gives you no guarantees that things might start to go wrong on it either.
If it wasn't maintained well you might end up with a few unexpected repairs all of a sudden.
Since you owned the Civic for a while you should have a basic idea and schedule on what items will need replacing soon.
If it's routine maintenance and nothing major keep your Civic.
#3201 of 3633 09 Mazda 3 fully loaded vs 2011 Mazda 3 low miles
Apr 04, 2013 (7:54 am)
Hi all, I've narrowed my choices down between two cars, and it's really difficult to decide.
The first car is a 2009 Mazda 3 - 45,000 miles, $12,000 Private Party
fully loaded with leather heated seats, bose stereo, moon roof. Owner insists it has a clean car fax which he'll show me when I look at it. It's also automatic which would be nice since I do a lot of stop and go traffic in my daily commute, and that way my girlfriend could drive it if we take it on a road trip or something.
The second car is a 2011 Mazda 3 - 17,000 miles - $12,900 Dealer Carfax
This is just the basic model, but it got better reviews from consumer's reports than the 09, and it's really low miles which is great! I feel like it'd almost be like buying new. It is a manual, which would be fun, but again driving it in stop and go is killer on manuals and my foot, and forget about my gf being able to drive it. Still I feel like it would last longer and might make the most financial sense. I think it might also still be under warranty (not sure). I'm torn though, the 09 seems really nice and it'd be great for those cold winters we get here.
This is why I need advice. Am I being dumb drolling over the 09 while I secretly know that the 11 makes more sense, or would the 09 actually be a good purchase?
I'm going to see the 2011 today and have yet to see the 09. Should I see them both before deciding? Any help to sway me one way or another would be appreciated.
#3202 of 3633 Re: 09 Mazda 3 fully loaded vs 2011 Mazda 3 low miles [skyl1]
Apr 04, 2013 (8:23 am)
Did you check with Edmunds that those are reasonable prices for each vehicle? Keep in mind that a manual car is much harder to re-sell down the road. Most people in the U.S. want automatics for just the reasons you mentioned. Sounds like you do too. I wouldn't be afraid of a 45,000 mi. vehicle in this day and age as long as I got it checked out mechanically. I'm not also sold on the idea that the base '11 "makes more sense". My son had an early '90s Mazda (manual -- and it took forever to sell it) that had 165,000 miles on it when we sold it and was still running quite well. You'll also have to replace the clutch on the manual down the road; not an issue with an automatic. Get what you want -- they both sound like fine cars. I am a personal fan of features like a moonroof, good stereo, leather and heated seats!
#3203 of 3633 Re: 09 Mazda 3 fully loaded vs 2011 Mazda 3 low miles [skyl1]
Apr 04, 2013 (8:46 am)
I just saw your last sentence. Of course you should see and DRIVE both vehicles!