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#17808 of 17829 Trade in Value for 2003 Mazda6 with 88,000 miles
Jul 12, 2010 (7:41 am)
I am not sure if this is the right forum, but I hope somebody has some knowledge about trade in prices. I am going to trade in my car, which is a 2003 white mazda 6i with 88,000 miles. The car's only two options are the automatic transmission and alloy wheels. The car has a clear title and I am the one and only owner. Mechanically, there is nothing wrong with the car and was never involved in any accident, but it has a bit of rust in the exhaust pipes.
I went to three different dealers for trade-in comparisons, and the highest quote I got was $4,900, which is exactly what Kelly Blue Book quoted for "good condition trade in value". KBB quoted a trade in value of $5,300 for "excellent condition". From private and dealer listings nationwide, I have seen that comparable Mazda6i to mine are selling between $6,500 to high $7,000s. Selling the car privately is not an option for me as I don't wish to deal with the hassle.
May I ask any of you ever manage to get trade in offers that are higher than KBB? Do you think $4,900 is a fair price or do you think I could do better? Thanks in advance for your inputs.
#17809 of 17829 Re: Trade in Value for 2003 Mazda6 with 88,000 miles [karyakarta]
Jul 12, 2010 (10:47 am)
KBB values usually seem high to me. I've never traded a car in (even though I have owned more than a dozen in my life), but when shopping for used cars it usually seemed like you could buy them from a dealer at pretty near the private party price.
#17810 of 17829 '08 Mazda6 warped rotors
Jul 12, 2010 (11:36 am)
I live in Arizona- flat roads and very hot summers. At 8100 miles I noticed steering wheel shake when braking. Dealer said front rotors warped and replaced rotors under warranty. At 11400 miles same situation and dealer said brake pads should have been replaced first time. Dealer replaced front pads and rotors under warranty. Now at about 20k miles and out of brake warranty same steering wheel shake when braking and dealer says rotors warped and need to be resurfaced.
I am gentle when braking. I do not ride the brakes or use 2 feet for braking and accelerating. I think this is a factory defect, design fault etc. What do you think?
#17812 of 17829 mazda6 touring handling question
Oct 13, 2010 (9:47 pm)
Hi, I drove my dad's new 2010 mazda6 i touring 4 cyl, the steering wheel feels kinda light more like my 2010 camry than 2010 honda accord I rented a few weeks ago, is that normal? supposely mazda6 should by more sporty handling more like accord?
I drove a 2009 mazda6 i sport a while ago, and the steering wheel seem firmer. Is the iSport suspension/handling firmer than the i touring?
Is it possible to make the handling firmer on the mazda6 i touring?
#17813 of 17829 Re: mazda6 touring handling question [michaelscai]
Oct 14, 2010 (4:19 am)
You say "light."
I say "extremely responsive."
The car goes where you point it, intuitively. Almost like it knows where you want it to go.
I consider that more sporty than having to wrestle with your car's steering.
#17814 of 17829 Re: mazda6 touring handling question [michaelscai]
Oct 14, 2010 (5:55 am)
I felt my 2007 Mazda6 had steering that was a bit light, Accord I test drove back in 2006 seemed even lighter and was too light for me while the Mazda was light but acceptable. I think the new version of Mazda6 is lighter than mine. After a while, I got used to the lighter feel and it did not bother me. I was coming from a Contour, which had a much heavier feel...though still far from requiring "wrestling".
However, about a year ago I had mine in for a TSB to fix a clunk that could sometime be felt in the steering wheel. The fix was to use a heavier grease and the TSB indicated that they were supposed to warn me that the steering might feel different. After the fix the steering felt just a bit less light, which I thought was an improvement. So I would think one could have a heavier grease put in to change the feel a bit...not sure what the cost would be as mine was a warranty repair.
I liked the comment about "responsive", as back in 2006 when I drove a Fusion and Milan, at a dealership that sold both I told the salesman that the steering seemed lighter on the Milan and he told me others had noticed a difference but they told him that the Milan steering was more responsive .
#17815 of 17829 Re: mazda6 touring handling question [jeffyscott]
Oct 14, 2010 (7:25 am)
the 2010 mazda6 feels lighter/looser than the generation 1 mazda6 to me. I bought and sold two 2008 mazda6 and they handles excellent.
the 2010 mazda6 handling feels more like a camry than an accord, didn't buy the accord because the seats were too hard and ride was worse than the mazda6.
i can definitely tell the handling is looser/lighter than 2008 mazda6. worse than the 2010 accord which is precise, responsive but doesn't feel light or loose
I don't think you can just call it responsive when someone says it feels light or loose - i think they tuned it a bit too light on the newer mazda6s. My 2010 camry is loose, light and inprecise in handling - but my dealer calls it 'it's just really easy to drive'. lol
#17816 of 17829 Re: '08 Mazda6 warped rotors [elmaur]
Oct 14, 2010 (7:29 am)
I think the rotors are warped. Is a torque wrench used when tightening the lugs? Is the car washed when brakes are hot?
You next thing to try is have the dealer do a complete front brake job (under warranty) and go from there.
Tell them it's a safety issue!
#17817 of 17829 Re: mazda6 touring handling question [michaelscai]
Oct 14, 2010 (11:27 am)
Yes and no.
I've owned a '04 Mazda6, and now currently own a '10 Mazda6. I agree that the steering is "heavier" or "tighter" on the '04 than the '10, but I disagree with the '10 being looser/lighter than the current Accord, and it's nowhere near the Camry. In fact, I felt more connected to the 6 than I did the Accord, which IMO felt much bigger than anything else in it's class (mostly because it is), and the ride/handling didn't feel as precise or confidence-inspiring.
As for the Camry, it's better compared to a late-model Buick, but that's about it.